On Wednesday and Thursday we will feature social enterprise leaders and supporters from around the world during our keynotes and plenary sessions.
We are delighted to introduce the moderators of our keynotes and panels on Wednesday and Thursday.
On Monday and Tuesday, there is a range of participatory sessions including masterclasses, discussions, spotlight on specific themes or areas, nominated sessions and open spaces. See below for some of those who will be featuring in these sessions.
Since leaving university to take advantage of the mining boom in Australia, Dave has held procurement roles in construction, mining, health and now the technology industry with Microsoft. Dave is passionate about using procurement as a tool to create a more inclusive economy, driving innovation and changing the way procurement enables their business through the use of technology, simplification of policies/procedures and business-led procurement.
Natasha Akib is a digital producer who believes in individuals and communities telling their own stories. She specialises in using the skills of film production, media and marketing for purpose-driven organisations and is responsible for developing, producing and facilitating 'Stories for Impact – Digital Storytellers’ educational workshops, tools and resources. Stories for Impact has supported thousands of storytellers from around the world to find, make, edit and share their own video stories using smartphones and affordable technology, for fundraising, advocacy, community engagement and more. This includes working with Engineers Without Borders, the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Uniting Ability Links, the Centre for Social Impact and the World Bank. Stories from former participants have been broadcast widely, including on BBC World News, National Geographic, the Today Show and beyond. Natasha was previously Community Builder at StartSomeGood.com – the leading crowdfunding platform for social impact projects. As well as leading the communications and community engagement for StartSomeGood’s community of changemakers, she has also been directly involved in managing eight of her own successful crowdfunding campaigns.
Clementine has ten years’ experience helping public, private and not-for-profit organisations increase their social impact and reduce disadvantage. She is a board member of Social Value Aotearoa and Associate Director of DebtFix. She was previously a social impact consultant at Social Ventures Australia, a board director of the Good Sams Foundation and before that, a charities lawyer and an environment lawyer.
Clementine works with organisations to design strategies to increase their impact. She helps them measure what matters so they can prove that what they are doing is working, and use the information to make decisions.
Clementine loves helping to develop innovative solutions to big challenges through social enterprise, Maori or community-led approaches and corporate partnerships.
Jey’s passion lies in sustainability ranging from events, sales to education. Prior to joining Me.reka as the Head of Education and Business and Program Development, he has experience in the corporate industry with companies such as Dell and HP as a trainer. He also has been heavily involved with developing modules and as an educator at NGO’s to teach English and IT in rural areas. As someone who is a strong advocate in sustainability especially in the practice of recycling and upcycling, a personal challenge he faces is the challenge in changing mindsets to be sustainable consumers.
Jey currently develops curriculums and runs programs, events and workshops touching on a spectrum of content varying from sustainability, corporate training, social entrepreneurship, CSR initiatives, hackathons to accelerator programmes. As a certified HRDF trainer, Jey also conducts many train-the-trainer programmes.
Samuel Barco Serrano is a senior researcher, consultant, activist and Social entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in political science research and extensive international experience in the field of social entrepreneurship development. He has successfully completed assignments for the most relevant international actors (European Commission, World Bank, European Social Fund, OECD, CAF, ILO, etc.) and governments (South Africa, Poland, Slovakia, Greece, etc.) in three continents. He has also collaborated with several international social economy organisations (CICOPA, ICA, REVES, etc), participating actively in several boards. He holds two Masters one in Political Science (UNED University) and in International Relations and Communication (Complutense University).
At the age of 25 Victor Beausoleil Co-Founded Redemption Reintegration Services one of the largest youth-led, youth justice agencies in Canada. As the founding Executive Director, Victor managed a $3.5 Million dollar budget and through research and advocacy built RRS into a leader in youth justice. In 2013 Victor Beausoleil received his first public service appointment by the Premiere of Ontario Kathleen Wynne as a member of the PCYO (Premiere’s Council on Youth Opportunities). Victor has worked and volunteered in the broader equity seeking communities across Canada for the past fifteen years Victor has worked as a Provincial Youth Outreach Worker, Project Manager, Researcher and Executive Director in the social service sector. Victor is currently on the board of the Toronto Community Benefits Network and the Board President of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network. Victor Beausoleil is the founder and Executive Director of the Social Economy Through Social Inclusion SETSI Coalition. Victor has written eleven books and is currently also the founder and Principal at Intuit Consulting.
Arturo is a graphic designer and a branding expert. He has an MA in advertisement and has experience in marketing and the art business for more than 12 years. In 2015, he founded ATO club, a cultural centre that promotes Colombian culture through art. Arturo is a philanthropist and he always wanted a centre that promotes social and environmental sustainability. In fact, ATO Club has a plethora of cultural programmes aiming social transformation by championing art and culture as instruments of societal transformation. Amongst many programmes ATO’s key transformational projects are ‘creating eco program’ that integrates upcycling workshops with young vulnerable groups; creative writing and storytelling program that encourages civil-war displaced groups to find inner-peace through writing; and co-self-help groups program that creates synergies amongst charities to develop art projects for social and environmental change.
Deborah has over 15 years’ experience in community facilitation and activating volunteer organisations.
Deb assisted in establishing Food Next Door Co-op, whose mission is Nurturing land, nourishing people. The Co-op’s primary purpose is to relieve the suffering and distress suffered by new migrants and refugee groups by supporting them to re-engage in farming and grow traditional foods. Deb steers day-to-day operations of the Co-op as well as strategic aspects of the Co-op’s growth. Deb recently completed a Diploma in Business, which has supported growth of the Co-op’s social enterprise Out of the Box Sunraysia.
Deb is deeply involved and active in community development and transformational change.
Sofia Breitholtz has a passion for connecting people and resources through building partnerships to solve global challenges in an innovative way. Sofia is the CEO of Reach for Change, an organisation that supports social entrepreneurs working to scale innovative solutions for children and young people.
Sofia has worked with business development at EY and with development issues in Africa for the EU. She was the former deputy CEO of the Swedish social enterprise Solvatten, and worked as an advisor for Ben & Jerry's community engagement.
After beginning her career working with small scale farmers as a pioneer in the organic foods industry, Bená Burda co-founded Maggie's Organics, the country’s oldest surviving US organic apparel brand, in 1992 to ""save acres of cotton from the ravages of chemical cultivation”. By 1999, after realizing that environmental sustainability cannot exist without social responsibility, she began creating worker-owned cooperatives and developing transparent independent supply chains to manufacture Maggie’s apparel. In addition to the many awards and accolades received by Maggie’s, Burda herself has received the prestigious “Special Pioneer Award” from the Organic Industry, and was voted one of the “25 people who most influenced the Organics Industry.
Claire Carpenter is a respected, award winning social entrepreneur, and a pioneer in the now global Co-working industry. She created one of Europe's first hubs, targeted at Scotland’s Social Innovation community, and located it in the heart of our capital city, opening just before the 2007/8 crash.
Claire leads on strategic innovation, business diversification and partnerships. Over the years this has resulted in the development of other pioneering initiatives which incubate and accelerate other social innovators and place-makers, both locally and globally.
Elizabeth Chick is the Executive Director of Buy Social Canada, a social enterprise with the goal to educate, advocate and engage social enterprise suppliers, and purchasers from across governments, institutions and corporations to advance social procurement policies and practices. Elizabeth studied Law at the University of Cambridge and University of Utrecht, and has worked in Legal Research and with the Legal Services Society of BC. She is a Social Innovation Alumni of Year and has worked with Social Enterprises and consulted for the Public Sector in the UK and Canada.
Buyoung Cho is Director of Camp International in Phillppines. Camp International is a Development NGO that builds sustainable and viable community
through below projects such as social enterprise, education, health care, agriculture, energy & eco-friendly in ‘Towerville, San Jose Del Monte city, Bulacan’ and ‘Agricultural area of ethnic group, San Jose municipality, Tarlac.
Ailsa Clark established Inspiralba in 2009, inspired by the passion, energy and determination within rural communities to work with social enterprises across rural and island communities. The focus on community wellbeing and wealth building is at the heart of sustaining vital services and maximising local assets demonstrated by the prevalence of small locally based community led enterprises across rural Scotland. The need to improve understanding of this context, created the drive to establish the RuralSEHub. www.ruralse.net provides space for collaboration, networking, tools, resources and information as well as enabling rural social enterprise to inform research and policy.
Aimée is a 20 year old undergrad studying Business Management at Queen's University Belfast. She started her entrepreneurial journey three years ago initially completing the Young Enterprise Company Program. She now runs Books By Stellas CIC, an organisation aiming to break the stigma surrounding Autism through educational books and a 'Buy 1, Give 1' concept. Throughout her journey she has been awarded 'Highly commended young business woman of the year (under 30) for Northern Ireland' and she was crowned, 'Top Entrepreneur Under 20 in Europe 2019'. She currently sits on several boards and is a Young Ambassador for Social Enterprise Northern Ireland.
Michael started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant before moving into IT consultancy. In 2002 he joined Prudential in Scotland, first in IT Audit and then as Head of Change Management.
Since 2007, Michael has worked for a medical charity focused in West Africa and then ran a large residential outdoor centre in Scotland. He joined Community Resources Network Scotland as CEO in September 2018. CRNS represents over 140 social enterprises who are delivering reuse, repair and recycling services across Scotland. In his spare time Michael enjoys hillwalking and birdwatching.
Mike joined DC Central Kitchen (DCCK) in 2004 after a career in the hospitality and restaurant business. During his tenure, the Kitchen has grown from a $2.5 million organization with 30 staff to a $19 million-plus organization with a staff of 170, 57% of whom are graduates of DCCK’s nationally acclaimed Culinary Job Training Program. Under Mike’s leadership, the Kitchen has expanded from traditional catering opportunities to include contracts for locally-sourced, scratched-cooked meals to schools across Washington, D.C. as well as a wholesale business offering value-added products to corner stores in Washington, DC’s food deserts. In May of 2019, DCCK opened its first retail café as a training vehicle for young adults and will soon open its second in the newly renovated Martin Luther King Library in the heart of Washington D.C.
Andy Daly leads on corporate partnerships at Social Enterprise UK (SEUK). He has a particular interest in the way procurement can deliver a more strategic corporate responsibility by driving growth and impact at business-to-business (B2B) social enterprises.
His role at SEUK includes development and delivery of the Buy Social Corporate Challenge – the world’s largest commitment to social procurement – supporting a growing group of high-profile businesses to bring social enterprises into their supply chains.
Andy has previously worked at a number of leading UK social enterprises and intermediaries, such as HCT Group, UnLtd and School for Social Entrepreneurs. Andy is also a fluent Spanish speaker, having worked for a number of years in Spain.
In 2020, Tammy Darcy was announced as Interim CEO of SERI: Social Enterprise Republic of Ireland, a new representative body for social enterprise in Ireland. In her new role, she aims to unite the growing social enterprise sector in Ireland, ensuring an inclusive, practitioner-led approach. Tammy has first-hand experience of creating and scaling a successful social enterprise. She is the Founder and CEO of The Shona Project, a multi-award-winning social enterprise that aims to educate, empower and inspire today’s Irish girls to become tomorrow’s strong confident and curious young women. Founded in 2016, The Shona Project provides Ireland's teen girls with information, advice and a safe place to share their stories, through their school workshops, events, and online community. The organisation is a tribute to her sister, Shona, who was diagnosed with a brain injury at 15, and now requires full time nursing care.
Tammy holds a BA in Human Resources, an MA in Business Management and is currently studying an MA in Education.
Tammy is a Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awardee (2017; Social Innovation Fund Awardee (2018 & 2019); winner of CEO of the Year Irish Women's Awards (2018) and Image Magazine Social Entrepreneur of the Year finalist (2018 & 2019).
John Emmeus Davis is co-director of the Center for Community Land Trust Innovation and editor-in-chief of Terra Nostra Press. He was the city’s housing director in Burlington, Vermont under three mayors, starting with Bernie Sanders. Community-led housing has long been the focus of his professional practice and scholarly writing. His publications include Contested Ground (1991), The Affordable City (1994), The City-CLT Partnership (2008), The Community Land Trust Reader (2010), Manuel d'antispéculation immobilière (2014), and Common Ground: International Perspectives on the Community Land Trust (2020). He co-produced the film, Arc of Justice: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of a Beloved Community.
Simone van Dijk works as a project manager at Social Enterprise NL. As a national membership body, Social Enterprise NL represents, connects and supports the growing community of social enterprises in The Netherlands. At Social Enterprise NL, Simone sets up new projects and implements them. She works on very diverse topics, such as systems change, data-driven social entrepreneurship and community enterprises. With a background in sociological research, she is very curious and enjoys any project that she can place in a broader theoretical perspective. Most of all, she enjoys working on research projects such as ""The question of how social enterprises influence the broader business community."
Chloe has had the opportunity to work in community development for over the last decade. This work has allowed her to connect with communities on Canada’s west coast, northern regions, and in the Maritimes. She holds a Masters of Business Administration in Community Economic Development and works for Common Good Solutions as a consultant. She has set down roots in a small Acadian community called Grand Desert on Nova Scotia’s Atlantic coast, where there isn’t a desert in sight.
Rebecca Dray began her career in the hospitality industry working for Marriott Hotels. She transitioned into the charitable sector, supporting mental health advocacy groups, then founded her first social enterprise business in 2006. She went on to run a group of 8 social enterprises in the UK, all engaged in social procurement contracting. Rebecca sat on the boards of regional and national social enterprise membership organisations and gave presentations, training and mentorship to the social enterprise sector.
Rebecca moved to the US in 2014 and is now running 2 social enterprises – Society Profits which administers the USA Certified Social Enterprise accreditation and Buy Social USA – a social procurement intermediary network supporting corporate, anchor institution and government buyers to put social and environmental impact sellers into their supply chains. She also volunteers time as the Chapter Leader for the Michigan Social Enterprise Alliance Chapter and was voted onto the national Social Enterprise Alliance Board in May 2020.
Nicole is a globally recognised expert and practitioner in project-based learning and student entrepreneurship and is the founder of Future Anything, an award winning, curriculum aligned entrepreneurship program for high school students. She is also the founder of YouthX, Australia’s first purpose-built Accelerator program for school aged entrepreneurs.
As a teacher in the USA, UK and Australia and a Head of Department and Head of Year at some of Queensland’s top performing public schools, Nicole has repeatedly led the design and implementation of whole school curriculum changes to support future ready learning.
Nicole has represented Australia as a delegate for the G20 Young Entrepreneur’s Alliance in 2018. Nicole passionately believes that youth-led ideas have the power to bend the future, and works tirelessly to provide young people (and their educators) with the support, skills and space they need to take their ideas out of the classroom and into the real world.
Sohee is the co-founder of Kijamii Table. She had worked for Fair Trade organization, INGO and media development social venture and had experience as a volunteer in the community development sector in Africa. When she was a volunteer in Africa, she realized an issue of decent jobs for the youth, and decided to establish social enterprise by herself. Kijamii Table is African restaurant in Rwanda, giving the youth various trainings and job opportunities. After opening in 2018, Kijamii Table is hiring 17 employees and is training more than 180 young trainees.
Cinnamon Evans is the CEO of CERES, a Melbourne icon, known around the world for embodying what is possible when communities come together to support more regenerative ways of living. Through Cinnamon’s leadership, CERES has developed a network of social enterprises that enable customers to connect with each other and the Earth. CERES is 95% trade-funded and remains a collaborative community organisation. Cinnamon has tertiary qualifications in education and environmental science, collaborative management and group facilitation. Cinnamon is the current Chairperson of SENVIC (Social Enterprise Network Victoria). And is particularly passionate about the role of social enterprise in delivering environmental and social change, having experienced first-hand the transformative power of this movement.
Sarah is an independent policy and research advisor based with Wales Co-operative Centre but also working across the other pan-Wales sector support agencies. Her role has included finalising the strategy for the social enterprise sector in Wales “Transforming Wales Through Social Enterprise”. She is currently working with stakeholders to develop an action plan that will underpin the Welsh Strategy.
Sarah previously worked as a Senior Lecturer at North Wales Business School (Wrexham Glyndwr University), where she was involved in a number of European projects relating to social enterprise; including a project relating to the internationalisation of social enterprise.
Charisse Fontes is the Founder of Culture Circle, where she creates healthy and inclusive workplace cultures. Her focus is Humanity in the Workplace, which is anchored by her mission-driven project called Humanity Power, which is dedicated to ending the 'isms that plague our Humanity. When Charisse isn't doing this work, she is an active mother of five, studying cultures, religions, and tribes and serving her community as a Birth Doula.
Sebastian Gatica is a Commercial Engineer with mention in business administration from Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC), MSc and PhD at the University College of London. He is co-founder and ex-director of the large latin american non-profit, TECHO, and has worked as a consultant to local and international organizations, corporations and Latin American Governments on projects involving Social Enterprises and Social Innovation. Sebastian is also Catalyst for the League of Intrapreneurship in Chile and fellow of the Ashoka global network of social entrepreneurs, in his condition of co-founder of Travolution.org, a global network of community based tourism.
Currently Sebastian works as an academic at the Universidad Católica de Chile where he has founded CoLab UC, a university-wide laboratory exclusively focused on hybrid enterprises, social innovation and systemic change.
Brad has been a learning and people practitioner for over twenty years across both government and commercial organisations. He attributes his success to the people who surround him and through the delivery of constructive leadership where everyone's unique contribution is valued and plays a vital part in delivering a legacy of sustainable change.
Brad's underpinning philosophy is simple, always say yes to opportunity, the worst that can happen is you'll learn something new from the experience.
In Brad's current role as Director of Industry Capability and Inclusion, he is responsible for ensuring that the right people are in the right roles, at the right time, to deliver the Victorian State Government's rail infrastructure projects.
Dylan Goggs is a social entrepreneur and works closely with community groups, businesses and non-profits. He moved from the UK to Vancouver with his wife and three children in 2004. In 2009 he founded CleanStart BC, a property services company with a mandate to provide work for people with barriers to employment including poverty and disability. He is passionate about finding creative solutions for social employment and attributes his success to the support of his family, community partners, and friends from the business community.
Richard Gorvett is the Director of Programme and Impact at Reach for Change. He has been with Reach for Change since 2003, starting out as Country Manager in Tanzania, and working across several African markets. During the past years Richard has been working on piloting, refining and building out the support tools and capacity development programmes for social entrepreneurs across Reach for Change operations across three continents. Richard has a background from organisations working with capacity building youth in Tanzania, and from several positions at the British Council.
Laura Grassi brings together years of professional experience in facilitation, process design skills and mediation to accompany social entrepreneurs & intrapreneurs, developmental NGOs, social innovators and conveners of cross-sectors dialogues that are working towards the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Trained as a management engineer, she soon found her passion in helping organizations that want to work collaboratively to tackle our most pressing societal issues. She combines different methodologies such as “The Art of Hosting Societal Innovation”, U-theory, Process Design, Deep Democracy and NonViolent Communication in order to offer a unique approach to collaboration and organizational development.
A marketing, technology and brand specialist with a passion for social and environmental purpose, David bridges the creative and the technical to deliver award-winning digital experience.
A certified Agile Project Manager and leader of digital delivery teams in Europe, Australia and Canada.
A guest lecturer of digital design, marketing and design management at UG and PG level.
Alex is Co-Director of the Yunus Centre at Griffith University, Australia. The Yunus Centre leads the University’s research, teaching, and engagement in the fields of social innovation, impact and enterprise. In his previous role, Alex was CEO of Ākina Foundation, New Zealand’s primary development organisation for social enterprise, and the government’s strategic partner for social enterprise development. 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).He currently serves on the Boards of B Lab Australia and New Zealand, the Aotearoa New Zealand Advisory Board for Impact Investment, and Pomegranate Kitchen, a social enterprise focused on improving intercultural connections and the resettlement of former refugees.
Leigh Hardingham is the General Manager, Social Procurement and Inclusion at John Holland an Australian construction, tunneling, rail and building group with operations in Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and the Middle East.
She developed the strategies and processes to ensure social enterprises and Indigenous businesses are included in the supply chain and project opportunities and led significant activities to assist subcontractors and suppliers also increase their engagement with social procurement.
Over the past 20 years she has delivered social and community benefit outcomes on major construction and infrastructure projects across Australia with a heavy focus on Indigenous participation.
Gareth is the founder of Iridescent Ideas - a social enterprise business advice firm - and has been a champion of the social enterprise movement in Plymouth and the South West of the UK. He was the elected chair of Plymouth Social Enterprise Network for seven years 2013-2020 and chairs the city’s Inclusive Growth Group. Gareth led Plymouth’s successful bid to become the first ‘Social Enterprise City’ in the UK. Gareth was the Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Plymouth University. He writes regularly for national and local media on social enterprise themes and runs a popular social enterprise chat show.
Zahra recently joined Samtaler, a boutique social value creation agency which helps large companies create social as well as economic value. This involves supporting all levels of the organisation to understand their strategic objectives and how community benefits, social value and ESG can enhance that. She also works with the Scottish Government engaging with COSLA and local authorities on nationwide projects.
Prior to that she worked at CEIS, one of the UK’s largest social enterprise support agencies, leading on engagement and developing programmes. She was Vice Chair of Social Enterprise Scotland until August 2018.
Sungyong Heo is a founder of civil society organization Africa Insight, which established in 2013. He lived and worked in many different parts of African countries especially in Tanzania and Senegal in the field of international development cooperation at different organizations. He has over 12 years of experience in the African region and related issues. Since 2015, Africa Insight is running the Africa Young Entrepreneurs Support (Y.E.S) project in Nairobi, Kenya. This project is to foster early-stage social entrepreneurs. Y.E.S project trains over 50 carefully chosen cohorts a year by providing training programmes on business and entrepreneurship skills. Among graduates, it selects 12 out of graduates as fellows who could receive grant and customized consultation.
Ailsa works at Inspiralba, providing support to various projects, including the Rural Social Enterprise Hub and ViSEnet Erasmus+ project. Ailsa’s first taste of working in the social enterprise sector was in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she spent a year studying abroad. She recently graduated with a first class Honours degree in Geography and Social and Public Policy, and is passionate about regrowth, community wealth building and rural repopulation. Ailsa’s dissertation research examined the characteristics of social enterprises in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, and made recommendations for more tailored rural policy.
Diane Hill is the Director of Business and Organisational Development at the NOW Group. She is responsible for the management of all social enterprise businesses, which include four cafes and the research and evaluation business; Gauge Impact. She also manages the HR and quality functions of the organisation. Before being appointed as Business Development Director in 2017, Diane held positions at the Federation for Small Businesses and Employers for Childcare. She is a graduate of Ulster University where she studied Sociology.
Sandra joined HIE’s pioneering Community Land Unit in 2001 to support the work of the first Scottish Land Fund, a lottery programme. Now as Head of Community Assets Team, Sandra has helped to shape and influence public sector support towards community ownership which is now firmly embedded within Scotland’s community empowerment and land reform agendas.
HIE works in partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund to deliver the current Scottish Land Fund (2016-2021) on behalf of Scottish Government.
Sandra lives on the family croft in Wester Ross and is a trustee of Plockton & District Community Trust and a director of Am Bata, a social enterprise providing traditional boatbuilding training to young people.
Colin joined Social Enterprise NI in June 2016 having spent 38 years working in local financial institutions. Most recently Colin worked for Ulster Bank in Belfast and recently left after 28 years, holding a senior management position in Business Banking. Over the past three years Colin held the post of Lead Ambassador for the Banks strategy in working with the Third Sector in NI and RI and has developed a large network of stakeholders across the charity, social enterprise and community and voluntary sector.
Colin also led the banks Public Sector strategy and particularly working with the NI Councils in respect of their new responsibility for driving social, women and youth enterprise. Colin also works with organisations such as Young Enterprise NI and Prince’s Trust. Colin is a Non-Executive board member and Chair of the Finance and Governance Committee of Women in Business, a recently appointed ambassador for charity Start360, and a Mentor with the Entrepreneurial Spark programme in Belfast.
Colin is a Licentiate of the Institute of Bankers in Ireland
Johny Joseph is currently the Executive Director of Creative Handicrafts, a Fair Trade organisation working for the welfare of women and children. Johny has been working in the field of social work and social research for the last 25 years. He was the Asian representative on the Board of Directors for the World Fair Trade Organisation from 2011 to 2019. Aside from having a few articles published in periodicals, he is also the co-author of LORD, I BELIEVE, INCREASE MY FAITH, an all India study of Youth and Religion, and FOOD TO THE POOR, a research project which examines the implementation of the government of India's food-related schemes in Maharashtra. Johny Joseph has presented several papers on social enterprises and social work at various international seminars and workshops.
Jaun is a Colombian musician from the conservatory of the Eafit University, Medellín. He. is the CEO of Timbalé Salsa con Toda, a project that works towards the integration and inclusion of marginalised communities in Colombia, making an impact in recent years to more than 500 young people in the country. It promotes the empowerment, transformation and creation of new references and social leaders with awareness of change, adaptation and conflict resolution with art as an essential work tool and as the basis for the integral development of the human being.
Jefferson Kangacha is a social entrepreneur and technology enthusiast passionate about social innovation, youth empowerment and smart agriculture. He is the president of Teennation where he leads a youth movement of African teenagers in peer to peer technology education and social entrepreneurship. As a champion for Social Entrepreneurship, Jefferson founded The Eden Horticultural Hub – an agro-tech startup integrates Internet of Things in greenhouse and hydroponic farming. He has been recognized as a Global Teen Leader, Harvard Global Trailblazer Finalist 2018, and a top 10 finalist in the 2019 Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge.
Bertha is a passionate human rights activist. She holds a Masters degree in Policy Studies, Bachelor of Arts with Education, Post graduate Diploma in Project Management and a Diploma in Innovative Management. She has over 10 years work experience in designing, managing, implementing and evaluating social development programs with a special focus on children, adolescents and young people across different sectors including; Education, Health, Governance and Protection. She has worked for iSchool Zambia Limited, an award-winning education technology company that uses technology to improve education outcomes for learners with a focus on Africa. iSchool creates modern, curriculum aligned, interactive e-learning content and teaching resources, designed to support teaching and improve learning outcomes.
Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka is Founder and CEO of Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH), an award winning NGO that protects endangered gorillas and other wildlife through One Health approaches. After graduating from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, in 1996, she established Uganda Wildlife Authority’s first veterinary department. In 2015, she founded Gorilla Conservation Coffee to support farmers living around Bwindi Impenetrable National park where gorillas are found. Dr Gladys’ work has led to international recognition and the most recent award she has won is the American Society of Mammologists 2020 Aldo Leopold Award. Dr. Gladys is a National Geographic Explorer, Ashoka Fellow and Mulago Foundation Henry Arnhold Fellow. She has been featured on CNN African Voices, Chinese Global Television Network Faces of Africa, BBC, Animal Planet and National Geographic.
Fer Kok is one of the founders of the De Prael brewery. Fer is 60 years old and has been working as a psychiatric nurse for 35 years. He lives with his partner in Amsterdam with their 2 children. In 2001 he set up this brewery together with his colleague to offer people with poor employment prospects a chance to participate in society again. As a hobby brewer he learned how to brew and with this brewery he was able to combine his two passions in a great company in the heart of Amsterdam. De Prael now employs about 100 people and gives them a new and more positive prospect.
Jay plays a lead role in The Social Enterprise Academy’s Education Programme and International work. He has 35 years’ experience in educational settings, initially working as a roughty toughty outdoor instructor, then Environmental Educator, Community Educator, Social Enterprise Advisor and Associate Tutor with the Academy.
Jay supports the Academy with a range of programmes across both leadership and entrepreneurship areas. A social entrepreneur, Jay co-founded Re-Union Canal Boats in Edinburgh in 2004.
His Educational beliefs are best summed up in Anatole France’s quote;
“Do not try to satisfy your vanity by teaching a great many things. Awaken people's curiosity. It is enough to open minds; do not overload them. Put there just a spark. If there is some good inflammable stuff, it will catch fire.”
Mi Young is the co-founder of Rootee Health-- a company that aims to improve the lifestyle of people by eliminating the risk of vascular disease through fundus imaging and health data. Prior to founding the company, Mi-Young worked at Cisco Australia and App Annie Korea. She received her B.A from New York University and is studying MSc in Public Health from the University of London. She has worked globally-- the U.S, Australia, Korea-- and continues to work with international staff at Rootee Health.
In her role as Impact Innovation Director at Fairphone, she oversees the team responsible for ensuring Fairphones Thought Leadership on driving impact towards a fairer industry is held high, and embedded strongly in the company.
Monique’s sustainability experience spans more than 18 years. She has played a crucial role in scaling Fairphone through MT membership and former roles of Commercial and Value Chain. Before joining Fairphone, at the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) Monique was leading large pre-competitive transformation programs in the Electronics, Mining and Textile supply chains with key industry players and NGOs, such as Apple, Philips, Levis, Tata Steel, GoodElectronics and Friends of the Earth. These programs focused on building sustainable workforces by improving employee representation, gaining a higher environmental performance in the supply chain and minimising the negative impact of mining. Prior to that, Monique worked as a Senior Advisor in Sustainability and Ethical Sourcing at PwC and researcher/project manager in the NGO human rights field.
Elisabeth Lette is the Director Procurement Policy within the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance. In this role Elisabeth has been responsible for the policy design, development and implementation of a number of procurement policy issues, including ‘Victoria’s Social Procurement Framework’ (SPF). The SPF is a whole of government framework that seeks to leverage the government’s $32 billion purchasing power to achieve a range of social, economic and environmental outcomes. It applies to the procurement of all goods, services and construction in around 300 government entities.
A storyteller, entrepreneur and the Co-Creator at Digital Storytellers, Mikey brings with him over 15 years study in the practice of digital wizardry. He has worked as a web designer, radio journalist and travel writer, before finally finding his spiritual home in the moving image. When he’s not behind the camera, he’s out advocating for impact storytelling and helping clients achieve their storytelling goals. He also does a killer rendition of ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ on guitar and vocals. Mikey has published two books, including the Bradt Travel Guide to Bangladesh. He also founded the Positive Light project, a crowd sourced and crowdfunded photography project and coffee table photo book that is changing the way the world sees Bangladesh. Today, he’s also a proud husband and dedicated dad of two adorable boys. At Digital Storytellers, he works to ensure that change makers harness the power of storytelling to accelerate and amplify their message and therefore their impact.
Hyun Jeong is the manager at The Bridge International (TBI). The Bridge International supports self-reliance of local entrepreneurs in developing countries through impact donation(crowd-funding) platform. Prior to joining TBI, Hyun Jeong has worked for United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Jordan Country Office and Bangkok Regional Hub. She is passionate in innovation in international development and continues to support local entrepreneurs and social innovators globally through TBI.
Jennifer Macdonald is a farmer, regenerative agriculture advocate, writer, medical herbalist and fundraiser. For the last fours years her primary focus has been the creation of Woodside Arran CIC a social enterprise farm on the Isle of Arran off the west coast of Scotland. Here the team produce free range pasture raised laying hens and manage a diverse biointensive organic no dig market garden, to feed their Island community. Throughout her career Jenny has worked with nature to support healing, produce food and educate that public health and global sustainability will only be achieved if individual need is considered with a community and global perspective ensuring any systems created and maintained are fair and sustainable for all.
Lee first became aware of needing a job with purpose whilst working as a photo editor at UK national newspaper the Daily Mail. On his half-hour walk to work he passed multi-million pound houses and a man begging for change on the pavement.
After volunteering with a homeless charity and becoming increasingly interested in solutions to inequality, he discovered the concept of social enterprise.
After completing a Careershifters course, he spent several years working as a journalist, writing stories about social enterprises around the world for Pioneers Post and the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Joy McBrien is a global learner who is passionate about creating opportunities for women and girls. She is the Founder and CEO of Fair Anita, a social enterprise that strives to build a more inclusive economy for women by providing economic opportunity and dignified jobs through beautiful fair trade jewellery and accessories. She has worked with thousands of women around the world, using her empathetic nature to understand circumstances and develop creative solutions, including having built a battered women’s shelter in Peru and working at a girl-focused middle school in St. Paul. Joy has been recognized for her leadership in this space, giving a TEDx talk and receiving many awards for championing women's rights.
Ms Karen Ngui is Managing Director and Head of Group Strategic Marketing and Communications. She is responsible for corporate communications, brand management, strategic marketing, internal communications, sponsorships as well as the bank’s sustainability efforts in corporate volunteerism and championing social enterprises through DBS Foundation. She leads media and issues management efforts across the DBS Group and is responsible for managing and enhancing the bank's brand positioning and establishing a consistent brand identity across all businesses and markets, including Singapore, Greater China, South and Southeast Asia. Karen has over 30 years of experience in corporate branding, marketing and communications for financial institutions. Karen is also a board member of DBS Foundation which nurtures social entrepreneurs across the region, enabling them to scale and enhance social impact through their innovative and sustainable businesses.
Jacqueline Novogratz is the Founder and CEO of Acumen. Acumen is changing the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies and leaders with character, competence and moral leadership. Acumen invests pioneering philanthropic capital in sustainable businesses addressing the toughest problems of poverty. Under Jacqueline’s leadership, Acumen has invested more than $125 million of patient capital into nearly 130 companies impacting the lives of 308 million poor customers across Africa, Latin America, South Asia and the United States.
Acumen also cultivates a new kind of leader through its Fellows Programs and +Acumen, its online school for social change. To date, the organization has built a corps of 500+ Fellows, and more than 500,000 individuals from 193 countries have taken +Acumen’s online courses.
Jacqueline sits on the board of the Aspen Institute. In 2017, Forbes listed Jacqueline as one of the World’s 100 Greatest Living Business Minds.
JY Park is a CEO/founder of Jerry bag. Jerry bag is a global social venture that began in 2014 in Uganda, Africa, with products for local Uganda children, who carry the water, the source of life, uncomfortably and dangerously. Jerrybag has working in Uganda where it can research and produce safe and durable bag designs that can be made in the region considering the local materials and local women’s skills in Africa.
One of Australia’s pioneering social entrepreneurs, Matt is helping build agile, resilient, and enterprising rural 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.
Matt is co-founder and CEO of ACRE, a social enterprise that exists to build the renewal of Australia’s rural communities so that future generations may thrive. In 2016, ACRE led a $2.7M 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.
ACRE operates the Social Enterprise Academy Australia as part of a 15-country strong collaboration and Social Shifters Australia which together provide deep learning and connection opportunities for social entrepreneurs.
Matt has been a regular speaker/presenter/attendee at SEWF’s since 2009 and in 2018 was a co-convenor of the inaugural SEWF Rural Symposium.
Kim is the co-founder of Equal Education, an ambitious and growing social enterprise targeting inequality in education around the globe.
Her experience is rooted in senior leadership teams and Headship of two inner City London Schools.
Kim has been recognised by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan as a prominent educator and rising prospect to tackle some of our most difficult education problems in London. Following that she was invited to the Mayor’s International Programme where she has spoken about her work in 3 different continents.
She is passionate not just about social mobility but social justice.
Peter is Director of Programs at ACRE and Social Enterprise Academy Australia based in Beechworth, Victoria, Australia. Peter has a background in natural resource management, social enterprise and the delivery of entrepreneurial learning and development programs aimed at accelerating and supporting youth entrepreneurship.
Peter is inspired by the creativity and innovation found within the ideas of young people and enjoys working with communities to help them achieve what they are passionate about. Peter has worked with 40 schools across Australia, using social enterprise as a vehicle to engage young people to develop enterprise skills and to put their ideas into practice.
Clinton Schultz is a Gamilaraay man and registered psychologist with a keen interest in holistic wellness, particularly the wellness of workers in health and community services. Clinton recently submitted his PhD titled: Winanga-li-gu (Higher order listening), Guwaa-li-gu (higher order speaking), Maruma-li-gu (higher order healing) Factors of holistic wellbeing for members of the Aboriginal health and community workforce. He is an Assistant Professor with Bond University Medical School, Director of Marumali Consultations and Owner of Sobah Beverages.
Liv is an award-winning entrepreneur (Awarded Top 10 UK Women Entrepreneurs 2019 -- Wise100 Top Women in Social Business) and trailblazing ethical investment champion who left a career at Goldman Sachs to launch her foodtech start-up, GrubClub, which she sold to Eatwith in 2017. She went on to launch SeedTribe, a platform focused specifically on connecting “impactful” businesses marrying profit and purpose, with investors.
She is a Board member of UCL's Fast Forward 2030, which aims to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs to launch businesses that address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as being Vicechair of the Mayor of London's Women in Cleantech board. She also co-runs The Hot Breakfast which curates and hosts intimate early morning breakfast gatherings that connect great people across different disciplines and demographics in order to spark ideas and build networks that drive momentum for positive change. She's recently also become an advisor for the UK Department for International Trade, enabling more impactful entrepreneurs from around the world to scale their businesses in the UK.
Rodney is a father, change-maker, community builder/connector, mentor, coach, and entrepreneur. Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Rodney has established a passion for both its people and communities, working hard to help ensure those individuals and communities thrive and grow. As a graduate of Dalhousie Universities Bachelor of Management (with Integrity) program with a focus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Rodney uses his skills and expertise to engage people to identify ways of dealing with social, cultural, and environmental issues that have affected the growth of the community. Rodney’s passion for the African Nova Scotian (ANS) community inspires his work, as it is here where he has developed many of the values and beliefs that are ingrained in his efforts today.
Hanyoun So is an Executive director at Merry Year International(MYI) and MYI is a non-government organization (NGO) that focuses on sustainable development around the world and help providing such opportunity to those in need.
He used to work in Malawi as a project manager of KOICA around 10 years
As Executive Director, Chris leads the strategic, administrative, and programmatic aspects of the Fair Trade Federation (FTF), a trade association of fair trade enterprises in the US and Canada. Prior to joining the FTF, Chris spent ten years with Ten Thousand Villages US, developing the capacity of their retail network of fair trade stores, and leading training seminars, events, and conferences. Chris also serves on the Global Board of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO).
Sam Sondhi is the CEO of Outlook, a leading Australian social enterprise that specialises in the provision of waste and resource recovery services , located in Melbourne, Victoria. Outlook's vision is an 'inclusive society for all' and seeks to achieve this by creating employment opportunities for people with disability and people that experience hurdles to securing long-term, stable employment.
I was born on a warm, sunny day in July 1987 in Muhanga District, Rwanda. I am the second born in my family of 5 children. I went to school at Saint Joseph Kabgayi Secondary School and to Catholic University in Muhanga.
I fluently speak Kinyarwanda, English and French. I can speak some Swahili.
I worked as a Guest House Manager for Food for the Hungry in 2007 for a few months then it was closed. When I joined a social enterprise called Azizi Life back in 2008, I was working as a translator but I continued to work hard on my abilities, skills and trust and in 2016 I was promoted to be its Chief Executive Officer.
I like to help people in need as much as I can, make sure that I have enough time to hear those coming to me but also ensure that life has a better meaning for those lost hope."
Adriana’s background has been in developing strategies and models for impact projects combined with field implementation. She has focused primarily on empowerment and rebuilding the social fabric of the communities in Mexico and in the USA. Adriana currently works as a social impact consultant in model development, impact strategy, systems mapping and sustainable project development. She is a Cofounder at Kosmos, the intersection of Art, Tech and opportunity. They train vulnerable youth in tech skills intentionally intersecting art to then place them at companies. She is also an associate at Impacton, an organization driven by the vision of multiplying what works. Impacton identifies proven actions to re-build communities and positions them to replicate and scale.
Colombian advertising professional by the Palermo University in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and specialized in Creative Entrepreneurship Management by the Cordoba University, in Argentina. With seven years of experience in the tourism industry, she is a co-founder of 5Bogota, a creative tourism alternative in Colombia.
She is experienced in public relations and in the creation of entrepreneurial networks through the conception and development of innovative tourism products.
She is also a winning participant in social entrepreneurship contests through 5Bogota. Additionally she is a co-author of the book “Bogotá through the 5 senses.”
Lord Victor Adebowale is a non-executive Director of the Co-Operative Group, Collaborate CIC, Nuffield Health, Visionable, and Leadership in Mind. He is also Chair of Social Enterprise UK and the NHS Confederation. Victor recently stepped down as CEO of Turning Point, a social enterprise providing health and social care interventions to approximately 100,000 people annually. Victor served for six years as a Non-Executive Director on the board of NHS England. He has chaired a number of commission reports into policing; employment; mental health; housing and fairness for the London Fairness Commission; the Metropolitan Police; and for central and local government. He was awarded a CBE for services to the unemployed and homeless 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.
Antonio Aguilera works at Coworker.org, where he supports and coaches workers of tech companies organizing for ethical tech, equal rights and worker voice. He started and directed for-profit and nonprofit social enterprises in technology, staffing and other services to create jobs and increase health access for people living with mental health disabilities, with HIV, elderly women, single moms and immigrant workers, and he helped develop a digital app for domestic workers to organize and find work. Antonio is Chairperson for the National Board of Social Enterprise Alliance in the United States, and co-founder of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter. He is passionate about the marketplace and technology being used for social justice.
Nazia leads a growing network of social enterprise hubs around the world. She is passionate about social movements and is interested in localising the field of social entrepreneurship across different cultures and contexts. Nazia has worked across universities in the UK in the field of social entrepreneurship for the past eight years. She has been part of a start-up incubator and has developed programmes to support the growth of social entrepreneurs in low-income regional areas. More recently at Oxford’s Skoll Centre, Nazia spearheaded the development of the Social Impact Lab, a year-long programme for Oxford MBAs focused on practitioner-based learning in the curriculum and outside of it. Nazia is also a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum and has spent time working on improving access to education in refugee camps in Lebanon.
With a focus on the role of social enterprise, David has been fully engaged in all aspects of community economic development during his years in the field. He is Managing Partner of Buy Social Canada, Chair of the Canadian Council on Social Enterprise, and Board Member of SEWF. He recently published “Marketplace Revolution, from Concentrated Wealth to Community Capital" a book exploring the creation of a social value marketplace.
Emma Liddell is the Impact and Performance Advisor for Social Value Lab and works across Scotland to support communities and social enterprises to understand and articulate the difference they make. Emma has split her time over the past 30 years between working directly with vulnerable groups, and managing strategies and developmental opportunities that inform and resource the third sector.
Passionate about people and partnerships, Emma enjoys providing one to one personal and professional coaching. She is a trained Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner, Supervisor and Life Coach.
Lisa Lowthers is a single mom of three and “almost empty nester”, who is also the Senior Trainer for SEI. She has invested the last 30 years in business and community development in Canada. Through facilitation, training and counselling she helps organisations build business models that diversify revenue streams and achieve defined social impact at the same time. She is a certified adult educator, an internationally certified small business counsellor, and will be launching a national certification for community-based business developers in the fall of 2020.
Mike has been the Executive Director of Celtic Colours International Festival since October 2016, and worked with the Festival since 2014. Mike also serves as Chair of the Celtic Heart of North America Cooperative.
In the past, Mike has worked as a Corporate Strategist for the Province of Nova Scotia, Provincial Secretary for the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party, and Executive Director of the Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce.
Mike is a graduate of Cape Breton University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Certificate in Public Administration.
Mike is passionate about Cape Breton Island, and the importance of protecting and celebrating our history and culture.
As well as being a traditional Gaelic singer who has performed and tutored across the globe, Anne Martin runs Whitewave – Skye’s Outdoor Centre, Accommodation and Music with husband John White. She trained in Youth and Community Education and has worked on various projects around the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, and values highly the opportunity she had to work on the Muka Mukuu Co-operative in Kenya. She more recently completed a MSc in Material Culture and Highland History and holds a professional practice award in mentoring. She has been an associate facilitator with the Social Enterprise Academy for 8 years.
Jordan is Co-founder of Kiipo, a global health-technology company aimed at leveraging technological innovations—AI, Machine Learning, IOT—to tackle the world’s healthcare disparity. At Kiipo, he leads everything business, from strategy to operations and execution. Widely recognised as a Technology Leader for Good, Jordan has launched health services everywhere from Africa to Asia to North America. Most recently, Kiipo’s COVID-19 early detection platform, NEO by PhysioQ, was recognised as one of the world’s top 5 innovations for COVID-19.
Hanna is a Project Coordinator at ACRE, coming from a background in innovation consulting with a focus on design for social change. Her experience spans two continents and a range of industries. Most recently, Hanna was working in Indonesia leading the establishment of a 12-month accelerator program. Hanna brings a lens of curiosity and critique in order to understand and identify strategic opportunities for programming.
Hanna grew up on a beef and cropping farm in Queensland, before moving to Melbourne for University. Her focus is on working with rural communities so that young people do not need to leave their towns and communities to gain access to the opportunities and resources they need to thrive.
Jamie is a freelance forester and community development worker. He has worked in community and rural development forestry for over 20 years, as community forester/project manager for the Sunart Oakwoods Initiative from 2000-2008, and following this as woodland crofts officer for a government agency, supporting the development of community-based woodland crofts. When that role ended, he returned to self-employment but still with a focus on supporting woodland crofts. He is currently a Director of Sunart Community Renewables and Chair of Strontian Community School Building Ltd.
Emily is the Head of Social Enterprise in Education at the Social Enterprise Academy (SEA). SEA support social change by offering learning and development that enables individuals, organisations, communities and schools to thrive, be their best and achieve greater impact.
Since 2007, the SEA Education team has supported schools to set up and grow sustainable, youth-led social enterprises. This transformational learning experience allows young people to develop key employability skills whilst aspiring to effect ongoing social change as active citizens.
Before joining SEA, Emily worked in the UK as a Primary Teacher, in Malawi as a Teacher CPD Facilitator and an Acting Headteacher, and was Head of Youth and Schools for the Scotland Malawi Partnership.
Andres is the co-founder and COO of Minca Ventures Ltd and Living in Minca and a Doctor in Social Enterprise, Social and Solidarity Economy, and International Development. 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 include journals and books. He has also designed a series of sustainable MOOCs that reached out to more than 100,000 learners from 190 countries and has encouraged the creation of more than 1,000 new social enterprises worldwide. Andres is also a video researcher and documentalist, he has produced more than 70 videos to screen beautiful and inspiring stories from all over the world.
Mirabelle is the Editorial and Communications Head of BlankPaperz Media, a platform she founded to amplify the voices and stories of young Africans who are working towards social good and finding solutions to problems that affect their societies. She’s grown BlankPaperz with over 170 contributors across Africa and has held in-person communication training. Mirabelle is also a founding member of Chatham House’s Common Futures Conversations Platform, which fosters policy dialogue between African youths, European youths and policy-makers. She has been recognised by the US Department of State, the BBC, and is one of We Are Family Foundation’s Young Global Leaders. She recently worked with the communications team of Salzburg Global Seminar, an international organisation challenging present and future leaders to shape a better world.
Mirabelle studies and experiments on growth-hacking strategies to see how tech/media, traditional marketing and psychology can be used for good, especially with social enterprises or people-powered campaigns.
Rain Morgan and Pieter Swart started Turqle Trading in 1997 in Cape Town. Turqle Trading is a social enterprise largely focussed on exporting fair-made sauces and spices. Their aim is growth for the factories they work with, and the buyers they sell to. Rain works on strategy, words, pictures, label art and purpose-building solutions on the fly. As a committed social enterprise, Turqle donates 25% of its management time to do the work of the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO). Rain’s most recent work within the WFTO structure has been to construct & implement a Fair Payment Policy and Process (which includes Local Living Wages) for WFTO members.
Clayton is a social entrepreneur with extensive experience in rural economic and community development. Clayton is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer for the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE), a rural-based social enterprise that champions and embeds entrepreneurship to rejuvenate rural communities through building economic, social and cultural wellbeing.
Since 2016 Clayton has been leading the redevelopment of the Old Beechworth Gaol into a demonstration site for rural entrepreneurship including the development of the Breakout Co-working space.
Clayton is an avid cyclist and recognised nationally as a thought leader regarding cycle tourism and it's impact on rejuvenating small rural communities.
Jeremy Nicholls founded the UK SROI Network in 2007 with the mission to change the way the world accounts for value. As Chief Executive, he was instrumental in developing the social value movement across the globe, while also creating SVUK’s training, assurance and accreditation services.
In 2015 when the SROI Network joined with the Social Impact Analysts Association to form Social Value International and Social Value UK, Jeremy became Chief Executive of both organisations. Jeremy stepped down as Chief Executive in June 2018 but remains an active Board participant and member of the SVI network.
Jeremy continues to play instrumental roles in discussions on accounting standards and reporting. He works part-time with the Impact Management Project and is a non-executive director of the FRC Group (which is an award-wining social enterprise in Liverpool UK) where he chairs the social value committee.
Andrew worked as an advisor in Parliament for a Conservative MP between 2010-2013, before joining the National Council for Voluntary Organisations as a Senior Policy Officer. Andrew then worked as Director of Policy and Engagement for Charity Finance Group before joining Social Enterprise UK as Director of External Affairs in July 2018.
As Director of External Affairs for Social Enterprise UK, Andrew represents 100,000 businesses in engaging with government, developing policies to transform the economy and communications with the media. Andrew has researched and written extensively on tax, the voluntary sector, business reform and public procurement.
Ellen Oetelmans is the Program Manager of Amsterdam Impact, a City of Amsterdam initiative which aims to strengthen the impact entrepreneurship ecosystem. Ellen regularly speaks about the impact economy and ecosystem building at international events such as SOCAP, the B Corp Summit, the Global Social Economy Forum, and the SEWF Policy Forum.
Before co-creating and launching Amsterdam Impact in 201 with a wide range of ecosystem actors, she held positions as a senior strategic advisor for the City of Amsterdam and as a policy advisor for the Dutch House of Representatives.
Ellen holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam.
Lawrence Okettayot is an incredible youth who loves to challenge the Status-Quo through innovative initiatives and leadership to inspire other people to join and take on a cause that makes our communities a better place. He Co-founded Sparky Dryer (powered by solar energy and biofuel to dehydrate food in 5 hours) to help smallholder farmers, households, entrepreneurs add value to their agricultural produce by extending shelf life from just 2 days to more than 6 months. He holds a National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering with different global awards like, The Shinning World Invention Award, The Commonwealth Youth Award, and Adil Dalal Humanistic Technology Leadership Award.
Chris' key skills include impact strategy, programme design, organisational strategy, governance and financial modelling. While at Ākina, Chris has led engagements with Central Government, listed corporations and start-ups. Chris has extensive governance experience, having sat on several Boards including the Institute of Management NZ and Arts Wellington, where he was Chairperson for several years. Chris is also a member of the AsiaNZ Leadership Network. He has spoken internationally on governance, fundraising and digital strategy.
In addition to having real-world business experience, Chris also has a strong theoretical foundation through his MBA from Victoria University.
Nicola is the founder of Thrive Whanganui, a small charity that aims to enable profit-for-purpose to flourish from Whanganui. This part of provincial New Zealand includes the Whanganui River catchment or Te Awa Tupua, internationally-recognised for its legal personhood. She is a co-founder of an emerging network of similar community-led enterprise development organisations. Nicola has also been involved in The Generator pilot, helping people on low incomes set up their micro-enterprises and is on the sector working group for the Impact Initiative. She is a regional councillor at Horizons and a mum of two energetic boys.
Dan is a professionally qualified supply chain practitioner with over 20 years’ experience working in a wide range of senior international procurement roles for Bluechip companies such as BHP, Alcoa, Newmont and Schlumberger. He has managed large global supply chain teams and has consistently met cost reduction targets with accountability for billion-dollar cost bases.
Most recently, Dan was the Infrastructure Procurement Manager at ArcBlue Consulting, where he was working on Regional Economic Development Programs. These aimed to create jobs for regional and disadvantaged groups through Infrastructure Procurement projects.
Previously Dan was the Global Supply Chain Manager for John Holland where he positioned the company as the industry leader for social procurement. Here he worked on strategic projects and contributed towards the development of regional jobs for Victoria. Dan has also managed the sourcing and logistics activities for capital works programs.
Above all Dan is passionate about delivering positive local, environmental and social outcomes through modern procurement practices.
Atikah Risyad (Tika) came from West Sumatera, Indonesia. She called herself an enjoyneer because she is an engineer who turns out to be a gardener. Since 28th December 2018, she went back to her hometown, Lintau, and started to develop an agro-edutourism based social enterprise named FAM (Family Farm). FAM empowering local youth to empower the village through developing sustainable agro-edutourism to decrease the rate of urbanization in youth. Beforehand, she ever works in a corporate, being a voluntary teacher for a year in a remote area, and do nomad life as a workshop hunter learning about social enterprises. She believes without agriculture and rural areas would be no life on this earth.
Co-founder and CEO of Pingree Mfg L3C, a worker-owned, community based, carbon negative design and manufacturing house in Detroit leveraging up-cycled materials, industry 4.0 innovations, inclusive design, and a passion for service to create products that are solutions.
Since 2007, he has launched four separate nonprofit projects and social enterprises currently making an impact in climate and environmental justice, community owned production, and food access arenas across Metro Detroit.
Sunday Silungwe is the Co-founder / Director of Marketing and Communications at Good Nature Agro. A natural flair for innovation, combined with training and experience at Heifer International and John Brown University, Sunday leads Good Nature’s growth. Sunday holds a degree in Developmental Studies from Zambia Catholic University, and is a proud alumni of the International Development Design Summit. A self-confessed people person, Sunday’s endearing personality and jovial laugh never fail to light up the office! Sunday has been selected to participate in this year’s prestigious Stanford Seed Transformation Program.
Jamie is a local builder in Strontian. Degree educated and trained as a civil and building engineer, he has been involved in the design, management and construction of many infrastructure projects in the UK. He has been involved in the Community School Building from the very beginning - as a lobbying parent, and then as a Director of SCSB. As such he was involved in the setting up of the company, fundraising for the project, the development of the design brief, and contractor selection. He has been the Secretary for SCSB since 2015. He is Cub Scout leader for 10th Lochaber - Strontian Scout Group, and has lived in Strontian for 16 years.
Mitos is the President and CEO of Women’s Education for Advancement and Empowerment (WEAVE) Foundation (2003 to present) and holds the position of President of the Board and CEO of the World Fair Trade Organisation Asia (2018-present). The WFTO regional network in Asia is composed of over 140 Fair Trade Enterprises that work to promote justice in international trade. She is a mission-driven professional and has been actively and passionately leading WEAVE Foundation's work in advancing the rights, status and dignity of refugee, displaced and underprivileged ethnic women on the Thai-Myanmar border, via education and enterprise subsidiary in Thailand, a refugee women-powered Fair Trade enterprise.
Nicholas Verginis is the inaugural CEO of Social Enterprise Network Victoria (SENVIC) and a founding member of the Alliance of Social Enterprise Networks Australia (ASENA). Nick is an innovative and strategic executive with a proven track record of successfully leading dynamic workforces and public, private and community cross-sector collaborations. Nick brings over 20 years experience in government, the arts sector, not-for-profits and small social enterprises. Nick holds a Master in Public Policy and Management and Bachelors of Law and Arts from the University of Melbourne, and in 2018 completed the Executive Fellows Program with the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.
Eva Wong is the co-founder of WEDO GLOBAL, an award-winning social enterprise that provides multicultural experience in Asia. WEDO GLOBAL empowers ethnic minorities through training and employment. She has extensive experience in collaborating with people from diverse cultural backgrounds and designing interactive cultural experience for more than 20,000 individuals in Asia since 2015.
She has a multitude of project management experience and attended the Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford Graduate School of Business. She is currently a member of Commission on Poverty, Social Enterprise Advisory Committee and Social Welfare Advisory Committee of the HKSAR Government. She is a cross-sector leader and entrepreneur with an extensive network in Education, Business, Government and Public Sectors.
Shyrine Ziadeh is founder of Ramallah Ballet Centre and co-founder of Wasla Dance Platform.
Shyirne studied business administration at Birziet university. She is an alumni of both the ASHOKA network (changemakerexchange) and She Entrepreneur by Swedish institute. Alongside this, she is an active member of the International Dance Council (CID) at the UNESCO in Paris and a speaker at Tedx 2016.
In 2014 Shyrine worked with American Projects in The Middle East(MEPI), documenting successful and challenging stories in Palestine.
Recently Shyrine studied her Master’s in Choreomundus – international master in Dance Knowledge, Practice, and Heritage. Her dissertation and fieldwork are a continuation of her Empower Through Movement (ETM) initiative. Her thesis was conducted in Greece, researching the power of Dabke as an intangible heritage for Syrian refugees.
Since she was a child Shyrine has performed on the stage of Ramallah cultural palace, for the UN women’s independence. And more recently, in Norway and London.
Susan Aktemel is Executive Director of Homes for Good Social Business Group. 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 £12 million 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 2017 she received an Honorary Doctorate from University of Strathclyde Business School for achievements in Social Enterprise, and in 2019 was inducted into the Strathclyde Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs. In July 2019 Susan was also awarded the inaugural Trinity College Social Innovation Prize at Judge Business School in June, Cambridge. She was appointed as Visiting Professor in Social Entrepreneurship at the Hunter Centre, Strathclyde Business School in February 2020.
Susan is a mentor for The Young Foundation, a board and investment committee member of SIS Ventures, and a member of the CACHE Knowledge Exchange Hub.
Béatrice Alain is the Executive Director of the Chantier de l’économie sociale, an independent organisation that brings together actors and partners of the social economy, to promote collective entrepreneurship and develop new sectors and tools. The Chantier is recognised internationally for its work enabling the development of the social economy.
Mrs Alain has a background in economics and political science. She is Co-president of the TIESS, an organisation that enables the liaison and transfer of social economy innovations for the development of territories in Quebec. She is also Secretary of the Board of the Chantier de l’économie Trust, a patient-capital fund for social economy enterprises and member of the Steering Committee of the Global Social Economy Forum (GSEF), an international association of local governments and civil society networks engaged in the promotion of the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) as a mean to achieve an inclusive and sustainable local development.
Annie is a researcher for the Foundation for Women’s Rights Promotion and Development since 2012. She is currently one of the members of the international affairs team which is responsible for bridging women’s movements in Taiwan to the world.
She received a B.A. degree in Diplomacy at National Chengchi University and worked as an overseas volunteer for Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF) in Honduras from 2009 to 2011.
Tom Dawkins is Co-Founder and CEO of StartSomeGood.com, a global crowdfunding platform and education provider for entrepreneurs. He previously founded Australian youth non-profit Vibewire, worked for Ashoka in Washington DC and for HopeLab in Silicon Valley, and was founding director of the Changemakers Festival with The Australian Centre for Social Innovation. Tom has consulted with numerous non-profits, associations and governments on how to better engage their communities using social technologies and spoken at conferences including SXSW, SOCAP, Purpose, The World Summit on the Information Society and the Nexus Summit.
Kennedy hails from Nigeria. He’s the CEO & Co-Founder at Africave: a company that builds distributed teams and connects global companies to Africa’s elite software engineering talent. He was the first Nigerian recipient of the Yenching Scholarship (dubbed the Chinese Rhodes Scholarship) and studied for a master’s degree in Economics. He’s previously worked at Accenture and ByteDance where he built TikTok’s Africa business strategy working from the Beijing HQ. He’s been recognised by HM Queen Elizabeth II as a Queen’s Young Leader.
Nour held a mic for the first time aged seven - and has been hooked ever since. After presenting her school broadcast for years, she joined The American University in Cairo (AUC) to major in multimedia journalism, graduating with high honours and a fervent passion for radio and storytelling.
She currently works as a marketing and communications manager at AUC Venture Lab, a university-based startup accelerator. She is also a founding member of Ehky Ya Masr, a local podcast covering life in Egypt that aims to give individuals the chance to share their stories in their stories. Nour was selected by the British Council as a DICE Young Storymaker in 2019/20 covering stories about social enterprise in the region and reporting for the Pioneers Post.
Amanda Kiessel is co-founder of Good Market, a curated community of social enterprises, cooperatives, responsible businesses, voluntary organisations, and change makers working to create a 21st-century economy that is “good for people and good for the planet.” The online platform includes more than 1,500 enterprises from 52 countries.
Amanda is originally from the United States but has been based 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. 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.
Kerryn is Chief Technical Adviser with the International Labour Organisation and is working with the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, to develop a policy for the social economy in South Africa.
She led the Network for Social Entrepreneurs at the Gordon Institute of Business Science from 2012-2017. She chaired the programme advisory committee of the IDC’s social enterprise fund and led the first mapping study of social enterprises in South Africa. She is co-author of The Disruptors, social entrepreneurs reinventing business and society.
Louise Aitken is the CEO of the Ākina Foundation, New Zealand’s principal intermediary for social enterprise. A strong advocate for social responsibility and impact, Louise leads a talented and passionate team of impact, social enterprise, procurement & investment experts, providing support, capability and thought leadership 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. Louise sits on the Board of the Impact Enterprise Fund (NZ’s first impact investment fund) and on the National Advisory Board for the Impact Investing Network Aotearoa New Zealand.
Huda Jaffer is a product/service/system’s designer with a keen interest in user-centric design specifically for sustainability and developmental issues. She has an undergraduate degree in design from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore and a Masters of Science in Engineering and Business (Integrated Design and Management) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. She has been critical in building the necessary processes of SELCO Foundation that has led to it being known as a pioneer in the field of building the eco-system for sustainable energy access for the poor.
Jaegu Kim is a board of director at Work Together Foundation.
He is a former President of the Korea Social Enterprise Promotion Agency(KOSEA). He is the Dean of Graduate School of Real Estate and has served as a professor of Business Administration at Myongji University since 2002.
Underdogs is a social enterprise providing the most practical business and entrepreneurial skills training for 'social innovation startups' in Korea and Asia.
Youngjoo Kim works as the advisor for Underdogs’ global programme, to catalyze social entrepreneurship and its sustainability by fostering entrepreneurs through international training and exchange projects.
Starting her career at Korea NGO Council for Overseas Development Cooperation (KCOC) and having worked as the project director for Society at British Council Korea, Youngjoo has been working in supporting communities and young leaders through diverse leadership and entrepreneurial projects, as well as international collaboration programmes, for almost 20 years.
Belinda Li is Founder & Chief Consultant of CiTTA Partnership, a boutique impact consulting firm with a mission to empower leaders of purpose-driven organisations to implement their ideas and scale their social & environmental impact in a financially sustainable way. Belinda’s expertise is in business strategy, business modelling, market research and feasibility assessment. She specialises in helping non-profits add new revenue streams through social enterprise business activities and guiding purpose-driven businesses with their go-to market strategies.
Before CiTTA, she was Associate Principal with Civic Consulting Alliance, with a primary role as the Program Manager of the Chicago Climate Action Plan. And before that, she was Senior Associate with McKinsey & Co., a global management consulting firm, advising Fortune 100 and prominent Social Sector clients on strategic issues. Belinda currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Social Enterprise Alliance National Board, as well as Treasurer of the Social Enterprise Alliance Chicago Chapter Board, and a Board Member at the Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund.
Mrs. Roopa Mehta has more than forty years of experience in crafts, textiles and the fashion business; and more than three decades of experience in the development sector and the Fair Trade movement.
She is the Chief Executive Officer of Sasha Association for Craft Producers (“Sasha”). Sasha is a Kolkata-based non-profit, focusing on empowering craftspeople. She is also an executive of SSA, an associate development organisation. These two organisations work in tandem to provide capacity building support, technical assistance and market access for sustainable livelihoods to artisan groups.
Mrs. Mehta was elected as the President of World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) in 2019. Alongside this, she is the Managing Trustee of Ruro Agro Services Association. She is also on the Board of Sadhna, the handicrafts and income augmentation programme of Rajasthan based Seva Mandir and All India Artisans and Craft persons Association (AIACA), New Delhi.
Tamatha Paul (23, Ngāti Awa, Waikato Tainui) is a Wellington City Councillor, responsible for Climate Change, City Safety and Youth in the Capital City of Aotearoa New Zealand. Tamatha is also involved in social justice organisations like JustSpeak, a youth-led criminal justice reform organisation, and Tuia, a kaupapa Māori organisation for young indigeous people in Aotearoa New Zealand.
‘A New Millionaire's goal is not to have a million dollars, but to impact a million lives through their work’. Lauren works with purpose-driven leaders and organizations to build engaging cultures and efficient, effective systems so teams can focus on delivering their social and environmental impact in the world. She has supported the launch of 45 social enterprises in Nova Scotia, been involved with multiple government initiatives to scale the social enterprise ecosystem in Canada and spoken at over 50 conferences internationally on the topics of youth, entrepreneurship, and organizational values.
Working for UNDP in Asia and the Pacific, Cissy is passionate about helping young people become positive agents of change and drive substantial impact in their communities. In her current role, Cissy oversees the Youth Co:Lab Summit, a key event in Asia-Pacific that connects government and civil society actors with young social entrepreneurs and innovators who help solve some of the region’s most pressing problems. Prior to joining UNDP, Cissy has worked in the public sector and in the youth civic engagement space, developing programs and curriculum for students and policymakers. Cissy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Science from Macquarie University in Australia.
Alexandra van der Ploeg 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. Alexandra also serves on the advisory council of IMPACT 2030, is part of the Leadership Council of the Realized Worth Institute and is the Co-Chairwoman of the European Corporate Citizenship Council of the Conference Board. She holds an MBA from Henley Business School in Great Britain.
Starting her career in the Third Sector as External Relations and Policy Development, Darah has gained experience in a range of senior strategic and policy roles across the third, public and private sectors. As the Social Economy lead within Scottish Enterprise she leads the work of the Inclusive Models Team, including Co-operative Development Scotland, a specialist team responsible for the development, sustainability and promotion of inclusive business models including social enterprises, co-operatives and employee-owned models. Darah is currently leading a European Partnership Programme for Scotland aimed at increasing competitiveness for Scottish social enterprises at home and abroad.
Eglantina Avdiu (23), from Kosovo, studied Psychology and now works as a mentor at “BONEVET” makerspace, a children-friendly environment designed to stimulate children’s curiosity, imagination and creativity.
Eglantina combined her passion for art and desire for social change through founding a social enterprise, “3DX”, that empowers young people with Down syndrome to create and sell their own 3D printed models. She believes that quality education and training can equip young people with the tools they need to go out into the world and shape their future!
Casper oversees the development of a vibrant Social Enterprise (SE) sector, from engaging the SE ecosystem to cultivating strategic partnerships and delivering capacity building initiatives. Before this, Casper served as Head of Social Finance to leverage grants and investment mechanisms to support the growth of sustainable SEs. Prior to joining raiSE, he pioneered Pumpkin Lab at the National Council of Social Service and led a team in design-led innovation to bring about human-centred, sustainable and scalable solutions.
Before joining the social sector, he was the Executive Director in THR 454 Investment Pte Ltd where he managed several portfolios, ranging from start-ups to mature companies and properties. In the Ministry of Transport, Casper’s key roles were in policy, international relations and organisational excellence.
In his personal capacity, Casper serves as the Chairman on the Board of a charity/society.
Maggie Robb has worked at PwC UK for 14 years as part
of their Community Engagement team and now leads the PwC Social Entrepreneurs Club - a network of over 300 UK based social entrepreneurs that benefit from a wide range of support to help them grow successful sustainable ventures. She is currently working on
further developing the virtual support offering within the Club, including reaching more users with a newly created mentoring application.
With strong skills in employee engagement and passionate
about social impact, Maggie helped set up PwC’s flagship annual fundraising and volunteering event, which has now run for over ten years. She also established a successful environmental volunteering programme across the firm that matches over 3,000 staff a
year with environmental volunteering projects, including PwC’s graduate intake.
Emma-Kate (EK) Rose is President of the Queensland Social Enterprise Council and is a Fellow of Griffith University’s Yunus Centre for Social Business. She’s passionate about amplifying voices from the grassroots, and is passionate about building a healthy social enterprise ecosystem for Queensland.
She founded Queensland’s first commercial car sharing service in 2006, and currently leads a well-known social enterprise, Food Connect where she continues to play a significant role in building the grassroots movement for food system change across Australia.
EK is currently on secondment to The Next Economy working with regional communities to develop resilience post-pandemic.
Dawain Arrington is the General Manager at DC Central Kitchen’s main facility in downtown Washington. In that role, he oversees the production of thousands of daily meals for homeless shelters, youth programs, and non-profits, preventing large-scale food waste through innovative menus and preparation techniques, and manages nearly two dozen staff members and more than 10,000 annual volunteers. Dawain came to DC Central Kitchen as a student in their Culinary Job Training program after spending the better part of 23 years involved with the criminal justice system. After graduation, Dawain was hired as part of DC Central Kitchen’s first social enterprise, Fresh Start Catering. He quickly realised, however, he wanted to be more involved in helping new culinary students adapt to the rigours of the program, and transferred to the main kitchen, where he has worked for over 15 years. He co-founded and leads a non-profit organisation of his own, Men Giving Back, which uses sports and community events to connect young people with positive, safe outlets for growth and mentorship.
Amna Asif is the Founder and CEO of ReliveNow. She has won multiple awards for her company the most prominent one being Standard Chartered Women in Tech (Pakistan). She has also been a fellow at international entrepreneurship programs in Germany and Scotland. She has been featured at Pioneers Post (London), BBC Urdu, and many other local magazines and new channels for her work in promoting mental health advocacy in Pakistan and across the globe catering specifically to the South Asian Diaspora. Alongside she has successfully worked with top international and local pharmaceuticals companies that have, and continue to impact millions of people. Prior to her role at ReliveNow, she was a seasoned HR professional with expertise in people management and managing a team of 100 employees for an international client in the IT industry.
Kate Bailey is the policy and research Director for Eco-Cycle, based in Boulder, Colorado. Eco-Cycle is one of the oldest and largest non-profit recycling organisations and has 44 years of hands-on experience in creating community infrastructure, policies and programmes to reduce waste and increase recycling. Kate is an expert on best practices in creating Zero Waste communities and has worked directly with local government, state legislators and business leaders and brands to advance Zero Waste solutions as a critical step toward addressing our climate crisis. Kate has a BA in Environmental Studies and Economics from the University of Colorado-Boulder.
Seán Barnes is the Director of Social Procurement with the Ākina Foundation, NZ’s leading impact development organisation. Seán established and leads Fwd, Ākina’s specialist social procurement programme that provides advisory support in social procurement to private and public sector buyers, as well as supporting social enterprises to grow and take advantage of increasing market opportunities. Seán is driven by changing procurement for good and realising the potential of organisations to have a positive influence on society and the environment.
Jen Beason joined SAP in 2007. She now represents a global portfolio of programs and partnerships that support early stage innovation and new ventures, to accelerating and scaling the impact of mature non-profit organisations and social enterprises. SAP Corporate Social Responsibility is focused on powering opportunity through digital inclusion. Their mission is to ensure that everyone – regardless of geography, culture, gender, socio-economic background, or ability – has access to the opportunity and skills needed to succeed in a digital world. In her free time, Jen enjoys music and the great outdoors in Colorado (USA) alongside her golden retriever.
Ady Beitler is the co-founder and CEO of Nilus, a social enterprise that rescues food at risk of being wasted and distributes it at discounted prices among low-income communities. Nilus operates in Argentina, Guatemala, Mexico and Puerto Rico and has delivered over 3 million plates to more than 250,000 people. Nilus was awarded the South Summit LATAM 2020, SAP Innomarathon 2019 and Google Impact Challenge 2017, and is a member of the Harvard Innovation Labs, Siemens Empowering People Network and Clinton Global Initiative. Ady lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Neelam Chhiber is co-founder of the Mother Earth and industree Foundation and for the past three decades has been working on the creation of a regenerative economy backed by India's 200 million strong artisanal workforce. Her work is now building a platform for inclusive entrepreneurship with technology enablers so solutions being built can use the power of networks and scale faster (PIE foundation). Neelam is one of the founding members of the Collaborative Initiative, Catalyst 2030, a movement of NPO’s, enterprises, intermediaries and funders working to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Chmba Ellen Chilemba is a DJ, Producer, Activist, and Education and Communications Expert. She currently consults for the We Are Family Foundation and has previously consulted for the United Nations, Global Citizen and has hosted workshops at Duke University, Mount Holyoke College, the University of the Pacific, the African Leadership Academy and more.
She is the founder of Tiwale, a community centre in Malawi supporting girls/women and non-binary people through art, education and economic opportunities. For her work, she was named Glamour Magazine’s College Woman of the Year, Forbes’ Africa 30 Under 30, Ashoka Future Forward Winner, Gates Foundation Goalkeeper, Global Citizen Youth Advocate, One Young World Ambassador, Commonwealth Awardee for Excellence in Development and Powell Emerging Leader. Chmba is passionate about Africa’s past, present and future, seeking justice and human rights for all, music is her fuel.
Aileen grew up on her parents' tenant farm and attended Collace primary school and Perth Academy before graduating with an MA joint honours degree in Politics with Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow.
She started a career in publishing by working as an editor for Keystone, a construction magazine, in 2003 and was an editorial assistant on the pro-independence newspaper, the Scottish Standard. Before her election to parliament, Aileen also worked for Nicola Sturgeon in 2005 and Shona Robison in 2006 as a Parliamentary Assistant.
She was first elected to the Scottish Parliament in May 2007 as a list member for the South of Scotland. She was re-elected as the MSP for Clydesdale in May 2011 and appointed as Minister for Children and Young People. Aileen Campbell was appointed Minister for Public Health and Sport in May 2016.
To pursue her life goal and aspiration, Zoe left her secure career in the bank in 2013 and started her new journey on Horticultural Therapy (HT). Currently, Zoe not only is a Registered Horticultural Therapist, but also a co-founder of an accredited startup social enterprise “PuYU Horticultural Therapy Services Ltd” which provides horticultural therapy (HT) services to the general public, with the focus on serving elderly with dementia.
The mission of “PuYU” is to enhance the quality of life and slow down the degrading of cognitive functioning of the elderly in the community through innovative HT services. Researches are conducted to assess the effectiveness of PuYU HT programs, the empirical finding of the positive effects on cognitive and psycho-social aspect was disseminated at the 15th World Congress of Elderly Care in Chinese Community.
Tim Coldwell is focused on using business as a force for good, be it through sustainable practices, inclusive hiring or building strong indigenous relations. He is a LEED accredited professional, passionately involved in local communities and charities and recently hosted a cross-country event that brought together customers, competitors and influential leaders to discuss more positive ways in which businesses can operate.
Tim has worked for Chandos for 17 years, an award-winning, purpose-driven construction company that is 100% employee-owned. It is also the first and largest B Corp certified commercial contractor in North America. The company’s expertise lies in Integrated Project Delivery; Lean and LEED construction practices; BIM technology and pre-fabrication; and sustainable construction.
Tim has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta.
Olivia Cozzolino supports social enterprises to accelerate their business growth and impact. At Social Traders, Australia’s leading organisation connecting social enterprises with social procurement opportunities and supporting them to successfully deliver on contracts, she focuses on building capability and developing growth strategies, enabling social enterprises to scale through social procurement. During her time at Social Traders, Olivia has worked with over 50 social enterprises at varying stages of development. She also previously ran Crunch, Social Traders’ social enterprise start-up accelerator program.
Azima Dhanjee was raised by deaf parents and Pakistani sign Language is her mother tongue. Growing up, she was troubled by how communication was a challenge for the deaf. The lack of awareness with regards to the deaf community led her to begin ConnectHear. ConnectHear is a social start-up that works for sign language accessibility and deaf inclusion in Pakistan by leveraging technology. Along with running ConnectHear, Azima is a senior at the Institute of Business Administration.
Azima is a Diana award recipient and has been mentioned in Forbes & Pioneers Post. Her start-up is the winner of the P@SHA ICT Awards and has received merit position in the 18th APICTA Awards. She has presented at various national and international forums, delivering speaker sessions on social entrepreneurship, disability rights and leadership. She has represented Pakistan as a Global Encounters’ participant, worked in Senegal as an English language instructor and in the US as a cultural exchange ambassador.
Victor Everhardt has been Deputy Mayor in Amsterdam since 2019 where he is responsible for Finance, Economic Affairs, Schiphol, Harbour, Zuidas, Municipal holdings, and Marineterrein. One of the programmes in his portfolio is Amsterdam Impact: the impact entrepreneurship programme of the City of Amsterdam. Prior to becoming Deputy Mayor in Amsterdam, Mr. Everhardt was Deputy Mayor in Utrecht (2010-2019) . He was responsible for, among others, Public Health, Youth, Work and Income, Environment and Real Estate. In Utrecht Mr. Everhardt was also responsible for the City’s initiatives to support social entrepreneurship.
He was Chair of the Trimbos Institute Youth Centre (2010-2006) and held several policy positions at Dutch ministries. He holds degrees in Law and History from Utrecht University.
At the age of 19, Daniela founded Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA) as a college-room idea at Georgetown University. Six years later, she has built SOA into a global organization that is cultivating and accelerating innovative solutions to protect and sustain the health of the ocean. With phenomenal speed, SOA has created the world’s largest network of young ocean leaders - by establishing a presence in over 185 countries and has successfully launched the world’s first Ocean Solutions Accelerator to develop technological solutions that can address the greatest threats facing our planet.
Anna Fiscale was born in 1988 in Verona, northern Italy and studied a Master's Degree in International Relations at Sciences Po (Paris). Anna takes part in various development projects in India and Haiti and is a strong believer in the creation of new opportunities. In 2013 she decided to start a new project, founding the social enterprise Quid, which now employs 150 people, mostly women from disadvantaged backgrounds, recovering high-quality surplus fabrics. These fabrics are then transformed into limited-edition fashion items for the ethical fashion brand Progetto Quid, which sells them in an e-shop and in 9 stores throughout Italy. Quid's social cooperative also has collaborations with important brands, creating fashion and home accessories distributed with a double label.
As a member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, Adaire Fox-Martin leads Customer Success, the global sales, services and customer engagement organization. She is responsible for SAP’s business across the globe with a resolute focus on the success of over 440,000 customers and nearly 40,000 employees
Prior to her current role, Adaire served as an SAP Executive Board Member leading Global Customer Operations with more than 14,000 employees. In Adaire’s current role, that team is now part of Customer Success.
Adaire founded the SAP One Billion Lives Ventures, a social intrapreneurship program focused on improving the lives of one billion people around the world through creation of sustainable business ventures that have social mission at the core of their operations. With Adaire’s support, SAP and Social Enterprise UK have created a dedicated content channel, that promotes current thinking from the world of social enterprise.
In 2019, Adaire was named to Fortune Magazine’s Top 50 Most Powerful Women International List for the third time running.
Ryan Gervasa is the Founder and President of Virtualahan, a social enterprise that is breaking down employment barriers for people with disabilities, former sex workers and recovering drug addicts, persons in jail, indigenous people, and other disadvantaged groups who are socially excluded in the workplace. The company was founded after he experienced employment discrimination as a medical laboratory scientist because of his chronic disease.
Ryan is also a Global Shaper, a Philippine Ambassador of Goodwill and a fellow at the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative of the U.S. State Department and the Global Good Fund. He has spoken at the World Economic Forum, Global Disability Summit, Youth20 of the G20 Summit, debated at the United Nations Youth Assembly, and has been featured on Bloomberg TV, CNN, Pioneer’s Post, and other international media. Virtualahan is also the first Filipino company to win Global Champion in the Young Innovators category at the World Summit Awards and also won Google Business Stories Award.
Rona Glynn-McDonald is a proud Kaytetye woman and works with high impact organisations to propel social change. Rona is currently the Director of First Nations at YLab, a social enterprise that puts young people with diverse life experiences at the centre of designing and developing innovative and impactful solutions to complex social issues.
Rona is also the founder of Common Ground, an online space that shares Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories and lived experiences. Since Launching in 2018, Common Ground has supported over 300,000 Australians to learn about the cultures and histories of First Nations people. Through her work with First Nations communities across Australia, Rona aims to create future systems that centre First Nations knowledge and cultures.
In 2019, Rona was a recipient of the Diana Award and named one of Australia’s Women’s Weekly ‘Women of the Future’.
Jacinta Gulasekharam is an impact-driven social entrepreneur and connector. She co-founded Dignity, a social enterprise with a mission to deliver period equity and has created access to 30,000 sustainable period products. The Positive Periods campaign she led resulted in the government committing to free period products for students in NZ. She’s the Partnership Manager at FlexiTime supporting their partners and enterprise clients. She’s a First Foundation mentor and lends her experience to growing the startup ecosystem.
Jacinta is an Edmund Hillary Fellow, Women of Influence Young Leader Finalist 2019 and Sustainable Business Network Change Maker Finalist 2020.
Harish handeis a renewable energy entrepreneur with over 24 years of grassroots experience in understanding, developing and deploying solutions for underserved communities. Harish graduated from the IIT, Kharagpur and earned his PhD from the University of Massachusetts. His experience living in communities in India and Sri Lanka and understanding the correlation between lack of energy and poverty, inspired him to launch SELCO, which today is an umbrella of organisations, each addressing specific gaps in the energy access ecosystem. SELCO Solar Light Pvt Ltd runs grassroots operations for decentralised energy products like home solar systems. SELCO Foundation is an open-source innovation lab researching and designing social innovations with an incubation program which nurtures clean-energy enterprises. SELCO Fund is an impact fund established in 2016 to deploy patient capital.
Shomy Hasan Chowdhury is a multi-award winning Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) activist from Bangladesh. Shomy is the Co-Founder of global youth-led org Awareness 360, a US Dept. of State Alumna, a Global Citizen Youth Advocate, the Asia Representative of the Commonwealth Students’ Association, a Global Changemakers Fellow, a Royal Commonwealth Society Fellow, Youth Advisory Board Member of Youth Combating NTDs, a certified Commonwealth Leader, Commonwealth Youth Forum 2020 International Taskforce Member, a Global Youth Ambassador for Their World, a TEDx Speaker, and an International Election Observer. She has been a Judge for several events in various international platforms including The Diana Award, Hult Prize Foundation, the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition, Commonwealth Youth Program, Global Changemakers and more. She has addressed keynotes and inspired millions across 5 continents. Shomy graduated in Economics from Universiti Putra Malaysia, and was one of the first-ever international students to be recognised with the Putra Icon Award. She has received many recognitions for her social work of over a decade, notably the President’s Volunteer Service Award (Gold) from President Barack Obama and the 2019 Princess Diana Legacy Award.
Sazzad’s Mission in life is to make the world 'suck less', and using cutting edged technology to accelerate social impact. He is one of the youngest Ashoka fellow, Obama Asia-pacific Leader, Royal Society of Arts Fellow, Kairos Fellow. The three times TEDx speaker is passionate about providing opportunities for marginalised communities such as migrants and refugees with the most potential for transformation. Through nurturing and investing in the community leaders, he hopes to be able to drive lasting impact and leave the planet a better place than the one he found.
Peter Holdbrook has been CEO of Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) since 2010. SEUK is the national trade body for social enterprise. SEUK works to promote social enterprise as a model for changing both business and society, informing policy, influencing the political agenda, promoting the benefits of social enterprise through the media, campaigns and events, and undertaking research to expand the social enterprise evidence base. Peter has established, developed and supported hundreds of social enterprises. He has advised government taskforces in the UK and overseas and chaired SEWF until 2015. Peter previously worked for Oxfam, Greenpeace and various disability charities and has experience working in overseas development, community development and public health. Peter was appointed a CBE in 2015.
Jessica is the current Managing Director of PhysioQ, a non-profit organisation that creates affordable and easy-to-learn research tools for anyone to conduct health research and further their passion for health science. As a former educator, Jessica is passionate about STEM learning and engagement with youth, and an advocate for the Women and Girls in STEM movement.
Most recently, she led PhysioQ’s deployment of NEO, a free service that empowers families to early-detect COVID-19 symptoms using affordable wearable devices. NEO was launched alongside what has now become one of the world’s largest open COVID-19 databanks to accelerate research into COVID-19. NEO is now in over 10 countries and was recognised as one of the world’s Top 5 innovations for COVID-19.
Amanda Janoo is the Knowledge and Policy Lead for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEALL). Amanda is an economic policy expert with over a decade of experience working with governments and international development institutions around the world. Her work aims to build economies that put people and planet first through goal-oriented and participatory policy design processes. Prior to joining WEALL, Amanda worked for the United Nations and the African Development Bank as a structural transformation expert. As a Fulbright researcher, she explored the relationship between international trade and informal employment generation in India. Amanda graduated from Cambridge University with an MPhil in Development Studies.
Mathew John is the managing director of Last Forest Enterprises and co-founder of the Keystone Foundation. He was on the Board of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement (IFOAM-Organics International, 2011-2017), an international network of approximately 900 organisations. Matthew was a member of their International Committee on Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) which encourages the development of simple and different approaches to guarantee organic produce. Matthew is also part of the team to initiate the PGS in India, which the Govt of India now recognises and promotes.
Matthew is passionate about working with small organisations to build their capacities to run ethical and viable businesses. He oversaw the umbrella branding exercise of Fair Trade retail stores within the country. He is also closely involved with the Slow Food network to spread the message of good, clean and fair food for all. Matthew was listed as an 'Amazing Indian' by the Times Now network and as one of the top 25 Social Entrepreneurs by Outlook Business.
Arielle Renee Johnson currently serves as the Deputy Director of Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity for the City of Detroit. Arielle is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, social enterprise and non-profit leader. During college, Arielle became a mother, which fuelled her desire to support young single mums in Detroit. In 2012, Arielle founded Fierce (Female Icons Encouraging Real Concepts of Empowerment), a 501c3 non-profit organisation established to connect women, especially young mothers, to the tools and resources needed for healthy living, financial stability and career growth.
In 2016, her endeavours evolved into a sustainable staffing company. Fierce Staffing and Consulting trains, prepares and employs people from disenfranchised communities and prepares them for the hospitality workforce.
Arielle is a Ford EmpowerHER Pitch Competition winner, she was selected as a Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Future Leader, a TVOne Women’s Month Change Agent and most recently, Arielle was honoured to be a 2019 Tory Burch Fellow.
Tanzila Khan is the founder of Girlythings.pk through which she delivers sanitary napkins and urgent menstrual kits to women anywhere across Pakistan. She wrote her first book, ‘A story of Mexico’ when she was 16 and went on to publish her second book, ‘The Perfect Situation’. She has sold her books to fund community projects in the fields of disability, women empowerment, education and environment. Her NGO is Creative Alley that trains and empowers the community through events and projects. She launched her company, Iwish to create sustainable solutions to achieve the SDGs. Tanzila has also been a public speaker and Trainer across 19 countries and has been awarded fellowships such as Young Connector of the Future by the Swedish Institute and Young Leader by Women Deliver. She also ventured into Film making and acting to project disability through a heartwarming short film called Fruit Chaat.
Romy is the President & CEO of the Gingras Global family of companies. Gingras Global Inc, Gingras Global Development Inc, Gingras Global Groups, L3C, and non-profit fiscal sponsor, G1 Impact, all focus on sustainability and standards for social enterprise and impact investing. Gingras Global is based in Michigan serving a local and global clientele.
They have successfully designed, launched, and now administer several impact investing funds; administer impact investing transactions. In addition to funds, the Gingras team, under Romy’s leadership, have supported more than 100 transactions to local social enterprises and gained notoriety for their templated reporting for private local social impact investing. Prior to the 2011 Gingras Global launch, Romy spent 23 years in the financial industry of public investing. She has a strong expertise in investment and financial planning methodologies. Romy obtained a Finance degree from Northern Michigan University in 1990. She then went on to obtain a CLU designation from the American College, and a Certified Financial Planning designation from the College of Financial Planning.
Maria Korina Bertulfo is a finalist in the finest startup competition in the Philippines - The Final Pitch Season 4 and a cohort of AIM-Dado Banatao and Facebook Accelerator Program. She's also a Business and Career Trainer, Speaker, and Ambassadress of Onlinejobs.ph and Canva.
Most importantly, she is the CEO & Founder of Filipina Homebased Moms: the first and biggest freelancing community for Pinay moms with 231,000 members nationwide. Mommy MK is passionate about helping Stay-at-home, Corporate, and Overseas moms thrive in their chosen career either as an entrepreneur or freelancer so that they can earn enough without leaving their family. She is the woman with strong advocacy to change the world, one mom at a time.
Eric Lombardi was the national spokesperson for the first Zero Waste organisation in the USA (1997) and co-founder of the Zero Waste International Alliance (2002). From 1989-2014, he turned a small non-profit into the largest zero waste social enterprise in the USA (www.Eco-Cycle.org). His working mission is to promote social enterprise as the vehicle for transforming the waste management industry into a “resource management” industry. He recently co-founded Buy Social USA and is an environmental associate to the Social Enterprise World Forum.
Karen Lynch is an experienced business leader, entrepreneur and mentor. A champion of profit with purpose, the circular economy and collaboration. Following a corporate career in media, automotive and finance, Karen transitioned to the world of social enterprise in 2010. Karen was the CEO of Belu Water from then until March 2020, launching a brand that has become one of the UK’s Best-known and most awarded social enterprises. Karen is currently Vice Chair of Social Enterprise UK, Non- Executive Director for Homes for Good Glasgow, Non- Executive Director at The Peach Foundation and is an active mentor to entrepreneurs through Expert Impact.
Under Karen’s leadership Belu demonstrated you can put the environment first and be highly profitable and impactful. Belu delivered £1m net profits in 2018, and since 2011 has transformed the lives of over 270,000 people through access to clean water and decent toilets through the company’s partnership with WaterAid. Belu received two Queens Awards for Enterprise, sustainable development in 2017 and Innovation in 2019.
Hélène Malandain is part of Pocketknife, a collective of impact-driven professionals who bring their passion for systemic change to initiatives that build bridges to better futures for the communities of Aotearoa NZ.
Helene is a strategist, a coach, and a weaver. She is committed to supporting communities, places and organisations to thrive – meaning that prosperity and wellbeing are intertwined and nourishing each other. Helene works with entrepreneurs, community groups, local anchor organisations, charities, corporates and government bodies. Her facilitation process and methodology incorporate strategic thinking, coaching, co-design and action planning.
Shortly after moving to New Zealand, Hélène left her corporate job to join the Ākina Foundation and begin a journey growing social enterprise. She led the team that hosted the Social Enterprise World Forum in Christchurch in 2017 - a 1600-person event that catalysed the social enterprise movement at a very auspicious time. Hélène currently serves as the Chair of the Board for the Social Enterprise World Forum.
Growing up in cities, but focusing on rural China, Luo Yi, the founder of the "Lao Tu" social enterprise, is committed to urban and rural sustainable development, especially consumer and youth education through storytelling. Yi graduated with master's degree in social science from the University of Chicago and bachelor degree in environmental science and history from Claremont McKenna College in the US. Yi is the youngest member in the China team of Homeward Bound Women Antarctica Expedition, 2018 UNEP China Youth Champion of the Earth, 10 Excellent Youth of Shenzhen City, 2019 Top 10 Under 30 Social Innovator in China, 2020 G20 Youth Global Changer. Yi is interested in engaging climate change through bringing in narrative power of the underrepresented.
Tizzita Mengesha is the co-founder and CEO of Maisha Technologies, a drones for good social enterprise based in Ethiopia. Maisha works to provide custom designed drones for medical delivery and agricultural mapping. Maisha works to provide custom solutions to democratise access using drones and showcase the potential of drones in humanitarian applications. She is also a co-founding member of Social Enterprise Ethiopia, a social enterprise advocacy and support association in Ethiopia. Additionally, she is a youth advisory panellist for British Government programs in Ethiopia and provides insights on how to make programs more youth friendly. She is also a founding member and was the president of the African Aerospace and Remote Data Alliance, which is a Pan-African association advocating for better policy within the aerospace field on the African continent.
Adair Mosley is President and CEO of Pillsbury United Communities, where he stewards a united system of programs, neighbourhood centres, social enterprises, and partnerships as community builders co-creating enduring change toward a just society where every person has personal, social, and economic power.
Mr Mosley’s most recent work is leading a 7 million dollar capital campaign for the development of a grocery store and wellness centre, North Market, in North Minneapolis that revolutionises the intersection of economic development, food and health care access. Prior to this, Mr. Mosley served as Pillsbury United Communities’ Chief Innovation Officer and Chief of Staff.
Yves is the Founder, President and CEO of Fundación Capital, a non-profit social enterprise working to improve the financial lives of people living in poverty around the world, partnering with governments and the private sector to design and deliver solutions that increase economic prospects for millions. He has received international accolades for his work as a social entrepreneur and was named Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Ashoka Senior Fellow, and is recognised by the Skoll Foundation. He has spent many years working on the ground with low-income families in Africa and Latin America, and applies a wealth of expertise in finance, banking, development economics, anthropology and sociology in his work. He is a trained economist and management engineer from the University of Louvain, and has worked for many years as the Director of a regulated rural bank in Peru.
Marcia Nozick founded EMBERS as a community economic development charity with a mission to create economic and employment opportunities for people living on low incomes in Vancouver, Canada. Marcia’s leadership at EMBERS has helped thousands of people facing work barriers lead productive lives by providing access to self- employment education, job placements, training and support. In 2008, Marcia launched EMBERS Staffing Solutions (ESS), an award- winning temporary staffing agency that donates 100% of its profits back into the community. She is a recent recipient of the Governor General’s Innovation Award as well as the Wendy McDonald Diversity Award in the Entrepreneurial Innovation category. Additionally, Marcia is the author of the influential Canadian book, No Place Like Home: Building Sustainable Communities (1992).
Caterina Occhio is a social entrepreneur and a CSR/sustainability expert in fashion.
She is a former development aid manager with over 20 years of experience working for the European Commission and different UN agencies. In 2013 she took a leap of faith and launched SeeMe, the first fair trade verified jewellery brand in MENA region. Caterina pioneered ethical sourcing for brands such as Karl Lagerfeld, Missoni, Tommy Hilfiger and the MaxMara group.
Since 2019 she has been sustainability officer for Trussardi and several other brands promoting social innovation within the fashion industry.
James Okina is a child rights advocate and educator and founded Street Priests Incorporated at age 15 which has impacted over 6000 + children living on the streets. He has been recognised for his work with young people, as a Global Teen Leader, Future African Leader Award Recipient, a 2018 Global Changemaker by Global Changemakers Switzerland, named one of 20 young Nigerians to watch in 2018 by Ripples and featured by the BBC, NPR, Forbes but to mention a few. James is a member of the Generation Unlimited Young People’s Action Team (YPAT), a new group of young leaders with strong and expansive grassroot networks and significant experience in policy and practice in the key areas of Generation Unlimited: education, training, skills, entrepreneurship and civic engagement.
Ana has been part of Manos del Uruguay since 2004. She works as a Designer and Product Developer. Her profile as a Textile Designer is to create and modernise artisan products to make them more attractive and functional without losing their cultural identity. She considers this work of co-creation together with the artisans as very important to maintain the national identity and essence of each culture.
Manos del Uruguay is a non-profit Organisation since 1968, that encourages the economic and personal growth of its artisans. It is organised into small cooperatives based in the rural villages where the artisans live and work. These ethics help keep women in their homeland, able to support their families and teach traditional skills and values to new generations.
Rashvin is the Group CEO of Biji-biji Initiative, which is one of Malaysia's pioneering and award-winning Social Enterprise that champions social innovation. Biji-biji Initiative comprises of subsidiaries across a few industries, in Ethical Fashion, Circular Economy Solutions, and their latest venture ME.REKA, which is an innovative and alternative education model, designed to build 21st century talents. Rashvin plays a regular role in global programs and speaking engagements, he was a panel speaker at the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) 2019 in Addis Ababa and was selected as an Obama Leader in the Asia Pacific inaugural cohort.
Kian Peng is an alumnus of Societal Leadership of Singapore. He mentored Mediacorp, Maybank, Sodexo, Mayer, Fraser Centrepoint, Fossil, Yusen Logistics, Lego and CDC under the Company of Good Fellowship directed by the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NPVC), an agency under the Ministry of Culture, Community & Youth. He is a Board Member of Beyond Social Services as well as a Committee member of Shine Student & Youth Services and The Red Cross. In 2016, Kian Peng won the President’s Volunteerism and Philanthropy Award for SME.
Kian Peng set up the Central Kitchen in Changi Prison and in the Enabling Village. The Central Kitchen equips and teaches people culinary skills and provides meals to the Ministry of Health, schools and Nursing homes. In 2019, Kian Peng received the President's Challenge Social Enterprise Award and was concurrently named Channel News Asia, Champions of Change.
Steve Petterson was born and raised on the west coast of Canada. Steve became inspired by the social enterprise movement during his time at university and has committed his entire career to grow the industry. Currently, he is focused on building the Canadian social investment ecosystem and inspiring other young leaders to do the same. He is the founder of the National Social Value Fund, a youth-led impact investment initiative supporting social enterprises in communities across Canada.
Selyna Peiris (Attorney-at-Law) is the Director of Business Development at Selyn, Sri Lanka's only Fair-Trade certified Handloom Company and one of the country’s largest social enterprises. She was previously Deputy Director at the Office for National Unity & Reconciliation, Government of Sri Lanka. She started her career at the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation in Vienna and is also a consultant for government and international organisations on social business, SME and livelihood development programmes.
Swietenia Puspa Lestari, a 25 year old woman who graduated in Environmental Engineering at the Institute of Technology Bandung, founded Divers Clean Action community in 2015 an NGO (foundation) since 2017. Her hobby scuba diving inspired her together with 1,500 volunteers across South East Asian countries, to combat marine debris issues with various actions such as research, campaigns and workshops, community development and collaborations with the private sector and governments. Through this work Tenia was inaugurated as a Top 100 Inspiring & Influential Woman BBC 2019, Obama Leaders Asia-Pacific 2019, and 30 under 30 Forbes Social Enterprise Asia 2020
Eric Quick has thirty years’ experience in management and has held senior leadership positions with start-up ventures and notable companies including McDonald’s, Disney, Safeway and Revolution Foods. Eric currently holds the role of Chief Executive Officer of The Town Kitchen PBC, a social mission food technology company focused on the B2B Food Delivery Segment. His track record demonstrates his ability to nurture and accelerate big ideas from inception to hyper growth opportunities. Eric recently launched and is co-host and producer of Bathtime 2 BoardroomTM, a Podcast focused on working parents or parents to be and how they balance work, life and the challenges that come with it. In his spare time, Eric can be found advocating for Autism Rights, riding his road bike or at the beach.
Mikhara Ramsing is a social entrepreneur from Brisbane, Australia. She runs two social enterprises: Miks Chai, which sells ethically sourced, environmentally sustainable, chai to fund suicide prevention; and Ethnic LGBT+, a national website providing resources for the culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) LGBTIQA+ community. She believes stories save lives and has travelled around Australia in a self-built home connecting with rural youth. She has been nominated as the Young Australian of the Year QLD 2019, AFR Top 100 Women of Influence and was awarded a Westpac Social Change Fellowship enabling her to attend Harvard University.
Yash Ranga provides strategic vision to the two intertwined verticals of Jaipur Rugs Foundation – skill development and social development – by engaging diverse stakeholders and curating an effective partnerships platform that maximises impact at scale. Jaipur Rugs is known the world over for its inclusive carpet value chain that links grassroots artisans with global markets. Featured in the book “The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid”, the foundation has received widespread accolades. Its unique socio-economic development model is a topic of reference among government, industry, media and academia. Yash has a background in software engineering, entrepreneurship and business strategy. His niche areas include conscious capitalism, founders’ mentality, social entrepreneurship, multi-stakeholder partnerships for development, Sustainable Development Goals and base of the pyramid innovations.
Vanessa is an inclusive solutions-driven problem solver committed to liberating all peoples and delivering impactful mechanisms for social, environmental and economic change. She launched Roanhorse Consulting (RCLLC) in 2016, an indigenous women-led think tank. Vanessa is a 2020 Conscious Company Media’s World Changing Women in Sustainable Business awardee and is a 2020 Boston Impact Initiative Fund-Building Cohort fellow. She is a retired member of the ABQ Living Cities leadership table and is a Start-up Champions Network member. She sits on the boards of Native Community Capital, Zebras Unite, Delta Institute and the New Mexico Association of Grantmakers. Vanessa is one of 8 co-founders of Native Women Lead, an organization dedicated to growing Native women into positions of leadership and business. She is a mom of one, living with her family in Albuquerque, NM. Vanessa is a citizen of the Navajo Nation.
Anna Robson’s experience working on Nauru led her to meet her co-founder Nirary Dacho, a Syrian refugee with a tech background at a Techfugees hackathon in 2015 and start Refugee Talent. They have built it into a social enterprise using an employment platform to match refugees with employment opportunities across Australia and build tech solutions for other organisations. They also partner with Talent Beyond Boundaries to bring refugees still displaced in Jordan and Lebanon and move them to Australia and NZ matched with a job opportunity prior to arriving.
Among music legends, Nile Rodgers is truly exceptional. He amplifies his legacy as a multiple GRAMMY-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist by constantly traversing new musical terrain. As the co-founder of CHIC and the Chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Rodgers pioneered a musical language that generated chart-topping hits like “Le Freak,” and “Good Times”. Nile transcends all styles of music across every generation with a body of work that’s garnered him inductions into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Nile’s work in the CHIC Organisation and his productions for artists like David Bowie, Diana Ross, and Madonna have sold over 500 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide.
Nile is also the co-founder and chairman of We Are Family Foundation. An organisation that since 2008 has dedicated its efforts to creating programs that promote cultural diversity while nurturing and mentoring the vision, talents and ideas of young people who are positively changing the world.
Erinch Sahan is the Chief Executive of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO). Established in 1989, WFTO is the global community and verifier of social enterprises that fully practice Fair Trade. Previously, he spent 7 years at Oxfam leading campaign and advocacy teams and founding Oxfam’s Future of Business Initiative. He has also worked at Procter & Gamble as a market strategy manager, established a furniture business and worked in Indonesia for Australia's aid programme. Erinch also regularly lectures on sustainable business at a range of universities and writes extensively on social enterprise models. Erinch holds an honorary doctorate from Oxford Brookes University and has an academic background in law and finance.
Achala Samaradivakara is Managing Director and Co-founder of Lanka Good Market (Guarantee Limited). She has a Bachelor degree in Management from the University of Colombo, a Certificate in Human Resource Management, a Diploma in Rural Development, and an MBA from the University of Cardiff. Achala has been recognised as Women Social entrepreneur of the year 2017 in Sri Lanka and Young Women entrepreneur of the Year 2017.
Tegan is the communications lead at Social Shifters, where she helps people explore, start, and grow high-impact ideas. Based in Halifax, Canada, she virtually jumps into multiple time zones each day to help shifters around the world get connected and drive a global movement. She's most passionate about SDG #13 and helping people find a cause they're passionate about and tackle it in a sustainable way. You'll find her on video throughout the Shifters platform enthusiastically explaining how to get started with the latest Shifters tools and resources.
Dr Astrid J. Scholz is Founder and Managing Partner of Sphaera, a system design and technology firm dedicated to co-creating global, distributed, democratic infrastructure for mobilising data, innovations, and capital to solve today’s wicked problems. She is a co-founder of Zebras Unite, a growing global cooperative of founders, investors, and allies who are creating a more ethical, inclusive, collaborative, and sustainable approach to building businesses. She serves as the co-Managing Director of Zebras Unite Capital. Astrid is also a Senior Consultant for Uncompromise, a global strategic consulting and advisory firm and was previously President of Ecotrust, a conservation-based development organisation with $150M in assets under management. Astrid holds degrees from the University of St. Andrews, the University of Bristol, and the University of California, Berkeley.
Bec Scott is the Co-founder and CEO of STREAT, a Melbourne-based social enterprise that works with marginalised young people aged 16-24 years and provides them with a healthy self, job and home. STREAT run a portfolio of 11 foodservice businesses, including cafes, an artisan bakery, a catering company, and a coffee roastery. In its first decade STREAT worked intensively with over 500 young people, and with a further 1,500 through its outreach programs and short courses. These young people helped serve over 3 million customers. With the organisation wanting to play a larger role in addressing catastrophic climate change and biodiversity loss, STREAT’s second decade will focus on expanding its training and employment pathways for young people into green jobs. The first of these will be roles into urban horticulture and farming and be part of Moving Feast, a social enterprise sector collaboration to create a fair and regenerative food system for Victoria. Prior to starting STREAT Bec originally studied as a plant biologist and then spent a decade at the CSIRO. She’s particularly interested in how we can solve complex systemic issues using multi-disciplinary practice and you’ll equally find her collaborating with artists, designers and scientists as you will social entrepreneurs. On the weekend you'll always find her in her pocket urban farm with her son Will (Apprentice Farmer), her wife Kate (the Farmhand) and their dog Magic (the Farmhound).
Bonita Sharma is the Co-founder and CEO of Social Changermakers and Innovators (SOCHAI) - a youth-led non-profit organisation based in Nepal. Her organisation works for improving health, hygiene and nutrition status of the people, particularly women, children and girls in Nepal through innovation, education and entrepreneurship. Bonita holds a Bachelor degree in Public Health and a Master degree in Food and Nutrition.
Bonita is listed by the BBC in the 100 most influential women of the world in 2019. She has been recognised by UNESCO as a Female Champion for educating women and girls in Nepal. She was also the winner of UNICEF Asia Pacific Youth Innovation Challenge 2016 for her idea of ‘Nutribeads’ bracelet – a low tech wearable educational tool. Her organisation SOCHAI was chosen as the winner of One Young World - Lead 2030 Challenge in SDG 2 Zero Hunger category in 2019.
Yunye SHIN, founder of Zero Space, a design-based social enterprise, works in Dongdaemun, downtown Seoul. She's received a BA in art and an MBA of social enterprise. She practices Zero Waste Design, empathising with the local community on the problems of environmental waste and the harmful effects of mass production, low wages and declining jobs in the manufacturing industry.She was named Asia-Pacific Finalist at the 2017 Cartier Women's Initiative Award and has received a fellowship and grants. She has the vision to create a sustainable design and production ecosystem with local communities.
Tatiana Silva Is the Co-founder and CEO at FA.VELA, an entrepreneurial, digital, inclusive and creative education hub that has facilitated the development and consolidation of more than 260 projects and businesses driven by vulnerable groups and territories. She works as a consultant, mentor and popular educator of training and research initiatives that strengthen the entrepreneurial culture, aligned with the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda. She holds a Master in Geography (UFMG / UNESCO-IHE), with complementary training in Social Sciences (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) and research and consultancy experience in Africa, Europe and Brazil, in the area of inclusive development and urban resilience.
Amonge SInxoto is a 19-year-old youth activist, social entrepreneur, public speaker and 2019’s Global Teen Leader, Amonge Sinxoto, is an authentically African creative with a burning desire to represent what she feels it means to be an African youth in the 21st century. As the co-founder of Blackboard Africa, a youth Non-Profit Company, Amonge is at the forefront of driving the narrative of the continent into a new direction.
Marc Soberano founded Building Up because he felt it needed to exist. He believes that the role of a social enterprise is to connect people that want to make socially-minded purchasing decisions with the opportunity to do so.
Marc graduated the Richard Ivey School of Business, canoed across Canada, and understands the untapped transformative powers of construction. He combines lessons learned from life in the woods with a people-first outlook to lead this organisation towards its vision.
Anouk Tamrakar Versteeg is a Nepal-based manufacturing & brand consultant for fashion, home and lifestyle brands who produce artisanal products in South Asia. Anouk works with companies around the world who put qualitative, ethically manufactured products at the heart of their operations. Anouk has immersed herself in the local culture for the past 7 years cultivating a network of experienced makers and creators.
In 2017 Anouk Co-founded Timro. Timro provides a common platform for local artisans, designers, and entrepreneurs in Nepal. By fostering cooperation between brands and facilitating market access and opportunities, they aim to stimulate innovation, reduce the out-migration of talented youth people from Nepal.
Timro Academy is an educational platform for entrepreneurial minds and innovative thinkers that believe in making an impact by choosing people and planet first.
Audrey Tang is Taiwan’s Digital Minister in charge of Social Innovation. Audrey is known for revitalising the computer languages Perl and Haskell, as well as building the online spreadsheet system EtherCalc in collaboration with Dan Bricklin. In the public sector, Audrey served on Taiwan national development council’s open data committee and K-12 curriculum committee; and led the country’s first e-Rulemaking project. In the private sector, Audrey worked as a consultant with Apple on computational linguistics, with Oxford University Press on crowd lexicography, and with Socialtext on social interaction design. In the social sector, Audrey actively contributes to g0v (“gov zero”), a vibrant community focusing on creating tools for the civil society, with the call to “fork the government.”
Brukty, determined to improve conditions of Ethiopian children and deliver education on a mass scale, established Whiz Kids Workshop in 2005 (WKW) with her husband and began broadcasting Tsehai Loves Learning, Ethiopia’s first award-winning preschool educational program. Whiz Kids Workshop won 2008 Prix Jeunesse International; Next Generation Prize as well as the prestigious children educational media awards Japan prize in 2008, 2009 and 2010. It was also selected as a 2011 Tech Awards laureate for responding to the critical need to improve literacy rates and school retention rates in Ethiopia. Brukty was named a Rolex Young Laureate in 2010 for her efforts to reduce the child mortality rate in Ethiopia through public health messaging. In 2012, she was named #45 on Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People In Business 2012. Brukty is a founding member of Social Enterprise Ethiopia.
Manawa is the host of the Ngahere Talks podcast and is founder and CEO of Ngahere Ventures, a group of social enterprises that exist to invest in the potential of Maori and Polynesian people.
Ngahere Communities operate Te Haa o Manukau, a co-working and innovation space in South Auckland. Ngahere Creators produce the Ngahere Talks Podcast, design and create digital content strategy and have just launched the clothing label; COMMUNITY. Ngahere Foundation delivers the Tukua development programme for thriving creators, innovators and entrepreneurs. Konei.NZ is a new online shopping experience for Aotearoa brands, and a real time business development application for emerging entrepreneurs.
Born and raised in Rotorua, now based in Manukau, Manawa dedicates her life to helping her people know and grow in their potential.
"David Upton is a committed social entrepreneur who is passionate about social change and using business as a tool to strengthen communities by helping to build capacity within the social innovation and community based social enterprise ecosystem on a regional, national and international basis.
Recent Affiliations include:
* CEO of Common Good Solutions, a Community Interest Company in Nova Scotia
* CEO of Social Enterprise Institute, an online learning platform delivering social enterprise training globally
* Founding Vice-president of the Social Enterprise Network of Nova Scotia.
* Member Canadian Government Social Innovation and Social Finance Steering Group.
* Member Nova Scotia Community College Department of Business Advisory Committee
* Nova Scotia Department of Education Business Council Board Member"
In 2010, Christian Vanizette took a sabbatical from university to travel and discover the ways that social entrepreneurs use technology to solve social and environmental issues. While travelling, he organised a small community of citizens committed to supporting social entrepreneurs through skilled volunteerism and rapid innovation workshops. This was the beginning of Makesense.org. Makesense.org is now a community of 100,000 citizens who support 3,000 local initiatives, tackling the Global Goals in 100 cities across 45 countries. Makesense next ambition is to engage 180 million citizens on the global goals by 2030 through its platform through the same innovative methods it used for COVID-19 response. Christian is an advisory board member at the Goalkeeper Initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, an Obama foundation scholar at Columbia University and a member of the French Government digital council.
Florence is the co-owner of Chia Sisters, New Zealand's most nutritious and sustainable juice company. Chia Sisters runs on solar power and is the country's first Zero Carbon beverage business. Chia Sisters supply cafes and supermarkets nationally and export to Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Australia.
Florence co-founded businesses for Climate Action in 2019 and through this organisation has run nationwide workshops successfully transitioning hundreds of companies to net-zero carbon emissions. For her work in the climate change and business space, Florence has been recognised on the Forbes 30 under 30 List and is an Edmund Hillary Fellow. Florence is a lawyer by training and Chair of the Asia New Zealand Foundation Leadership Network.
Kendra Walsh has dedicated the past seven years to supporting social entrepreneurs from all over the world to grow and scale, by providing them with introductions, mentoring and advice from successful leaders via The Human Lending Library. Before this she worked in investor relations for a sustainability investment group and prior to that, was responsible for a multi-million pound Government grant programme, supporting disadvantaged families and parents across the UK, in partnership with PwC. She was the Chair of the board of trustees between 2014-2019 for the award winning Edinburgh Remakery and advises many other brilliant social enterprises in her spare time.
Barbara Ward-Burkitt, Wahiyow Cawapata Scoo, is a member of the Fort McKay First Nation and is currently the Executive Director of the Prince George Native Friendship Centre, which is the largest in Canada.
Barbara is the Chair of the Minster’s Advisory Council on Indigenous Women (MACIW), President of Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association, and also sits on the Board of Governors of the University of Northern British Columbia and the Indigenous Business & Investment Council. She completed her Masters of Education degree at Simon Fraser University in 2004, with a Major in Administration & Leadership and a Minor in Curriculum Development and Instruction, and also completed her First Nations Design and Technology certificate from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. Barbara also holds her Provincial Instructor’s Diploma from the Vancouver Community College and her Native Adult Instructor’s Diploma from the B.C. Ministry of Education, Skills and Training.
With a passion for understanding the systems around us and working collaboratively on community centred solutions, Tori believes in people and the power of shifting perspectives and objectives to create monumental change. At Buy Social Canada Tori spearheads engagement and communication, championing the work of social enterprise and social procurement.
Born into a Deaf family in the parish of St. Elizabeth, she began learning at a young age and desires all Deaf children to have the same access to education. She holds a B.S. in Psychology and Counseling and a M.S. in Education. Her career began with Jamaica Association for the Deaf (JAD) as a social worker and then Lister Mair Gilby High School as a school counselor. Currently, she is the Executive Director of the Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf (CCCD). She is a visionary educator with a passion for transformation in the Deaf community.
Tashi has been married to Blake Widmer for 9 years, and together in 2015, they started a social enterprise, Deaf Can! Coffee, which employs 15 young Deaf adults and trains many Deaf youths.
Jungeun You is the Founder and CEO of Mabo, the pioneering mindfulness meditation app in Korea, and General Director of Wisdom 2.0 Korea. She comes from a background in organisational development, with a MA in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management and having previously spent 7 years as an HR/OD consultant. She aspires to democratise mindfulness in South Korea to create a happier society.
Joe is the founder and ‘Chief Encourager’ of All Heart NZ, a social enterprise which is driving sustainability through diverting unwanted items from businesses to positive impact in the community. With their innovative model, All Heart is changing the conversation around waste and sustainability as well as providing tangible and valuable support to not-for-profit’s and NZ communities. Joe is passionate about activating people in their place of significance and influence and making a positive contribution to those around him and those in need.