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About us

We are a mix of regular and guest contributors who are working in or are passionate about social innovation and entrepreneurship. We strive to provide content that is informative and solution-oriented. We do that to:

  • – increase the visibility of social entrepreneurs and their initiatives,
  • – inspire and support aspiring changemakers to take action, and
  • – promote social entrepreneurship and social business as an alternative way of doing business.

Interested to contribute yourself? Find out more here!

Melanie Akerboom

Melanie Akerboom

Founder & Author

Melanie is the founder of WHAT A MISSION, which she started in 2014 after completing her Master in Social Entrepreneurship in London. She is a professional with more than 15 years of work experience, therefrom 9+ years in the social impact and social entrepreneurship sector. With frequent travels to African countries and as an active member of the African-German Sustainable Entrepreneurship Network (AGSEN), she focusses her writing on African countries. She is particularly interested in (Social) Entrepreneurship Education, education startups and exploring the supporting ecosystems for social entrepreneurs. She currently works as a freelancer facilitating workshops for youth and adults on social entrepreneurship, the sustainable development goals, and design thinking, and she is running the Social Innovation Tours in Berlin.

Sebastian Winter

Sebastian Winter

Author

Sebastian facilitates the development of innovations that overcome global systemic challenges. He works as an analyst, consultant, entrepreneur and mentor to cultivate new and existing solutions to old and emerging issues. He has a background in environmental regeneration, smart infrastructure development and sustainable finance gained through projects in Brunei, China, Kenya and the UK. At Whatamission, Sebastian provides pieces on networks and communities of changemakers, covering those facilitating the social entrepreneurs and innovators in Africa and Europe to grow their ideas and scale their solutions.

Vanessa Faloye

Vanessa Faloye

Author

Vanessa Faloye, British-Nigerian, is a trainer-facilitator, curriculum developer, and project coordinator in social impact education. She designs and delivers learning experiences for change-makers around the world and educates at an intersection of anti-oppression, systems thinking, and social action. Vanessa is passionate about keeping social enterprise 'social' and systemic. As Online Editor at Whatamission, she provides critical thought pieces on paradigms and pedagogies in social impact education. Vanessa holds a post-graduate in Social Enterprise and Innovation from The Do School, Germany. She loves traveling, reading, and speaking Spanish.

Mandeep Kaur

Mandeep Kaur

Guest Author

Mandeep Kaur designs and delivers global learning experiences for aspiring change-makers around the world. With more than a decade of experience working with impact investors, social impact organisations and non-profits, she founded TribesforGOOD with mission to inspire a generation who wants to support and work with social impact businesses. By 2021, we aim to reach 1 million beneficiaries. She loves reading, travelling and playing with her cats.

Bärbel Reckhardt

Bärbel Reckhardt

Guest Author

Dr. Bärbel Reckhardt is a German paediatrician, organizational consultant, and CEO and Co-Founder of i-MED vision. After finishing medical school at the Private Universität Witten Herdecke, she worked for approximately 25 years as a paediatrician in several hospitals and in her own private practice. Additionally, she has been committed to development assistance in southern Africa for more than 20 years. She founded i-MED vision to pursue a dream of improving medical care and increasing development opportunities for the children in low-income countries through targeted health education and training. Through her experiences in South Africa, she became aware of the need for digital solutions to make healthcare knowledge more accessible and easier to update and retain.

Anna Buchmann

Anna Buchmann

Author

Working as programme manager for _SocialStarters in India, Anna discovered her passion for social entrepreneurship. Inspired by business initiatives to make a long-lasting social change in the world, she decided to start her own venture. If she is not studying for her masters in Development Management and Administration, you can find her organising events for MakeSense London, or working her sewing machine to come up with a new design for her sustainable fashion brand. As a change maker, she is dedicating her time to unlock the power private business has in tackling the global issues of our generation.

Anna Moran

Anna Moran

Author

Anna started her career in development as a fundraiser at VSO before moving to volunteer management. She was recruited to manage VSO's youth volunteer programmes in East Africa. To date she has run youth volunteer programmes around the world for organisations such as VSO, Balloon Kenya and Project Peru, working with over 250 international volunteers. In 2014 Anna co-founded _SocialStarters, an organisation which matches skilled professionals to carry out pro bono consultancy projects with social entrepreneurs in India, Sri Lanka and Brazil. Anna passionately believes that volunteering can sustainably develop, empower and educate people and organisations, but also that it's an opportunity to inspire those to make change in their own communities once they return home. She's currently living in India as a digital nomad.

Jiselle Steele

Jiselle Steele

Author

Jiselle is an experienced project manager who has earned her stripes working in the NGO and social enterprise sectors. From running an apprenticeship training programme for disadvantaged young people in inner city London to leading an international volunteer programme helping professionals to discover the world of social impact in Rio, Jiselle has always been passionate about empowering others to make a positive change in the world. Researching youth and entrepreneurship in Brazil as a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow, inspired south-Londoner Jiselle to move to Rio De Janeiro, where she is now based and continues to work with social enterprises.

Kim Montes

Kim Montes

Author

Kim Montes is a Marketing and Communications Consultant based in Houston, Texas who enjoys writing, travel and lifelong learning. Kim has a strong interest in corporate social responsibility, social enterprise and small business development and enjoys promoting the work of social entrepreneurs.

Ricardo Monagas

Ricardo Monagas

Author

Ricardo is a product manager and android developer helping tech startups to make their ideas come true. He co-founded Uppersky and really likes to participate in projects which make a positive impact in society. He is originally from Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela, and currently lives in Prague, Czech Republic.

Viola Serdiukova

Viola Serdiukova

Author

Viola Serdyukova is currently working as an event assistant at the Skolkovo Foundation and as a Project Manager at the Business Incubator of State University at the Higher School of Economics. She is following a Master in Advertising and PR and completed a Bachelor in European Studies/International Relations. Before moving to Boston, she lived in Moscow, which she describes as a “hectic, a little bit arrogant but very promising and culturally rich megalopolis”.