MAJA FRANKEL | enterprise, international development
Born in Israel and raised in the southeast of Sweden, Maja grew up on principles of social justice, human rights, and independent thinking. She was the the Sweden Youth Delegate during the United Nations Special Session about Young People’s Rights at the age of 16, and at 18, she became a UNICEF youth ambassador, a role that led her to write a book called ‘Our Damn Right’ – to portray the lives of other teens in countries around the world.
A life-long social entrepreneur, Maja Frankel is founder of Frankel & Friends, a consulting/methodology firm that focuses on social projects, including work with municipalities and companies, blending cultural arts programmes with social change efforts, and bringing social innovation into educational organisations around Sweden.
Educated at Södertorns University and Kaospilots, she is second chairman on the board of UNICEF and on the board of Social Entrepreneurship Forum (SE Forum), and has been a national newspaper columnist in Sweden. At the age of 28, Maja was elected “One of Sweden’s Most Successful” born in the 1980s, and one of Shortcut Magazine’s “100 Newcomers to Watch.” She was also elected as one of the hundred Swedish People that influence CSR most during 2011.
She is now director of Ashoka Sweden.