1. Craig Fernandes

Age: 26
Occupation: Cofounder and CEO of SecureMyScholarship
Nationality: Indian
Residence: U.A.E.
Category: Social Impact

Fernandes helps connect students with guaranteed fee waivers and partial scholarships at universities through his edtech platform SecureMyScholarship, which had disbursed $6.3 million in scholarships as of July 2023. It had over 10,000 monthly visitors and 100,000 students annually as of October 2023. It works with almost all private universities in the U.A.E., such as the University of Wollongong in Dubai, Heriot-Watt University Dubai, University of Birmingham Dubai, and American University in Dubai, as well as 300 universities across the U.S. and the U.K. SecureMyScholarship aims to disburse $100 million in scholarships by 2026.