Victor is the CEO of Turning Point, a social enterprise providing health and social care interventions to approximately 77,000 people on an annual basis. Victor sits as a Non-Executive Director on the boards of NHS England, the Co-Operative Group, Collaborate CIC, IOCOM and Leadership In Mind. He is also the Chair of Social Enterprise UK. Victor has chaired a number of commission reports into policing, employment, mental health, housing and fairness for The London Fairness Commission, the Met Police and for central and local government. He was awarded CBE for services to the unemployed and homeless people, and became a crossbench peer in 2001.
Victor is a visiting Professor and Chancellor at the University of Lincoln; an honorary member of the Institute of Psychiatry; President of The International Association of Philosophy and Psychiatry and a Governor at The London School of Economics. Victor has an MA in Advanced Organisational Consulting from Tavistock Institute and City University.
Yasmin is currently the managing director of NeOOne Associates - a human potential consulting firm. The firm specialises in using ontology, human-centered design, story practice and accelerated learning as their learning methodology. She has 11 years experience as trainer, facilitator and learning and development practitioner. Yasmin is a great visualiser and has sought after competency in designing engagement and learning processes. She is well known in Malaysia for championing Accelerated Learning methodology, Graphic Facilitation and Story Practice. For the past 12 years, she has personally designed and facilitated more than 500 sessions on learning and development for different level of employees in both multinational companies and government agencies. Yasmin is also Program Manager for Social Enterprise Academy Malaysia.
Louise is the CEO of the Ākina Foundation, New Zealand’s principal intermediary for social enterprise. Following SEWF 2017, hosted in Christchurch NZ, Ākina has been appointed the strategic partner to the New Zealand Government to further establish the social enterprise sector and to help transform the NZ economy by harnessing the power of enterprise for positive and environmental impact. A strong advocate for social responsibility and impact, Louise leads a talented and passionate team of social enterprise and impact investment experts, providing support, capability and thought leadership both across New Zealand and internationally. Louise joined Ākina in 2016, following a successful corporate career, which included the management of New Zealand’s largest corporate social responsibility programme.
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.
Tom is the Founder and CEO of Impact Boom, a social enterprise empowering entrepreneurs and innovators to unleash their greatest potential to create a better world. Impact Boom provides its global community with insights, inspiration and resources, and has interviewed 100+ social enterprise leaders and changemakers on its blog & podcast. Beyond events, workshops and individual support, Impact Boom's Elevate+ Accelerator Program, helps early stage social entrepreneurs develop and scale their impact.
Tom also runs Seven Positive, an award winning Strategic Design Consultancy working with purpose-driven organisations to deliver people-centric and design-led impact initiatives that deliver strong, lasting social and environmental impact. As an experienced educator, Tom works with leading universities in Australia and internationally to develop and deliver innovative programs across social innovation and entrepreneurship, design, business and marketing. Tom currently serves on the Board of the Queensland Social Enterprise Council, the Advisory Board of ImpaQt and as SEiR at Yunus Social Business Centre.
Dr. Thamina Anwar is an author, engineer, serial entrepreneur, Islamic social entrepreneur, researcher, educator, economist, public speaker and consultant for various international institutions, governments, corporate/non-profit organizations and waqf (Islamic endowment) institutions.
She is the founder of Trade Not Riba dot Com (www.TradeNotRiba.com). She developed the Islamic Social Entrepreneurship (ISE) and waqf-ISE model as part of her doctorate studies. She is the co-founder and director of Halal Brand Hub (www.halalbrandhub.com), director and founder of Halal and Tayyibaat (www.halalandtayyibaat.com) and Salam New Zealand (www.salamnewzealand.com).
Thamina is the author of “Waqf (Endowment): A Vehicle for Islamic Social Entrepreneurship”, published in 2017 by the prestigious IBFIM (Islamic Banking and Finance Institute Malaysia), Kuala Lumpur. She is also one of the authors of the “Financing the Development of Old WAQF Properties: Classical Principles and Innovative Practices Around the World”, published by Palgrave Studies in Islamic Banking, Finance and Economics, USA. Thamina’s work experience spans across the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia and the Middle East.
She has over 15 years of experience in varied positions and sectors ranging from research, tertiary level teaching, education management, problem solving, business analysis, general management, business development, product (software) development, business start-up strategies, relationship building, project management, consultancy, IT, computer programming, Islamic finance, sustainability, engineering, waqf (endowment) investment/ management strategies and philanthropy (community empowerment).
Thamina has a Doctorate degree from UKZN (SA), completed under the supervision of Professor Dr. Suleman Dangor and Associate Professor Dr. Adi Setia. In addition, Thamina has a Masters in Islamic Finance and is a Chartered Islamic Finance Professional (CIFP), gained from INCEIF (Malaysia). She has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Cranfield School of Management (UK), a Master of Science (MSc) in Communications & Real-time Electronics from the University of Bradford (UK) and a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons.) in Electronic Engineering from Queen Mary, University of London (UK). She also has a Post-graduate Diploma in Teaching from the University of Auckland (NZ).
Rania is an Egyptian social certified trainer on Eco-Inclusive enterprise development and the founder of Entreprenelle, a mission-driven enterprise that strives to bridge the gender gap economically by educating, training and linking women to all the resources possible.
Rania is concerned with socioeconomic gender rights focusing on the right to adequate standard of living based on the SDG 8 of “Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all“, which is why she started her initiative and been chosen to represent Egypt at many national and global conferences as The Global Entrepreneurship Summit held in India 2017. Rania is also a Global Shaper, Injaz Alumni, CEFP Alumni, UN Women Gender innovation Agora member and TEDx speaker with more than five years of experience in marketing and a degree in Business Administration.
As the director of FreshSight, a student-run social enterprise consultancy, Andrew led an expansion of operations, reach and impact. By becoming one of only 7% of social enterprises to offer services overseas, launching a pro-bono programme and engaging hundreds of talented students, the FreshSight model stands ready to solve compelling problems for the future of social business. Andrew is also engaged with the law-for-good movement, across the UK. He advocates for young people with an instinct for technological, legal or commercial success to raise their expectations of the social impact they can generate. His work for these causes saw him become the first student to be recognised by Social Enterprise Awards Scotland and in the same year become the youngest ever 'Legal Geek of the Week'.
Samuel is a senior researcher and consultant with 20 years of experience in political science research and an extensive international experience in the field of social entrepreneurship development, where he has successfully completed assignments for the most relevant international actors (European Commission, WB, OECD, CAF, etc.), governments (Poland, Slovakia, etc.) and social economy organisations (CICOPA, ICA, REVES, etc). He holds two Master’s degrees: Political Science (UNED University) and International Relations (Complutense University). Co-founder and CEO of the international consulting Cooperative SOKIO, Vice-president of the Cooperative “SCA-Innomades” (2006-2012) and, from 2002 to 2006, Samuel designed and directed the International Relations Department of CEPES-Andalusia. He has been member of the board of REVES, co-founder of REAS-Andalusia and member of EMES network. However, for him, his most significant achievement is balancing his personal and professional life where he manages to work only part time in order to spend time with friends and family.
Seán Barnes is seeking to realise the potential of business to have a positive social and environmental impact. Following on from study and various government and consultancy roles in professional engineering, Seán works with the Ākina, who are growing social and environmental impact in NZ by supporting and enabling the rapidly growing social enterprise sector. Seán is leading Ākina’s social procurement work programme that includes providing advisory support to businesses, connecting businesses to social enterprise suppliers, building a marketplace for social procurement and supporting social enterprises to be procurement ready. Seán is recognised as a big-picture thinker and communicator who loves to connect people, thinking and ideas to lead change. He can’t wait to experience Scotland!
Appointed Managing Director of Social Traders in 2009, David is an Executive Director on Social Traders’ Board and has responsibility for development and implementation of the organisation’s strategy, staff recruitment and engagement with key government, philanthropic, business and research partners.
David has been closely involved in the development of social enterprise development initiatives in Australia, including the annual Social Enterprise Conference, the Victorian Social Enterprise Strategy and social procurement advocacy across the public and private sectors. He is also a Director of the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) Community Interest Company (CIC) established in July 2015.
David brings extensive experience leading strategic business-community partnerships at Rio Tinto, Toyota and Amcor; as well as industry and government policy development and key stakeholder engagement experience.
David has a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) from the University of Wollongong and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Caryn Capriccioso’s 25+ years of experience with social entrepreneurship, earned income and social venture development guide her work as co-founder/principal of interSector Partners, L3C and interSector Talent. Previously, Caryn was director of planning services and social enterprise for a Denver-based consulting firm. She (quite accidentally) founded her first social enterprise in the early 1990s and has been devoted to this work ever since. Caryn holds a master of nonprofit management from Regis University. She is past chair of Social Venture Partners Boulder County, a co-founder of Impact Hub Boulder and serves on the advisory board for Fourth Sector Mapping Initiative. Caryn and interSector Partners co-founded and ran the Colorado Nonprofit Social Enterprise Exchange, an incubator supporting emerging social ventures. The Exchange has launched 14 new social enterprises while building an ecosystem of human and capital support for social enterprise in Colorado.
Claire is a social entrepreneur, educator and placemaker with expertise is in personal, organisational, community and ecosystem development. Claire works internationally providing strategic and practitioner inputs on social enterprise development, placemaking through quality coworking, incubating social change and leadership. Claire is the Founder of The Melting Pot - Scotland’s Centre for Social Innovation - a global pioneer in the coworking movement. The Melting Pot stimulates and supports social innovation through 3 interlinked business : spaces to collaborate, incubation of good ideas, acceleration of quality coworking globally - all to create resilient, enterprising communities. Claire has driven the business’ development, and is a respected and award winning social entrepreneur : the inaugural ‘Social Enterprise Champion’ Award 2016 and shortlisted for ‘Women in Social Enterprise’ November 2017 in the UK Social Enterprise Awards.
Karen Chinkwita Phiri ( Kumakanga) is the co-founder of Jubilee Enterprise, a local social enterprise and the first Malawian youth-focused business development service provider. Jubilee is also a franchise partner of the Social Enterprise Academy. Karen is primarily an educator. Holding a degree in Education Humanities her goal is to enable the growth of a conducive environment for sustainable development through entrepreneurship and arts. She has served since July 2017 as the youngest director on the Malawi Scotland Partnership board. She seeks to use her well-rounded, management and business development experience to enable social innovators and entrepreneurs in Malawi to reach their full potential. Karen enjoys hiking and good music. She also loves art, and has tried her hand at writing for children, stage acting, is part of a band and a strong soprano.
Inspired by the passion, energy and determination within rural communities Ailsa established Inspiralba, a social enterprise with charitable status, in 2009 to deliver development and management support to community based enterprises across Argyll and Bute. This work is informed by previous experience; developing and delivering services, generating income and managing contracts in the public and community sector locally, nationally and internationally. Ailsa has a particular interest in rural development, and the important role social enterprise can play in sustaining our rural communities. The range and diversity of enterprise activity across rural Argyll and the Islands, continues to provide learning, where significant social impact is delivered by a broad range of, often small, social enterprises. This gives an insight into the challenges and opportunities from a rural perspective and Ailsa regularly advocates for the rural perspective of social enterprise to be recognised with a range of stakeholders.
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 this 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.
Ray is the CEO of Auticon Limited, an award-winning IT and compliance consulting business. All Auticon consultants are on the autism spectrum. We pride ourselves in creating autism-friendly work environments as well as delivering outstanding quality to our clients. Ray joined the board of Auticon Limited from Grow Software, a DRM developer for the additive manufacturing sector, where he was CEO. Prior to that, Ray was a director of Osborne Clarke, the European law firm and the UbiQ Group, an OEM software supplier. Ray is a qualified UK solicitor and has a Masters Degree in Intellectual property law. He has a longstanding interest in social enterprise and founded the IMPACT team at Osborne Clarke.
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 a number of 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.
Lorne joined the Board of HIE in April 2008 and was appointed as Chair in March 2012. He is a founding partner and Chairman of leading Scottish commercial law firm Harper Macleod LLP, which has offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Lerwick and Thurso. From its very small beginnings Lorne has built a practice which is one of the largest in Scotland and comprises 72 Partners with a total compliment of 402. Harper Macleod became a Living Wage employer in 2015 and recently won the CSR award at the Scottish Business Awards.
Lorne held the Chair of Banking Law at Glasgow University from 1997 until his retirement in August 2015 and is now Emeritus Professor of Banking Law. He has broad experience of public sector operations and was formerly Deputy Chairman of Scottish Enterprise Glasgow and one of three Chairmen of the Housing Improvement Task Force with his group completing their work in 2002. He is generally credited as the architect of the Home Report System in Scotland. He was appointed as Convener of the Standards Commission in June 2003 (under the Ethical Standards in Public Life (Scotland Act 2000). Lorne resigned from this office in September 2006 to take up the Chair of the 'Independent Review of Regulation, Audit, Inspection and Complaints Handling of Public Services in Scotland' which reported in September 2007. Lorne was a non-Executive Director of the Scottish Government Justice Programme Board until November 2010.
Mike joined DC Central Kitchen (DCCK) in 2004 after a 20-year career in the hospitality business. Under his leadership, DCCK’s catering business expanded from traditional opportunities to include locally-sourced, scratch-cooked school meals, increasing revenues from US$500,000 in 2005 to over US$9million in 2017. DCCK's Nutrition Lab facility, funded and launched under Mike’s leadership, has allowed DCCK to expand business, increase purchases from local farms, and improve efficiency. This growth has also fueled a growth in staff to over 180 with 45% coming from DCCK's nationally recognised Culinary Job Training Program. Mike is a chair emeritus of the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington and a Board member for The Common Market in Philadelphia. He currently sits on the advisory boards of DC Greens, Real Food for Kids, and Catalyst Kitchens and is a member of the Leadership Council of DC Hunger Solutions. DCCK has received numerous accolades under Mike’s leadership, including the Mayor’s Environmental Excellence Award; the Washington Business Journal’s Green Business Award for Innovation; and the DC Chamber of Commerce Community Impact Award. Mike is a recipient of the 2010 Gelman, Rosenberg + Freedman EXCEL Award for excellence in chief executive leadership and the Bicentennial Medal from his alma mater, Williams College, the highest honour the college bestows on its alumni. He was recently named the Food Service Leader of the Year for 2017 by Food Service Monthly Magazine.
Over the past three decades, Marty has held senior positions in the private corporate, public and social economy sectors. Marty has published a number of articles on social enterprise and worker cooperatives. His book “Inner City Renovation: How a Social Enterprise Changes Lives and Communities”, was published in 2013. Since 2011, he has been teaching various business courses on social enterprise, sustainability, and management in the non-profit sector at the University of Winnipeg and in the Asper MBA program at the University of Manitoba. Marty’s contributions have been celebrated by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), who named him “A Canadian making a Difference” in 2009 and by Ernst and Young as a Prairie Region Finalist in the 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year competition. He was also awarded a special recognition award for his work in the social economy by Ernst and Young in 2010. In 2015, the World Corporate Social Responsibility Congress recognised him as one of the most talented social innovators. Marty Donkervoort holds a B.Sc.F. in timber engineering (University of Toronto) and a M.B.A. with an emphasis on marketing (Schulich School of Business, York University).
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 a Global Ambassador for the Homeless World Cup, an Ambassador for Quarriers and 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.
James Dunbar is Founding Chief Executive of New Start Highland. Growing up in rural Sutherland, James saw first-hand how important it is to create opportunities for people to enable them to realise their potential. James founded New Start Highland in 2000 and has spearheaded its growth from a single employee to an organisation with over 100 employees delivering services in every area of the Highlands. New Start Highland delivers services, including furniture recycling, housing support and community integration, in fragile rural and urban communities. It operates a retail chain, as well as commercial removals and training businesses and an exciting new brand of high quality upcycled furniture. James is Chair of Social Enterprise Scotland and The Highland Alcohol and Drug Partnership. He serves on public and third sector boards and committees and has twice won the IOD “Director of the Year” award. James has also been voted Scotland Social Entrepreneur of the Year and has led New Start Highland to win the SCDI business excellence award for environmental sustainability. James was awarded an OBE for services to the development of the economy and the community in the Highlands and Islands in the 2016 New Year’s Honours.
David has been employed in the non-profit, affordable housing sector in Vancouver, British Columbia for the past 31 years. In January 2001 he became the Chief Executive Officer of Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS), a non-profit, urban Indigenous housing provider in Vancouver, Canada. Since June 2012, David has taken VNHS in a new direction of entrepreneurialism and self-sustainability, creating two social enterprises which have received international media attention and acclaim. With the introduction of Skwachàys Lodge, Gallery and “Artist in Residence” program (www.skwachays.com), David is guiding new projects to focus on Indigenous art and culture as a means of revitalising community pride and leading transformative change, and while doing this providing subsidy for 24 Indigenous artists to live in the community without any further government, or other financial assistance.
David is a former director of the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) and served as its president from 2008 to 2010. He previously served on the Board of the British Columbia Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA) as a director and as secretary on its executive. He is a founding director of the Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council (MVAEC) and currently sits on the housing table.
In 2014, David was asked to join the Vancouver Mayor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Addictions. He is an active member of both the International Housing Partnership (IHP) and the Canadian Housing Partnership (CHP). David’s latest accreditation is that of a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIHCM). David has a Master’s degree in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. A father of a grown son, David delights in his role as grandpa to his three young grandchildren.
Robin specialises in public and third sector matters, and advises public bodies and those interfacing with the public sector on European and legislative considerations, regulation, commercial and contractual matters, legal structures, governance and disputes. He is a member of The Law Society of Scotland’s Charity Law Sub-Committee, and advises a wide range of organisations across the third sector (including social enterprises and charities) on all aspects of set-up, regulation, contracting and disputes. Robin is also heavily involved, alongside Ready for Business, in the Scottish Government’s Developing Markets programme and has a particular focus on developing new and innovative ways in which the third and public sectors work together. He also has over 10 years’ experience as a charity trustee.
Peter joined LEF in 1993 and has had a long history with LEF integrating enterprises, programs and initiatives that support the needs of the community and leverage the expertise of the organisation. As the Executive Director Peter is the CEO of LEF whose mandate is community economic development, employs 410 people, and has an annual budget of approximately $21 million. LEF’s mission is to provide community responsive programs and services, which enable individuals and families to become valued contributors to their community’s social and economic development. LEF, located in the most disadvantaged part of Toronto, serves thousands of people each year in programs ranging from community enterprises to childcare centres. LEF’s integrated model of service includes settlement services, employment counselling, career exploration, skills training, employer outreach, self-employment training, English for immigrants and youth mentorship programs. LEF employment program serves the recruitment needs of local employers and determines their training needs so that skill training at LEF remains targeted to opportunities.
Head of Innovation for Albyn Housing Society and co-founder of the FitHome model, Lucy believes that “we’re all technology companies now” and is a proponent of social led technology innovation. Her focus is on wellness of those in need and has included the development of voluntary, social enterprise and public sector collaborations, leveraging public, and private finance. Lucy is a co-founder of the FitHome model within Scotland, a collaboration with private and public sector agencies within a social business model. Recently winning the Saltire Award in Innovation in Housing, the project focuses on developing a model of housing, incorporating as standard, innovative technology using machine learning and predictive analytics, to enable people to remain safely in their homes. Co-produced with tenants and health professionals, the FitHome's model creates a new economic model for health and care provision in Scotland enabling the retention of value of public sector input within an economic model that has commercial value, where profit is re-invested within the housing, health and care system.
Ben is an economist, environmentalist and social entrepreneur. He has founded several businesses and charities, and worked for six years at the New Zealand Treasury. Ben co-founded Conscious Consumers while working at the Treasury, and has grown the social enterprise to a thriving New Zealand movement with over 20,000 consumer members, 550 retail stores and 150 suppliers. His vision is a world where consumers and businesses work together for the good of people and the planet. He has recently moved to the UK with his family to launch the world-changing idea here.
Pauline has 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 Government'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 Government'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.
Alex works on number of projects supporting innovation and enterprise for social impact. This includes Interim Director of the Yunus Social Business Centre at Griffith University, in Australia, and advisory services to the New Zealand Government. Alex also serves on the Boards of B Lab Australia and New Zealand, the NZ Advisory Board for Impact Investment, and is Chair of Pomegranate Kitchen - a social enterprise supporting former refugees. Up until the end of 2017, Alex was CEO of the Ākina Foundation, New Zealand's primary development organisation for social enterprise. Before that, based in the UK, he was Director of Programmes at LEAD - a global network focussed on leadership and sustainable development - and also Head of Partnerships at the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN). Alex holds a Masters of International Development with distinction from Victoria University of Wellington, where he also guest lectures on social enterprise.
Lill has worked at senior levels across the community, private and public sectors. In her current role, Lill plays a key leadership role within DEDJTR’s Employment, Investment and Trade group, with responsibilities including the development of economic and industry policy, management of strategic relationships across and outside government and leading a large multi-disciplinary workforce in a complex stakeholder environment. As Deputy Secretary, Lill oversaw the launch of the Jobs Victoria Employment Network, Victoria’s Social Enterprise Strategy and the establishment of the EIT Programs Centre. While at Regional Development Victoria, Lill led the development and implementation of Victoria’s regional strategic planning model, delivering an integrated long-term framework for policy and investment decisions across regional Victoria. Lill is an active member of the Public Engagement Committee of the Oxfam Australia Board and holds a Bachelor of Business, Banking and Finance, a Diploma of Youth Work, and Executive Fellows, ANZSOG.
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, Helianti left her work as an Intellectual Property Rights lawyer and consultant in 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 was named as #1 Indonesia's Top Exotic Brand by SWA Magazine Indonesia. Helianti 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 was 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. Helianti is also a notable speaker in various international forums, including at the Social Entrepreneurs World Forum 2017 in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Clive believes that conventional economic models are outmoded and that our society and environment can best be preserved when social enterprise becomes the preferred model for business. He is a passionate advocate for the values of social enterprise. After a career in education and civil society, Clive became a founding Director of Social Enterprise Solutions (UK) CIC, Blackpool’s first Community Interest Company. Its mission is to support and grow social enterprises. He became Social Enterprise Champion for Lancashire in 2011 and in 2015 gained the award for Outstanding Contribution to Lancashire Social Enterprises. Clive was accepted into the fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts because of his contribution to social enterprise and recently became an Honorary Fellow of Social Enterprise UK. After election to the Council of Social Enterprise UK in 2009, Clive campaigned for the creation of Social Enterprise Places, which would demonstrate the practical benefits of social enterprise in action. Having endorsed the concept, Social Enterprise UK announced Alston Moor as the world’s first Social Enterprise Place in 2012. Since then, many more Social Enterprise Places have been identified in the UK and elsewhere in the world. Clive is the Ambassador for Social Enterprise Places and a permanent member of the assessment panel. The initiative has generated unexpected benefits and continues to gather momentum.
Celia believes that we need to seek sustainable ways to address Period Poverty in the UK that are not reliant on the government. She and her daughters set up Hey Girls CIC - a Buy One Give One Sanitary Pad social enterprise - with the aim of providing an alternative shopping experience for those wishing to make a difference with the items they purchase for themselves knowing that their actions have made a difference to a girl or young woman in the UK. A Board Member of Social Investment Scotland and the Social Enterprise Academy International and having spent over a decade in the social enterprise support space with Social Enterprise UK, Eastern Enterprise Hub and School for Social Entrepreneurs Australia, Celia felt it was time to build a very focused menstrual health enterprise that could make a social impact from day one, by doing business for good committed to buying services from other social enterprises and ethical suppliers along the way.
Jaison’s career in the international bicycle and personal mobility industry spans 30 years. From his beginnings as a bicycle mechanic and bike shop owner, Jaison then moved to international management roles in product development and bike share. Working with leading manufacturers and operators, Jaison gained a reputation for delivering innovation in both product and process for bike share and other last-mile solutions. Jaison has consulted internationally for local and state governments, and NGOs including the Asian Development Bank. In 2015 Jaison joined Australian social enterprise Good Cycles as CEO. With a focus on developing opportunities for transitional employment through innovation and disruption in the mobility space, Good Cycles uses the simple bicycle to not only engage and empower but to provide unique employment pathways for young people.
Professor Diane Holt (BSc, MSc, PhD) joined Essex Business School in November 2013. Previously she held posts at Queen’s University Belfast (2007-2013) and Middlesex University Business School (1996-2007). She has published over 100 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters and conference papers in areas such as social entrepreneurship, hybrid businesses, green supply chain management, the role of business in development, sustainability discourse, and ecopreneuring. She is the principal investigator on the ESRC funded Trickle Out Africa Project (2011 – present) which considers the impact of social and environmental enterprises on poverty alleviation and sustainable development across the 19 countries of Southern and Eastern Africa. The online Trickle Out Directory now lists over 2000 social purpose ventures. She is also the UK host of a Newton Advanced Fellowship with Dr Silvia Pinheiro from Brazil on "Inclusion and formalization of Amazonian informal entrepreneurs into MNC value chains - mechanisms, partnerships and impacts." She is a member of the ESRC peer review college, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the British Council social science funding panel.
In January 2018, Julian was appointed to the new position of Chief Procurement Officer, Corporate Tier, Johnson & Johnson based in New Jersey. This role leads all of Procurement’s Centers of Excellence including; Supplier Diversity, Supplier Sustainability, Supplier Risk Management, Strategy & Performance Management and Leadership Development. The Corporate Tier is responsible for architecting advanced capabilities, new processes and leveraging digital technologies. He will enable J&J Procurement to be a leader in innovation, ‘Social Impact through Procurement’ and will help develop the next generation of Procurement Leadership.
Prior to this, Julian served as Global Chief Procurement Officer for Johnson & Johnson’s Consumer Companies and has previously been responsible for the Global Marketing Category, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical business in EMEA and first joined Johnson & Johnson in 2005, in the Consumer sector, leading the Europe, Middle East and Africa Indirect Procurement.
Before joining Johnson & Johnson, Julian worked for the Mars Inc. business across a broad range of functions, Marketing, Sales, Supply Chain & Procurement including time living and working in Czech Republic. Julian holds Chemistry Degree from York University, UK. He and his family live near Princeton, NJ after moving to the US from the UK in 2012.
Samantha is the Founder and CEO of Little Yellow Bird, a uniform company, providing their customers with complete transparency and their workers with ethical employment opportunities. Little Yellow Bird was founded in 2015 and now supplies over 150 organisations in New Zealand, Australia and the USA with their uniform requirements. Last year Little Yellow Bird generated 20,000 hours of fairtrade labour and saved over 12 million litres of water and 12,000kg of pesticides from being used by choosing to source organic and rain-fed cotton. Samantha's background is in Supply Chain Management and she served as a Logistics Officer in the Royal New Zealand Air Force for six years prior to setting up Little Yellow Bird. Samantha has a Masters in International Security, is an Edmund Hillary Fellow and was recognised as New Zealand's Young Innovator of the year in 2017.
Faraz is CEO & Co-founder of SEED Ventures. A UK-based Pakistani social entrepreneur, investor, published author and public speaker, Faraz is regarded as a leading authority on social entrepreneurship and believes in bringing a positive change in the society with forward-thinking business models that allow him to fulfil a personal commitment to improving the lives of people in the UK, Pakistan and beyond. Faraz is a visiting professor at university of St.Mary's London UK in the field of social enterprise and innovation and part of the British Council Pakistan Social Entrepreneurship Programme.
Faraz has been appointed as a member of Catalyst UKTI, and sits on the Advisory Board of All Party Parliamentary Group for Entrepreneurship (APPGE)-UK Parliament and member Atlantic Council US. advises governments, corporates, investors and startups on entrepreneurial eco-systems and social enterprise development. Faraz has been nominated as one of the 100 senior leaders from 53 commonwealth countries in HRH Duke of Edinburgh Commonwealth leadership programme. He has also been nominated as Future Leader of the Year by Power 100 UK and nominated by the Asia Society to represent Pakistan in Young Leaders Conference.
Dr Amanda Kiessel is a co-founder of Good Market, a platform for a 21st-century economy that is good for people and good for the planet. Amanda is originally from the United States, but has been living and working in Asia since 1999. She has a PhD in Environmental Studies, a Masters in Sustainable International Development, and a degree in Biology with a speciality in ecotoxicology. Her academic research has focused on ecological and social change in complex adaptive systems. Before Good Market, she spent nearly 15 years working with local organisations on agroecology and sustainable food systems, organisational change, and social enterprise development. Amanda is an Ashoka Fellow.
Jae-Gu Kim is a former President of the Korea Social Enterprise Promotion Agency.
Now Jae-Gu serves the Korean Presidential Committee as the vice chairman for the social economy committee and Korean National Advisory Board of Global Impact Investing Steering Group, as a member of the steering group. Jae-Gu is also the planning committee chairman of the promotion team for Korean Social Value Wholesale Fund.
Jae-Gu is the Dean of Graduate School of Real Estate and has served as a professor of Business Administration at Myongji University since 2002.
All Jae-Gu’s degrees, from a bachelor’s to a doctorate, in Business Administration, was granted from Seoul National University. After that, he built his research career at the Korea Labour Institute and Stanford University.
Graham’s multi-faceted experience and contacts in business have helped him develop a unique approach to the creation of sustainable, social business models. His model has recently been utilised in the creation of the first social purpose business in Canada that addresses a 30-year-old problem - the recycling of child car safety seats. Graham’s core mandate involves ensuring that planet earth is healthy for future generations and exploring ways to make this necessity a real possibility. Secondary to this mandate is Graham's priority of providing sustainable and meaningful employment for people who have barriers to employment, be they mental health, physical or social stigmas, such as a criminal record. For example, Graham was the creator of the social enterprise, Klink Coffee, designed to assist with the reintegration of former offenders into the workforce, thus highlighting the value of “human capital”. Graham is currently engaged in what is proving to be the most sustainable model created to date. This model deals with the enormous problem of the disposal of expired or damaged child car seats. Up until 2017, these seats went directly to landfill; but now, through forward-thinking initiatives and creative partnerships, Graham has created a sustainable business model with clear and positive environmental impacts, including the creation of sustainable employment for people who face barriers in the work world.
Josiah is an experienced social entrepreneur leading social enterprises in both Scotland and the US. He currently serves as Chief Executive of Firstport, Scotland’s social enterprise start-up support agency, which helps an average of 3-4 social entrepreneurs start up or grow their business every day. Prior to Firstport, Josiah helped a number of enterprises through transition including leading the Grassmarket Community Project through its start-up years, and most recently oversaw the rescue of Gorgie City Farm, where he led a successful crowdfunding campaign raising £100k in under six weeks, propelling the much loved social enterprise to one of the busiest attractions in Edinburgh. Josiah is also a Committee Member of the Scottish Land Fund, which supports communities to acquire and manage land and land assets, and has served on the boards of a development trust and a grocery retail cooperative.
Eric Lombardi has been working at the cutting-edge of the Zero Waste and Social Enterprise Movements across the world since the mid-90's. His working mission has been to transform the "waste management" industry into a resource management industry. Eric was a national spokesperson for the first Zero Waste organisation in the USA (1997) and was a co-founder of the Zero Waste International Alliance (2002). Eric was invited to the Clinton White House in 1998 as one of the Top 100 USA Recyclers and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colorado Association For Recycling. From 1989-2014, he turned a small non-profit into the largest zero waste social enterprise in America (www.Ecocycle.org ) and is now the President of Zero Waste Strategies Inc. and a strategic advisor to Eco-Cycle International.
Karen Lynch has been the CEO of the social enterprise Belu Water since 2011, having previously pursued a corporate career in media and finance. Under Karen’s leadership, Belu launched a new business model focused on exemplifying environmental standards in the industry and pledging to donate all profits to WaterAid. Belu offers the most ethical choice in water service from bottled mineral water to filtration and reusable bottles and carafes. Belu's income is all from trading and to date the business has passed over £3 million to WaterAid, transforming over 200,000 lives with access to safe water and sanitation. With Karen at the helm, the company has been recognised with many awards. Most notably in 2017, The Queen’s Award in the Sustainable Development category for championing the environmental benchmark in the sector, innovative design and achieving 100% Carbon Neutrality to the British Standard of PAS 2060.
Eoghan Mackie is a former corporate lawyer and founder of the Challenges group of social enterprises. Headquartered in Edinburgh, Challenges have supported over 3,000 enterprises in 53 countries, now with permanent regional offices in West, East and Southern Africa. Eoghan has 19 years' international development and social enterprise experience, with direct personal experience in 24 countries. Over time, he has built up a significant global network of private sector development colleagues and clients with experience of supporting individual contracts from £50,000 to £80 million and of working on programmes often in the multi-million pound bracket. Eoghan is now driving work in Scotland to unlock market access into Africa for Scottish-based social enterprises.
Malcolm Maclean is an arts producer and social entrepreneur based in the Outer Hebrides. Originally a visual artist and teacher he co-founded Scotland’s first Gaelic arts centre, An Lanntair in Stornoway, and went on to lead Scotland’s national Gaelic arts agency, Proiseact Nan Ealan for 25 years. There he established a dozen social enterprises including the award-winning Ceolas summer school on South Uist and the national festivals association Feisean Nan Gaidheal. Malcolm’s producer credits include The St Kilda Opera, which won the Scottish Event of the Year award, and the international touring exhibition, An Leabhar Mor/The Great Book of Gaelic. Appointed Chair of UNESCO Scotland in 2013, he also chaired the organising committee for the UNESCO Conference on Remote Access to World Heritage. He is currently a special adviser to Ionad Hiort, the remote access St Kilda centre being developed in Uig on the Isle of Lewis.
Marie Marin is founding CEO of one of the most successful social enterprise organisations in Northern Ireland. Employers For Childcare
encompasses a trading company and a registered charity, the aim of which is to make it easier for working parents by addressing childcare as a labour market and an economic issue. Employers For Childcare Trading Limited administers the only Social Enterprise Childcare Voucher scheme in the UK - an employee benefit, which saves parents and employers millions of pounds annually.
100% of the profit made from the social enterprise is donated to fund the work of the charity, which since 2008, has totaled £5.2 million.
The charity provides support, information and advice on all aspects of childcare and work related issues including financial help towards the cost of childcare.
Marie has led the company’s transformation from a small grant dependent community based gender equality project to a sustainable self-financing business which this year celebrates a decade of being completely self-funded through a range of commercial activities. Marie is committed to raising the awareness of the importance of combining business acumen with a social conscience. Over the last ten years, she has facilitated engagement between Social Entrepreneurs and Government representatives across the UK. In 2012 she led a consortium of 12 organisations to establish ‘Social Enterprise NI’. In 2013, Marie received an OBE for her services to social enterprise.
Chris is Managing Director of Callander Youth Project Trust and started working with the charity seven years ago. Chris is a social entrepreneur who has a background in both formal and informal education. Chris studied English Literature at the University of Dundee and subsequently completed a second degree in Community Learning and Development whilst managing his own business. Chris has received national acclaim for his work at the youth project including being recognised with a number of high profile awards including Exceptional Employee at the 2016 Scottish Charity Awards, as well as being named 2017 Social Entrepreneur of the Year. Chris has led transformational change at the project and developed a number of innovative social enterprises including taking a failing hotel and turning into the 5 star Callander Hostel that employs young people who are furthest removed from the labour market. The hostel has welcomed over 20,000 visitors in the last four years and trained 18 young people who otherwise wouldn’t be in positive destinations.
Chief Program Officer Carrie McKellogg is responsible for advising REDF’s venture philanthropy and impact lending teams on strategic direction for their investments as well as overseeing REDF's expansion into communities across the USA. Whether testing for optimal combinations of employment and services, identifying social enterprise models that can be scaled, or building partnerships with small and large employers, Carrie provides leadership that is fundamental to their success. After fifteen years in international policy and development, Carrie came to REDF in 2015 because of its clear mission focus and unique, market-based approach to supporting enterprises that create jobs for those who need them most. Inspired by core values that promote good communication and inclusion, she’s committed to using innovation to achieve REDF’s goals and ensure it remains a leader in the field. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Carrie also has an MA in International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. An avid traveler, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and playing the piano.
Tom has a BA in Theatre, Film, and Television Production from the University of Colorado in Denver, where he won a College Emmy for a web series he produced. He was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 30, which inspired him to find work with an organisation producing social impact. Tom joined Blue Star Recyclers in early 2017, and in 2018 he was promoted to launch and manage Blue Star’s new Digital Program in partnership with e-Stewards, which involves the refurbishment of computers and distribution to low income citizens. Tom also manages Blue Star’s social media platforms, and in early 2018 took on the management of a large, ongoing public education and awareness campaign.
Andres is the co-founder and managing director of Minca Ventures Ltd and Living in Minca and a Doctor in Social Enterprise and Social and Solidarity Economy. He has international experience, working as both a researcher and consultant in more than 40 countries. Beyond his empirical work, Andres has published many pieces of research that includes journals and books. He has also designed and delivered a Social Enterprise MOOC Programme that reached out more than 40,000 beneficiaries in 180 countries.
Bill Morris co-founded Blue Star Recyclers in 2009 after discovering people with Autism and other disabilities possess innate talent for work tasks involving the recycling and refurbishing of electronics. Blue Star Recyclers is a nationally recognised social enterprise with a mission of creating jobs for people with disabilities through certified recycling of electronics. The fulfillment of their mission to date has created 40 jobs for people with disAbilities at their Colorado Springs, Denver, and Boulder, Colorado operations. In 2018, Blue Star began replicating its mission nationally and internationally. Bill was named Colorado Recycler of the Year, Colorado Springs Small Business Person of the Year, ARC Employer of the Year, and Finalist in the White House Champions of Change program. Blue Star Recyclers was most recently named Colorado’s 2017 Social Impact Business of the Year and 2016 Social Venture of the Year
Collette Norval heads up the newly launched social start-up Social Stuff Ltd, creators of SQUAD. Based in Aberdeen, the social enterprise manufactures multifunctional performance snoods for sports supporters and outdoor enthusiasts across Scotland, with the aim of giving 100% of its profits to charities and good causes. Originally from Glasgow, Collette has always had an interest in entrepreneurship, particularly social enterprise. She has completed a number of entrepreneurially driven leadership programmes including the Hunter Leadership Programme and Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Saltire Internship Programme. Since launching in 2016, Social Stuff Ltd has produced SQUADs for several Scottish Premiership and English Championship football clubs including Aberdeen FC, Celtic FC and Preston North End. They also produce their high-quality snoods under license for the Scottish Football Association, Scotland Rugby, Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors, as well as manufacturing custom designs for internationals brands and charities such as CISCO, Northlink Ferries, and Kiltwalk.
Recent research shows that people who speak a second language can postpone the effects of dementia by up to five years. For these reasons Robbie founded Lingo Flamingo, a social enterprise that teaches foreign languages to older adults as an innovative way of tackling dementia and brain ageing. Robbie is passionate about empowering individuals and wanted to create an organisation that provides both stimulating and interactive activities. His goal is to show that it is never too late to learn and also to highlight the amazing cognitive benefits of lifelong learning.
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.
Duncan specialises in contracting and procurement for public sector projects, and has extensive experience in advising on EU procurements and competition regulation compliance, best value requirements, alternative business models, outsourcing and state aid matters. He advises on all types of major procurements and works for a wide range of public sector bodies including local authorities, NHS Boards and schools. Accredited as a specialist in public procurement law by The Law Society of Scotland, he is Chair of the Procurement Lawyers’ Association and a member of the Policy Committee of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI). MacRoberts is a longstanding supporter of social enterprise and the SEWF, and Duncan has spoken at previous events in Christchurch, Milan and Rio.
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, Jan 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.
One of Australia’s pioneering social entrepreneurs, Matt is helping to shape regional and rural Australia through igniting entrepreneurship in young people and their communities. Matt started his first social enterprise in 1993 at the age of 23, working with ‘at risk’ young people in wilderness settings. His passion and drive for positive social outcomes saw him receive the prestigious Young Australian of the Year Award in 1996. Motivated by a desire to create prosperous, healthy, thriving communities, in 2016 as co-founder and CEO of the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE), Matt led a $2.5M community buy-back of the Old Beechworth Gaol - a neglected Australian heritage icon famed for its connection to Ned Kelly and the Kelly Gang and located in Matt’s hometown. The site is being re-purposed as an exemplar of social enterprise, impact investment and rural rejuvenation through community-owned assets. In partnership with Scotland’s world-leading Social Enterprise Academy, ACRE operates the Social Enterprise Academy Australia, centred on supporting young people and communities to build sustainable enterprises and achieve greater social impact.
Dai Powell is the Chief Executive of HCT Group, a large-scale, award-winning social enterprise in the transport industry, operating transport and training services from more than a dozen depots across London, Yorkshire, the southwest, the northwest and the Channel Islands. Dai has been Chief Executive since 1993, leading the organisation as it has grown by more than a hundredfold – from a small community transport provider into a national social enterprise. Dai won the 2015 Ernst and Young UK Social Entrepreneur of the Year award and the 2012 Social Enterprise UK Social Enterprise Leader of the Year award. He is a board member of Big Society Capital and a trustee of Power to Change. He holds a Level 3 Vocational Certificate in the use of Industrial Explosives and an honorary PhD in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Northampton. Dai was awarded an OBE in 2006 for services to disabled people.
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 organisations, including the Halifax Music Co-Op. She was also 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.
Julie is a freelance writer, editor and social enterprise specialist. She is a professionally trained old-school journalist (with 100wpm shorthand) and began her career writing about charity finance and party accessories in a tiny office in south London. After editing Third Sector magazine she went freelance and has contributed to The Guardian, The Observer, glossy magazines, government-commissioned publications and many others. She also manages publications and communications for charities and social enterprises. Julie is commissioning editor at Pioneers Post which gives her fantastic opportunities to attend events like the Social Enterprise World Forum and meet inspiring people who are making the world a better place. She lives in a solar-powered cottage on a hill in southern Catalunya.
Tamra Ryan is the CEO of Women's Bean Project, a social enterprise based in Denver, Colorado that provides transitional employment, while operating a food manufacturing business, to women attempting to break the cycle of chronic unemployment and poverty. Tamra is a former board member of Social Venture Partners-Denver, currently chairs the Board of Directors for the Social Enterprise Alliance and is on the advisory board for the Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise at the University of Denver. In 2017, she was named one of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Colorado, was a speaker at TEDxMilehigh and is the author of The Third Law, a book which highlights the societal obstacles and internal demons that must be overcome for marginalised women to change their lives. The Third Law has won numerous awards for women/minorities in business and social activism. Tamra lives in Denver with her husband, two children and their goldendoodle named Biscuit.
Craig has been at Link for 43 years and has been Chief Executive since 1987. Link is a group of eight social enterprises and housing associations operating throughout Scotland, which have an annual turnover of over £62m and 700 staff. Despite ten years of recession and austerity, the businesses continue to grow. In each of the last seven years, Link has delivered 200 new homes, mostly for social rent. It intends to develop 3,200 more during the next five years. Link has ‘in-sourced’ its repairs and maintenance services, creating 90 new jobs and raising tenant satisfaction levels to 98%. Link was UK Social Enterprise of the Year in 2013.
Craig is also a former board member of Social Enterprise Scotland, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and the Scottish Council for Single Homeless.
Jim Schorr is currently Adjunct Professor of Management at Vanderbilt University, where his teaching focuses on the intersection of business and social impact, and particularly social enterprise.
He is a longtime member of the Board of Directors of the Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) in the U.S., a group of 1000+ organizations and 16 regional chapters that has been at the forefront of developing social enterprise sector in the U.S. since 1998. He is also a founding Board Member of the Social Enterprise World Forum, a Scotland-based organization which since 2008 has promoted the growth of social enterprise on every continent through its signature annual conference.
Earlier in his career, as an MBA student at Kellogg School of Management in the 1990s, Schorr was inspired by emerging “triple bottom line” businesses and helped launch Net Impact, an organization that has since inspired a generation of MBA students at 250+ universities around the world to leverage the power of business to change the world. In the 2000s, Schorr was CEO of Juma Ventures, an organization that is widely admired as one of the social enterprise pioneers and success stories in the U.S.
He currently serves on the Advisory Council of REDF, the leading organization in the U.S. focused on advancing social enterprises that create employment opportunities, and the Advisory Board of the Turner Center for Social Ventures at Vanderbilt University.
Catherine is Director General, Community Development and Homelessness Partnerships Directorate at Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). As well as her responsibilities in providing policy direction for the New Horizons for Seniors Program, the Social Development Partnerships Program and the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, Catherine is the co-chair of the co-creation Steering Group that is developing the Government of Canada’s Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy.
Catherine has been an Executive within ESDC since 2009 and has worked in several federal departments on issues as diverse as official language policy and regulatory reform. Catherine was born in Northern Ireland and holds an M.A. in International Relations from Université Laval. She lives in Gatineau, Québec with her husband and son.
Michael Sheen is a highly accomplished, award-winning actor and social champion. Widely recognised for his activism in roles including UNICEF Ambassador, Patron of Social Enterprise UK, President of the Wales Centre for Voluntary Action, Michael is now branching out to start his own social movements. For the past two years he has worked alongside the End Youth Homelessness Cyrmu coalition to deliver solutions to youth homelessness in Wales. This included a successful petition ending the use of unsafe bed and breakfasts to house vulnerable teenagers and the soon to be launched Youth Homeless Helpline. In March this year he launched the ‘End High Cost Credit Alliance’, a new movement aimed at tackling the unfair targeting of high cost credit to those who can least afford it. Michael recently completed filming on Neil Gaiman’s ‘Good Omens’ and is currently working with Robert Downey Jr. on ‘The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle’.
Matt has been involved in corporate responsibility (CR) for nearly twenty years, supporting both businesses and not-for-profits to effect social change through partnership. He has a wide network across all three sectors and an active role in many networks and collaborations. Key interests include the challenge of articulating what it means to be a responsible business and also how frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals challenge organisations to extend CR well beyond its traditional boundaries. Matt has a particular passion for business as a force for good, seeing sourcing through social enterprise as irrefutable evidence of a true commitment to social responsibility.
Konstantinos is an Economist holding a PhD from the University of Western Macedonia. His professional activity focuses on both formal and non-formal education. Since 2007, he has gained many years’ experience working as an economist – business consultant, trainer, educator and career consultant. As a Youth Trainer, he has provided non-formal learning education services in 21 countries around the world in the fields of social entrepreneurship and youth work.
Konstantinos has several scientific publications related to Youth, Social Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship Education, Youth Unemployment, Efficiency and Effectiveness of Education. He is member of the Council of Europe Pool of Trainers, member of the British Council Greece pool of trainers, member of SALTO pool of trainers, member of Erasmus+ Greek pool of trainers, member of the Council of Europe Pool of European Youth Researchers (PEYR) and Manager of the Europe Direct Information Center (EDIC) of Western Macedonia in Greece.
Nicola joined SSE in August 2015 and has worked in the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector for over 15 years. Her previous roles include programme director at the place-based funder Cripplegate Foundation and Islington Giving, programme director at New Economics Foundation (NEF), and deputy director and consultancy manager at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) where she led their social enterprise trading arm, CLES Consulting. Nicola holds trustee roles with the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR), United St Saviours Charity, and Help on Your Doorstep. As managing director, Nicola works collaboratively with SSE’s network of partner schools as well as leading the staff team in London. Prior to her current role at SSE, Nicola worked for two years as director of the London School.
Phillip Ullmann is the Chief Energiser of Cordant Group, the UK’s second largest recruitment and services firm with revenues of £840 million employing 125,000 people. Phillip has been responsible for driving the business forward since joining in 1996. This has been achieved through a series of acquisitions and organic growth but also by hiring highly talented people in key roles. As the original architect of the Social Enterprise at Cordant, it is now a vision owned just as much by the board as the senior management. Phillip has an Engineering degree from Cambridge University, an MBA from Brunel and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He is married to Deborah and has four children and two grandchildren. He began his career at KPMG and Sainsburys and is a keen Arsenal supporter.
David is an entrepreneur who is passionate about social change and using business as a tool to strengthen our communities. Combining these passions, the focus of his work over the past 25 years has been on building capacity within the social enterprise ecosystem on a regional, national, and international basis. David is the co-founder of Common Good Solutions, a founding member of the Social Enterprise Network of Nova Scotia, and a member of the Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy Co-creation Steering Group. He is a past member of the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Social Innovation Committee, and teaches social finance as an adjunct faculty member in the University of Fredericton MBA Program.
Alexandra is Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at SAP globally. Alexandra is responsible for setting the strategic direction of CSR focused on bringing to life SAP’s higher purpose of “helping the world run better and improving people’s lives” through strategic partnerships and programs that deliver sustainable social impact and long-term business value. In this function she also oversees corporate giving, volunteerism and the development of multi-stakeholder partnerships for which Alexandra has a particular passion.
Alexandra joined SAP in 1999. She started with SAP Switzerland in charge of management development and over the course of the next ten years held various managerial positions in Human Resources. Moving into the CSR organisation in 2010, Alexandra developed and managed various global CSR programs, such as building an infrastructure for social business in Haiti and the development of a range of pro-bono volunteering program, e.g. the SAP Social Sabbatical Portfolio. Alexandra also serves on the advisory council of IMPACT 2030 and is part of the Leadership Council of the Realized Worth Institute. She holds an MBA from Henley Business School in Great Britain.
Marcell is Chief Digital Officer for SAP Ariba and is responsible for defining and driving Digital Transformation for customers of SAP Ariba globally. A thought leader in procurement, supply chain, finance and shared services, Marcell’s expertise lies in defining digital transformation strategy and to make Run Simple a reality for global customers and consumers by delivering high cost and additional procurement savings. Previously, Marcell was Chief Operating Officer for SAP Ariba where he successfully developed and led global business development, procurement, go to market, sales operations, and enablement. And prior to that Marcell was Chief Procurement Officer of SAP and was responsible for the reorganisation and process optimisation for an end-to-end source-to-settle organisation.
Since joining SAP in 2005 Marcell has held various leadership roles involving restructuring, improving project efficiency and execution of global programs in finance, procurement, sales, human resources and post merger integrations. He has a PhD and Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Hamburg. He is well known throughout the industry as a procurement and business thought leader and frequently-requested speaker at industry events, and author of books and a popular blog.
Ian is a Senior Director within the Johnson & Johnson Global Community Impact team and guides the company's strategy and execution in the area of Social Business Practice, mainly in EMEA and Asia Pacific. The Global Community Impacts team is tasked with “Supporting and championing the people on the front lines, who are at the heart of delivering care”. Prior to joining the Global Community Impact team in September 2014, Ian was Managing Director of the Johnson & Johnson MISSA (Maghreb, Iran and Sub Saharan Africa) business for Johnson & Johnson’s Medical Device business for seven years. During this period, the business enjoyed significant growth, culminating in the award of the 2014 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade. Ian has also held positions as UK Marketing Director for Ethicon, EMEA Marketing Director for CardioVascular and Marketing Director based at Ethicon’s World wide head office in Somerville, New Jersey, USA. Ian is also member of the UK’s Johnson & Johnson Medical Ltd Statutory Board of Directors.
Ian has a great passion for Africa and has a particular interest in the area of Obstetric Fistula prevention and repair, and Surgical capacity building. Ian has a BSc (Hons) from the University of Aberdeen, MBA from University of Edinburgh and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Ian is married and lives in Fife with a wife, two boys, a Pyrenean Mountain Dog, two kittens, and six chickens.
CEO of COPE Ltd, Ingrid has worked for over 30 years in both the UK and Australia to highlight the contribution that people with learning disabilities can make within our society. Over this time, she has developed a strong understanding of the disparities faced by people with learning disabilities who want to contribute to their society through work. Throughout her time at COPE Ltd, an award-winning social enterprise based in the Shetland Islands, Ingrid has been able to promote the inclusion of people with learning disabilities within a commercial business environment. Over the past six years, Ingrid has led her organisation through significant change and now focuses its future firmly in the manufacture of high-quality products. She has a significant understanding of the challenges faced in operating within an ever-changing retail market and is currently working on an international strategy for one of the COPE businesses, The Shetland Soap Company. Ingrid is a passionate supporter of rural social enterprises and also sits on the Board of Social Enterprise Scotland.
For 25 years, Howard ran a successful international plumbing manufacturing business based in Montreal. Through life events, he went to work as a volunteer in Africa helping start sustainable businesses for people with a disability. He was able to replicate and scale his social business model to Brazil, China and the Middle East. Through his work, he has won several Technology, Health Innovation awards as well as an AAA Humanitarian Award, plus a Global Social Entrepreneur of Year Award by WTN. Recently Nobel Laureate Mohammad Yunus funded one of Howard's projects. His work has been written up in Newsweek, National Geographic and 20 other magazines in six countries and products he has helped develop have been shown at Smithsonian, Alexander Graham Bell and Bottom of Pyramid Museum in Japan. He has lectured on social business at Harvard, Oxford, Duke, McGill and INSEAD Universities. At any one time, he is also mentoring several young social entrepreneurs. His greatest mentors have been two young adults with Down's Syndrome.
Kresse Wesling MBE is a multi-award winning environmental 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.
Alastair is CEO of the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE). Every year, SSE helps more than 1,000 people learn how to transform their communities and help people in need, through its 11 schools in the UK, India and Canada. SSE runs courses that equip social entrepreneurs and change-makers with the skills and networks needed to create lasting change. It also connects them with funding and mentoring. Alastair is the creator of Match Trading, a new type of grant-funding developed by SSE to incentivise social organisations to trade more. He originally became involved with SSE as a student of its very first cohort for social entrepreneurs in 1997 in London. Alastair is also the co-founder and director of a Tonic Housing CIC, which is looking to develop a fresh approach to LGBT elder living. He is a trustee of the Sheila McKechnie Foundation and Cabrach Trust, and has previously held trustee roles at Social Enterprise UK, UnLtd, Access and the Akram Khan Dance Company.
Mel Young MBE is a leading social entrepreneur and passionate changemaker who has spent his career fighting exclusion and inequality. With a background in journalism, Mel has founded several initiatives, including The Big Issue in Scotland – a street paper sold by homeless people – and the International Network of Street Papers. He is best known, however, for establishing the Homeless World Cup: under his leadership, it has grown into a globally recognised brand that has touched the lives of over a million homeless people around the world. More recently, Mel has helped establish the Million Seater Stadium, an online fundraising platform. His latest venture is The New Ism, a discussion forum which aims to create a new, more inclusive economic system that brings together the efforts of social innovators across the world. The New Ism will invite these trailblazers to debate across several formats how to create sustainable and widespread change. Mel also has several other roles. He is Chairman of Sport Scotland and on the board of UK Sport, promoting the role of sport in transforming society. He speaks at events around the world and continues to write – he has a regular blog and recently released his first book, Home Game. Mel is a Senior Ashoka Fellow and a Schwab Fellow of the World Economic Forum and was awarded an MBE in 2017.
Rick Zwetsch, co-founder of interSector Talent and interSector Partners, L3C —an intermediary firm working at the intersection of non-profits, government, and social enterprise—brings 35+ years of for-profit, entrepreneurial business development and marketing experience to bear on the topics of social enterprise and alternative business structures. Rick and interSector Partners co-founded the Colorado Nonprofit Social Enterprise Exchange, an incubator supporting emerging social ventures. The Exchange has launched 14 new social enterprises and built an ecosystem of human and capital support for social enterprise in Colorado. This work led to the awareness of the need for developing social enterprise talent as well as supporting those wishing to switch sectors. interSector Talent currently focuses on both. Rick also serves on the board of the Colorado Nonprofit Loan Fund and regularly speaks around the country on topics of emerging business models, social entrepreneurship and social innovation.