David and Christopher Mikkelsen
Founders of Refugees United
Danish brothers and social entrepreneurs David and Christopher Mikkelsen founded Refugees United in 2008 based on a personal experience trying to reconnect a young Afghan refugee with his family. Realising the lack of any global, IT-based infrastructure to help refugees locate missing family, the two brothers set out to change these state of things and built the first-ever global, web-based search tool for refugees. Refugees United was built via an open-source, collaborative approach to building an organisation via partnerships with large corporate players as well as other non-profit organisations such as the Red Cross, UNHCR, Ericsson, SAP, Google, and others.
David and Christopher Mikkelsen are members of the Clinton Global Initiative 2010 and 2011, have been named "New World Heroes - People who deserve a bigger stage in 2009" by Monocle Magazine, nominated as "People of the Year 2009" by DAS Magazin, and have just been nominated as PopTech Fellows 2011.