Vanessa von der Heyde

Vanessa von der Heyde did her MPhil through the SI in 2013 and was so inspired by this life-changing journey that she graduated with a burning desire to not only be a changemaker herself, but also enable others to be changemakers in working towards a more equitable, inclusive and resilient world. 

Upon graduating Vanessa established a non-profit organization with the aim of continuing the food waste project she had started in Enkanini during her MPhil research. This led her to exploring the concept of Social Entrepreneurship and she completed the Social Entrepreneurship Certificate Programme at GIBS in 2014. She now coordinates the Changemaker Programme, which equips students with the knowledge, tools and skills to become leaders of change. The programme is about helping students build an ideological compass to balance local issue-specific efforts with wider system-focused efforts. Vanessa believes that social entrepreneurs are a key element in our transition to a more sustainable future.

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