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9 women tilting the world upside down

Next month my company Ogunte ( organises the 7th Women's Social Leadership Awards. These Awards recognise women in the UK and abroad, influential leaders, connectors, campaigners and social entrepreneurs, who offer innovative and sustainable solutions to pressing social issues, and can evidence their social impact. With these, we encourage and acknowledge extraordinary vision, responsible business and campaigning practices, and the capacity to develop and engage with people.

In this hyper connected age, we are witnessing the growth of entrepreneurial activism on one hand, holding people accountable for the consequences our actions have now and in the future, and on the other hand, the expansion of women’s leadership in civic society. These two trends combined is the greatest opportunity this world can grab to turn around massive issues. We want to highlight the relevance and the impact that amazing women are making on the world, as social business leaders, campaigners, and as catalysts for others, and inspire others to follow their tracks.

Here are this year's finalists, 9 women who tilt the world upside down and make a massive ripple effect. I'd love you to explore their work!


A woman founder or the leader of a social business (enterprise whose social purposes are aligned with commercial objectives), with a track record.

Benita Matofska | The People who share // | UK | @benitamatofska @peoplewhoshare
Dr Jane Davis | The Reader Organisation | UK | @readerjanedavis
Sofia Bustamante | London Creative Labs | UK | @olasofia @LonCreativeLabs


A woman whose charitable organisation /not-for-profit / campaign / network has made waves and changed people’s lives.

Akudo Anuanwu Ikemba | Friends Africa | Nigeria | @akudoikemba
Brinda Crishna | VAANI - Deaf's Children Foundation | India | @VaaniDCF
Madalina Mocan | Ratiu Foundation for Democracy | Romania | @ratiucenter


A woman providing global / regional activities reaching other social businesses, community groups, charities or campaigns (Consortium leaders, SVI, Consultants, Impact Investors, Angels, Giving platforms); Or a woman leading a CSR initiative, a department or a corporate initiative that contributes to social and/or environmental change.

Jeroo Billimoria | Child Youth Finance International | The Netherlands | @JerooBillimoria @ChildFinance
Kathryn Llewellyn | Positive Women | Wales & Swaziland | @kat_llewellyn @positive_women
Marcelle Speller | LocalGiving | UK | @marcellespeller @localgiving


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