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About us

What drives us

We believe in a world where people
do what they really are


This is why we empower individuals and organizations around the world to step up and take responsibility – for themselves, for others and for a higher goal.


We are a family of self-confident responsible citizens who actively shape their own future. We create impact by making people think and act as entrepreneurs and by enabling them to lead themselves as well as others.

How it all started

In 2005, Carsten traveled to Mongolia with a group of European Scouts for the first time. During a visit to a rural elementary school, he noticed the lack of quality school books and started to collect books when back home in Germany

In 2009, they returned to set up the first learning center with the local scout leader Uuganaa as its social entrepreneur. The learning center offered quality courses taught by locals for locals according to the locally felt needs. All courses were offered against a minimal fee which allowed the learning center to break even and pay back the initial investment.

Today BOOKBRIDGE has developed into an impactful and purpose-driven social enterprise. ,

How much do we earn?

How we perform

Transparency is very important to us.

All staff and overhead costs are covered by BOOKBRIDGE GmbH through revenues generated by our action learning programs. This allows the Foundation to invest all income into creating sustainable social enterprises.

We are transparent on all spending including our salaries and return on investments.

How we are organized

BOOKBRIDGE was incorporated as a tax-exempted foundation in Basel, Switzerland in 2010. To separate our impact investing activities from our leadership development programs, BOOKBRIDGE GmbH was setup in Neumarkt, Germany. The GmbH is fully owned by the Foundation.


The Foundation has closed partnership agreements with our country organizations and social enterprises. They are all legally indepdendent institutions in their countries.

Who we are

We are a strong and passionate team with members from around the world.

As part of the scout exchange with Mongolia back in 2005, Carsten is the founder of BOOKBRIDGE. He is a passionate social entrepreneur and Ashoka fellow.

Leadership Team, Co-Founder


Starting her career in international business in Mexico, Arlette did her MBA in Germany and manages our programs with social entrepreneurs.

Leadership Team


Amar worked in IT before entering the field of social entrepreneurism. He is our Mongolian "fahther" and oversees more than 15 social enterprises.

Country Manager Mongolia


Altantungalag "Tunga" has been part of BOOKBRIDGE since our early times. Having studied in Berlin she is the personalized bridge between Europe and Mongolia.

Program Support Manager


As one of the founders of BOOKBRIDGE, Ruth takes care of financials, administration and marketing.

Leadership Team, Co-Founder


After attending our program to Cambodia, Costa Rica-based Marisol decided to switch sides - and is now managing our programs with professionals.

Leadership Team


From archeology to social entrepreneurship: Sokhan manages our projects in Cambodia - and is the best guide to Angkor Wat historic site.

Country Manager Cambodia


Being our first social entrepreneur in Sri Lanka, Sujitha rapidly developed her entrepreneurial skills and is Country Manager for Sri Lanka since 2018.

Country Manager Sri Lanka


Foundation Board

Rasheed is from the Maldives and has led the World Scout Organization for many years. He is deeply dedicated to empowering deprivileged talents.

Foundation President


As director of UBS Foundation, Curdin has led many social projects to success. At BOOKBRIDGE, he is in charge of the Social Business Fund.

Board Member


Barbara oversees the legal aspects of our work. She works as attorney at Nord Stream and lives in Switzerland.

Board Member


Tsolmon has worked for many years for Asian NGOs. She has a Master's in international and comparative education and lives in Ulaanbaatar.

Board Member


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