Ewa Wojkowska

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Ewa Wojkowska

Co-Founder and COO

Kopernik was born from Ewa's desire to more effectively address development issues. As Co-Founder and COO, she seeks to empower communities to articulate their needs and tap into private sector innovations. Prior to co-founding Kopernik, she worked for the United Nations and the World Bank in Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Sierra Leone, Thailand and New York, focusing on the empowerment of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. She has extensive experience in human rights and justice, and founded the United Nations Development Programme access to justice program in Indonesia. Ewa also founded Centro Feto, a women's empowerment organisation in Oecusse, Timor-Leste. Ewa has been recognised as an Ashoka Fellow, an Asia 21 Young Leader, Rutgers University's Social Entrepreneur of the Year, and as one of Advance's 50 emerging women leaders. Ewa studied Asian studies and politics and public policy. Kopernik's name honours Ewa's Polish background and the great Polish scientist Nicolaus Copernicus, who revolutionised conventional thought. Ewa also sits on Kopernik's board of directors.

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Kopernik in action:
15 June 2012
More wine, more water

More wine, more water »

On the back of the success of the "Wine into Water" party that was held in October 2010, Kopernik supporters Adam and Ashleigh hosted another wine-themed fundraising event in Tokyo on Saturday, June 9th. The event raised JPY668,000 (US$8410) to support the Kopernik project Drinks are on me!, which aims to facilitate green technology adoption and create new business opportunities for poor women in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. The previous event raised JPY660,000 to provide 54 units of Solvatten to a community in Uganda.

By Ewa Wojkowska

Kopernik news:
20 February 2012
Kopernik Annual Report 2011

We've Just Turned Two! »

It’s been just two years since we launched Kopernik and during this time we have directly reached 63,000 people in 11 countries with life-changing technology. The demand for the products and services we offer is bigger than we anticipated and we have only just begun to realize our potential for big and bold impact.

By Ewa Wojkowska

Kopernik in action:
26 December 2011
Oecusse Children with d.lights

What a year! »

Dear friends of Kopernik, in some ways it was in Timor-Leste that it all began – the place where our international development careers started more than a decade ago and where inspiration for the Kopernik model took hold. One year ago, in late 2010, we went to Timor-Leste to assess how Kopernik might help the people we had known so well. We rode to the remote enclave of Oecusse, truly in the “last mile”, along dusty roads, in complete darkness. The majority of Timor-Leste – like most of Africa and much of Asia - is “off the grid,” and most people rely on kerosene for lighting.

By Ewa Wojkowska

Kopernik news:
04 October 2011
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Silver Spring Networks brings lights to Atauro Island »

We are pleased to announce a new partnership with Silver Spring Networks, who are funding a solar lighting project on Timor-Leste’s Atauro island. Working with Kopernik’s local partner Roman Luan, Silver Spring Network’s donation will allow us to distribute solar lanterns to 200 households on Atauro, benefitting more than 1,000 people. Located a three-hour boat ride from Dili, Timor-Leste’s capital, communities on Atauro do not have reliable access to water or electricity.

By Ewa Wojkowska

Kopernik news:
29 June 2011
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Ahimsa and Kopernik cultivate a partnership in India »

Ahimsa Brands (Mauritius) Ltd., a restaurant operating business that is the franchisee for Le Pain Quotidien and Vapiano in India, is teaming up with Kopernik and sponsoring a project to deliver Driptech irrigation technology to poor farming communities in rural India. The project was initiated after a successful pilot study earlier this year and will be implemented over the next three months.

By Ewa Wojkowska

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