Founder and chairperson
Dr. Nadezhda Savova-Grigorova is a cultural anthropologist with a PhD from Princeton University (USA), where she also graduated from a program in social entrepreneurship organized by The Keller Center for Innovation. While working as a consultant and an expert at UNESCO and other international organizations, in 2008 she created the International Council for Cultural Centers (www.international3c.org) – the first global network of social and cultural community centers and networks dedicated to arts and social change. In 2009, Nadezhda founded the Bread Houses Network (www.breadhousesnetwork.org), whose mission is to “knead” peace and friendship between isolated and even fighting people and communities. BHN currently connects community cultural centers and social enterprises-bakeries that use the innovative methods for community building and “Bread therapy” created by Nadezhda. For this initiative she was awarded Traveler with a Mission of the Year 2012 by the global National Geographic. Since 2013, mainly with the support of the C.S.Mott Foundation, Nadezhda has founded two successful social enterprises – Bread Houses- bakeries and has developed the network as a Bulgarian and international social franchise. Her most recent creation is the educational game “Bakers Without Borders” (thegame.bakerswithoutborders.net), which summarizes in an entertaining format for mixed groups of all ages and people with disabilities the methods of the Bread Houses Network and her own stories from the many world-wide adventures. The game won the prestigious global “Intercultural Innovations Award-2016” by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.
Nadezhda is an international presenter (including a TED talk), visionary of various social projects and networks, and an artist. She is a painter of Byzantine icons, an illustrator and writer of children’s books (the series “The Adventures of NadEzhko, the Hedgehog Baker Without Borders”), a poet, writer, a photographer with multiple exhibits, and, not least, a wife and a mother who believes that the family has the power to inspire and support a genuine leadership and integral professional development.