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First 20 speakers for SEWF23 announced

by Mirabelle Morah / June 2023

Along with our 2023 Co-hosts, Amsterdam Impact and Social Enterprise NL, we are pleased to announce the first twenty (20) speakers set to speak at the 16th annual Social Enterprise World Forum, SEWF23, from 11-12 October 2023.

The newly announced speakers represent a diverse range of emerging and long-standing social enterprise leaders from around the world, working within different sectors and addressing multiple issues from increasing access to financial opportunities for women in Nigeria, to ensuring that the wellbeing of Indigenous people in Aotearoa New Zealand are respected, as well as creating alternative, plastic-free self-care items for individuals in the Netherlands and beyond.

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Thousands of social enterprise leaders and supporters from around the world are set to attend the hybrid Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF23) online and at the Kromhouthal, Amsterdam Noord in the Netherlands. As part of our commitment to sustainability and to ensure the event is accessible, options to participate include in person attendance, online participation and attendance via SEWF Community Hubs around the world.

SEWF23 speaker Tatiana Glad, Executive Director of Impact Hub Network (Netherlands) advises social enterprise leaders to follow their passions and their purpose and to trust that anywhere one starts, is often the right place.

“Social entrepreneurship often involves complex challenges that require collaboration and partnerships. Seek opportunities to collaborate with others including government agencies, local communities, and other social enterprises. Together, you can leverage resources, knowledge and networks to achieve greater impact!”. – Tatiana Glad

In addition to the flagship event from 11-12 October, SEWF23 Week will feature Social Enterprise Tours (9 & 13 October) and SEWF23 Fringe Day (10 October). More programme announcements will be made over the coming weeks.

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The first 20 speakers for SEWF23

Chmba Chilemba (Tiwale and We Are Family Foundation, Malawi), Atif Choudhury (Diversity and Ability, United Kingdom), Petro Darmoris (Social Economy Ukraine, Ukraine), Marieke Eyskoot (Marieke Eyskoot, The Netherlands), Sumita Ghose (Rangsutra Crafts India, India) Tatiana Glad (Impact Hub Network, The Netherlands), Danique Gunning (MUD Jeans, The Netherlands), Peter Holbrook (Social Enterprise UK, United Kingdom), Tony Joy (Durian Foundation, Nigeria), Merve Kavas (Yekpare, Turkey), Kenneth Kwok (Global Citizen Capital, Hong Kong), Monique Lempers (Fairphone, The Netherlands), Vivi Lin (With Red and Period Museum, Taiwan), Leida Rijnhout (World Fair Trade Organization, The Netherlands), Pim Roggeveen (WEAR, The Netherlands), Paul Schoenmakers (Tony’s Chocolonely, The Netherlands), Thami Schweichler (United Repair Centre/Makers Unite, The Netherlands), Awerangi Tamihere (Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency, Aotearoa New Zealand), Innocent Tshilombo (Kakuma Ventures, Kenya), Joshua van den Hurk (Bamboovement, The Netherlands).

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Mirabelle Morah is the community and communications manager at SEWF