A leader in the social business movement, Saskia co-founded Yunus Social Business (YSB) together with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus and Sophie Eisenmann. YSB is a non-profit venture fund which has invested in social business that provide employment, education, healthcare, clean water and clean energy to over 2 million poor people worldwide. Under Saskia’s leadership YSB has also been working with over 20 global corporations to help them use their core competences to address social problems.

Saskia has been awarded the Wired Smart List 2013, Handelsblatt “25 woman who make the world a better place 2016″, Capital “Young Elite” 2016 & 2017 and is a member of the Young Presidents Organisation network. She is member of HVB (Unicredit Group) Advisory Board, Generation CEO and a Young Leader of the Atlantic Bridge. Saskia was appointed to the EU Commission’s expert group on social business and has advised on Ban Ki-Moon’s UN MDG Advocacy Group as well as Sir Richard Branson’s B-team. She co-authored a report with the Boston Consulting Group on the experiences of building large scale social business joint ventures with corporations. She has lectured at several universities and speaks regularly at high profile events incl. the World Economic Forum, Clinton Global Initiative, etc. In 2016 she co-founded “Salong”, a political debate format bringing the Berliner Salon culture of the 20’s back.

Prior to YSB, Saskia was the Co-CEO of the Grameen Creative Lab and a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in Munich and NY. She holds an MBA from the European Business School in Germany and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. Saskia holds a German and Canadian citizenship and lives between Berlin and Amsterdam.

Yunus Social Business is a non-profit venture fund dedicated to harnessing the power of social business to end poverty. By turning philanthropic donations into investments in sustainable social businesses they tackle the kind of challenges traditionally addressed by aid agencies or charities. Their social businesses provide employment, education, healthcare, clean water and clean energy. Founded in 2011, with headquarters in Berlin, their mission is to expand the Social Business model pioneered by Prof. Muhammad Yunus to countries throughout the developing world. All the companies they support put people and the environment first and have strong social missions at their core. The profits they generate are always reinvested, ensuring they continue to provide essential products and services to the disadvantaged communities they serve.

YSB have supported over 1,000 Entrepreneurs, completed $12 million of Social Business financing, helped create over 15,000 jobs and impacted the lives of over 2 million people in Colombia, Brasil, Haiti, The Balkans, Tunisia, India and Uganda.

“A charity dollar has one life, a Social Business dollar can be invested over and over again” – Prof Muhammad Yunus