Once upon a time...
Gemmes is a non-profit organization.
The Gemmes team views young people as a “mine rich in gems of inestimable value”and the team’s mission is to help these precious gems to grow, sparkle, and reveal all their facets to the world.
Gemmes was founded in 2020 by Caroline Avanzo. After starting her career as a lawyer, she devoted over 15 years to the field of human rights. She worked for several non-governmental organizations in France and India, and for the United Nations in Geneva. Having faced real human tragedies over the span of several years, and eager to work more upstream on societal issues, she decided to invest in those she considers to be the builders of tomorrow’s world: youth. In 2019, she left the UN to focus entirely on her project. After carefully crafting partnerships and synergies with other innovative organizations in the field of education, Caroline created Gemmes, as an endowment fund under French law. The organization is managed by a seven-member Board of Directors.