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.
July 7, 2022

FERD’s List 2022 Celebration at Shape!

The FERD’s List Honourees 2022 will be introduced at a special event during the JA Alumni Conference Shape, in Strasbourg on 24 August 2022. Six Junior Achievement alumni from across Europe, who have and continue to achieve outstanding results in their lives after the JA experience, have been selected this…
December 1, 2021

Call for nominations to the FERD’s List 2022

We are now looking for exceptional Junior Achievement alumni, who will join the FERD’s List in 2022! The FERD’s List recognises inspirational young entrepreneurs and leaders for their work and leadership, demonstrating the life-changing impact of Junior Achievement programmes. In the words of Johan H. Andresen, Chairman of FERD and…
November 30, 2021

Celebration of the FERD’s List 2021 Honourees

The Honourees who joined the FERD's List in 2021 were gathered during a special event in Brussels on 24 November. The honourees were joined by Johan H. Andresen, Owner and Chairman of FERD, and initator of the FERD's List together with JA Europe. The honourees present included: Cornel Amariei, CEO…
November 15, 2021

Celebrating the 2021 honourees of the FERD’S LIST

Join us on 24 November, 12:30-13.00 CEST, for the celebration of the FERD's List 2021 Honourees. Meet the inspirational entrepreneurs and leaders, hear their stories, discover their projects and plans for the future. Registration here! Speakers: Johan Andresen, Owner & Chairman FERD Salvatore Nigro, CEO JA Europe 2021 FERD’s List…
October 5, 2021

FERD’s List class of 2021 announced

For the 5th year, a selection of inspirational entrepreneurs and leaders from the Junior Achievement network of alumni have been added to the FERD’s List. The FERD’s List is a joint initiative by JA Europe and FERD, that recognizes individuals who had an entrepreneurial experience while at school, and built…
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…