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Celebrating visionary women whose social, economic and environmental impact creates a sustainable future already today.


On June 3, 2020 these women have been recognized with the inaugural, independent She For Social Impact Awards 2020. Their impact-led work address the world’s most pressing issues through innovation and vision. They challenge the status quo by pursuing advanced solutions for a sustainable future. The independent She For Social Impact Awards are in pursuit of the United Nations 17 Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to transform the world.

Henrietta Kekäläinen

Co-Founder & CEO at Carbo Culture

Carbo Culture traps carbon from the air and puts it to use to make soil healthier. Their technology creates high quality char, which is made out of bio waste and wood-like materials such as nutshells.

Rose Marcario

CEO at Patagonia

Her efforts in the promotion of conscious consumerism and responsible corporate leadership have set the bar for other consumer brands to follow.

Caroline Tapparel

Research Professor in Molecular Virology

Developing new antiviral materials made from sugar which are non-toxic for patients and could address a broad spectrum of viruses, such as HIV and Covid

Duezen Tekkal

Journalist, Founder & Chairwoman at

Raising awareness about human rights violation in conflict regions and creating support systems for victims who are mostly women and children

Alisée de Tonnac

Co-Founder & CEO at Seedstars World

Seedstars provides startup acceleration and funding opportunities for entrepreneurs in 75+ developing countries and emerging markets.

Lisa Jaspers

Founder & CEO of FOLKDAYS

The label collaborates with carefully selected artisans from over 20 developing countries and emerging markets, helping them to keep traditional handicraft alive whilst supporting artisans through stable incomes.


Robyn Scott, Co-Founder & CEO at Apolitical
Rose Marcario, CEO at Patagonia
Susan Graham, Co-Founder & CEO at Dendra Systems
Kristina Lunz, Co-Founder & Director at the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy, Germany
Duezen Tekkal, Journalist, Founder & Chairwoman at
Greta Thunberg, Climate Activist
Molly Bingham, Journalist & Founder of Orb Media
Alisée de Tonnac, Co-Founder & CEO at Seedstars World
Meghan McCormick, Co-Founder & CEO at Ozé & Dare to Innovate
Sallie Krawcheck, Co-Founder & CEO at Ellevest
Suzanne Bishopric, Managing Partner at Global Sovereign Advisors
Caroline Tapparel, Research Professor in Molecular Virology
Sandra Pascoe Ortiz, Research Professor in Chemical Engineering
Ellen Jorgensen, CSO at Aanika Bioscience
Miishe Addy, Co-Founder & CEO at Jetstream Africa
Pia Henrietta Kekäläinen, Co-Founder & CEO at Carbo Culture
Terri Wills, Ex-CEO at World Green Building Council
Ivy Barley, Co-Founder & CEO at Developers in Vogue
Chetna Sinha, Founder & Chairwoman at Mann Deshi Bank
Stephanie Wehner, Professor in quantum information at QuTech & Founder of QCRYPT
Lisa Jaspers, Founder & CEO at FOLKDAYS
Solange Knowles, Artist & Founder of Saint Heron

Amplified and Accelerated

The independent and intimate awards event, designed as for practitioners by practitioners, amplified the female nominees and helped accelerate fundraising, closing strategic partnerships, or growing their brands.

Winners were announced online on June 3, 2020 – still in lockdown mode due to the pandemic. Renown impact leader Alix Peterson Zwane gave the opening remarks and shared her perspectives on social innovations and investing in a sustainable future.

She serves as CEO of the Global Innovation Fund, before which she served as the first employee and Executive Director at Evidence Action. Prior to that, she advocated for evidence-based philanthropy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and


The independent, global She For Social Impact Awards honor women, whose impact-led works address the world’s most pressing issues through innovation and vision. These women challenge the status quo by pursuing advanced solutions for a sustainable future. Their efforts help achieve the United Nations Global Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (SDGs).

Independence as well as human and professional quality are the core considerations for attributing the Awards. They are supported by individuals and organizations that share the vision and values recognized by the Awards. Recognized personalities form the inaugural, international Advisory and Judging Committee. The She For Social Impact Awards are an initiative by JUST DAMN RIGHT.


She For Social Impact Awards Nominees are selected by the Advisory and Judging Board, a group of impact-led leaders and experts in their respective fields, trusted by their peers. Nominees and Winners are evaluated against criteria.

Maximum four (4) nominees can be defined in the Awards fields of nomination.

  • Each Advisory and Judging Board Member independently curates potential nominees and rates each of them against criteria.
  • Board Members collectively define the top entries that are then included on the nominee shortlist for further evaluation by the Advisory and Judging Board.
  • Board Members evaluate a second time the shortlisted entries based on the criteria, and eventually cast ballots to determine the Winners. In the event of a tie, the Chairwomen casts the tie-breaking vote.