The Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship

The mission of the Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship is to forge bridges across boundaries between minority communities in Europe and North America, particularly (but not exclusively) Jewish and Muslim. Over time, this is being achieved through building a network of entrepreneurs and community leaders invested in empowering pluralistic societies, nurturing wisdom and collaborative leadership.

The challenge

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

Firoz Ladak
CEO of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations

The AdR Fellowship is about harnessing the entrepreneurial drive of social entrepreneurs (particularly Jewish and Muslim) to build sustainable impact while nurturing wisdom in its leaders.

The AdR Fellowship is:

Instrumental in providing the tools that allow the AdR Fellows to think ‘outside the box’ – using their analytical skills to unravel the real issues behind the challenges they face and applying a multidisciplinary approach to design solutions for their projects.

Conceptual in contributing to the understanding of global issues, reframing debates and understanding history, politics and business theory.

Transformative through capacity-building and personal development.

Our ambition

Since its inception in 2009, the AdR Fellowship has been passionately committed to diversity, the promotion of cross-cultural and religious understanding, and the respect for human dignity. In a world where divisive forces polarize people and communities, these values are ever more urgent and vital.

The AdR Fellow is a visionary leader who challenges retrenchment and fear of the Other. She/he endeavors to make a real impact through developing innovative solutions and promoting inclusive collaboration across the fields of technology, the environment, health, education and the arts.

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, race, gender and sexual orientation

Promote a disruptive model of action

around a shared vision of cross-cultural leadership and innovative entrepreneurship



Our solutions


The Fellowship, every summer, brings together a rigorously selected cohort of entrepreneurs from amongst 500 applicants


Intense training (summer school followed by a winter boot camp) led by business practitioners and world-renowned academics in the social sciences

Peer-to-Peer Learning

Inspiring stories and actionable advice can help the fellows navigate the often unpredictable road to a successful mission-driven business



A strong active network of Fellows across Europe and North America

"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

  • Standing by our values.
  • Driving our values into action.
  • Being intentional is the ultimate integrity in leadership.
  • Building purpose-driven projects, requires an investment in the purpose-inspired humans driving them.
  • Supporting the paradigm of business for purpose beyond profit.

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