"We tried to change the world with revolution and we failed time after time. Now it is time to try innovation."

Ioanna Fotopoulou

Age: 33
Country of Origin: Greece

Ioanna is an engineer and since 2008 she has been actively involved in the empowerment of Civil Society. She was working for almost 2 years in Serbia and Bosnia Herzegovina for promoting, advocating and communicating two programs supporting the rights of Roma and stateless people. As the president of Rotaract Club Thessaloniki Anatolia, she, along with the other members of the organisation did extensive volunteer work in northern Greece and the Balkan countries. She is the founder of YouRule, an anonymous social network that serves as the first ever created democratic tool of its kind. For these endeavors she was acknowledged many times from many international organizations like One Young World, Goethe Institute and Clinton Global Initiative (CGIU). If she, a girl that grew up in a poor and small village in corrupted and almost bankrupt Greece, achieved the limits of space, then everyone can make their dreams come true. Literally and with proof.