Partnering for impact

Partnering for impact

SEWF works to create local impact in our global movement. Our partners share our vision for a fairer society; we are proud to work with them to accelerate our impact. Learn about some of our partnerships, meet our Board, and find out how you can partner with us.

SAP’s commitment to social enterprise

As a global business software provider, SAP believes working with social enterprises is mutually beneficial; SAP is doubling down on its commitment to the sector. The company is Social Enterprise World Forum’s first global partner, and our three-year partnership is driving growth in the social enterprise sector. In 2019, SAP and the SEWF international network designed a massive open online course (MOOC) to teach participants how social enterprises can enhance corporate supply chains.

For many years, SAP has supported social enterprises primarily through the SAP Social Sabbatical programmme. The programme matches SAP employees with social enterprises, NGOs, and non-profits allowing employees to use their expertise to help organizations address strategic challenges during an intensive three-week period.

Through our partnership, SAP’s employees have supported social enterprises in Christchurch, Edinburgh, and Addis Ababa, the previous 3 host cities for the annual SEWF Global Forum.

The Global Forum in 2020 was SEWF Digital and SAP continued to support our first-ever, fully virtual event.

Read more about SAP’s commitment to social enterprise.

SEI Learning Channel

SEWF is delighted to support the Social Enterprise Institute (SEI), the world’s online school for social enterprise education, in its effort to create a new global impact economy.

 SEI is on a mission to equip 1,000,000 change-makers with the inspiration, knowledge, and connections they need to achieve a lasting change through social enterprise activity. We first partnered with SEI at SEWF 2018 to record a series of masterclasses with international experts to be featured on their online platform.

Read more about the platform and how to get involved.

Partner opportunities

There are various ways organisations can partner with SEWF. Click on the links below for further information:

Board of Directors

Amanda Kiessel, Co-founder, Good Market

Amanda is co-founder of Good Market, a curated community of social enterprises, cooperatives, responsible businesses, voluntary organizations, and changemakers working to create a 21st century economy that’s “good for people and good for the planet.” The online platform includes more than 1,500 enterprises from 52 countries. Amanda has a PhD in Environmental Studies, a Masters in Sustainable International Development, and a degree in Biology with a specialty in ecotoxicology.

Before Good Market, she spent 15 years in Asia working with local organizations on agroecology and sustainable food systems, organizational change, and social enterprise development. Amanda is an Ashoka Fellow.

You can find further information or connect with Amanda on LinkedIn 

Charlie Wigglesworth, Deputy CEO, Social Enterprise UK

Charlie is responsible for all aspects of SEUK’s operations and business activities. This includes diversifying SEUK’s revenue streams, leading on membership, advisory work and corporate relationships as well as SEUK’s research and strategic objectives. He has worked with major multinational companies on delivering their social enterprise and sustainability strategies with a particular emphasis on supply chains. He was responsible for creating the Buy Social Corporate Challenge, the largest B2B commitment to spend with social enterprises globally with 23 partners and £65 million already committed. His work on social value in the public sector has included co-authoring Communities Count, the largest research into social value implementation to date, advising HS2 Ltd and Parliamentary Procurement and Commercial Service around their social value policies and delivering training to a wide range of public bodies.

Prior to SEUK, Charlie worked in the private sector working with clients across the public, private and third sectors delivering training and consultancy on public policy issues. He has extensive experience of business development and account management, developing bespoke packages for a wide variety of clients from large multinationals to small charities.

You can find further information and connect with Charlie on LinkedIn

David LePage, Chair, Social Enterprise Council of Canada

David offers years of experience in social enterprise across many roles, in rural and urban settings, across cultures, and internationally. Currently, through Accelerating Social Impact CCC, he provides blended value business consulting and training; promotes a supportive public policy environment and advises social impact investors.

David is a founder and current Chair of the Social Enterprise Council of Canada; the Chair of the Social Enterprise World Forum Board; a partner in Buy Social Canada; and on the Boards of Vancouver’s Farmers Markets, Ethelo Decisions and Ethelo Democracy.

He is the lead Facilitator for the Groundswell Social Venture Program; a founding partner and content provider for the Social Enterprise Institute; and a Program Adjunct and an Instructor for the Sandermoen School of Business MBA in Social Enterprise Leadership.

You can find further information or connect with David on LinkedIn

Gerry Higgins, Managing Director, SEWF C.I.C.

Gerry is the Founder and Managing Director of Social Enterprise World Forum and Director of International Enterprise at Community Enterprise in Scotland (CEIS). Gerry took on the role of Managing Director in January 2019 as Social Enterprise World Forum required more capacity to support its ambitious programme to build a global social enterprise movement.

Gerry is also a Director at Social Value Lab, CEIS Ayrshire, DSL Business Finance, Social Enterprise UK and Societi. Gerry has a BA in Education and a MSc in Business Studies and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Social Enterprise UK in 2017.

Gerry has many years’ experience in developing and leading social enterprises and works with government agencies and third sector partners internationally to create supportive social enterprise ecosystems. His current work includes oversight of major programmes to support social enterprise development and to contribute to social enterprise policy at home and abroad. Gerry is committed to social justice and has spent over 30 years working in the social enterprise sector to assist individuals, communities and enterprises to fulfil their potential.

You can find further information or connect with Gerry on LinkedIn

Hélène Malandain, Chair, SEWF C.I.C.

Helene-Malandain_picHélène 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.

Hélène 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.  Hélène 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.

You can find further information or connect with Hélène on LinkedIn

Huda Jaffer, Director, SELCO Foundation

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 its stays of being known as a pioneer in the field of building the ecosystem for sustainable energy access for the poor.

You can find further information on or connect with Huda on LinkedIn

Professor Jae-Gu Kim, Myongji University

Jae-Gu Kim is a former President of the Korea Social Enterprise Promotion Agency.

Now Jae-Gu serves the Korean Presidential Committee as the vice chairman for the social economy committee and Korean National Advisory Board of Global Impact Investing Steering Group, as a member of the steering group. Jae-Gu is also the planning committee chairman of the promotion team for the Korean Social Value Wholesale Fund.

Jae-Gu is the Dean of Graduate School of Real Estate and has served as a professor of Business Administration at Myongji University since 2002.

All Jae-Gu’s degrees, from a bachelor’s to a doctorate, in Business Administration, was granted from Seoul National University. After that, he built his research career at the Korea Labour Institute and Stanford University.

You can find further information or connect with Jae-Gu on LinkedIn

Paula Woodman, Global Head of Social Enterprise, British Council

Paula leads the British Council’s Global Social Enterprise programme, which promotes the development of social enterprise and investment to help address entrenched social and environmental problems, build trust between the UK and other countries, and support more sustainable, inclusive and prosperous societies. Introduced in over 20 countries and delivered with the support of local and international partners, the programme works to improve the ecosystem that social enterprises face in their country including business development and finance, general awareness, as well as understanding from Government.

Paula has over 20 years of experience in enabling a more impactful business environment, including creating an evidence base, mainstreaming the agenda within education, and innovating in the area of ethical consumer labels. Paula has been awarded as a WISE100, recognising her achievements as a leader in the social enterprise movement. Paula is a visiting fellow at the University of London and sits on the steering group for ‘The Future of the Corporation’ challenge from the British Academy. Previously she co-founded a UK-wide social enterprise, as well as having led as a Director at a social enterprise infrastructure organisation.

You can find further information or connect with Paula on LinkedIn

Tizzita Tefera, Co-founder & CEO, Maisha Technologies

Tizzita is the Co-Founder & CEO of Maisha Technologies, a drone’s for good social enterprise based in Ethiopia. Maisha works to provide custom designed & built drones for use cases in Medical delivery & Agricultural mapping. Maisha works to provide custom solutions to democratize access via the use of drones & showcase the potential of drones in humanitarian applications.

She is also a co-founding member of Social Enterprise Ethiopia, a social enterprise advocacy & support association in Ethiopia; where she is currently the policy/research & events lead. Her passion for the social enterprise field is evident in her career path & her academic background, having studied an MSc in Social Entrepreneurship & Management. Where her research focuses included the study of how technology can be used to solve pressing social issues.

Additionally she is a youth advisory panellist for British Government programs in Ethiopia & provides insights on how to make programs more youth friendly. She is also a co-founding member of the African Aerospace & Remote Data Alliance, which is a Pan-African association advocating for better policy within the aerospace field on the African continent. Tizzita believes that women & youth have much to contribute to the development of the African continent when given opportunities to do so. As such she is a strong advocate for gender equality & youth empowerment.

You can find further information or connect with Tizzita on LinkedIn


Eric Lombardi, Eco-Cycle

Eric Lombardi is currently the Executive Director of Eco-Cycle, Inc. ( and has had a long career in resource conservation, social enterprise development and non-profit (NGO) organizational management since 1980. Eco-Cycle, founded in 1976, is considered a nationwide pioneer in the recycling industry and has grown under Lombardi’s tenure (starting in 1989) to become the largest community-based recycling organization in the United States with a staff of 60 and processing of nearly 50,000 tons of diverse recycled materials per year (2007). Lombardi is recognized as an authority on developing comprehensive community-based resource recovery programs and is often a keynote speaker and consultant on the social and technical aspects of creating a “Zero Waste – Or Darn Near” society.

Lombardi has experience both nationally and internationally as a project consultant, keynote speaker and workshop leader for government and private sector clients across the USA, and in New Zealand, England, France, Romania, American Samoa, Wales and Saipan (Commonwealth of Northern
Mariana Islands). His work in these countries has been diversified, covering specific topics such as the creation of community recycling facilities, the challenges of collecting and marketing “hard to recycle” materials such as electronic scrap, the rewards of the social enterprise NGO approach, the politics of growing community recycling programs, and the strategies for long-term recycling business survival.


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