Helena Singer is the Ashoka Vice President for Youth in Latin America. She co-led the creation of innovative schools in Brazil and was a special assistant to the Minister of Education responsible for an initiative to foster innovation in basic education in the country. She has written on education, democracy, and human rights. Among other works, she is the author of República de Crianças about children's school experiences (2010) and organizer of the book collection Territórios Educativos: experiências em Diálogo com o Bairro-escola (2015). Singer holds a PhD in Sociology and a postdoctoral degree in Education, and lives in São Paulo, Brazil.