Emerging Europe’s Architects of Tomorrow: 28 outstanding individuals all committed to bringing about positive change in their home countries.
Since their inception in 2018, the Emerging Europe Awards have aimed to recognise and celebrate outstanding individuals, projects, initiatives, organisations, and companies that have made significant contributions to the social, economic, and democratic development of the region.
Over the last four years, our editorial team has recognised severable notable public figures, including Laura Codruța Kövesi, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Maia Sandu, and Mykhailo Fedorov. However, we continue to be inspired by many more individuals from across the region, all of who deserve recognition for their work.
We are thus proud to announce our first Architects of Tomorrow, a group consisting of 28 exceptional individuals—one for each country of emerging Europe and Central Asia.
These individuals come from diverse backgrounds and professions, including innovators, entrepreneurs, scientists, researchers, engineers, technologists, social activists, educators, artists, journalists, policy makers, environmentalists, and community builders. Each of them contributes to shaping a better tomorrow for the region in their respective domains.
“This group of exceptional people represent the brightest and best of our diverse region,” says Craig Turp-Balazs, editor of Emerging Europe. “They are all committed to bringing about positive change in their home countries, often under difficult circumstances, while advocating for those countries on the global stage.
“We are thrilled to be able to take this opportunity to recognise their work, and do so in the certainty that they will continue to contribute to the social and economic development of not just their homelands, but the entire region.”
Emerging Europe’s Architects of Tomorrow 2023
Dafina Peci, Albania
Fanning the flames of dreams, unlocking potential and empowering young people to soar.
Seda Papoyan, Armenia
Empowering the minds of the next generations and shaping their tomorrows through education.
Sona Salimli-Alasgarova, Azerbaijan
Pioneering a tech-driven legal landscape and democratising law for better access.
Francišak Viačorka, Belarus
Courageous advocacy and forging ahead in the fight for democracy and human rights.
Adnan Ćerimagić, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Inspiring transformation, streamlining prosperity, stability and security of the region.
Kostadin Nedev, Bulgaria
Cultivating curiosity and igniting the spark of innovation for tomorrow’s leaders.
Vernesa Smolčić, Croatia
Unveiling the mysteries of the cosmos and empowering humanity to reach for the stars.
Jan Lukačevič, Czechia
Redefining possibilities through technology and space innovation to empower humanity.
Kaisa Hensen, Estonia
Leading the way in sustainable excellence through innovation and making every action count.
Nino Enukidze, Georgia
Breaking down barriers, inspiring change and empowering women everywhere for a better future.
Szabolcs Panyi, Hungary
Seeking truth, strengthening democracy and fueling change through curiosity and determination.
Zaure Rozmat, Kazakhstan
Embracing the cutting-edge blend of innovation and setting new paths in the media world.
Zana Avdiu, Kosovo
Championing difficult discussions and unleashing the power of dialogue to drive social change.
Aidana Aidarbekova, Kyrgyzstan
Blasting gender stereotypes out of orbit while defying gravity and exploring space.
Diāna Pershtein-Lapkis, Latvia
Empowering visionaries by unleashing the power of social entrepreneurship and innovation.
Povilas Poderskis, Lithuania
Exploring, empowering and succeeding by harnessing the power of data for future innovations.
Dumitru Alaiba, Moldova
Embracing the digital revolution through a courageous vision and igniting economic success.
Milojko Spajić, Montenegro
Prioritising the nation’s lifelong wellbeing, quality living and happiness for generations to come.
Nikica Mojsoska-Blazevski, North Macedonia
Empowering local communities and transforming lives by harnessing the potential of the diaspora.
Daniel Jarząb, Poland
Revolutionising the world through pioneering innovations using technology and the human body.
Mihai Filip, Romania
Embracing innovation and technology, embodying security and inspiring a world of possibilities.
Dragana Vujović Djermanović, Serbia
Redefining entrepreneurship by embracing the power of connection and collaboration.
Mikuláš Lakatoš, Slovakia
Harnessing the power of diversity for a brighter future by uniting voices and amplifying impact.
Tilen Travnik, Slovenia
Empowering a greener tomorrow with innovative, transformative and sustainable food solutions.
Nigora Fazliddin, Tajikistan
Igniting hope and driving change and social impact through the power of clever storytelling.
Jennet Akmyradova, Turkmenistan
Unleashing the power of entrepreneurship and inspiring transformation in challenging landscapes.
Nataliya Mykolska, Ukraine
Rising above unprecedented challenges, embracing change and forging a path to a better tomorrow.
Djasur Djumaev, Uzbekistan
Igniting dreams and inspiring greatness by paving a way for tomorrow’s entrepreneurs.
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