Paula Cardenau and Renee Manuel

Paula (pictured left) leads the Social Business Initiative in Ashoka, a platform that supports Ashoka Fellows with market-based approaches to scale up their social impact. Since she joined Ashoka in 2001, Paula has played different critical roles: she was Latin America Integrator and Ashoka Southern Cone Director.

She built the Ashoka Support Network in Argentina, a group of high net worth individuals that committed with funds and expertise to support Ashoka Fellows. She launched Citizen Base Initiative in Southern Cone and played a regional role for this program in South America. Before joining Ashoka, she worked for several years in Argentina’s Social Investment Fund, which channels resources to community-based, demand-driven projects, in extremely poor selected districts in Argentina.

Paulaholds a licentiate degree in Politics and Post-Graduate Studies in NGOs and Social Development.

From an early age, Renee Manuel has been passionate about making financial knowledge easy-to-understand and accessible for those most likely to make poor financial decisions. She currently leads Ashoka Europe’s Impact Finance Program which aims to build a financial ecosystem that facilitates the spread of great social innovations. After starting her career on Wall Street, she has spent the last years in various international organizations, both in the field developing small businesses as a Peace Corps volunteer and in program development with KfW Development Bank and UNESCO. Renee has her undergraduate degree in Economics from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a Master of Public Policy from The University of Chicago.

Articles by Paula Cardenau and Renee Manuel

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