Global partner

As a global business software provider, SAP believes working with social enterprises is mutually beneficial. The company is SEWF’s first global partner and our 3-year partnership is driving growth in the social enterprise sector. Together we have 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 programme. The programme matches SAP employees with social enterprises, NGOs and non-profits, allowing employees to use their expertise to help organisations 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 three host cities for the annual SEWF Global Forum. They continued to support us through our first ever fully virtual event, SEWF Digital 2020.

2021 Co-host

Common Good Solutions logo

Common Good Solutions  (CGS) is a company focused on growing the social purpose movement in Nova Scotia, Canada, and beyond. Its “sweet spot” is bringing together people and organisations from across sectors to make social, cultural and environmental change through business. CGS does this by helping entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, nonprofits, for-profit entities, cooperatives, and communities start and grow social enterprises. CGS builds capacity in other organisations that do business for good through its consultancy services, education, training and incubation support.

Atlantic Canada’s first B Corp, and Nova Scotia’s first Community Interest Company, CGS devotes 60% of all profits toward its social mission of growing an ecosystem that supports social purpose businesses creating impact. CGS commits to paying all employees a living wage, and actively invests in retaining Nova Scotia’s youth.

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 changemakers 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.

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Contact us to find out more about how becoming a SEWF partner, event sponsor or community hub supporter can help you achieve your goals to support the social enterprise movement.

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 organisations and changemakers. Together they are 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 speciality in ecotoxicology.

Before Good Market, she spent 15 years in Asia working with local organisations on agroecology and sustainable food systems, organisational 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.

Charlie’s 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 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, 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 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, Founder, Managing Director, SEWF

Gerry is Founder and Managing Director of SEWF and has nurtured the organisation since the first SEWF event in 2008. Gerry also has a part-time role as Director of International Enterprise at Community Enterprise in Scotland (CEIS) where he is responsible for internationalisation of Scotland’s social enterprises. As SEWF Managing Director, Gerry is leading a small but committed team to support and strengthen the social enterprise movement and to deliver its ambitious programme to build a global impact economy.

Gerry is also a Director at Social Enterprise UK. He 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. Gerry was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Social Enterprise UK in 2017.

You can find further information or connect with Gerry on LinkedIn

Hélène Malandain, Chair, SEWF


Hélène currently serves as the Chair of SEWF. She 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 and 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. She is committed to supporting communities, places and organisations to thrive – meaning that prosperity and wellbeing are intertwined and nourishing each other.

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.

You can find further information or connect with Hélène on LinkedIn

Huda Jaffer, Director, SELCO Foundation

Huda is a product/service/systems 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.

Huda has been critical in building the necessary processes of SELCO Foundation, which has led to its 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. He now 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. He is also the Planning Committee Chairman of the promotion team for the Korean Social Value Wholesale Fund.

Jae-Gu is Dean of the Graduate School of Real Estate and has served as a professor of Business Administration at Myongji University since 2002. All of his degrees in Business Administration, from bachelor’s to doctorate, were 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. This includes business development and finance, general awareness, as well as understanding from the 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. She 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 and CEO of Maisha Technologies, a ‘drones for good’ social enterprise based in Ethiopia. Maisha works to provide custom designed and built drones for use cases in medical delivery and agricultural mapping. These custom solutions are designed to democratise access via the use of drones and showcase the potential of drones in humanitarian applications.

Tizzita is also a co-founding member of Social Enterprise Ethiopia, a social enterprise advocacy and support association in Ethiopia, where she is currently the policy/research and events lead. Her passion for the social enterprise field is evident in her career path and her academic background, having earned an MSc in Social Entrepreneurship & Management, with research focuses including 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 and 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 and 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 and youth empowerment.

You can find further information or connect with Tizzita on LinkedIn