SEWF announces new Chair and Managing Director

Posted by: Jo Seagrave / 14 December 2018

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Social Enterprise World Forum is delighted to confirm Professor Jim Schorr of Vanderbilt University, Nashville Tennessee as its new Chair. On December 10th Professor Schorr took over from David LePage of Buy Social Canada who had held the position for three years.

SEWF is also pleased to announce that Gerry Higgins will become its first Managing Director on January 1st 2019. The appointment of a Managing Director has been made possible by the support of international business software company SAP as the first SEWF Global Partner. This 3-year partnership allows SEWF to add vital capacity to its work in growing and supporting the social enterprise movement around the world.

Gerry Higgins, will combine his role of SEWF Managing Director with a new role of Director of International Enterprise at Community Enterprise in Scotland (CEIS), having served as CEIS CEO since 2006.

Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) has moved well past being a once-a-year activity and now serves a global community of social enterprise and their supporters. With SEWF Host partners secured for 2019 and 2020 and plans for Regional and Partnership Events, SEWF will deliver an enhanced programme of support to policy makers and social enterprise development initiatives in response to increasing demand around the world.

New Chair, Jim Schorr said, “It has been fascinating to be part of the growth of the global social enterprise movement for the last decade, since the first world forum in Edinburgh. It is an honour to be replacing David LePage as Chair of SEWF at this exciting time for the organization and for social enterprises globally”

Outgoing Chair, David LePage, “With Jim’s leadership, Gerry’s engagement, SAP’s support and a global network built over the last ten years, SEWF is well positioned to take the next steps in the creation of a supportive ecosystem for social enterprise.”

For details of SEWF Global Partnership with SAP
For details of SEWF Programmes