Nadezhda Savova-Grigorova, PhD

Founder of International Council for Cultural Centers and the Bread Houses Network. Awarded by National Geographic for Traveler of the year (2012)

Dr. Nadezhda Savova-Grigorova completed her PhD in Cultural Anthropology at Princeton University along with fellowships at the Princeton Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies and the Keller Center for Innovation focusing on social entrepreneurship. While working as a consultant-expert in cultural policies at UNESCO and other international organizations, in 2008 Nadezhda founded the International Council for Cultural Centers ( – the first global network of social and cultural community centers and networks promoting cultural policies and community arts for social transformation, currently connecting 56 countries on all continents. In 2009, as a spin-off of I3C, Nadezhda developed the Bread Houses Network (, based in Bulgaria ( but coordinating trained facilitators in 20+ countries, with the mission to “knead” peace and friendship among isolated and even feuding communities around the world by inspiring them to make, bake, and break bread together. For this initiative and her travels researching local cultural and culinary traditions in more than 70 countries, Nadezhda was recognized as “Traveller with a Mission of the Year 2012” by the global National Geographic. In 2016, Nadezhda created the educational game “Bakers Without Borders” (, winner of the prestigious global “Intercultural Innovations Award-2016” by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. She is currently writing and illustrating a series of children’s books “The Adventures of NadEzhko, the travelling hedgehog Baker Without Borders”, whose character is also the mascot of the family social enterprise bakery that Nadezhda and her husband Stefan founded in Sofia, Bulgaria, where they live ( Nadezhda is also iconographer, poet, but most of all a mother to two wonderful daughters, called Love (Lyubov) and Wisdom (Sophia), and believes that children can teach us best how to love and forgive with no limits.