New Scholarship for Social Innovation Awarded


St Edmund’s College and Cambridge Judge Business School are delighted to announce that a new jointly funded scholarship in Social Innovation has been awarded to Eidi Cruz-Valdivieso, who will begin the course in October 2017. She was attracted by the course’s relevance and its bringing together of many experienced academics and practitioners who can co-create and strengthen pathways in order to bring innovative solutions to some of the most pressing global challenges

Eidi Cruz-Valdivieso was born in Mexico and worked for many years amongst some of the poorest communities in Mexico City and rural Oaxaca in the areas of poverty relief, community initiative and integration, as well as art and creativity. Eidi studied Psychology at Iberoamericana University, and later obtained an MSc with distinction in Organisational and Social Psychology from the LSE, where she subsequently worked on intellectual capital and co-creation in the SME sector. Whilst in London Eidi also studied acting.

For the last four years Eidi directed the Gifted Citizen programme, which aims to support some of the best social entrepreneurs from around the world, whose projects have the ability to impact 10 million people in the areas of health, education, scientific and technological innovation, poverty reduction, environmental sustainability and culture. During 2016 she also managed this programme’s collaboration with HRH The Duke of York’s Pitch@Palace initiative. From a new base in Washington DC, Eidi is now developing Gifted Citizen’s international strategic partnerships. She is also creating, through an NGO, a social innovation and art programme amongst poor communities in Mexico.

Eidi writes, “I am honoured to be the 2017-2019 recipient of the St Edmund’s College and CJBS Social Innovation Scholarship. I am very much looking forward to becoming an active part of the communities of St Edmund’s College and Cambridge Judge Business School, and joining the growing number of students from the MSt in Social Innovation who wish to study at the College.”