RYBAKOV PRIZE SHORT-LIST 2020
Abdulzhelil Abdulkerimov, Russia, initiator of the Luminary education center in the Dagestan village of Khrug, member of the Board of Trustees and philanthropist of the "Prosveshcheniye" Fund named after honorary educator of the Republic of Dagestan Makhmud Abdulkerimov. Owner of the investment company Trustcom, founder of Digital. Space venture capital and Paysend online payments system. Social impact: Russia.
Oleg Belyaev, Russia, President of the Moscow Alumni Association, which projects are aimed at career guiding and development of over-professional competencies in high-school students in cooperation with entrepreneurs, higher and professional education institutions, high-school graduates and their parents. Social impact: Russia.
Boris Bulayev, USA, co-founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organization "Educate!", which provides the youth of Africa the knowledge, skills and competencies to be successful in the modern economy. Social impact: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda.
Peter Vesterbacka, Finland, founder of the Fun Academy Future Astronauts educational project for unlocking the potential in children ages 2-6 utilizing the "education+fun" format. Entrepreneur, founder of the Slush startup conference. Social impact: USA, Finland, China, Vietnam.
Alina Gonikman, Russia, invests in educational projects of the "Moscow Pedagogical Theater for Youth" and "LiS", which use theatrical instruments to work with schoolchildren. President of the company "FinAssist Insurance Broker", Head of the "Female League" of the Russian Jewish Congress, founder and Head of "Kimberlit" Charity Foundation. Social impact: Russia.
Sergey Gutzeit, Russia, founded the Pavlovsk School named after A.M. Gorchakov in 1999, a private boarding-school for young men that was created as a "modern version" of the Tsarskoe Selo lyceum. Founder and owner of the "Podvorie" restaurant. Social impact: Russia.
Olga Zubkova, Russia, President of the "Tetradka Druzhby" Educational Development Association, founder of the full-day camp "Novy Gorod Druzhny". Develops inclusive space in the environments of children and youth through innovative proprietary programs, the point of which is to facilitate joint activity of children with disability and their healthy peers. Social impact: Russia.
Vadim Klet, Russia, creator of the "Algoritm Uspekha" Educational Complex in rural areas, founder of the "Nashi Deti" Charity Foundation. Entrepreneur: Head of "Belgorodstroimontazh", "Novostroyzakazchik", "Investicionaya Kompaniya Ulitka". Social impact: Russia.
Logan Cohen, USA, co-founder of the Kudzoo project – a free mobile application that can be used to reward students and schoolchildren for good grades and involve local entrepreneurs in school communities. Social impact: USA and other countries.
Samaira Mehta, USA, the 11-year-old creator of table games Coder Bunnyz and CoderMindz, which teach children programming. Author of the educational initiative "Yes, One Billion Kids Can Code". Social impact: USA, China, Africa, India, Japan, Europe.
Sergey Nugaev, Russia, co-founder of the educational project "Kruzhok" – a round of free programming classes for children of remote towns and villages. After the classes, students create websites about rural life. Former Head of the Moscow Coding School. Social impact: Russia.
Aram Pakhchanian, Armenia, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the "Ayb" Educational Fund, founded in 2006; Director of the "Ayb" school. Vice-president and shareholder of ABBYY company. Social impact: Armenia.
Thomas Trüb, Switzerland, founder and President of The Dariu Foundation, creator of a network of kindergartens and a project aimed at raising digital literacy among rural children. Social impact: Vietnam.
Evgeniya Tyurikova and Marat Shaidayev, Russia, co-founders of the "Selo" Foundation, aimed at restoring rural schools as educational and informational centers. The foundation helped build a school in the Dagestan village of Tsmur. Evgeniya is the Head of Sberbank Private Banking, Marat is the former Head of the United Grain Company. Social impact: Russia.
Nat Ware, Australia, developed a new tool to finance education and founded the Forte project, which allows young people to receive tuition payments from investors in return for their future earnings. Founder of 180 Degrees Consulting, the largest consulting company for non-profits and social entrepreneurs in the world. Social impact: USA and other countries.
Jason Ng, Singapore, develops the education environment in rural communities of the developing countries. Activity is aimed at training local teachers who work with children ages 5-9, and providing an educational program for schools. Social impact: Malaysia, Indonesia, East Timur, Burma, China, Mongolia.