Ariel Rojas ’03GSAS
CEO & Founder
Transdiaspora Network

Ariel is the founder and CEO of Transdiaspora Network (TDN), a mission-driven social enterprise launched in 2007 in response to the lack of culturally relevant HIV prevention programs for youth in Brooklyn. As an interdisciplinary social entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience in the fields of mental health, HIV / AIDS, counseling and youth development, he has experience working in New York City’s multi-faceted social service and healthcare industry, delivering culturally competent services, creating inclusive environments and implementing highly effective outreach strategies in diverse communities.

TDN is a non-governmental organization in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. In the field of international development, Mr. Rojas played a key role in the intergovernmental negotiation process at the United Nations in preparation for the summit that officially adopt the post-2015 development agenda.

He graduated with a BA in psychology and a master’s in social psychology from the University of Havana. In 2000, he was awarded Vassar College’s Latin American Culture Fellowship in the Hispanic Studies Department. He holds a master’s degree in socio-cultural anthropology from Columbia University and has also earned master-level credits at Columbia University with a concentration in social enterprise management.

For his leadership, innovative and entrepreneurial effort, and social commitment to bring HIV prevention to a new frontier, Mr. Rojas is the recipient, along with his TDN team, of the New York State Department of Health Commissioner’s 2012 Distinguished Service Award provided by the AIDS Institute. He is a member of the Alumni Society, a platform for the most distinguished Latinos in the country who are making a difference in a meaningful way and are alumni from highly selective US colleges and universities.