Li An Phoa, a university lecturer of Business Administration at the Rotterdam School of Management, has won the VIVA400 Award for the greatest world-changer.

According to the judges, Phoa ‘connects people, innovates and is a true visionary’. The women’s magazine said Phoa is changing a ‘difficult field’, i.e. the education system. ‘What you are doing with your Spring College is – quite literally – a refreshing form of reform. You hold a university degree, but at the same time, you have both feet on the clay ground. We, the judges, feel that you are making the world a better place in this way.’

Among other subjects, the 34-year-old RSM lecturer teaches a subject called Companies in Ecologies, which involves her taking students outside. She also founded a ‘nomadic’ school, Spring College.