Our Vision

We envision a world where everyone is part of inclusive communities in which people connect deeply and co-create positive action to serve the wellbeing of people and planet.

Our Mission

We're on a mission to provide safe, supportive, fun, and empowering spaces for changemakers. We foster profound and lasting connections, nurture wellbeing, and enable peer-learning and meaningful collaborations so that changemakers may create, sustain and scale positive change.

Our Activities

To fulfill our mission we currently run activities across three key pillars

Community

Through the »ChangemakerXchange Community« we reach and work directly with ± 1000 changemakers across 130 countries globally. New members join via our flagship summits, a unique experience of connecting, co-learning and collaboration with other social innovators from around the world. This is followed by ongoing, and life-long, community engagement, capacity building and support for their work.

Facilitation

Through our »Facilitators for Change« program, we trained 100 members of the community to be world-class facilitators. They now facilitate our summits and accompany other networks of changemakers in their work. Building on our learnings from working with hundreds of social innovators we also trained over 150 civil society leaders in the facilitation skills needed to create spaces for collective impact.

Ecosystem

Through »The Possibilists« we work towards aligning the support ecosystem around a shared understanding of the needs and challenges of young changemakers and to create the best possible conditions for them to thrive and to deepen or scale their impact.

Our people

Anne Quednau

Anne QuednauCore Team

Anne Quednau serves as the Finance & Operations Support at ChangemakerXchange. Following her graduation, she dedicated a year to volunteer service at the Social Innovation Academy (SINA) in Uganda. During this transformative experience, she immersed herself in a diverse range of responsibilities, spanning from branding and marketing to fundraising, life coaching, and facilitating. Currently, Anne is pursuing a degree in media and communications, driven by a profound desire to comprehend the intricacies of global communication.
Anne Quednau serves as the Finance & Operations Support at ChangemakerXchange. Following her graduation, she dedicated a year to volunteer service at the Social Innovation Academy (SINA) in Uganda. During this transformative experience, she immersed herself in a diverse range of responsibilities, spanning from branding and marketing to fundraising, life coaching, and facilitating. Currently, Anne is pursuing a degree in media and communications, driven by a profound desire to comprehend the intricacies of global communication.
Portrait Anouk Siegrist Changemakerxchange.org

Anouk SiegristCore Team

Anouk is the Finance & Operations Lead at ChangemakerXchange. During her studies with a focus on Political Economics of Energy and Climate Change, she intensively explored the issue of overproduction. After an active time as a foodsaver in the foodsharing movement, she spent three years at SIRPLUS, which works to combat food waste.
Anouk is the Finance & Operations Lead at ChangemakerXchange. During her studies with a focus on Political Economics of Energy and Climate Change, she intensively explored the issue of overproduction. After an active time as a foodsaver in the foodsharing movement, she spent three years at SIRPLUS, which works to combat food waste.
Juan Francisco Baron

Juan Francisco BaronCore Team

Juan Francisco Baron is the Project Lead for Changemakers for Democracy. He brings his facilitation and project management skills and a background in arts, culture, and democratic innovation to the program. In 2023, he played a key role in hosting and facilitating the first Changemakers for the Planet Summit in the Latin America region. He has hosted, designed, and delivered events and projects centered on migrating, democratizing, addressing climate change, combating biodiversity loss, fostering cultural exchange, and promoting creativity.
Juan Francisco Baron is the Project Lead for Changemakers for Democracy. He brings his facilitation and project management skills and a background in arts, culture, and democratic innovation to the program. In 2023, he played a key role in hosting and facilitating the first Changemakers for the Planet Summit in the Latin America region. He has hosted, designed, and delivered events and projects centered on migrating, democratizing, addressing climate change, combating biodiversity loss, fostering cultural exchange, and promoting creativity.
Portrait Matthias Scheffelmeier Changemakerxchange.org

Matthias ScheffelmeierCore Team

Matthias Scheffelmeier is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of ChangemakerXchange. He also was, until recently and for more than 11 years, a Partner at Ashoka Germany, Co-Founder of Ashoka Turkey and a Member of Ashoka Europe's regional leadership team. Beyond that he's been contributing to the social impact eco-system in Germany and Europe as Founding Board Member of the Social Entrepreneurship Netzwerk Deutschland (SEND). Matthias also is a Member of the global board at MasterPeace. He lives in Berlin with his wife and son.
Matthias Scheffelmeier is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of ChangemakerXchange. He also was, until recently and for more than 11 years, a Partner at Ashoka Germany, Co-Founder of Ashoka Turkey and a Member of Ashoka Europe's regional leadership team. Beyond that he's been contributing to the social impact eco-system in Germany and Europe as Founding Board Member of the Social Entrepreneurship Netzwerk Deutschland (SEND). Matthias also is a Member of the global board at MasterPeace. He lives in Berlin with his wife and son.
Portrait Miriam Sweeney Changemakerxchange.org

Miriam SweeneyCore Team

Miriam is working on programmes and projects at CXC, working across a majority of our activities, connecting the dots and finding synergies. She has spent the past 3 years at a startup accelerator & hub in Ireland where she working as a community lead, managing mentoring & incubator programmes, as an impact lead working on ecosystem growth, economic development & diversity & inclusion. While she comes from a startup/commercial background, her passion has always been in impact & social innovation. She's one of the leaders of an activism campaign based in Ireland called Reclaim Our Spaces, working to halt the unbalanced urban development and showcase examples of successfully reclaimed community & cultural spaces.
Miriam is working on programmes and projects at CXC, working across a majority of our activities, connecting the dots and finding synergies. She has spent the past 3 years at a startup accelerator & hub in Ireland where she working as a community lead, managing mentoring & incubator programmes, as an impact lead working on ecosystem growth, economic development & diversity & inclusion. While she comes from a startup/commercial background, her passion has always been in impact & social innovation. She's one of the leaders of an activism campaign based in Ireland called Reclaim Our Spaces, working to halt the unbalanced urban development and showcase examples of successfully reclaimed community & cultural spaces.
Nick McGirl

Nick McGirlCore Team

Nick is the Co-founder and Co-Managing Director of ChangemakerXchange. His background straddles multiple countries and has been at the intersection of social innovation and education. Including; • Re-launching Ashoka in Turkey and building an alliance of organisations aiming to transform education in the country. • Launching Ashoka Europe's education initiative and building a continental network of 'Changemaker Schools'. • Working on one of the world's first social impact bonds programmes with young offenders in London for Catch 22. • Setting up new programmes and partnerships in Kenya and India while developing the first pilot of the International Citizen Service for the UK Department for International Development, a flagship program to reimagine overseas volunteering.
Nick is the Co-founder and Co-Managing Director of ChangemakerXchange. His background straddles multiple countries and has been at the intersection of social innovation and education. Including; • Re-launching Ashoka in Turkey and building an alliance of organisations aiming to transform education in the country. • Launching Ashoka Europe's education initiative and building a continental network of 'Changemaker Schools'. • Working on one of the world's first social impact bonds programmes with young offenders in London for Catch 22. • Setting up new programmes and partnerships in Kenya and India while developing the first pilot of the International Citizen Service for the UK Department for International Development, a flagship program to reimagine overseas volunteering.
Portrait Greta Rossi Changemakerxchange.org

Greta RossiFacilitation Consultant

Greta Rossi is a Core Team Member and Facilitation Lead at ChangemakerXchange. She is also the Co-Founder of Recipes for Wellbeing and the Lead Facilitator for the WISE Emerging Leaders Programme. Greta is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and a BMW Responsible Leader. In March 2023, she was also nominated Top 100 Women Leaders in Social Enterprise by the Euclid Network.
Greta Rossi is a Core Team Member and Facilitation Lead at ChangemakerXchange. She is also the Co-Founder of Recipes for Wellbeing and the Lead Facilitator for the WISE Emerging Leaders Programme. Greta is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and a BMW Responsible Leader. In March 2023, she was also nominated Top 100 Women Leaders in Social Enterprise by the Euclid Network.
CXC Headshot – Mubarak Idris

Mubarak IdrisContent Creation & Storytelling Consultant

Mubarak Idris is a consultant for ChangemakerXchange in the area of Storytelling and Content Creation. He is a digital development advocate with over 5 years of experience using digital media as a tool to promote issues around population, health, and environment in Africa. Mubarak is also an inaugural fellow of the Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) program, a professional leadership development training supported by IREX and the US Department of State.
Mubarak Idris is a consultant for ChangemakerXchange in the area of Storytelling and Content Creation. He is a digital development advocate with over 5 years of experience using digital media as a tool to promote issues around population, health, and environment in Africa. Mubarak is also an inaugural fellow of the Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) program, a professional leadership development training supported by IREX and the US Department of State.
Portrait Nadya Saib Changemakerxchange.org

Nadya SaibCommunications and DEI Consultant

Nadya Saib serves as the Communications and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) lead at ChangemakerXchange. Additionally, she co-founded Well-Being Journey (formerly Wangsa Jelita) in Indonesia, a social venture committed to promoting well-being through self-exploration methods grounded in the latest advancements in psychology and science. Nadya is also a passionate advocate for DEI, channeling her passion through Kolaborasi Keberagaman Inklusif—a research and consultancy center dedicated to championing these principles within global teams.
Nadya Saib serves as the Communications and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) lead at ChangemakerXchange. Additionally, she co-founded Well-Being Journey (formerly Wangsa Jelita) in Indonesia, a social venture committed to promoting well-being through self-exploration methods grounded in the latest advancements in psychology and science. Nadya is also a passionate advocate for DEI, channeling her passion through Kolaborasi Keberagaman Inklusif—a research and consultancy center dedicated to championing these principles within global teams.
Corina Angelescu

Corina AngelescuSocial Innovation Cluster Moderator

Heliana_Lubis

Heliana LubisGraphic Design Consultant

Heliana Lubis (Ina) is a motion designer. Art and design have always been her passion. She creates motion graphics in multidisciplinary design and technology companies (e.g., Sembilan Matahari) and develops communication designs for various organizations (e.g., Well-being Journey and ChangemakerXchange). She loves illustrating and has created many illustrations for organizations, including Recipes for Wellbeing. Above all, she enjoys her main job the most: raising her two super boys.
Heliana Lubis (Ina) is a motion designer. Art and design have always been her passion. She creates motion graphics in multidisciplinary design and technology companies (e.g., Sembilan Matahari) and develops communication designs for various organizations (e.g., Well-being Journey and ChangemakerXchange). She loves illustrating and has created many illustrations for organizations, including Recipes for Wellbeing. Above all, she enjoys her main job the most: raising her two super boys.

Our values

Our values and purpose statements ​were co-created with our ​whole community.

Where others see competition, we see collaboration. We align our goals and share resources to build on each other’s impact and catalyse systemic change.

We trust each other with our opinions and feelings, and we sometimes tell the untold about changemaking. We know that what we share with the community stays there.

We share thoughts and emotions fearlessly and welcome our differences wholeheartedly. We can be our real, vulnerable selves.

We actively care for our own wellbeing and are there for those around us. We care for their wellbeing and try to help out whenever we can.

We recognise the importance of creativity and fun to ignite positive change through the work we carry out.

Our activities

GATHERINGS

​We host unique, intensive and intimate 4-day “unconference” gatherings in nature, focused on human connection, peer learning, wellbeing and collaboration.​​

Community

Participants then become part of a global community of 800+ like-minded souls, who learn and share together. ​​

Capacity

​We empower the community with tools and knowledge on system change, wellbeing and impact orientation through a hybrid combination of physical and virtual gatherings​.

COLLABORATION

We give funds and guidance for the community to develop high impact cross-border collaborations which deepen the impact of their initiatives and spread the spirit of changemaking far and wide.​​

OWNERSHIP

We implement a decentralised, non-hierarchical organisational model in which the community of young people have a say in all strategic decisions of the organisation.

Our impact on the planet