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Rodrigo Baggio

Founder and President, CDI Global, Center for Digital Inclusion

Skoll Awardee


Rodrigo Baggio, a Social Entrepreneur, is the President and Founder of CDI International and CDI Brazil a global NGO that initiated in Rio de Janeiro in 1995, headquartered in Brazil and USA; focused on digital empowerment that seeks to qualify the young and less privileged through technology. In 22 years, CDI has reached 564 spaces of digital empowerment, 1,281 educators and impacted 1,682,573 individuals  worldwide, with presence in nine Brazilian states and in seven countries.He is also the CEO and co-founder of Trendel, a global professional association of the leading social entrepreneurs in the world, building a new paradigm in the history of social entrepreneurship by creating peer-to-peer platforms around the world. The organization launched this year and already has 12 global forums up and running in 30 countries with 100+ active members. It is the first time in history that we are able to create a collaboration among the main players in the social entrepreneurship field – having Ashoka, Skoll Foundation, Schwab Foundation, B Lab, Aspen Institute and Echo in green in the Advisory Board – with the aspiration to create a new evolution in the field and empower systems change at a new scale.Passionate about technology and social action, Rodrigo has embarked on a new challenge which is leading the first ever purpose-driven reality show on digital inclusion, broadcasted to more than 5 million people by the world’s 4th biggest entertainment television Globo A project envisioned as an innovation to multiply and scale impact.
Due to his work, Rodrigo has been recognized with more than 60 awards from organizations such as UNICEF, UNESCO, Time, Fortune, CNN and the World Economic Forum. He is also a fellow of the four leading organizations that support social entrepreneurs: Ashoka, Skoll, Schwab and Avina.