The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations
The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations

The Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship

Creating an international network of entrepreneurs and civil society leaders: this is the challenge set by the Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship. Since 2009, this globally unique initiative is creating an unrivalled community of Fellows in both Europe and America by means of an apprenticeship program teaching best practices in business and humanist philosophy.

The challenge

"Building links and celebrating cultural diversity by combining disruptive action, an entrepreneurial spirit, and the defense of universal values."

Firoz Ladak
General Director of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations

The world must think differently, starting right now. And in every corner of the world, this is what thousands of socially concerned entrepreneurs are already doing. The AdR Fellowship aims to build upon the critical and visionary perspectives of these change-makers who come principally from Jewish and Muslim communities. Their ambition: to see their social activities succeed by means of business, to work together on inventing models of cooperation, and to develop a network of activists for a more inclusive society.


Our ambition

The environment, technology, health, education, art… Each year, our Fellows are chosen from a wide variety of creative backgrounds. They are brought together by their entrepreneurial spirit, civic engagement, and drive for change. They remain united, for a period of years, around an academic program and an unparalleled network.

Combine social sciences with business training

by adopting the analytical and multidisciplinary methodologies of "design thinking"

Bring together leaders of change

across the boundaries of religion, ethnicity, and identity

Promote a disruptive model of action

around a shared vision of intercultural dialogue and leadership



Our solutions


Interfaith initiatives bring together around 30 rigorously selected young talents from a pool of hundreds of applicants


A summer school and a winter bootcamp led by business professionals and academic experts in the social sciences and in business

Discussion of experiences

Peer-learning and close-contact mentoring



Development of an active network of Fellows in Europe and the Americas

"By teaching and acting together, the Fellows are sharing an extraordinary life experience. These are ambassadors for social impact and dialogue, particularly between the Muslim and Jewish communities."

Ariane de Rothschild
the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations

The way forward

  • Promote the AdR Fellowship as a genuine driver for change in Western societies.
  • Strengthen the visibility and impact of the Fellows network.
  • Extend the ambition and geographic scope of AdRF by making the program available to entrepreneurs from other countries.
  • Launch an “innovation safari” concept for the class of 2016, in partnership with the strategic consulting firm Fahrenheit 212.
  • Nurture entrepreneurial spirit and responsible business in a way that drives social change.

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