Rodrigo Baggio



Founder, CDI - Center for Digital Inclusion
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rodrigo Baggio is one of the world’s foremost champions of information technology and education for all. The Brazilian social entrepreneur, 43, has worked tirelessly to overcome what he calls “digital apartheid”.

Driven from the age of 12 by two passions – technology and helping disadvantaged young people in Rio’s favelas – Baggio found a way to combine them in 1995 by founding CDI – Center for Digital Inclusion. The mission of CDI is to utilize IT as a tool to promote social inclusion and bridge the digital divide. Currently, the non-profit organization is present in 13 countries and provides computers and training at over 821 such schools, benefiting more than 1,368,000 people.

Among his many honors, Baggio was named one of the leaders for tomorrow by CNN, the World Economic Forum and Time magazine. “Putting computers and training in the hands of the powerless will change the world,” he says.