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World's 50 Best Names 'Champions of Change' 2022

26 April, 2022
Champions of Change

Olia Hercules and Alissa Timoshkina

London-based friends Olia Hercules and Alissa Timoshkina launched the food fundraising initiative #CookForUkraine, inspired by the war in Ukraine, where Hercules was born. They are trying to raise awareness of the humanitarian situation, as well as funds to help displaced children and families, while providing a platform to share and promote Ukrainian recipes and the stories behind them.

They have raised nearly £900,000 to date and are currently working on a hospitality-focused workplace scheme for Ukrainian refugees, a cooking school staffed by Ukrainian cooks, and more.

Koh Seng Choon

Headquartered between Hong Kong and Singapore, Koh Seng Choon is the founder of Dignity Kitchen, the first community food court run by people with disabilities in Asia. The initiative acts as a school to train disabled and disadvantaged people to become hawker stall vendors.

Dignity Kitchen forms part of Project Dignity, which supports people with disabilities through various initiatives, including a second-hand book shop run by mothers and their children with special needs, and Dignity Meal, a food safety initiative aimed at helping disadvantaged people.

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