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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 leads a number of projects supporting innovation and enterprise for social impact. This includes working with Griffith University to establish their Yunus Centre for Social Business, and with the New Zealand SPCA on commercial partnerships and enterprise activity. Previously, Alex was CEO at the Ākina Foundation, New Zealand's primary development organisation for social enterprise. Beforehand, based in the UK, he was Director of Programmes at LEAD - a global network focused on leadership and sustainable development, and also Head of Partnerships at the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN). Alex currently serves on the Boards of B Lab Australia and New Zealand and Pomegranate Kitchen. He holds a Master of Development with distinction from Victoria University of Wellington, where he also teaches 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.