Leadership Group Member, Youth Years, South East Asia

Youth Years JAKARTA, Indonesia


Position at Ashoka

Everyone A Change Maker  

Managing Director, Youth Venture, Southeast Asia  

The Opportunity  

Over the last 35 years, Ashoka Innovators for the Public not only coined the term social entrepreneur- but  

also pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship globally. On one hand, we searched and launched 3000  

men and women, with system changing ideas to solve problems. These include leaders like Jimmy Wales,  


Harish Hande, Shaheen Mistri and Kailash Sathyarthi. On the other, we helped the world  

entrepreneurship was a more powerful way to drive change. Seeing differently, helped  

why social  



differently. Investors invested in them, journalists wrote about them, universities taught courses  

and incubators / accelerators supported them. In some countries Governments even created policies to  

support social entrepreneurs.  

However, we recognize this is not enough. The rate of change is accelerating and our problems are  

growing faster than our solutions. In such an environment it is not enough for a few to lead and others to  

Everyone must be a changemaker  

. Changemaking skills, i.e. empathy, teamwork, creative problem-  


solving and leadership become essential to equip each of us to respond to changes around us.  

And this can happen only if we start young! Like math and science, changemaking skills need to be  

practiced early on. More than skills to memorize and repeat it is the skills to empathize, collaborate and  

constructively act that will equip children to survive and lead in the current reality. Changemaking skills are  

as important as literacy was in the industrial era.  

To prepare our children to face challenges we cannot yet conceive, the most powerful thing we can do is to  

help society prioritize changemaking skills for children and youth. Ashoka is committed to driving this  

mindset shift in society- one in which aspirations for children is not benchmarked on grades, but on  

whether or not they have acquired changemaking skills.  

How? Our Theory of Change  

Ashoka is not setting out to teach every child changemaking skills. Instead Ashoka is committed to act as  

a catalyst focused on creating urgency and demand for changemaking skills in society.  

Much like what we did with the field of social entrepreneurship, we are seeking to drive this mindset shift in  

society by helping people see differently. We intend to work with co-creators (Ashoka Fellows and other  

leaders) to influence key actors including, parents, schools, governments, media, companies to see why  

changemaking skills are key for their children to succeed and contribute effectively in society. It will open  

opportunities to change how we parent, what we teach our children and youth, what stories we write, how  

we hire and organize or report success.  

Success to us lies in tipping the narrative in society on what we believe are the key skills children need.  

Metrics include – do other key influencers now say changemaking skills are key? Are more parents  

prioritizing changemaker skills for their children?  

Are schools or government now using pedagogy and curriculum to instill changemaking skills in teachers /  

children? Are companies looking to hire changemakers? Are big media platforms writing about  

changemaking skills for children?  

The Leadership Role  

Ashoka is looking for an exceptional changemaker to join its Global Leadership Team to lead this change  

in South Asia  

Does working with peers like these to enable the world prioritize changemaking skills for children excite  


an entrepreneur / intrapreneur  


commitment to innovation and big change? Do  

Are you  

who has a  

you have a track record of seeing a new possibility and making it a reality?  

Are you creative to do this with the least possible resources?  

Are you strategic in the way you drive change? Do you have strong conceptual thinking skills?  

Can you be empathetic and collaborative to work with exceptional leaders as a part of your team of teams?  

minimum of 15 years  

We are looking for leaders with a  

of work experience. If this sounds like you, please  

Nike Nikeu ([email protected])  

get in touch with  

with a brief description of your background. With your  

mail please send a short cover letter detailing your interest in the role.  

The role is based out of Jakarta, Indonesia. The role is a strongly intrapreneurial one and give you the  

freedom and opportunity to leverage our exceptional global network and bring the future closer.