About us

Yunus Social Business - Global Initiatives (YSB) is a network of entities supporting the creation and growth of social impact businesses around the world. Co-founded in 2011 by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus, it is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and supports entrepreneurs in various developing/emerging countries across the world (including Western Balkans countries, Brazil, Colombia, Haiti, India, Tunisia and Uganda) through incubation and accelerator programs, access to capital and ecosystem development. YSB has conducted multiple projects related to social business with a main emphasis on providing financial and non-financial support to social business entrepreneurs in developing and emerging economies.

YSB is active with its projects in Balkans since mid-2012. It was formally established in Albania, in February 2013 (as “Foundation Yunus Social Business Fund Albania”, registered in Albania in February 2013) and since 2015 it has expanded its activities towards other non-EU Western Balkan countries under its “Yunus Social Business Balkans” name. It aims to address social issues through the supporting creation of startups/businesses that have potential to create social impact for the society in Western Balkan countries. YSB does this through running entrepreneurship inspiration/awareness campaigns, implementing incubation/acceleration and investment readiness programs, facilitating access to financing and supporting development of an enabling entrepreneurship ecosystem in the region.

 

Our core team

SHKELZEN MARKU   Co-founder and Managing Director

SHKELZEN MARKU

Co-founder and Managing Director

GERION TRESKA   Incubation & Acceleration Manager

GERION TRESKA

Incubation & Acceleration Manager

DAFINA BEKAJ-DALIPI   Finance & Investment Advisor

DAFINA BEKAJ-DALIPI

Finance & Investment Advisor

LINDJELA BEGOLLI   Admin & Finance Manager

LINDJELA BEGOLLI

Admin & Finance Manager

 
 

Our key trainers, coaches and mentors

DANIEL NOWACK   Managing Director, Corporate Innovation at Yunus Social Business Global Initiatives.

DANIEL NOWACK

Managing Director, Corporate Innovation at Yunus Social Business Global Initiatives.

EMIL LAMPRECHT   Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Growth Mechanics

EMIL LAMPRECHT

Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Growth Mechanics

KAREN HITSCHKE   Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer at Yunus Social Business Global Initiatives.

KAREN HITSCHKE

Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer at Yunus Social Business Global Initiatives.

NDOC MULAJ   Entrepreneur, Business Coach, Tourism Development Advisor

NDOC MULAJ

Entrepreneur, Business Coach, Tourism Development Advisor

GERTI BOSHNJAKU   Cofounder and CEO at New Media Communications and Business Magazine Albania

GERTI BOSHNJAKU

Cofounder and CEO at New Media Communications and Business Magazine Albania

DRITAN MEZINI   Founder, CEO of DM Consulting and duapune.com Innovation, ICT, Entrepreneurship & Career expert

DRITAN MEZINI

Founder, CEO of DM Consulting and duapune.com Innovation, ICT, Entrepreneurship & Career expert

ZEF GJETA   Professor at AUT, Tirana, Social Entrepreneur, AgriBusiness Coach and Advisor

ZEF GJETA

Professor at AUT, Tirana, Social Entrepreneur, AgriBusiness Coach and Advisor

TOMI KALLANXHI   Founder and Chief Executive Officer at BIG MEDIA EXPERT and Shpi.al

TOMI KALLANXHI

Founder and Chief Executive Officer at BIG MEDIA EXPERT and Shpi.al

 
 

Other coaches and mentors