Susan Aktemel is Director of Homes for Good (Scotland) CIC, and Homes for Good Investments Ltd. An experienced property developer, she has combined these skills with her commitment to improving people’s lives to create Scotland’s first social enterprise letting agency and social landlord in the private rented sector. From 1994-2012 she created and grew Impact Arts, now a leading Scottish charity. Since 2014 she has raised over £9.5million in social investment for Homes for Good, which was named Social Enterprise of the Year 2016 in the Scottish Business and Social Enterprise Scotland Awards. In November 2017 she received an Honorary Doctorate from Strathclyde Business School for achievements in Social Enterprise. Susan is also a co-opted committee member of Blochairn Housing Co-operative, and a mentor for The Young Foundation.
Founder and Director of Social Value Lab, an international centre for social enterprise policy research and impact measurement, Jonathan has worked in the social enterprise field for 22 years as a researcher, business consultant, speaker and writer. Over the period much of his attention has been on enabling social enterprises to tell their story and demonstrate impact in a robust and balanced way. He started his career in the community economic development field, helping to get new social ventures off the ground and supporting enterprising non-profits to transform their culture and impact. He has gone on to support the social enterprise sector in a variety of roles, including as director of a national research agency. Based in Scotland, he has led work on Scotland's Social Enterprise Census (2015 and 2017) and on the co-production of the Scottish Government's ambitious 10-year social enterprise strategy. He continues to work with frontline social enterprises as well as the supporting cast of governments, national and international agencies, foundations and investors.
Sarah is passionate about social enterprise and a keen supporter of the sector for over 20 years. Her journey began in the Economic Development Department of Birmingham City Council with the discovery that other countries were using business practices to solve social problems. This learning enabled her and others to develop approaches that worked in the UK. Over years Sarah has sat on membership boards, written strategy, delivered programmes of support, been an adviser and mentor and above all managed her own social enterprise. Sarah is the founder and CEO of ISE a Social Enterprise development organisation providing start up and business growth support. ISE learn, innovate and problem solve to grow and develop social enterprises. Recent work concerns network development and the use of peer to peer support to grow the sector and the use of these as a platform for new innovations.
David Duke MBE is the founder and CEO of Street Soccer Scotland, a social enterprise that uses football to create positive change in the lives of socially disadvantaged adults and young people. Recently, he has set up Change Centre Scotland, a new social enterprise that exists to tackle homelessness by creating personal development and self-management centres. David is also Global Ambassador for the Homeless World Cup organisation, an Ambassador for Charity Quarriers, is an Advisory Board Member for UNICEF (Scotland). In 2012 he was recognised as The Sunday Times 'Change Maker' of the Year and in 2016 as a CNN Hero. David was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for his work by Edinburgh's Queen Margaret University and in January 2018 he received an MBE in recognition of his contribution to sport and socially disadvantaged people.
Pauline's been at the helm of Social Firms Scotland for 10 years, although her work in the social economy spans 18 years. Pauline is also a director of Ready for Business Procurement LLP which has delivered the Scottish Govt's Developing Markets for Third Sector Providers' Programme. Through this, Pauline has worked with the Scottish procurement and commissioning community to support social value in commissioning approaches and promote new service delivery models. She has also supported a number of strategic Public Social Partnerships in Scotland across justice; mental health; community transport; social care, and employability for people in recovery. Pauline represents social enterprise on the Govt's Procurement Supplier Group. She is a graduate of Glasgow Caledonian University and her career history includes marketing management within further education, community arts and regeneration.
Ms. Helianti Hilman is the Founder and CEO of JAVARA INDONESIA. Believing in the future of Indonesia's food biodiversity to meet global healthy diets and explorative culinary experience, Ms. Hilman left her work as Intellectual Property Rights lawyer and consultant in a multi-sector rural economic development to establish JAVARA. As the frontrunner in promoting and delivering Indonesia's food biodiversity products to the global market, JAVARA is also known as the leading organic brand in Indonesia. In 2017 Javara is named as #1 Indonesia's Top Exotic Brand by SWA Magazine Indonesia. Ms. Hilman is one of Indonesia's most celebrated social entrepreneurs. She has been awarded EY Indonesia 2013 Social Entrepreneur of the Year and Schwab Foundation 2015 Social Entrepreneurs. In 2017 she is also named by Top 10 Asia as one of Indonesia's Top Social Entrepreneurs. Her work has been covered in many prominent Media, including Channel News Asia, Guardian UK and Forbes Indonesia. Ms. Hilman is also a notable speaker in various international forum, including in the Social Entrepreneurs World Forum 2017 in Christchurch-New Zealand.
June O'Sullivan MBE is Chief Executive of the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), a social enterprise which currently runs 37 nurseries across eleven London boroughs. An inspiring speaker, author and regular media commentator on Early Years, Social Business and Child Poverty, June has been instrumental in achieving a major strategic, pedagogical and cultural shift for the award-winning London Early Years Foundation, resulting in increased profile, new childcare model and stronger social impact over the past ten years. As CEO and creator of the UK's leading childcare charity and social enterprise since 2006, June continues to break new ground in the development of LEYF's scalable social business model. She remains a tireless campaigner, looking for new ways to influence policy and make society a better place for all children and families. June is a champion of community-based, multi-generational early years education as the basis for greater social and cultural capital to deliver long-term social impact. She continues to advise Governments as well as a range of organisations, academics and services at home and overseas about how best to implement a social enterprise vision for Early Years. June is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Director of Early Years Nutrition Partnership, Trustee of London Hostels Association. Director of Social Enterprise UK, Member of Sustain Children's Food Fund and Founding Member of International Early Years. She has recently joined the Mayor's Advisory Skills Board. June was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday honours in 2013, for her services to London's children. She won the Social Enterprise UK Women's Champion Award in November 2014 and in February 2015 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Middlesex. In 2016 she was named one of the 500 influential People in the UK by Debretts. In 2017 she was delighted to receive the Most Influential Person In Early Years Award and joined the top 10 WISE women. June is a published author, with an MA in Primary & Early Childhood Studies and MBA from London South Bank University.
Jan is a highly regarded social entrepreneur, innovator, influencer and author who has spent the past 25 years growing Australia's youth, social enterprise and innovation sectors. In 2012 she was named Australia's inaugural Australian Financial Review and Westpac Woman of Influence; in 2014 she received the Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from the University of Sydney; and was awarded membership to the Order of Australia in 2000. She is the author of Every Childhood Lasts a Lifetime (1996) and The Future Chasers (2014). Jan is the CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians and YLab, the global youth futures lab. Her lifelong mission is to unleash the potential of young people to lead positive change in the world.
Stephanie Pronk is a globally-minded, driven, inquisitive change-maker with a passion for social enterprise. Having worked for social enterprises in the UK and Canada, she currently serves as the Director of Operations of the Social Enterprise Institute, where she is on a mission to bring tools for transformative social change to anyone around the globe with an internet connection. In 2014 she was named by 21Inc as a Top 50 under 30 in Atlantic Canada, and has been a driving force behind numerous community organizations, including the Halifax Music Co-Op, and was an author of Nova Scotia's 2014 Social Enterprise Census. A leader in the social enterprise sector, Stephanie has helped lead SEI's parent company, Common Good Solutions to where it is today. While her background is in Human Resource Management she is considered an expert in project management, workshop creation and delivery, online marketing and web design, and all things social enterprise. Stephanie has a business degree with certificates in Psych and French from Saint Mary's University, and a certificate in eLearning from the University of Calgary. She is currently completing a certificate in Project Management from UBC, is annoyingly always taking online courses, and has worked in the Social Enterprise space in both Scotland and Canada. She's completed consultant training from leading North American consultant Carter MacNamara, and Applied Leadership training through Bluteau DeVinney.
Kresse Wesling, MBE, is a multi-award winning enviromental entrepreneur and Young Global Leader with a background in venture capital and significant start-up experience. After first meeting the London Fire Brigade in 2005, Kresse launched Elvis & Kresse, which turns industrial waste into innovative lifestyle products and returns 50% of profits to charities related to the waste. Elvis & Kresse's first line is made from decommissioned fire hose and 50% of the profits from this line are donated to the Fire Fighters Charity. The company now collects 12 different waste streams and has several charitable partnerships.