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Felix Oldenburg leads the world's largest association of foundations, the Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen. He is one of the pioneers for social entrepreneurship, social innovation and bottom up ideas in Europe. Ranked for the third time in Germany’s „40 under 40“ list, he is a BMW Young Leader, member of the Baden-Baden CEO Conference, and recipient of the German PR Award 2007.
He started an internet company before he graduated in Philosophy (Bonn, Tübingen, Oxford) and Policy Management (Georgetown). He worked with McKinsey&Company in London, and later led a series of large scale citizen participation project across Europe before joining Ashoka as Germany director in 2009. In this role and as European director, he pioneered a number of innovations including the first Financing Agency for Social Entrepreneurship, new Ashoka programs in Austria, Turkey, Netherlands and Southern Europe, and helped several governments design social innovation strategies.
Felix also serves on several boards, and speaks and publishes internationally.
He lives with his wife and two children in Brussels and Berlin.