The Winners

Discover the finalists and winners of the 2018 Edition.

ABSOLUTE WINNER

Marie Terese Mukamitsindo

Marie Terese Mukamitsindo – Rwanda – Winner

Coop.Sociale Integrata a.r.l. Karibu
Marie Terese arrived in Rome in 1996 after escaping the Rwandan Civil War, in which she lost everything. Initially, she lived in a reception centre with her 4 children, and this is where she understood that welfarism is nothing without education. She began working as a carer and, after her degree in Social Services was recognised in Italy, in the early 2000s she was involved in a project focusing on the reception, care and integration of women asylum seekers. In 2004, she managed to set up her own social cooperative, which also launched several reception projects for foreign, unaccompanied minors. The cooperative also actively organises training courses for young people in Ghana and Rwanda, Africa.

BUSINESS GROWTH CATEGORY

Erion Kaso

Erion Kaso – Albania – Winner

Gelateria Gianni
Erion arrived in Italy in 2005, where a friend introduced him to the world of ice cream. He then learnt the craft under the guidance of a Sicilian master. He took over Gelateria Gianni, where he had worked and, after overcoming initial economic obstacles, he opened another shop and now has 10 employees. He sees ice cream making as a form of art and his goal is to open an ice cream shop in Tirana, so that he can export “Made in Italy” quality to his homeland.

Marie Terese Mukamitsindo

Marie Terese Mukamitsindo – Rwanda – FINALIST

Coop.Sociale Integrata a.r.l. Karibu
Marie Terese arrived in Rome in 1996 after escaping the Rwandan Civil War, in which she lost everything. Initially, she lived in a reception centre with her 4 children, and this is where she understood that welfarism is nothing without education. She began working as a carer and, after her degree in Social Services was recognised in Italy, in the early 2000s she was involved in a project focusing on the reception, care and integration of women asylum seekers. In 2004, she managed to set up her own social cooperative, which also launched several reception projects for foreign, unaccompanied minors. The cooperative also actively organises training courses for young people in Ghana and Rwanda, Africa.

Mariana De Jesus Parreira

Mariana De Jesus Parreira – Brasil – FINALIST

Pro-Design
Mariana has been living in Italy since 2005. In 2013, with her husband, she founded Pro-Design, a company operating in the field of mechanical design, which manufactures control gauges from recyclable materials with the use of a 3D printer. Mariana’s origins actually helped her find contacts and develop an international portfolio of clients.

INNOVATION CATEGORY

Lifang Dong

Lifang Dong – China – WINNER

Consulenza legale Dong & Partners Law Firm
Lifang arrived in Italy at the age of six with her mother and two brothers, to be reunited with the rest of her family. She was the only Chinese girl in her class and managed to improve her pronunciation by watching Italian TV shows. At the age of 14, she helped run the family restaurant, but then continued her studies and, in 2003, she graduated in law from LUISS University of Rome. She then spent a period of time in China, where she obtained a Master’s Degree in Chinese law, after which she decided it was time to research her roots. In 2005, she returned to Italy and founded her own law firm in Rome specialising in providing not only consultation for Chinese companies wanting to enter the European market, but also support to European companies interested in the Asian market.


Hamed Mohamed Karim

Hamed Mohamed Karim – Afghanistan – FINALIST

Orient Experience
Hamed arrived in Italy 10 years ago to present two short films, which had been censored by the Afghan Ministry of Culture at the Venice Film Festival. He then requested political asylum and was transferred to a reception centre. Here he learnt Italian and, in 2012, he set up Orient Experience, which not only offers ethnic dishes, but is also a venue for cultural events, aimed at raising people’s awareness of the plight of migrants. In 2016, he also launched the Africa Experience project, a new African restaurant, which provides training for asylum seekers under an agreement with migrant reception centres.

Moulaye Niang

Moulaye Niang – Senegal – FINALIST

Muranero
Moulaye is a bead manufacturer who came to Murano in 1999 to learn the art of hand-blown glass making. Initially, the local residents and craftsmen were wary of him and were reluctant to pass on their knowledge to non-locals. He managed to pay for the Murano school by working as a cleaner for hotels in the Venice area. Today, Moulaye creates lamp glass beads in his laboratory, combining Venetian tradition with African art. In Africa, Moulaye also teaches the ancient art he mastered in Italy at a school for street children. His story was also told in a documentary by director Franco Basaglia: ‘Le perle di ritorno, odissea di un vetraio africano’ (Breaking through the Glass: The Odyssey of an African Glassmaker).

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR CATEGORY

Ionut Giurgi

Ionut Giurgi – Romania – WINNER

ARTLegno
Ionut has been living in Italy for over 10 years. He immediately began to work for a company operating in the wood construction sector which, a few years later however, went bankrupt. In 2016, Ionut founded ARTLegno, specialised in the design and construction of wooden roofs and floors, which offers its customers fully tailor-made products.

Hind Lafram

Hind Lafram – Morocco – FINALIST

Modest Fashion Italia
Hind arrived in Turin in 1998. She needs to wear clothes in keeping with the Islamic values, but she also wants to wear high-quality designer garments. This is why she began designing clothing and sharing it on social media and within a short time, she received numerous orders. Since she was unable to manage it on her own, she founded Modest Fashion Italy and started selling the garments especially to the second-generation of Muslim women living in Italy.

Mor Amar

Mor Amar – Mauretania – FINALIST

Sophia
Mor arrived in a reception centre in Rome as a political refugee, after the coup of 2008 in Mauritania, leaving everything behind him: family, work, home and plans for the future. After an initial period doing odd jobs, Mor founded the Sophia cooperative in 2013 with the aim of creating work processes which, as well as achieving an economic result, would also offer the opportunity for people to meet and do something positive with their lives. Sophia currently has four partners and ten co-workers.

SCHOLARSHIP ENTREPRENEUR OF THE FUTURE

RAMONA LOREDANA IORDAN

RAMONA LOREDANA IORDAN – Romania – WINNER

Ramona Loredana Iordan is a Romanian student from the Economy and Business management course. Began her studies following mainly economy classes, but with time she became passionate of marketing and in particular Customer Experience.  Her dream is to connect fantasy and economy working as a Marketing Manager in a consulting company.  For this reasons, Poste Italiane in collaboration with Roma Tre University, awarded her with the scholarschip Entrepreneur of the Future.