Veronica Colondam has championed the field of social entrepreneurship in Indonesia with the establishment of YCAB Foundation (1999) and its affiliates companies in early 2000. This sustainable model has enabled YCAB to reach out to 2.7 million people through job creation and education provision to underprivileged youth. YCAB continues to evolve into a global social enterprise with operation in five other countries namely: Myanmar, Afghanistan and Pakistan since 2013 and in early 2014, Uganda and Mongolia.
Veronica has a degree in mass communications with honours in Public Relation and received her Master in Social Science from the Imperial College, London and the London of Hygiene and Tropical Disease. She is an alumnus of the Global Leadership program at Harvard’s Kennedy School (2009); Leadership Lab at MIT; Social Entrepreneurship at INSEAD and Impact Investment, SAID Business School, Oxford. Veronica has also authored several books on youth development and behaviour.
Since 2001, she has received many awards and honours; the youngest recipient of the UN-Vienna Civil Society Award (2001); Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum (2006); Fellow of Asia Society’s 21 Young Leaders (2007); Global Social Innovator Park Fellow (2008); a Channel News Asia Change Maker (2009); Asian of the Year (2010); Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year (2011) and Schwab Foundation’s Social Entrepreneur of 2012. In 2014, Forbes named her as 48 Asian Philanthropist and one of Ten Most Inspiring Women in Indonesia. Veronica lives in Jakarta with her husband, together they have three children, The first two are studying at UC Berkeley and the youngest is still at home.