Ralf is the founder and CEO of two national organizations Renovatio, a non-profit, and VerBem, a business, with the mission to democratize the access of eye care in Brazil and internationally. In less than five years, Ralf managed to set up fifteen itinerant ophthalmological clinics and have already provided eye care to over 150,000 people and eyeglasses to over 60,000 in 21 different Brazilian states, Mozambique, Haiti and, India.

In line wih his vision of profoundly impacting eye-care  in Brazil, Ralf also founded VerBem, a social business that aims to disrupt the current status quo of a system that doesn’t effectively reach 85% of the cities in Brazil.

He received a scholarship from Fundação Estudar (Lemann’s Foundation for high potential young leaders) and was invited to share his journey in events such as the World Economic Forum, TedX, among others.

Nominated by Forbes as one of the most promising young adults in Brazil on the UNDER30 list, recognized as the Brazil’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year (under 35y) by Folha de São Paulo and Schwab Foundation, Global Influential Leader by AACSB and Standing Member at the National Youth Council elected for the Health Chair, Ralf Toenjes is a social entrepreneur who holds three bachelor’s degrees in Business and Economics from Insper, and a Law degree from USP.