Sebastian De Beurs is a first-generation American born to immigrants from the Netherlands. Before co-founding GroundBreakers, he worked at the U.S. Department of State, the Aspen Institute, and Ashoka. Sebastian first worked in social entrepreneurship through the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). There he met Ismael, an entrepreneur using solar panels to bring electricity to a major refugee camp in Cameroon. This triple impact on the community, economy, and environment led to a “eureka” moment, after which he co-founded GroundBreakers to support social entrepreneurs like Ismael around the world. Sebastian De Beurs graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Government, where he was a Presidential Scholar. Sebastian speaks Dutch and French, as well as some German, Afrikaans, and Bahasa Indonesia.