Partners & Sponsors - 2012 Geneva Summit

Logo of Essl Social Prize  Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation (www.gatesfoundation.org)

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

Logo of Essl Social Prize  Essl Foundation (www.esslsozialpreis.at)

The Martin and Gerda Essl Privatstiftung is the foundation behind the Essl Social Prize, one of the leading international awards for social entrepreneurs. The 1 Million Euro prize offers sustainable support and assistance to individuals with pioneering social initiatives. The Essl Social Prize 2010 that went to Ashoka founder Bill Drayton last year enabled Ashoka to accelerate a number of programs designed to take social change to a global level, most prominently the first Ashoka Globalizer program.

Logo of Essl Social Prize  The Graduate Institute (www.graduateinstitute.ch)

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is a leading institution of research and higher education dedicated to the study of world affairs, with a particular emphasis on the cross-cutting fields of international relations and development issues. The Graduate Institute supports the Ashoka Globalizer on Rural Innovation and Farming by offering their facilities pro-bono for the summit.