About

SEWF HOMECOMING

Social Enterprise World Forum was established by national social enterprise support agencies with the first event held in Edinburgh in 2008. The success of the event in galvanising the global movement of social enterprise, creating a  platform for learning, sharing of good practice, ideas and creating partnerships, led to other countries seeking to host the event. This has transformed SEWF into the international event of choice for the sector. A brief timeline of the events are below.

  • 2007 – THE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE WORLD FORUM (SEWF) WAS BORN
  • 2008 – THE FIRST SEWF EVENT HELD IN EDINBURGH
  • 2009 – MELBOURNE
  • 2011 – JOHANNESBURG
  • 2012 – RIO DE JANIERO
  • 2013 – CALGARY
  • 2014 – SEOUL
  • 2015 – MILAN
  • 2016 – HONG KONG
  • 2017 – CHRISTCHURCH
  • 2018 – THE TENTH SEWF RETURNS TO EDINBURGH

In its tenth year, the event will return to Edinburgh, Scotland where it all began. Scotland is recognised as a world-leader in the social enterprise sector, and part of a growing global movement. With more than a decade of sustained investment in Scotland’s eco-system of support for social enterprise, it’s fair to say there has never been a better time to ‘go social’. Voted as ‘The World’s Most Beautiful Country’ by Rough Guides Readers’ Poll 2017 there has never been a better time to visit Scotland.

A week full of activities has been planned for delegates to experience the rich beauty, culture and diverse social enterprise sector in Scotland and the UK.

SEWF C.I.C. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Social Enterprise World Forum C.I.C. Board of Directors is represented by permanent Member Directors and Independent Directors appointed for a two-year period, who offer unrivalled knowledge and experience in the sector, work cohesively to support event hosts and work collaboratively to progress social enterprise development globally.

CHAIRMAN
David LePage, Chair, Social Enterprise Council of Canada
MEMBER DIRECTORS
Gerry Higgins, CEO, Community Enterprise in Scotland (CEIS)
Peter Holbrook, CEO, Social Enterprise UK (SEUK)
Jim Schorr, Chairman, Social Enterprise Alliance, USA
David Brookes, Managing Director, Social Traders, Australia
INDEPENDENT DIRECTORS
Dr. Mairi Mackay, Global Head Social Enterprise, British Council, UK
Elena Casolari, CEO, Fondazione ACRACCS, Italy
Helene Malandain, Projector Director, Akina Foundation, New Zealand
Professor Jae-Gu Kim, Former President of the Korea Social Enterprise Promotion Agency

COMMUNITY ENTERPRISE IN SCOTLAND (CEIS)

Established in 1984, the vision of Community Enterprise in Scotland (CEIS) is to make Scotland a better place to live and work with a more inclusive economy. To realise this CEIS engages with businesses and communities to build capacity and to address inequality. Our social enterprise support is internationally recognised and this work is complemented by business finance, employability services, event management, social research and asset based community development. Our clients include individuals seeking employment, businesses requiring support and public bodies interested in social change.

Gerry Higgins, CEO, CEIS founded the Social Enterprise World Forum in 2007 and since its inception we have acted as Secretariat for Social Enterprise World Forum CIC. Our role as Secretariat is to assist and provide administrative support to the SEWF Board and work with current hosts on the lead up to and on-site at SEWF events. With a wealth of event management experience in the UK & internationally, CEIS Events has an extensive portfolio and capability in delivering a wide range of events including  workshops, meetings, conferences, exhibitions, inward and outward study visits. For further information, visit www.ceis.org.uk