FERD’S LIST is an initiative of JA Europe to recognize inspirational young entrepreneurs and leaders. They are individuals who, in the words of Johan Andresen, Chairman of FERD, are inspirational innovators “creating value and leaving lasting footprints”. They are connected because they have all participated in a JA practical entrepreneurial experience at school.

Johan H. Andresen

“We want to show that the entrepreneurial programs of JA – Junior Achievement, offer young people a unique opportunity which gives them self-awareness and learning through experience. This enables them to make better choices for themselves and their communities”
– says Johan H. Andresen

Selection criteria

FERD’s LIST aims to identify young people who achieved outstanding results in their lives after the JA experience.
It looks not only at what they achieved, but wants to celebrate the pathway they are on; recognizing that they are in a moment of life where their potential is being transformed into greater value for society.

  • Participated in a Junior Achievement company programme (or equivalent)
  • Outstanding young entrepreneur and/or leader aged 25 to 45
  • Change-maker, innovator
  • Evidence of a growing business or organization
  • Contribution to value creation
  • Driven by a desire to succeed and to give back at the same time; exemplary leaders and role models for others
  • Trustworthy, passionate, high integrity, strong communicators, good listeners, vision, grateful to their team, positive.
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October 5, 2021

FERD’s List class of 2021 announced

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January 18, 2021

Call for nominations to the FERD’s List 2021

For the 5th time, in 2021 the FERD’s List will recognise inspirational young entrepreneurs and leaders for their work and leadership, demonstrating the life-changing impact of Junior Achievement programmes. The virtual celebrations of the 2020 FERD’s List honourees included discussions around the role of entrepreneurs in local economic development, digital…
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November 12, 2020

FERD’s List 2020: How can technology develop entrepreneurship and local economies?

The third and last webinar to celebrate the FERD's List 2020 on 12 November featured another two inspirational JA Alumni: Jonas Alexandersson, Founder & COO of UserTribe; and Victoria Mbabazi, Founder & CEO of Kitchen Station. Moderated by Johan Andresen, Owner & Chairman FERD and Jānis Krievāns, CEO JA Latvia, they discussed about the critical role of technology in developing entrepreneurship and local economies. Boris Kolev, Head of Digital…
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November 5, 2020

FERD’s List 2020: How can we foster more entrepreneurs and boost our economic recovery?

05 November, 2020 The second webinar to celebrate the FERD's List 2020 on 5 November featured another three inspirational JA Alumni: Jennifer Crawley, UK Head of Business Management for Small Business Banking of HSBC UK; Karoli Hindriks, CEO & Founder of Jobbatical; and Charles Kim, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Alpine Global. Moderated by Johan Andresen,…
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October 21, 2020

FERD’s List 2020: What will it take for Europe to have more tech unicorns?

21 October, 2020 The first webinar to celebrate the FERD’s List 2020 on 21 October featured three inspirational JA Alumni: Joonas Ahola, Founder & CEO of MeetingPackage; Todor Gigilev, CEO of Dreamix; and Manouchehr Shamsrizi, Founder & CEO of RetroBrain. Moderated by Johan Andresen, Owner & Chairman FERD and Salvatore Nigro, CEO JA Europe, they discussed how Europe could have more tech unicorns. Brynhild Vinskei,…
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September 18, 2020

Meet the 2020 Honourees

As the world struggles to adjust to the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we turn to the young generation to inspire us on how to recover and rebuild our societies and economies. FERD’s List is a joint initiative by JA Europe and FERD that recognizes inspiring JA Alumni from…