Janice Abbott has been the CEO of Atira Women's Resource Society since 1992 and is the CEO of the Atira Group of companies, which now includes Atira Property Management Inc., Atira Development Society, Atira Women’s Arts Society and The Painter Sisters.
Janice lead the Society through its growth from a single transition house with a staff of seven to a large, award-winning multi-service agency with two, for-profit subsidiaries, a development arm and more than 700 staff. She’s headed up numerous innovative capital projects and has lead the introduction of upcycled shipping container housing to Canada. In 2015 Atira was named Employer of the Year by the Disability Alliance of BC and the BC Workplace Inclusion Award by the Open Door Group, recognizing a 20-year policy and practice commitment to hiring inclusively.
Janice is a Governor in Council appointee to the Board of Directors of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, where she chairs the Affordable Housing Committee and is a member of the Risk and Human Resource Committees. She was named to the Power 50 list by Vancouver Magazine in 2017; recognized by BC Business Magazine as among one of BC's 35 Most Influential Women in 2016 and BC’s Most Influential Women in Not-for-Profit, Culture & Media in 2015; was the recipient of the Denise LeBlond Memorial Award, BC Non-Profit Housing Association in 2013; was named one of BC's 20 Most Influential People in Residential Construction by BC Homes Magazine in 2010; is described by the Vancouver Sun as one of Canada’s leading social entrepreneurs; and received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® award for social enterprise in 2010.
Acumen Fellow Kibret is the Founder and CEO of Tebita, Ethiopia’s first private ambulance company.
Car crashes are quite common in Addis—in 2016 alone, there were 463 fatal crashes, or about 13.8 deaths per 100,000 people. Quite often, the few ambulances provided by the government can’t or don’t make it to the scene of a crash in time, leaving people to find their own way to the hospital.
Kibret witnessed life and life lost because people didn’t have access to urgent care. He believed these deaths could’ve been prevented if only emergency services could reach accident victims and provide them with proper treatment on the spot. The government’s ambulance service—even with the help of the Red Cross—couldn’t meet the city’s growing demand for emergency care.
Kibret named his company Tebita. In the Ethiopian language of Amharic , “tebita” means “a drop.” To Kibret, it’s his approach to problem-solving and changing the world around him.
Since Tebita was founded in 2008, the company has treated more than 65,000 people and trained another 45,000 in emergency first response. For Kibret, one of the most exciting parts of running Tebita today is not only saving lives, but also providing his fellow Ethiopians with employment.
Victor is the CEO of Turning Point, a social enterprise providing health and social care interventions to approximately 77,000 people on an annual basis. Victor sits as a Non-Executive Director on the boards of NHS England, the Co-Operative Group, Collaborate CIC, IOCOM and Leadership In Mind. He is also the Chair of Social Enterprise UK. Victor has chaired a number of commission reports into policing, employment, mental health, housing and fairness for The London Fairness Commission, the Met Police and for central and local government. He was awarded CBE for services to the unemployed and homeless people, 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. Victor has an MA in Advanced Organisational Consulting from Tavistock Institute and City University.
Yasmin is currently the managing director of NeOOne Associates - a human potential consulting firm. The firm specialises in using ontology, human-centered design, story practice and accelerated learning as their learning methodology. She has 11 years experience as trainer, facilitator and learning and development practitioner. Yasmin is a great visualiser and has sought after competency in designing engagement and learning processes. She is well known in Malaysia for championing Accelerated Learning methodology, Graphic Facilitation and Story Practice. For the past 12 years, she has personally designed and facilitated more than 500 sessions on learning and development for different level of employees in both multinational companies and government agencies. Yasmin is also Program Manager for Social Enterprise Academy Malaysia.
Louise is the CEO of the Ākina Foundation, New Zealand’s principal intermediary for social enterprise. Following SEWF 2017, hosted in Christchurch NZ, Ākina has been appointed the strategic partner to the New Zealand Government to further establish the social enterprise sector and to help transform the NZ economy by harnessing the power of enterprise for positive and environmental impact. A strong advocate for social responsibility and impact, Louise leads a talented and passionate team of social enterprise and impact investment experts, providing support, capability and thought leadership both across New Zealand and internationally. Louise joined Ākina in 2016, following a successful corporate career, which included the management of New Zealand’s largest corporate social responsibility programme.
Susan Aktemel is Director of Homes for Good (Scotland) CIC, and Homes for Good Investments Ltd. An experienced property developer, she has combined these skills with her commitment to improving people’s lives to create Scotland’s first social enterprise letting agency and social landlord in the private rented sector. From 1994-2012 she created and grew Impact Arts, now a leading Scottish charity. Since 2014 she has raised over £9.5million in social investment for Homes for Good, which was named Social Enterprise of the Year 2016 in the Scottish Business and Social Enterprise Scotland Awards. In November 2017 she received an Honorary Doctorate from Strathclyde Business School for achievements in Social Enterprise. Susan is also a co-opted committee member of Blochairn Housing Co-operative, and a mentor for The Young Foundation.
Anne-Marie has more than 20 years’ experience in operational and project management within the social enterprise sector. Her current role includes managing CEIS’s team of specialist business advisers, research and support staff delivering business support and learning services to social enterprises in Scotland.
Anne-Marie has developed and managed many diverse social enterprise support programmes over her career and has been the Programme Manager for the Scottish Government’s national business support programme – Just Enterprise – for the last 7 years.
Working with government departments and third sector partners she has had a focus on co-ordinating large-scale programme provision in innovative ways to support organisational growth.
Tom is the Founder and CEO of Impact Boom, a social enterprise empowering entrepreneurs and innovators to unleash their greatest potential to create a better world. Impact Boom provides its global community with insights, inspiration and resources, and has interviewed 100+ social enterprise leaders and changemakers on its blog & podcast. Beyond events, workshops and individual support, Impact Boom's Elevate+ Accelerator Program, helps early stage social entrepreneurs develop and scale their impact.
Tom also runs Seven Positive, an award winning Strategic Design Consultancy working with purpose-driven organisations to deliver people-centric and design-led impact initiatives that deliver strong, lasting social and environmental impact. As an experienced educator, Tom works with leading universities in Australia and internationally to develop and deliver innovative programs across social innovation and entrepreneurship, design, business and marketing. Tom currently serves on the Board of the Queensland Social Enterprise Council, the Advisory Board of ImpaQt and as SEiR at Yunus Social Business Centre.
Carol is a +Social Good Advisor (a global movement led by the United Nations Foundation), LEAD Fellow (Leadership for Sustainable Development), Co-Founder and Executive Director of Social Good Brazil (Social Innovation Non-profit).
Carol has a Masters in Technology and Innovation Management in Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Sussex in UK and a BA in International Relations with a specialisation in Entrepreneurship at FGV-EAESP/Babson College.
Carol has worked for 20 years with social innovation and entrepreneurship, starting up and serving amongst the greatest non-profits in Brazil: AIESEC, Junior Achievement and Artemisia. The latter she served on the selection and training of entrepreneurs, the coordination of strategic partnerships and as Director of the Social Business Accelerator. Carolina published two articles at Next Billion International in Brazil about "Social Business as Disruptive Innovators", which is a topic she also taught at the MBA, Social and Environmental Business Management.
Dr. Thamina Anwar is an author, engineer, serial entrepreneur, Islamic social entrepreneur, researcher, educator, economist, public speaker and consultant for various international institutions, governments, corporate/non-profit organizations and waqf (Islamic endowment) institutions.
She is the founder of Trade Not Riba dot Com (www.TradeNotRiba.com). She developed the Islamic Social Entrepreneurship (ISE) and waqf-ISE model as part of her doctorate studies. She is the co-founder and director of Halal Brand Hub (www.halalbrandhub.com), director and founder of Halal and Tayyibaat (www.halalandtayyibaat.com) and Salam New Zealand (www.salamnewzealand.com).
Thamina is the author of “Waqf (Endowment): A Vehicle for Islamic Social Entrepreneurship”, published in 2017 by the prestigious IBFIM (Islamic Banking and Finance Institute Malaysia), Kuala Lumpur. She is also one of the authors of the “Financing the Development of Old WAQF Properties: Classical Principles and Innovative Practices Around the World”, published by Palgrave Studies in Islamic Banking, Finance and Economics, USA. Thamina’s work experience spans across the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia and the Middle East.
She has over 15 years of experience in varied positions and sectors ranging from research, tertiary level teaching, education management, problem solving, business analysis, general management, business development, product (software) development, business start-up strategies, relationship building, project management, consultancy, IT, computer programming, Islamic finance, sustainability, engineering, waqf (endowment) investment/ management strategies and philanthropy (community empowerment).
Thamina has a Doctorate degree from UKZN (SA), completed under the supervision of Professor Dr. Suleman Dangor and Associate Professor Dr. Adi Setia. In addition, Thamina has a Masters in Islamic Finance and is a Chartered Islamic Finance Professional (CIFP), gained from INCEIF (Malaysia). She has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Cranfield School of Management (UK), a Master of Science (MSc) in Communications & Real-time Electronics from the University of Bradford (UK) and a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons.) in Electronic Engineering from Queen Mary, University of London (UK). She also has a Post-graduate Diploma in Teaching from the University of Auckland (NZ).
Adrian is a Gooreng Gooreng man of South East Queensland (Australia). He is a recipient of the Defence Service Medal, the Centenary Medal and the Order of Australia Medal in 2011 for service to Indigenous youth through career planning, employment and training programmes. In 2014, he was one of the inaugural AMP Tomorrow Maker award winners and more recently in 2017 received the University of Sydney Alumni Award. Adrian has been the cornerstone founder of the two ‘green field’ not for profit start-ups Ganbina and First Australians Capital respectively dealing in employment participation and economy development. He is currently employed as the CEO of Equity Health Solutions, a joint venture with Aspen Medical, to implement innovative approaches to remote health, building capacity of existing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community health services and work with corporate and non-government organisations to develop their community engagement strategies.
Rania is an Egyptian social certified trainer on Eco-Inclusive enterprise development and the founder of Entreprenelle, a mission-driven enterprise that strives to bridge the gender gap economically by educating, training and linking women to all the resources possible.
Rania is concerned with socioeconomic gender rights focusing on the right to adequate standard of living based on the SDG 8 of “Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all“, which is why she started her initiative and been chosen to represent Egypt at many national and global conferences as The Global Entrepreneurship Summit held in India 2017. Rania is also a Global Shaper, Injaz Alumni, CEFP Alumni, UN Women Gender innovation Agora member and TEDx speaker with more than five years of experience in marketing and a degree in Business Administration.
Corinne is currently the Director of Social Policy in the Community Development and Homelessness Partnerships Directorate at Employment and Social Development Canada.
With over 18 years of experience in the Canadian federal government, Corinne has provided policy advice and guidance in the areas of Indigenous social policy and programs, violence against Indigenous women and girls, Indigenous early childhood development, renewal of grant and contribution programs, labour market transfers to provincial and territorial governments and most recently the development of a Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy for Canada. She also is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for her work on Indigenous social development.
As the director of FreshSight, a student-run social enterprise consultancy, Andrew led an expansion of operations, reach and impact. By becoming one of only 7% of social enterprises to offer services overseas, launching a pro-bono programme and engaging hundreds of talented students, the FreshSight model stands ready to solve compelling problems for the future of social business. Andrew is also engaged with the law-for-good movement, across the UK. He advocates for young people with an instinct for technological, legal or commercial success to raise their expectations of the social impact they can generate. His work for these causes saw him become the first student to be recognised by Social Enterprise Awards Scotland and in the same year become the youngest ever 'Legal Geek of the Week'.
Mária Baracsi is Head of Unit of International Cooperation at IFKA Public Benefit Non-Profit Ltd. for the Development of the Industry, focusing on (social) business development and international expansions, with responsibility for formulating and executing interregional and transnational co-operation.
She has more than 10 years of management experience in industry, government and research institutions. Prior to her current role, she has been working for the European Commission (DG Research) as well as in research projects with the Microsoft Corporation, the Johns Hopkins University and Imperial College London.
At present, she is the Coordinator of the INTERREG EUROPE project "SOCIAL SEEDS” to exploit the potentials of social enterprises through a standardized European evaluation and development system. Moreover, she is leading the INTERREG DANUBE Programme project "SENSES” to create a transnational network of the social enterprise ecosystems and the project “Finance4SocialChange” to promote social impact investment markets and opportunities in the Danube region as well as the project “DanubeChance2.0” addressed to support preventive re-structuring and second-chance entrepreneurship in the Danube region.
She has extensive experience of participation as a partner in more than 20 EU funded projects, among them, the recently approved INTERREG EUROPE Programme project entitled to "RaiSE” to enhance social enterprises competitiveness through improved business support policies across Europe.
After having graduated in economics, she completed doctoral studies (Ph.D) at the ‘Enterprise Theory and Practice Ph.D. School’ at the University of Miskolc (Hungary) and spent 9 months as visiting researcher at INSEAD Business School in France. Her dissertation is investigating the ‘Game Theory in cluster excellence: the innovation management and technology-transfer perspectives’.
Samuel is a senior researcher and consultant with 20 years of experience in political science research and an extensive international experience in the field of social entrepreneurship development, where he has successfully completed assignments for the most relevant international actors (European Commission, WB, OECD, CAF, etc.), governments (Poland, Slovakia, etc.) and social economy organisations (CICOPA, ICA, REVES, etc).
He holds two Master’s degrees: Political Science (UNED University) and International Relations (Complutense University). Co-founder and CEO of the international consulting Cooperative SOKIO, Vice-president of the Cooperative “SCA-Innomades” (2006-2012) and, from 2002 to 2006, Samuel designed and directed the International Relations Department of CEPES-Andalusia.
He has been a member of the board of REVES, co-founder of REAS-Andalusia and member of the EMES network. However, for him, his most significant achievement is balancing his personal and professional life where he manages to work only part-time in order to spend time with friends and family.
Seán Barnes is seeking to realise the potential of business to have a positive social and environmental impact. Following on from study and various government and consultancy roles in professional engineering, Seán works with the Ākina, who are growing social and environmental impact in NZ by supporting and enabling the rapidly growing social enterprise sector. Seán is leading Ākina’s social procurement work programme that includes providing advisory support to businesses, connecting businesses to social enterprise suppliers, building a marketplace for social procurement and supporting social enterprises to be procurement ready. Seán is recognised as a big-picture thinker and communicator who loves to connect people, thinking and ideas to lead change. He can’t wait to experience Scotland!
Sam is leading the international replication of the Social Enterprise Academy – to share learning and development approaches, and collaborate in developing social enterprise ecosystems around the world.
As a practising social entrepreneur, having co-founded seven social enterprises over 19 years, Sam was one of the first facilitators of learning programmes in leadership and entrepreneurship with the Academy in 2004.
In 2018, the Academy has now delivered learning programmes in over 20 countries, and local social licence partners are engaging almost 100 staff and Associates in adapting its model across 10 countries across Asia, Africa and Europe.
I am a senior mentor in the Wise Group’s Community Justice team, with direct responsibility for the day-to-day running of two key programmes to support people coming out of prison: New Routes and Wise Choices.
I have been working for the Wise Group for four years, first as a community mentor and now, following a recent promotion, as a senior mentor. I have lived experience of the criminal justice system and the issues that face our customers. Being employed by a social enterprise offers me the opportunity to support others from the same background as me, without being seen as part of the establishment by the people we work with.
Glenn has worked for the Wales Co-operative Centre for over 20 years, during this time he has supported the development of Co-operatives and Social Enterprises across the Valleys of South Wales.
He is the Enterprise Programme Director within the Wales Co-operative Centre and overseas a number of support projects such as Social Business Wales, Care to Co-operate and Community Shares Wales. Glenn is a passionate co-operator and has been instrumental in supporting the emerging co-operative movements within the housing and social care sectors. He has sat on a number of UK national strategy panels including the National Co-operative Development Strategy Panel and the Community Shares Advisory Panel.
Appointed Managing Director of Social Traders in 2009, David is an Executive Director on Social Traders’ Board and has responsibility for development and implementation of the organisation’s strategy, staff recruitment and engagement with key government, philanthropic, business and research partners.
David has been closely involved in the development of social enterprise development initiatives in Australia, including the annual Social Enterprise Conference, the Victorian Social Enterprise Strategy and social procurement advocacy across the public and private sectors. He is also a Director of the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) Community Interest Company (CIC) established in July 2015.
David brings extensive experience leading strategic business-community partnerships at Rio Tinto, Toyota and Amcor; as well as industry and government policy development and key stakeholder engagement experience.
David has a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) from the University of Wollongong and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
A leader within the creative and social enterprise sector who thrives on solving problems and turning ideas into reality.
Rachael is currently Chief Executive at Cultural Enterprise Office. She is Leader at Entrepreneurial Scotland, Social Entrepreneur in Residence with Social Investment Scotland and Chairperson at Youth Theatre Arts Scotland.
She previously spent over a decade at Impact Arts and has worked on joint ventures with the Scottish Government and leading agencies including Creative Scotland and Scottish Enterprise.
With a strong track record of operational success, Rachael works extensively supporting creative and social enterprises to deliver, grow, develop and sustain.
Julia is the CEO of TRY Australia, a social enterprise established 135 years ago. Her work is all about the possibilities! Utilising 20+ years’ experience as a CEO, she has been able to perpetuate the entrepreneurial drive of founder WM Forster. Most recently, Julia has driven the development of a range of innovative social enterprises including TRY Uncontained where the conversion of shipping containers into affordable, small footprint housing, combined with property maintenance, furniture production and labour hire provides training and employment for some of our most vulnerable creating measurable impact.
A strong advocate for social justice and a believer that social enterprise provides the platform for community values and shareholder returns to collide!
Aileen Campbell MSP, is the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, in the Scottish Government. Aileen was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2007, and is the current member of the Scottish Parliament representing the constituency of Clydesdale. Prior to her current Cabinet Post, Aileen has held Ministerial posts as the Scottish Government Minister for Local Government and Planning May 2011−December 2011, Minister for Children and Young People 2011− 2016 and Minister for Public Health and Sport from 2016 to 2018.
Prior to becoming an MSP, Aileen studied Politics and History and Glasgow University and was a researcher for Shona Robison MSP and Stewart Hosie MP.
Caryn Capriccioso’s 25+ years of experience with social entrepreneurship, earned income and social venture development guide her work as co-founder/principal of interSector Partners, L3C and interSector Talent. Previously, Caryn was director of planning services and social enterprise for a Denver-based consulting firm. She (quite accidentally) founded her first social enterprise in the early 1990s and has been devoted to this work ever since. Caryn holds a master of nonprofit management from Regis University. She is past chair of Social Venture Partners Boulder County, a co-founder of Impact Hub Boulder and serves on the advisory board for Fourth Sector Mapping Initiative. Caryn and interSector Partners co-founded and ran the Colorado Nonprofit Social Enterprise Exchange, an incubator supporting emerging social ventures. The Exchange has launched 14 new social enterprises while building an ecosystem of human and capital support for social enterprise in Colorado.
Claire is a social entrepreneur, educator and placemaker with expertise is in personal, organisational, community and ecosystem development. Claire works internationally providing strategic and practitioner inputs on social enterprise development, placemaking through quality coworking, incubating social change and leadership. Claire is the Founder of The Melting Pot - Scotland’s Centre for Social Innovation - a global pioneer in the coworking movement. The Melting Pot stimulates and supports social innovation through 3 interlinked business : spaces to collaborate, incubation of good ideas, acceleration of quality coworking globally - all to create resilient, enterprising communities. Claire has driven the business’ development, and is a respected and award winning social entrepreneur : the inaugural ‘Social Enterprise Champion’ Award 2016 and shortlisted for ‘Women in Social Enterprise’ November 2017 in the UK Social Enterprise Awards.
Elena is co-founder and Executive President of OPES-LCEF Foundation, Trustee and Managing Director of OPES-LCEF Trust and chair of OPES-LCEF investment committee.
For 10 years Elena was CEO at ACRA, a leading Italian NGO working in 16 countries and before that she spent 12 years in the investment banking industry covering emerging markets. Elena serves as a Director at Fondazione Umano Progresso, the Social Enterprise World Forum CIC, and the Social Impact Agenda for Italy, the leading network promoting impact investing in Italy.
After her graduation in Management at the Bocconi University in Milan, Elena was a Monbushoo fellow at the Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo for two years.
Hugh is a Director, Making Social Impact, a consultancy putting social responsibility at the heart of Business.
He is passionate about responsible business and making a social impact through positive procurement.
Hugh has over 20 years Procurement experience in the global healthcare businesses of GSK and Johnson & Johnson, before moving into Corporate Social Responsibility.
He initiated and championed Social Procurement in Johnson & Johnson, and is recognised as a thought leader in this area. He has been a key player in establishing the £1bn Buy Social Corporate Challenge with UK Government and Social Enterprise UK.
Currently, Hugh is providing business advisory services to clients of SEUK, mentoring Change Please CIC (as an Associate of UnLtd) and is a non-executive board member with Ways into Work CIC.
Hugh is a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and the Institute for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability.
Polly is a co-founder of Impact Hub Inverness, a co-working space that is part of an international network. Her role is in developing new areas of activity, as well as acting as a business adviser under a number of different contracts. She delivers support on business planning and growth, organisational and governance health checks, and training. She has worked in the area of community development in the Highlands and Islands for 25 years, and has a proven track record in working constructively to support change in rural communities. Polly has developed a keen understanding of the complexities of working across a large and diverse geography. She previously worked at Aberdeen University, where she spent five years conducting research on what were often sensitive issues, interviewing individuals across Scotland. She also spent ten years with Scottish Government where she was involved in running several grant programmes, and developing third sector policy.
Rich Chen is Co-Founder & CEO at Impact Hub Taipei, director of 180 Degrees Consulting Taiwan, and co-host at CreativeMornings Taipei and FuckUp Nights Taipei.
He holds a Bachelor Degree in Japanese Language and Literature and International Relations. Before founding Impact Hub Taipei, he was a Sales Representative in Medtronic, a Fortune 100 company, for 3 years.
He is a thinker, and a content producer who pursues changes and sustainability. His passion is to enable and empower people to do good with purpose. He's quite passionate about starting new things and organization management.
Karen Chinkwita Phiri ( Kumakanga) is the co-founder and CEO of Jubilee Enterprise, a local social enterprise and the first Malawian youth-focused business development service provider. Jubilee is also a franchise partner of the Social Enterprise Academy. Karen is primarily an educator. Holding a degree in Education Humanities her goal is to enable the growth of a conducive environment for sustainable development through entrepreneurship and arts. She has served since July 2017 as the youngest director on the Malawi Scotland Partnership board. She seeks to use her well-rounded, management and business development experience to enable social innovators and entrepreneurs in Malawi to reach their full potential. Karen enjoys hiking and good music. She also loves art, and has tried her hand at writing for children, stage acting, is part of a band and a strong soprano.
Sarah has worked in social enterprise and community development for 20 years. Roles include Co-Founder of Green Connect, a waste recovery social enterprise focused on employment for newly arrived refugees in Australia and Manager of Resource Recovery Australia, building a national social enterprise that has shared, replicated and scaled its resource recovery operations across Australia. Most recently RRA acquired Soft Landing mattress recycling to scale their environmental and social impact including launching a product stewardship scheme for end-of-life mattresses in partnership with industry. Sarah was a Founding Board member of The Social Outfit, a fashion label that celebrates the skills of new migrant and refugee communities in Australia.
Inspired by the passion, energy and determination within rural communities Ailsa established Inspiralba, a social enterprise with charitable status, in 2009 to deliver development and management support to community based enterprises across Argyll and Bute. This work is informed by previous experience; developing and delivering services, generating income and managing contracts in the public and community sector locally, nationally and internationally. Ailsa has a particular interest in rural development, and the important role social enterprise can play in sustaining our rural communities. The range and diversity of enterprise activity across rural Argyll and the Islands, continues to provide learning, where significant social impact is delivered by a broad range of, often small, social enterprises. This gives an insight into the challenges and opportunities from a rural perspective and Ailsa regularly advocates for the rural perspective of social enterprise to be recognised with a range of stakeholders.
INCH Architecture + Design is a dynamic, innovative, social enterprise architecture, design and research practice founded in 2012 in Glasgow, driven by our social intent and objectives.
INCH was established to assist & support third sector organisations, charities, communities and individuals to further their ideas and ambitions in realising capital projects. Fields we work in include community architecture, and design for older people, including best practice design for those with dementia and other cognitive impairments.
We work in collaboration with others to initiate & actively develop projects that we believe will have a positive and lasting effect on the community, reinvesting our profit to assist us to enable others to make contact with those who can help improve their environments.
Alisdair Clements is a co-founder of INCH. He is a confident leader of large cross disciplinary design teams and has extensive experience of working closely with a wide variety of client groups, designing projects from inception through to completion; advising on funding, procurement and construction processes.
Lorraine set up Afanite so that she could combine her extensive commercial experience with her passion for non-profits to enhance social impact.
She is currently working with the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland and the Social Finance Foundation to deliver a research report that will underpin the first Irish Social Enterprise Policy and Implementation Roadmap. She also leads a multi-stakeholder initiative that offers an alternative to moneylender loans to low-income individuals – the Personal Micro Credit (PMC) product has been rolled out to more than 260 credit union locations across Ireland. She is a member of the Irish Corporate Social Responsibility Forum and Chairs a workgroup to deliver the national 2017-2020 plan.
Lorraine is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and also holds a Masters in International Relations from Dublin City University.
Juliet is a Social Enterprise Advisor with the British Council on their Global Social Enterprise programme. Promoting the development of social enterprise and social investment to help foster a more sustainable, inclusive and prosperous future for us all. Currently operating in 30 countries and working with a host of international and local partners.
Juliet has been working within the Social Enterprise sector for over 20 years and is the former CEO and a founding member of Social Enterprise NI the representative body for social enterprises in Northern Ireland. She led on Establishment of the first All Party working group for social enterprise within the Northern Ireland Assembly. Juliet has been active in lobbying for legislation around Social Value, social impact, social investment, procurement, co-design and collaborative supply chains.
Her career began in the Social Firm movement developing early public sector spins outs in England, to running a small social enterprise that employed people with Learning Disabilities. Juliet is an experienced business advisor having supported social enterprises from start up through to growth. She holds a Masters in Business Administration and entrepreneurship.
Her portfolio of support includes the development of Community share offerings, alternative education enterprises for young people, Credit Unions, Food Cooperatives, Community arts spaces, Health and Health and Social care businesses to catering and hospitality enterprises training and employing ex-offenders. Juliet now works internationally supporting the development of strong eco systems for social enterprise with the British Council on their global social enterprise programme. she leads on education support around social enterprise with a passionate belief that introducing social enterprise to young people has the power to embed the values and skills young people need in the 21st century.
Juliet is committed to social enterprise as a business model for the future believing that it has the capacity to challenge and change systemic barriers around culture offering local solutions with global scale and impact.
Ray is the CEO of Auticon Limited, an award-winning IT and compliance consulting business. All Auticon consultants are on the autism spectrum. We pride ourselves in creating autism-friendly work environments as well as delivering outstanding quality to our clients. Ray joined the board of Auticon Limited from Grow Software, a DRM developer for the additive manufacturing sector, where he was CEO. Prior to that, Ray was a director of Osborne Clarke, the European law firm and the UbiQ Group, an OEM software supplier. Ray is a qualified UK solicitor and has a Masters Degree in Intellectual property law. He has a longstanding interest in social enterprise and founded the IMPACT team at Osborne Clarke.
As Principal, Growth Services at Social Traders, Olivia is responsible for supporting social enterprises to accelerate their business growth and impact through social procurement. Her work focuses on connecting social enterprises with social procurement opportunities, building capability and developing growth strategies to enable social enterprises to win more work. Olivia also has experience working with a diverse range of startup social enterprises through her time running Crunch, Social Traders’ Startup Accelerator.
Olivia brings extensive experience in leadership and general management, having led Australian Red Cross’ largest social enterprise, the national network of 165 retail stores. She also has a decade of experience in buying and product development roles with three of Australia and the UK’s largest retail chains. Olivia has an MBA from Melbourne Business School, specialising in strategy and social impact.
Sarah is passionate about social enterprise and a keen supporter of the sector for over 20 years. Her journey began in the Economic Development Department of Birmingham City Council with the discovery that other countries were using business practices to solve social problems. This learning enabled her and others to develop approaches that worked in the UK. Over a number of years Sarah has sat on membership boards, written strategy, delivered programmes of support, been an adviser and mentor and above all managed her own social enterprise. Sarah is the founder and CEO of iSE a Social Enterprise development organisation providing start up and business growth support. iSE learn, innovate and problem solve to grow and develop social enterprises. Recent work concerns network development and the use of peer to peer support to grow the sector and the use of these as a platform for new innovations.
Lorne joined the Board of HIE in April 2008 and was appointed as Chair in March 2012. He is a founding partner and Chairman of leading Scottish commercial law firm Harper Macleod LLP, which has offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Lerwick and Thurso. From its very small beginnings Lorne has built a practice which is one of the largest in Scotland and comprises 72 Partners with a total compliment of 402. Harper Macleod became a Living Wage employer in 2015 and recently won the CSR award at the Scottish Business Awards.
Lorne held the Chair of Banking Law at Glasgow University from 1997 until his retirement in August 2015 and is now Emeritus Professor of Banking Law. He has broad experience of public sector operations and was formerly Deputy Chairman of Scottish Enterprise Glasgow and one of three Chairmen of the Housing Improvement Task Force with his group completing their work in 2002. He is generally credited as the architect of the Home Report System in Scotland. He was appointed as Convener of the Standards Commission in June 2003 (under the Ethical Standards in Public Life (Scotland Act 2000). Lorne resigned from this office in September 2006 to take up the Chair of the 'Independent Review of Regulation, Audit, Inspection and Complaints Handling of Public Services in Scotland' which reported in September 2007. Lorne was a non-Executive Director of the Scottish Government Justice Programme Board until November 2010.
Andrew became Chief Executive of CAN in 2008. He joined the organisation in 2006 with responsibility for the development of new revenue streams including the award-winning CAN Mezzanine concept, which provides quality, affordable office space for social enterprises, charities and voluntary organisations. Andrew has a wealth of experience in operations, sales, customer service and business development, with over 20 years’ management experience from John Lewis Partnership to easyGroup.
Andrew is a board member of the following organisations: Social Enterprise Coalition - the UK's national body for social enterprise; UnLtd - the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs; Thare Machi Education – the charity using education to save lives in the developing world. He was a panel judge for the 2008 ‘Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year’ Award and was recently invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the social enterprise sector.
Roy joined CEIS in February 2009 as a Business Adviser in the Enterprise & Communities team following a 25-year career in the manufacturing industry in a range of senior management and board roles including 12 office-bearing appointments. He is a management accountant with extensive experience of business growth and development and has worked on more than 250 assignments with a diverse range of 3rd Sector organisations across a range of support programmes with CEIS.
He has significant commercial experience with key skills in building business relationships to enhance the opportunity for business growth and sustainability through the identification of barriers to growth, and the planning & implementation of strategies to take each business forward.
Currently also a client manager with the Scottish Government's Just Enterprise support programme, his specialist areas include business recovery and restructuring, financial planning, finance training, and business planning. His extensive business diagnostic and mentoring experience help clients address real issues in organisations across the 3rd Sector.
Cecilia is the founder of From Babies with Love, the baby brand that donates 100% of its profits to orphaned and abandoned children around the world. An award-winning social enterprise, From Babies with Love’s retail, wholesale and corporate businesses generate a new source of income to support some of the world’s most vulnerable children to be loved, cared for and educated, going on to lead independent lives, breaking the cycle of poverty. From Babies with Love currently supports 4,100 children in over 30 countries. A Chartered Accountant with a background in the City and charity finance, Cecilia is half Brazilian; as a child herself she saw children living on the streets of Rio, fuelling her passion for international development and social enterprise.
Meet the children From Babies with Love supports and browse its collection of beautiful, ethically sourced baby products at www.frombabieswithlove.org.
Mike joined DC Central Kitchen (DCCK) in 2004 after a 20-year career in the hospitality business. Under his leadership, DCCK’s catering business expanded from traditional opportunities to include locally-sourced, scratch-cooked school meals, increasing revenues from US$500,000 in 2005 to over US$9million in 2017. DCCK's Nutrition Lab facility, funded and launched under Mike’s leadership, has allowed DCCK to expand business, increase purchases from local farms, and improve efficiency. This growth has also fueled a growth in staff to over 180 with 45% coming from DCCK's nationally recognised Culinary Job Training Program. Mike is a chair emeritus of the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington and a Board member for The Common Market in Philadelphia. He currently sits on the advisory boards of DC Greens, Real Food for Kids, and Catalyst Kitchens and is a member of the Leadership Council of DC Hunger Solutions. DCCK has received numerous accolades under Mike’s leadership, including the Mayor’s Environmental Excellence Award; the Washington Business Journal’s Green Business Award for Innovation; and the DC Chamber of Commerce Community Impact Award. Mike is a recipient of the 2010 Gelman, Rosenberg + Freedman EXCEL Award for excellence in chief executive leadership and the Bicentennial Medal from his alma mater, Williams College, the highest honour the college bestows on its alumni. He was recently named the Food Service Leader of the Year for 2017 by Food Service Monthly Magazine.
Kieran Daly leads Big Issue Invest’s work in Scotland, a social enterprise, which as part of the Big Issue Group, invests between £10,000 and £3, million in social enterprises that dismantle poverty.
They run Power-up Scotland, a programme that ffer business mentoring from Aberdeen Standard Investment, the University of Edinburgh and the Scottish Government, and up to £50,000 of investment.
Kieran has worked in the social enterprise sector for over 15 years, working for organisations that aim to promote financial inclusion and tackle financial inclusion.
Prior to big issue invest Kieran was COO of FoodCycle, a social enterprise that worked with supermarkets to use surplus food to create community cafes for people affected by food poverty. He scaled this model throughout England through a social-franchising model.
Kelly is the Founder, and ex-CEO of a multi-national award-winning social enterprise called Vi-Ability Educational Programme. She is also the creator of Football CEO, a co-founder of The Goodwash Company, Chair of Street Football Wales, a Trustee of the Welsh Football Trust and Business Wales, an Ashoka Fellow, and an honorary Social Enterprise UK Fellow.
She is currently the Community Lead for 'More Than A Club' initiative, funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
Alastair is CEO of Social Investment Scotland (SIS), Scotland's largest provider of social investment packages of finance and support. Before joining SIS in 2009, Alastair worked within Bank of Scotland's community banking team. Alastair is on the board of the North East Social Investment Company in England and on the advisory boards of Scottish EDGE and Big Society Capital.
Tom is Co-Founder and CEO of StartSomeGood, an award-winning innovation agency with a mission to connect innovation with capital for social change. They run StartSomeGood.com, the crowdfunding platform with the highest project success rate in cause crowdfunding, and power impact accelerators and educational programmes for partners across business, foundations and government. Tom was previously the founder of youth non-profit Vibewire, first Social Media Director for global NGO Ashoka and the founding Director of the Australian Changemakers Festival. Tom has created dance parties and film festivals, conferences and co-working spaces, fundraising platforms and Burning Man theme camps and has supported non-profits, companies and governments to better refine their purpose, communicate their message and build their community. Tom and StartSomeGood have been recognised with awards and fellowships from the World Summit Youth Awards, The International Youth Foundation, Nexus Australia, the Social Enterprise Awards and the Australia & New Zealand Internet Awards.
Sarah has oversight of Scottish Enterprise’s policy and support for social enterprise, co-operatives and employee ownership.
She also leads Co-operative Development Scotland. Her professional background is in strategy, marketing and business development within international companies. In a non-executive capacity, she is a trustee of the Bank of Scotland Foundation, a member of the British Council’s Scottish Advisory Group, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Executive Coach.
Previous commitments include chair of Arts & Business Scotland and trustee of the Scottish Youth Theatre.
Over the past three decades, Marty has held senior positions in the private corporate, public and social economy sectors. Marty has published a number of articles on social enterprise and worker cooperatives. His book “Inner City Renovation: How a Social Enterprise Changes Lives and Communities”, was published in 2013. Since 2011, he has been teaching various business courses on social enterprise, sustainability, and management in the non-profit sector at the University of Winnipeg and in the Asper MBA program at the University of Manitoba. Marty’s contributions have been celebrated by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), who named him “A Canadian making a Difference” in 2009 and by Ernst and Young as a Prairie Region Finalist in the 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year competition. He was also awarded a special recognition award for his work in the social economy by Ernst and Young in 2010. In 2015, the World Corporate Social Responsibility Congress recognised him as one of the most talented social innovators. Marty Donkervoort holds a B.Sc.F. in timber engineering (University of Toronto) and a M.B.A. with an emphasis on marketing (Schulich School of Business, York University).
Claire has been a key player in the Social Enterprise movement since the 1980's and recently was appointed as the Crown Representative for the Voluntary and Social Enterprise Sector with the remit of supporting the sector to access government contracts. Claire nationally and internationally is known for her work in the sector and for ten years chaired Social Enterprise UK. She worked with government and leaders from the sector to create the first strategy for the Social Enterprise movement. She has ensured that we had a voice within Westminster and Whitehall, this included working with the teams to introduce the Social Value Act which is now embedded into many local government frameworks and in the national Crown Commercial procurement service. After stepping down as chair of SEUK Claire was asked and accepted to become a patron to the organisation.
Claire still continues to lead the highly successful Blackburne House Group which apart from its outstanding educational offer to women and its award winning School for Social Entrepreneurship, runs a number of successful social enterprises. Claire has received many awards for her role within the sector which includes an OBE and also the Queens Lifetime achievement award for Enterprise promotion.
David Duke MBE is the founder and CEO of Street Soccer Scotland, a social enterprise that uses football to create positive change in the lives of socially disadvantaged adults and young people. Recently, he has set up Change Centre Scotland, a new social enterprise that exists to tackle homelessness by creating personal development and self-management centres. David is also a Global Ambassador for the Homeless World Cup, an Ambassador for Quarriers and an Advisory Board Member for UNICEF (Scotland). In 2012, he was recognised as The Sunday Times Change Maker of the Year and in 2016 as a CNN Hero. David was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for his work by Edinburgh's Queen Margaret University and in January 2018 he received an MBE in recognition of his contribution to sport and socially disadvantaged people.
James Dunbar is Founding Chief Executive of New Start Highland. Growing up in rural Sutherland, James saw first-hand how important it is to create opportunities for people to enable them to realise their potential. James founded New Start Highland in 2000 and has spearheaded its growth from a single employee to an organisation with over 100 employees delivering services in every area of the Highlands. New Start Highland delivers services, including furniture recycling, housing support and community integration, in fragile rural and urban communities. It operates a retail chain, as well as commercial removals and training businesses and an exciting new brand of high quality upcycled furniture. James is Chair of Social Enterprise Scotland and The Highland Alcohol and Drug Partnership. He serves on public and third sector boards and committees and has twice won the IOD “Director of the Year” award. James has also been voted Scotland Social Entrepreneur of the Year and has led New Start Highland to win the SCDI business excellence award for environmental sustainability. James was awarded an OBE for services to the development of the economy and the community in the Highlands and Islands in the 2016 New Year’s Honours.
David has been employed in the non-profit, affordable housing sector in Vancouver, British Columbia for the past 31 years. In January 2001 he became the Chief Executive Officer of Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS), a non-profit, urban Indigenous housing provider in Vancouver, Canada. Since June 2012, David has taken VNHS in a new direction of entrepreneurialism and self-sustainability, creating two social enterprises which have received international media attention and acclaim. With the introduction of Skwachàys Lodge, Gallery and “Artist in Residence” program (www.skwachays.com), David is guiding new projects to focus on Indigenous art and culture as a means of revitalising community pride and leading transformative change, and while doing this providing subsidy for 24 Indigenous artists to live in the community without any further government, or other financial assistance.
David is a former director of the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) and served as its president from 2008 to 2010. He previously served on the Board of the British Columbia Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA) as a director and as secretary on its executive. He is a founding director of the Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council (MVAEC) and currently sits on the housing table.
In 2014, David was asked to join the Vancouver Mayor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Addictions. He is an active member of both the International Housing Partnership (IHP) and the Canadian Housing Partnership (CHP). David’s latest accreditation is that of a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIHCM). David has a Master’s degree in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. A father of a grown son, David delights in his role as grandpa to his three young grandchildren.
Kila Englebrook is Social Enterprise Alliance's President and CEO.
Prior to joining Social Enterprise Alliance, Kila led the Ashoka Support Network in the United States, engaging world-class business leaders in changing the world by working directly with Ashoka and Fellows. In her tenure with Ashoka, Kila convened Ashoka’s U.S. network through the production and management of the bi-annual Ashoka Future Forum. She helped shape and develop the Ashoka team across the U.S., as well as implement and refresh operational systems to improve outcomes.
Prior to her role with the United States Program, Kila worked with Ashoka’s People Team, focused on talent recruitment, development and retention.
Kila graduated from Boston University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in African Studies, with a triple concentration in Anthropology, History and Political Science.
Robin specialises in public and third sector matters, and advises public bodies and those interfacing with the public sector on European and legislative considerations, regulation, commercial and contractual matters, legal structures, governance and disputes. He is a member of The Law Society of Scotland’s Charity Law Sub-Committee, and advises a wide range of organisations across the third sector (including social enterprises and charities) on all aspects of set-up, regulation, contracting and disputes. Robin is also heavily involved, alongside Ready for Business, in the Scottish Government’s Developing Markets programme and has a particular focus on developing new and innovative ways in which the third and public sectors work together. He also has over 10 years’ experience as a charity trustee.
Zoë is the director of FreshSight, a social enterprise consultancy that happens to be led by some of the most diverse and socially-conscious students in Edinburgh. For over ten years, FreshSight has been consulting the third sector and social businesses in the UK, and more recently, internationally. Having worked with over 100 clients and empowering over 500 students, FreshSight is looking for new ways to expand its impact even more over the next ten years. Zoë has worked for FreshSight for over three years and also has experience working in social enterprise abroad, most notably in Rwanda. She is a Politics student at the University of Edinburgh and is excited for the truly international experience that will be participating in the SEWF.
James joined Community Enterprise in Scotland (CEIS) in May 2005 after working for 13 years in the private sector.
His experience ranges across the full range of business competencies. James works as a Business Adviser within the Enterprise & Communities Team within CEIS. His specialisms include business planning, strategic planning, financial planning and new service development.
Areas of interest within the social economy sector include new business and finance models and the growth of technology based Social Enterprises. He has been a grant and awards assessor for the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council, and the Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum (SURF).
In his time at CEIS, James has played a lead role in the start-up of two new Social Enterprises, most recently Glasgow Together, a property development Social Enterprise providing training and employment to ex-offenders, financed via a £2million social bond.
Peter joined LEF in 1993 and has had a long history with LEF integrating enterprises, programs and initiatives that support the needs of the community and leverage the expertise of the organisation. As the Executive Director Peter is the CEO of LEF whose mandate is community economic development, employs 410 people, and has an annual budget of approximately $21 million. LEF’s mission is to provide community responsive programs and services, which enable individuals and families to become valued contributors to their community’s social and economic development. LEF, located in the most disadvantaged part of Toronto, serves thousands of people each year in programs ranging from community enterprises to childcare centres. LEF’s integrated model of service includes settlement services, employment counselling, career exploration, skills training, employer outreach, self-employment training, English for immigrants and youth mentorship programs. LEF employment program serves the recruitment needs of local employers and determines their training needs so that skill training at LEF remains targeted to opportunities.
Head of Innovation for Albyn Housing Society and co-founder of the FitHome model, Lucy believes that “we’re all technology companies now” and is a proponent of social led technology innovation. Her focus is on wellness of those in need and has included the development of voluntary, social enterprise and public sector collaborations, leveraging public, and private finance. Lucy is a co-founder of the FitHome model within Scotland, a collaboration with private and public sector agencies within a social business model. Recently winning the Saltire Award in Innovation in Housing, the project focuses on developing a model of housing, incorporating as standard, innovative technology using machine learning and predictive analytics, to enable people to remain safely in their homes. Co-produced with tenants and health professionals, the FitHome's model creates a new economic model for health and care provision in Scotland enabling the retention of value of public sector input within an economic model that has commercial value, where profit is re-invested within the housing, health and care system.
Nicole is a public health professional and field researcher with expertise in maternal and child health and international development. Nicole has worked to improve the health, education, and safety of children in the non-profit, academic, and school settings; and has over eight years of experience in developing, managing, and evaluating social, health, and education programmes and research projects. Nicole is the Research/Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator, and the Project Coordinator for the Digital Superheroes Academy at Baan Dek Foundation in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Baan Dek Foundation is a Thai-registered NGO that provides access to critical health, education, and protection services for more than 1,000 vulnerable children every year. In 2017, Baan Dek Foundation partnered with MIT Solve and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to create the Digital Superheroes Academy, an educational app that teaches life skills, in the form of ‘superpowers’, to vulnerable children living in underserved communities.
Jim Gillespie is Chief Executive of Kibble Group, a charity providing specialist services for young people at risk and a leading social enterprise. He brings vast senior management and director level experience in strategic leadership to Kibble, along with comprehensive skills in innovation and entrepreneurship.
In addition, Jim has extensive experience of providing consultancy on policy development and implementation to governments in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Jim is also an active contributor to the Scottish Leaders’ initiative, which focuses on business transformation, leadership and empowerment.
In 2006, Jim was awarded a Butler Trust Award by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne and he has recently completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Jim will lead Kibble in the years to come as it considers its strengths in existing markets and looks at ways to potentially develop new services and enter into new markets.
Jim firmly believes that staying strong to Kibble’s mission and values will be a key feature in the organisation’s development, outcomes and sustainability for the generations ahead.
Ben is an economist, environmentalist and social entrepreneur. He has founded several businesses and charities and worked for six years at the New Zealand Treasury. Ben co-founded Conscious Consumers while working at the Treasury, and has grown the social enterprise to a thriving New Zealand movement with over 20,000 consumer members, 550 retail stores and 150 suppliers. His vision is a world where consumers and businesses work together for the good of people and the planet. He has recently moved to the UK with his family to launch the world-changing idea here. Ben has unveiled the new name and new brand - CoGo - on stage on the first day of the Forum.
Nick joined the Thomson Reuters Foundation in January 2011 to help manage the TrustLaw team, and relocated to Johannesburg in 2013 to spearhead the Foundation's activities across Africa where he was Head of African Programmes. He returned to London in 2016 and is now Director of the TrustLaw service, overseeing TrustLaw’s strategy and activities around the world. Nick also designed and led the TrustLaw Index of Pro Bono, a global tool that maps trends in pro bono and benchmarks engagement levels around the world. Nick has a special focus on social innovation and the social economy and designed and leads TrustLaw’s Social Enterprise and Impact Investing legal training courses. He also leads the Foundation’s work on slavery in supply chains, looking after the Stop Slavery Awards and developing other tools designed to help promote transparency in supply chains and operations. Prior to joining the Foundation, Nick worked as a lawyer specialising in finance and banking law in the London and Chicago offices of Mayer Brown, an international law firm. He also worked in the Transaction Execution team within the Debt Capital Markets division at the Royal Bank of Scotland, focussing on Emerging Market transactions.
As part of the Employment and Social Development department, Janet Goulding brings over 25 years of public service policy, program, and operational experience to her current role as Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for income security and social development.
Janet provides leadership at the federal level on income security (Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security program), senior’s issues, homelessness and social innovation.
Her portfolio is responsible for leading the development of social policies and programs that improve outcomes for vulnerable populations and communities who are facing social and economic challenges. Much of this work is horizontal in nature, cutting across ministerial, provincial/territorial and municipal responsibilities.
Janet has a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree with a Major in Law and a Concentration in Criminology from Carleton University. She also holds a Certificate in Public Sector Management and Governance from the University of Ottawa.
Pauline has been at the helm of Social Firms Scotland for 10 years, although her work in the social economy spans 18 years. Pauline is also a director of Ready for Business Procurement LLP, which has delivered the Scottish Government's Developing Markets for Third Sector Providers' Programme. Through this, Pauline has worked with the Scottish procurement and commissioning community to support social value in commissioning approaches and promote new service delivery models. She has also supported a number of strategic Public Social Partnerships in Scotland across justice; mental health; community transport; social care, and employability for people in recovery. Pauline represents social enterprise on the Government's Procurement Supplier Group. She is a graduate of Glasgow Caledonian University and her career history includes marketing management within further education, community arts and regeneration.
Deborah has more than 20 years experience working in and on enterprises that aim to meet a social need in the UK and Canada. Lead roles include CEO & COO, Deborah is from a childcare background with BA in Business & Enterprise, MSc Entrepreneurial leadership. Owner of Shoogle Consultancy Ltd. currently working with a number of social enterprises, and local government. Outside work Deborah has daughters, dogs and horses, with a passion for equines she is an active member of the Scottish Endurance Riding Club.
Iain is Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland and previously led its predecessor programme, WRAP Scotland.
Zero Waste Scotland leads on the delivery of the Scottish Government’s Circular Economy strategy and other low carbon policy priorities and is at the forefront of efforts to create a resource efficient, circular economy.
Iain has more than 25 years’ experience in sustainable resource management, including initiating recycling systems in the public and third sectors. He is the current President of the Association of Cities and Regions for Sustainable Resource Management (ACR+) and he is a member of a number of Scottish Government strategic groups including the Economy and Environment Leaders Group, the Board of the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme and the Expert Panel on Environmental Charges. He was voted the ‘most influential person in the UK waste and resource efficiency sector’ in 2014 by Resource Magazine, and he was granted Fellowship of Chartered Institution of Wastes Management in 2016.
Lindsey is co-founder and CEO of the Real Ideas Organisation group, leading and managing the organisation to run its own social enterprise ventures and enable others, particularly young people to set up and run their own socially entrepreneurial activities, solving problems and building skills. Lindsey's track record in the public and private sectors as a social entrepreneur, thinker and leader have seen her set up and develop products and services across the creative, learning and education sectors. From building award-winning programmes in the UK to driving groundbreaking initiatives internationally, Lindsey has the experience and skills at management, board and executive level to steer social business ideas towards success.
Lindsey is a NESTA Cultural Leadership fellow, an INSEAD graduate, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Trustee of 15 Cornwall, member of Plymouth Growth Board and has recently been selected as one of the WISE100 social enterprise leaders.
Alex works on number of projects supporting innovation and enterprise for social impact. This includes Interim Director of the Yunus Social Business Centre at Griffith University, in Australia, and advisory services to the New Zealand Government. Alex also serves on the Boards of B Lab Australia and New Zealand, the NZ Advisory Board for Impact Investment, and is Chair of Pomegranate Kitchen - a social enterprise supporting former refugees. Up until the end of 2017, Alex was CEO of the Ākina Foundation, New Zealand's primary development organisation for social enterprise. 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). Alex holds a Masters of International Development with distinction from Victoria University of Wellington, where he also guest lectures on social enterprise.
Lill has worked at senior levels across the community, private and public sectors. In her current role, Lill plays a key leadership role within DEDJTR’s Employment, Investment and Trade group, with responsibilities including the development of economic and industry policy, management of strategic relationships across and outside government and leading a large multi-disciplinary workforce in a complex stakeholder environment. As Deputy Secretary, Lill oversaw the launch of the Jobs Victoria Employment Network, Victoria’s Social Enterprise Strategy and the establishment of the EIT Programs Centre. While at Regional Development Victoria, Lill led the development and implementation of Victoria’s regional strategic planning model, delivering an integrated long-term framework for policy and investment decisions across regional Victoria. Lill is an active member of the Public Engagement Committee of the Oxfam Australia Board and holds a Bachelor of Business, Banking and Finance, a Diploma of Youth Work, and Executive Fellows, ANZSOG.
Hon Peeni Henare is the Member of Parliament for Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) Māori electorate, and is of Ngāti Hine and Ngāpuhi descent.
He is the Minister for Community and Voluntary Sector, Minister for Whānau Ora, and Minister for Youth, as well as Associate Minister for Social Development. Prior to politics Peeni worked as a businessman, broadcaster and teacher.
Politics and public service is in his blood: his father was Erima Henare, who was head of the Māori Language Commission; his grandfather was Sir James Henare, a lieutenant colonel in the Māori Battalion, member of Te Rūnanga o te Tiriti o Waitangi (a committee of descendants of the chiefs who signed the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840), and Commander of the British Empire (CBE); and his great-grandfather Taurekareka (Tau) Henare was also a Member of Parliament, for the former electorate Northern Māori from 1914 to 1938.
Gerry is CEO at CEIS Group and a Director at the Social Value Lab, CEIS Ayrshire, DSL Business Finance, Social Enterprise UK and Social Enterprise World Forum CIC. Gerry has a BA in Education and a MA in Business Studies.
He brings many years’ experience in developing and running social enterprises and works with government agencies and third sector partners in the UK and internationally to develop 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 leads a team of over 50 people to deliver business support, employability services, project consultancy, social research, business finance and event management.
Gerry joined CEIS in 2006 having previously established Social Firms UK and he was one of the founding directors of the Social Enterprise UK. 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.
Mark is co-founder and chairman of Social Enterprise NL. Since 2012, the Dutch national network. Social Enterprise NL, supports its 350 member companies and has programmes to strengthen the ecosystems, especially activating national and local governments and stimulating impact investing. Mark has written four books on social enterprises and published a handful of white papers. He is a regular speaker at conferences, think tanks and in education. Mark studied economics at the University of Amsterdam and worked for 22 years for Accenture, the last years as a Managing Partner.
Helianti Hilman is the Founder and CEO of JAVARA INDONESIA. Believing in the future of Indonesia's food biodiversity to meet global healthy diets and explorative culinary experience, Helianti left her work as an Intellectual Property Rights lawyer and consultant in multi-sector rural economic development to establish JAVARA. As the frontrunner in promoting and delivering Indonesia's food biodiversity products to the global market, JAVARA is also known as the leading organic brand in Indonesia. In 2017, Javara was named as #1 Indonesia's Top Exotic Brand by SWA Magazine Indonesia. Helianti is one of Indonesia's most celebrated social entrepreneurs. She has been awarded EY Indonesia 2013 Social Entrepreneur of the Year and Schwab Foundation 2015 Social Entrepreneurs. In 2017, she was also named by Top 10 Asia as one of Indonesia's Top Social Entrepreneurs. Her work has been covered in many prominent media, including Channel News Asia, Guardian UK and Forbes Indonesia. Helianti is also a notable speaker in various international forums, including at the Social Entrepreneurs World Forum 2017 in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Clive believes that conventional economic models are outmoded and that our society and environment can best be preserved when social enterprise becomes the preferred model for business. He is a passionate advocate for the values of social enterprise. After a career in education and civil society, Clive became a founding Director of Social Enterprise Solutions (UK) CIC, Blackpool’s first Community Interest Company. Its mission is to support and grow social enterprises. He became Social Enterprise Champion for Lancashire in 2011 and in 2015 gained the award for Outstanding Contribution to Lancashire Social Enterprises. Clive was accepted into the fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts because of his contribution to social enterprise and recently became an Honorary Fellow of Social Enterprise UK. After election to the Council of Social Enterprise UK in 2009, Clive campaigned for the creation of Social Enterprise Places, which would demonstrate the practical benefits of social enterprise in action. Having endorsed the concept, Social Enterprise UK announced Alston Moor as the world’s first Social Enterprise Place in 2012. Since then, many more Social Enterprise Places have been identified in the UK and elsewhere in the world. Clive is the Ambassador for Social Enterprise Places and a permanent member of the assessment panel. The initiative has generated unexpected benefits and continues to gather momentum.
Celia believes that we need to seek sustainable ways to address Period Poverty in the UK that are not reliant on the government. She and her daughters set up Hey Girls CIC - a Buy One Give One Sanitary Pad social enterprise - with the aim of providing an alternative shopping experience for those wishing to make a difference with the items they purchase for themselves knowing that their actions have made a difference to a girl or young woman in the UK. A Board Member of Social Investment Scotland and the Social Enterprise Academy International and having spent over a decade in the social enterprise support space with Social Enterprise UK, Eastern Enterprise Hub and School for Social Entrepreneurs Australia, Celia felt it was time to build a very focused menstrual health enterprise that could make a social impact from day one, by doing business for good committed to buying services from other social enterprises and ethical suppliers along the way.
Jaison’s career in the international bicycle and personal mobility industry spans 30 years. From his beginnings as a bicycle mechanic and bike shop owner, Jaison then moved to international management roles in product development and bike share. Working with leading manufacturers and operators, Jaison gained a reputation for delivering innovation in both product and process for bike share and other last-mile solutions. Jaison has consulted internationally for local and state governments, and NGOs including the Asian Development Bank. In 2015 Jaison joined Australian social enterprise Good Cycles as CEO. With a focus on developing opportunities for transitional employment through innovation and disruption in the mobility space, Good Cycles uses the simple bicycle to not only engage and empower but to provide unique employment pathways for young people.
Peter Holbrook became CEO of Social Enterprise UK in January 2010.
Social Enterprise UK is the national trade body for social enterprise and represents a wide range of social enterprises, regional and national support networks and other related organisations. SEUK works to promote social enterprise as a model for changing both business and society.
SEUK inform the policy agenda, continue to influence the political agenda, promote the benefits of social enterprise through the media, campaigns and events, and undertake research to expand the social enterprise evidence base.
Peter has established, developed and supported hundreds of diverse social enterprises over his career. He has advised government taskforces in the UK and overseas and chaired the Social Enterprise World Forum, the global network of social businesses until 2015.
Peter has previously worked for Oxfam, Greenpeace and various disability charities. He has experience of working in overseas development, community development and public health. Peter started his career with Marks and Spencer PLC and also spent several years with Body Shop International.
He was appointed a CBE in 2015.
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 pubic 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 Big Lottery Fund to deliver the current Scottish Land Fund (2016-2020) on behalf of Scottish Government.
Sandra lives on the family croft in Wester Ross and is a director of Am Bata, a social enterprise providing traditional boatbuilding training to young people.
Professor Diane Holt (BSc, MSc, PhD) joined Essex Business School in November 2013. Previously she held posts at Queen’s University Belfast (2007-2013) and Middlesex University Business School (1996-2007). She has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and conference papers in areas such as social entrepreneurship, hybrid businesses, green supply chain management, the role of business in development, sustainability discourse, and eco-preneuring.
She is the principal investigator on the ESRC funded Trickle Out Africa Project (2011 – present) which considers the impact of social and environmental enterprises on poverty alleviation and sustainable development across the 19 countries of Southern and Eastern Africa. The online Trickle Out Directory now lists over 2000 social purpose ventures. She is also the UK host of a Newton Advanced Fellowship with Dr Silvia Pinheiro from Brazil on "Inclusion and formalization of Amazonian informal entrepreneurs into MNC value chains - mechanisms, partnerships and impacts."
She is a member of the ESRC peer review college, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the British Council social science funding panel.
In January 2018, Julian was appointed to the new position of Chief Procurement Officer, Corporate Tier, Johnson & Johnson based in New Jersey. This role leads all of Procurement’s Centers of Excellence including; Supplier Diversity, Supplier Sustainability, Supplier Risk Management, Strategy & Performance Management and Leadership Development. The Corporate Tier is responsible for architecting advanced capabilities, new processes and leveraging digital technologies. He will enable J&J Procurement to be a leader in innovation, ‘Social Impact through Procurement’ and will help develop the next generation of Procurement Leadership.
Prior to this, Julian served as Global Chief Procurement Officer for Johnson & Johnson’s Consumer Companies and has previously been responsible for the Global Marketing Category, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical business in EMEA and first joined Johnson & Johnson in 2005, in the Consumer sector, leading the Europe, Middle East and Africa Indirect Procurement.
Before joining Johnson & Johnson, Julian worked for the Mars Inc. business across a broad range of functions, Marketing, Sales, Supply Chain & Procurement including time living and working in Czech Republic. Julian holds Chemistry Degree from York University, UK. He and his family live near Princeton, NJ after moving to the US from the UK in 2012.
Joseph is a co-writer and personality on “The Social Shift." A Documentary for the Common Good. A team of three young people venture across the country to tell the story of impact-oriented business in Canada.
Currently, he works on the social enterprise development team at Common Good Solutions. Assisting social entrepreneurs to start, and expand their social purpose businesses. Joseph also coordinates a summer youth enterprise program, encouraging young people to expand their business knowledge while creating positive social impact.
Joseph believes the world can always be a better place, and business is a great tool to achieve that.
Mick Jackson is a serial entrepreneur, author and Ex Chart topping rock singer. He is also the founder of the WildHearts Group – a portfolio of companies committed to creating global social change. To date, WildHearts have transformed over 250,000 lives globally and invested over £6,000,000. WildHearts aims to transform one million lives by 2020.
Mick’s work has been recognised globally; he has received numerous honorary doctorates, was EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2016 and was voted Top Scot by the UK public (an honour he shares with JK Rowling and Sir Chris Hoy). In 2015, WildHearts was awarded Social Enterprise UK’s People Choice Award. Mick is the second only recipient of the highly prestigious Babson Social Innovation Award from the world’s top school in entrepreneurship.
Prof. Yih Jeng has been Chair of the Social Enterprise Development and Research Center since 2011. Areas of work include: research on theory and practices of social enterprises; implementation of social enterprise projects; counseling and companionship of social enterprises; and training programmes for social enterprises administrators.
Indy Johar is an architect, co-founder of 00 (project00.cc) and a Senior Innovation Associate with the Young Foundation and Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield.
Indy, on behalf of 00, has co-founded multiple social ventures from Impact Hub Westminster to Impact Hub Birmingham and the HubLaunchpad Accelerator, along with working with large global multinationals & institutions to support their transition to a positive Systems Economy. He has also co-led research projects such as The Compendium for the Civic Economy, whilst supporting several 00 explorations/experiments including the wikihouse.cc, opendesk.cc. Indy is an Advisor to the Earth Security Initiative and a director of WikiHouse Foundation.
Indy Johar is a co-founder of the Project00.cc Research Laboratory & Skunk Works.
Dark Matter labs aims to apply complex systems science to Urban & Regional Renewal; turning what is generally perceived as a threat of our time – spill-over effects across borders, boundaries and silos - into a resource to solve the wicked challenges society faces in the 21st century.
Dark Matter Laboratories utilises an experimentation method typical of a fieldwork scientific laboratory, we undertake real-world research and prototyping inorder to seed the next generation of 21st Century institutional infrastructure. We are currently working on a range of initiatives from developing a new class of System Change - Impact funds, to @Town_halls for Social Innovation, to the development of a new generation of Polytechnics, and the transformation of numerous existing institutions.
Indy is a Fellow of the RSA, Respublica Fellow, JRF Anti-Poverty Strategy Programme Advisory Group member and a member of the Mayor of London's SME Working Group and most recently a member of the RSA Inclusive Growth Commission.
Indy was Director of the Global Impact Hub Association and Impact Hub Islington [the original Impact Hub in the Hub Network] and worked with Jonathan Robinson to design the protocols and modes of the network scaling.
Indy has taught & lectured at various institutions from the University of Bath, TU-Berlin; Architectural Association, University College London, Princeton.
Indy has written for many national and international publications on the future of design, systems change and social investment.
Samantha is the Founder and CEO of Little Yellow Bird, a uniform company, providing their customers with complete transparency and their workers with ethical employment opportunities. Little Yellow Bird was founded in 2015 and now supplies over 150 organisations in New Zealand, Australia and the USA with their uniform requirements. Last year Little Yellow Bird generated 20,000 hours of fairtrade labour and saved over 12 million litres of water and 12,000kg of pesticides from being used by choosing to source organic and rain-fed cotton. Samantha's background is in Supply Chain Management and she served as a Logistics Officer in the Royal New Zealand Air Force for six years prior to setting up Little Yellow Bird. Samantha has a Masters in International Security, is an Edmund Hillary Fellow and was recognised as New Zealand's Young Innovator of the year in 2017.
Bob Keiller was appointed Chairman of Scottish Enterprise in January 2016. Hailing from the Scottish Borders, Bob has worked in the oil and gas industry since 1986.
In November 2012 he became CEO of Wood Group, an international energy services company with $7 billion (USD) sales, over 40,000 employees, and operations in more than 50 countries. Bob stepped down from Wood Group in December 2015.
Bob completed the $1 billion (USD) sale of PSN to Wood Group in April 2011. He was responsible for the creation of PSN by manufacturing a $280 million (USD) management buyout from Halliburton in 2006.
Bob has a Master of Engineering degree from Heriot-Watt University and is a chartered engineer. He was previously Chairman of the Offshore Contracting Association (OCA) and co-chair of the cross-industry trade body Oil and Gas UK.
Bob is former Chairman of the Entrepreneurial Exchange. Awarded Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 and 2008, he was also named Scottish Businessman of the Year in 2007 and Grampian Industrialist of the Year in 2008.
In 2011 Bob was voted “Scottish Male Business Leader of the Year” at the Scottish Leadership awards.
Alongside his non-executive role in Scottish Enterprise, Bob is providing mentoring and support for ambitious business leaders and Social Enterprises. He also has a busy calendar of public speaking engagements
Bob is married with three children and lives in Aberdeen.
He was awarded a CBE in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Mike is the Chief Financial Officer at CGS, and works to provide budget oversight and project management services for the development and implementation of business plans.
He understands the importance of tri-sector fluency in developing innovative and impactful social change, and draws upon his fifteen years of experience working across the public, private, and third sectors. Recognitions of his ongoing community leadership include the 2016 Acadia University Outstanding Young Alumni Award and the 2015 Premier’s Innovation Award.
Mike is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Masters of Professional Accounting from the University of Saskatchewan. He is currently working on a PhD in Sociology & Social Policy.
Nigel is Chair of The Big Issue Group (TBIG). He joined in 1994, subsequently becoming its MD, then Group Chair, before going on to become the first CEO of Big Issue Invest. TBI is one of the world’s most successful and best-known social enterprises. More than 200m copies of the magazine have been sold in the UK by street vendors, inspiring over 100 similar publications around the world. Big Issue Invest is creating a ‘social merchant bank’. It currently manages or advises on £185m of social funds – from its innovative lending programmes, regulated investment funds and advising on pioneering retail impact funds to potentially improving access to credit and financial services for 3.4m social housing tenants by adding rent data to credit files.
Previous to TBI, Nigel founded three printing and publishing social enterprises. He trained as a lithographic printer and gained his Diploma in Printing Production at the London College of Printing where he later became Chair of the Board of Governors. Nigel is a Social Enterprise UK ‘Champion of Champions’ and winner of the Institute of Directors’ Good Enterprise Award. In 2010, he was awarded an OBE for services to Social Enterprise.
Faraz is CEO & Co-founder of SEED Ventures. A UK-based Pakistani social entrepreneur, investor, published author and public speaker, Faraz is regarded as a leading authority on social entrepreneurship and believes in bringing a positive change in the society with forward-thinking business models that allow him to fulfil a personal commitment to improving the lives of people in the UK, Pakistan and beyond. Faraz is a visiting professor at university of St.Mary's London UK in the field of social enterprise and innovation and part of the British Council Pakistan Social Entrepreneurship Programme.
Faraz has been appointed as a member of Catalyst UKTI, and sits on the Advisory Board of All Party Parliamentary Group for Entrepreneurship (APPGE)-UK Parliament and member Atlantic Council US. advises governments, corporates, investors and startups on entrepreneurial eco-systems and social enterprise development. Faraz has been nominated as one of the 100 senior leaders from 53 commonwealth countries in HRH Duke of Edinburgh Commonwealth leadership programme. He has also been nominated as Future Leader of the Year by Power 100 UK and nominated by the Asia Society to represent Pakistan in Young Leaders Conference.
Dr Amanda Kiessel is a co-founder of Good Market, a platform for a 21st-century economy that is good for people and good for the planet. Amanda is originally from the United States, but has been living and working in Asia since 1999. She has a PhD in Environmental Studies, a Masters in Sustainable International Development, and a degree in Biology with a speciality in ecotoxicology. Her academic research has focused on ecological and social change in complex adaptive systems. Before Good Market, she spent nearly 15 years working with local organisations on agroecology and sustainable food systems, organisational change, and social enterprise development. Amanda is an Ashoka Fellow.
Dr. In-sun Kim is the president of KoSEA (Korea Social Enterprise Promotion Agency), which was established under Article 20 of the Social Enterprise Promotion Act under the control of the Ministry of Employment and performs duties of fosterage and promotion of social enterprises in Korea.
She has more than 14 years’ experience in social enterprise. Dr.Kim was the Chairperson of the Committee on Social Economy of the Presidential Committee on Job Creation from December, 2017 to July, 2018 and worked as Head of the Dongbu Center for Women’s Development by the Seoul Metropolitan Government from 2014~2018.
From 2010~2012 she was Standing Representative of the Korea Central Council of Social Enterprise. From 2007~2014 she was the CEO of social enterprise, Make the Future. From 2004~2014, she worked as Standing Director & Chairperson of the Board of the Woman’s Job & Future
She received Ph.D. in Business Administration, Korea Aerospace University, Gyeonggi Province and M.A. in Economics, Graduate School of Labor & Industrial Relations, Soongsil University, Seoul, after graduating Ewha Womans University in Seoul.
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 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.
Jamie commenced employment with Haven Products/Momentum Skills/Rehab Group in September 2013. An Hons graduate in Economics, Jamie has worked in senior roles in both the private and third sectors spending several years in Scotland, Germany and Switzerland. In 2012 Jamie was invited to become a member of the Scottish Government's Advisory Group for Supported Businesses, which meets quarterly in the Scottish Parliament. Married with twin boys, away from work Jamie enjoys outdoor activities and plays an active role coaching at a local youths sport club.
David LePage is engaged with social enterprise in multiple roles. He is Managing Partner of Buy Social Canada and Executive Director of Community Impact Real Estate. Through Accelerating Social Impact CCC he provides social enterprise consulting, promotes a supportive public policy environment and advises impact investors.
He is a founding partner of the Social Enterprise Institute, SEI. He serves on several Board of Directors, including the Social Enterprise World Forum, SEWF and the Social Enterprise Council of Canada. He is a Program Adjunct for the University of Fredericktown MBA in Social Enterprise Leadership.
Hailing originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Mikey spent his university years discovering the richness of human story through the twin lenses of journalism and anthropology.
After leaving Canada in his early 20s, he spent over a decade exploring vast corners of Australia, South and East Asia, letting the world be his classroom. All the while he told stories with the pen, the microphone, and the camera, which eventually led to his current passion for film-making.
Mikey eventually settled down in Sydney to start both his family and social enterprise Digital Storytellers. He’s a proud father to Jasper and Arlen, husband to Belinda and while he looks forward to meeting you, he can’t wait to get back home to his family soon (that’s a tip to ask me about my kids! :)
Digital Storytellers is a purpose-driven film-making agency. Our vision is a peaceful and deeply connected world where people, prosperity and planet are in harmony for the benefit of future generations. Our mission is to co-create that world using the power of storytelling - by telling, and supporting others to tell stories which inspire a flourishing world.
Let’s change the world together, using the power of storytelling.
Graham’s multi-faceted experience and contacts in business have helped him develop a unique approach to the creation of sustainable, social business models. His model has recently been utilised in the creation of the first social purpose business in Canada that addresses a 30-year-old problem - the recycling of child car safety seats. Graham’s core mandate involves ensuring that planet earth is healthy for future generations and exploring ways to make this necessity a real possibility. Secondary to this mandate is Graham's priority of providing sustainable and meaningful employment for people who have barriers to employment, be they mental health, physical or social stigmas, such as a criminal record. For example, Graham was the creator of the social enterprise, Klink Coffee, designed to assist with the reintegration of former offenders into the workforce, thus highlighting the value of “human capital”. Graham is currently engaged in what is proving to be the most sustainable model created to date. This model deals with the enormous problem of the disposal of expired or damaged child car seats. Up until 2017, these seats went directly to landfill; but now, through forward-thinking initiatives and creative partnerships, Graham has created a sustainable business model with clear and positive environmental impacts, including the creation of sustainable employment for people who face barriers in the work world.
Dave is an innovator, social entrepreneur, thought leader, mentor of social enterprises, motivational speaker and the founder and executive director of award-winning Madlug C.I.C. which was listed as one of the 50 New Radicals 2016 for innovation and social impact by Nesta UK and The Guardian. Prior to beginning his journey with Madlug, Dave was a youth worker for over 20 years, and for the past two years, he has also become heavily involved in mentoring and raising awareness of social enterprises.
Following a hugely successful crowdfunding campaign with Madlug over the summer of 2017, Dave was given the opportunity to have brunch with Sir Richard Branson in what was a great opportunity to share the story of Madlug with a global business leader. Dave is extremely passionate about using Madlug to influence a new young generation of social entrepreneurs.
Josiah is an experienced social entrepreneur leading social enterprises in both Scotland and the US. He currently serves as Chief Executive of Firstport, Scotland’s social enterprise start-up support agency, which helps an average of 3-4 social entrepreneurs start up or grow their business every day. Prior to Firstport, Josiah helped a number of enterprises through transition including leading the Grassmarket Community Project through its start-up years, and most recently oversaw the rescue of Gorgie City Farm, where he led a successful crowdfunding campaign raising £100k in under six weeks, propelling the much loved social enterprise to one of the busiest attractions in Edinburgh. Josiah is also a Committee Member of the Scottish Land Fund, which supports communities to acquire and manage land and land assets, and has served on the boards of a development trust and a grocery retail cooperative.
Eric Lombardi has been working at the cutting-edge of the Zero Waste and Social Enterprise Movements across the world since the mid-90's. His working mission has been to transform the "waste management" industry into a resource management industry. Eric was a national spokesperson for the first Zero Waste organisation in the USA (1997) and was a co-founder of the Zero Waste International Alliance (2002). Eric was invited to the Clinton White House in 1998 as one of the Top 100 USA Recyclers and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colorado Association For Recycling. From 1989-2014, he turned a small non-profit into the largest zero waste social enterprise in America (www.Ecocycle.org ) and is now the President of Zero Waste Strategies Inc. and a strategic advisor to Eco-Cycle International.
Lisa Lowthers is a Social Enterprise Developer and Coach for Common Good solutions Inc. Lisa has invested the last 30 years in community development in Nova Scotia.
Through facilitation, training and counselling she helps people envision and build business models that create a better world one organization. She is a certified adult educator and an internationally certified small business counsellor.
Severin is an experienced development finance professional.
He has worked extensively across Sub-Saharan Africa including in Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and Ghana. Severin is the Department for International Development’s Impact Investing Lead and is responsible for the £25m Impact Programme which focuses on developing Impact Investing structures across emerging markets.
Prior to his work at DFID, Severin has worked on with increasing financial inclusion by supporting large financial institutions to develop their retail offer. He has investment experience at a private equity fund and as part of a development finance institution, having worked on deals in Sub-Saharan Africa worth more than $50m.He has also worked in the City of London as an Analyst focused on mobile financial services.
Karen Lynch has been the CEO of the social enterprise Belu Water since 2011, having previously pursued a corporate career in media and finance. Under Karen’s leadership, Belu launched a new business model focused on exemplifying environmental standards in the industry and pledging to donate all profits to WaterAid. Belu offers the most ethical choice in water service from bottled mineral water to filtration and reusable bottles and carafes. Belu's income is all from trading and to date the business has passed over £3 million to WaterAid, transforming over 200,000 lives with access to safe water and sanitation. With Karen at the helm, the company has been recognised with many awards. Most notably in 2017, The Queen’s Award in the Sustainable Development category for championing the environmental benchmark in the sector, innovative design and achieving 100% Carbon Neutrality to the British Standard of PAS 2060.
Mairi leads the British Council’s portfolio of creative and social enterprise programmes, seeking to develop more inclusive and sustainable economies and societies through innovative, cross-sectoral approaches that draw on UK and international expertise in creative and social enterprise. Prior to that Mairi led the British Council’s Global Social Enterprise Programme across 30 countries. The programme provides aspiring and existing social entrepreneurs with skills training, consultancy, and investment opportunities. The programme also supports policy leaders to create ecosystems in which social enterprise and social investment can thrive.
Previously Mairi served as Head of Greater China for Scottish Development International (SDI), developing trade and investment opportunities for Scotland. Before that she developed and managed GlobalScot – an internationally recognised business network of global influencers and CEOs. She holds a 1st class honours degree in Business Management and a PhD in Collaboration and Economic Development from the University Of Strathclyde Graduate School Of Business.
Eoghan Mackie is a former corporate lawyer and founder of the Challenges group of social enterprises. Headquartered in Edinburgh, Challenges have supported over 3,000 enterprises in 53 countries, now with permanent regional offices in West, East and Southern Africa. Eoghan has 19 years' international development and social enterprise experience, with direct personal experience in 24 countries. Over time, he has built up a significant global network of private sector development colleagues and clients with experience of supporting individual contracts from £50,000 to £80 million and of working on programmes often in the multi-million pound bracket. Eoghan is now driving work in Scotland to unlock market access into Africa for Scottish-based social enterprises.
Malcolm Maclean is an arts producer and social entrepreneur based in the Outer Hebrides. Originally a visual artist and teacher he co-founded Scotland’s first Gaelic arts centre, An Lanntair in Stornoway, and went on to lead Scotland’s national Gaelic arts agency, Proiseact Nan Ealan for 25 years. There he established a dozen social enterprises including the award-winning Ceolas summer school on South Uist and the national festivals association Feisean Nan Gaidheal. Malcolm’s producer credits include The St Kilda Opera, which won the Scottish Event of the Year award, and the international touring exhibition, An Leabhar Mor/The Great Book of Gaelic. Appointed Chair of UNESCO Scotland in 2013, he also chaired the organising committee for the UNESCO Conference on Remote Access to World Heritage. He is currently a special adviser to Ionad Hiort, the remote access St Kilda centre being developed in Uig on the Isle of Lewis.
Karina is the Legal Services Manager at Senscot Legal. Karina has been within Senscot Legal since it began. Her background is within the legal sector. Within Senscot Legal, Karina is responsible for running it as a paralegal firm that operates as a social enterprise. Senscot Legal Ltd is based in Glasgow, and provides quality, affordable legal advice to the wider third sector in Scotland. Its mission is “to provide bespoke legal service support to enable organisations to enhance their capacity and sustainability in order to achieve their aims and objectives for the benefit of the communities in which they work." Senscot Legal provides a specialist centre offering quality, affordable legal advice and support to the social enterprise, voluntary and wider third sector in Scotland. Senscot Legal provides advice and assistance in relation to business models, start-up advice, governance, charity law, employment law, property/leases, contracts, dispute resolution and intellectual property.
Mark is Head of Policy and Enterprise for the Kibble Group. Kibble is one of Scotland’s oldest charities and a leading social enterprise that supports young people to reach their full potential through an integrated array of services. Mark is an advisor to Kibble on its policy and strategy as the organisation looks at ways to develop new services and enter into new markets. Mark also has a background in politics and is the former Leader of Renfrewshire Council, stepping down from that Council in 2017. During his time as Leader he was a driving force behind the economic development of the west of Scotland and was at the forefront of the creation of the Glasgow City Region City Deal and Paisley’s Bid to be UK City of Culture in 2021. He was awarded the Scottish Local Politician of the Year in 2016.
Sally Magnusson is an award-winning broadcaster and writer, based in Glasgow.
She has worked on a range of BBC programmes, including Sixty Minutes, Breakfast News, Daily Politics and Panorama, and is currently a lead presenter of the flagship Scottish news programme Reporting Scotland. She is the author of ten books.
Her bestselling memoir about her mother, Where Memories Go: Why Dementia Changes Everything, has been credited with improving knowledge and understanding of this widespread brain condition. Out of that experience she founded the personal music for dementia charity Playlist for Life, which she chairs. Her first novel, The Sealwoman’s Gift, was published in February 2018 and she is working on the next.
Helene’s background is in marketing & communications and she worked in a range of creative agencies in France, the UK and NZ, including London-based social change PR firm Forster.
She joined the Akina Foundation in 2014 to design and deliver NZ’s first social enterprise accelerator programme that saw 11 ventures graduate at the end of the 6-months intensive programme.
Helene then stepped into the role of Project Director for the 2017 Social Enterprise World Forum and spent two years leading the team that designed and delivered what became the largest Social Enterprise World Forum ever, with over 1600 delegates hosted over a week in the city of Christchurch.
Helene joined the SEWF Board in August 2017. In the meantime, and on the back of hosting the event in Christchurch, Helene will be actively building on the legacy of SEWF 2017. As Global Relationship Director at Akina, Helene will lead or facilitate conversations, collaborations and partnerships that will enable the next stages of growth for the NZ social enterprise sector.
Helene has also recently joined Conscious Consumers, a social enterprise that connects conscious consumers to businesses that want to make a positive difference in the world. She is the Head of Brand and supporting the team ahead of the upcoming expansion to the UK.
Marie Marin is founding CEO of one of the most successful social enterprise organisations in Northern Ireland. Employers For Childcare
encompasses a trading company and a registered charity, the aim of which is to make it easier for working parents by addressing childcare as a labour market and an economic issue. Employers For Childcare Trading Limited administers the only Social Enterprise Childcare Voucher scheme in the UK - an employee benefit, which saves parents and employers millions of pounds annually.
100% of the profit made from the social enterprise is donated to fund the work of the charity, which since 2008, has totaled £5.2 million.
The charity provides support, information and advice on all aspects of childcare and work related issues including financial help towards the cost of childcare.
Marie has led the company’s transformation from a small grant dependent community based gender equality project to a sustainable self-financing business which this year celebrates a decade of being completely self-funded through a range of commercial activities. Marie is committed to raising the awareness of the importance of combining business acumen with a social conscience. Over the last ten years, she has facilitated engagement between Social Entrepreneurs and Government representatives across the UK. In 2012 she led a consortium of 12 organisations to establish ‘Social Enterprise NI’. In 2013, Marie received an OBE for her services to social enterprise.
Chris is Managing Director of Callander Youth Project Trust and started working with the charity seven years ago. Chris is a social entrepreneur who has a background in both formal and informal education. Chris studied English Literature at the University of Dundee and subsequently completed a second degree in Community Learning and Development whilst managing his own business. Chris has received national acclaim for his work at the youth project including being recognised with a number of high profile awards including Exceptional Employee at the 2016 Scottish Charity Awards, as well as being named 2017 Social Entrepreneur of the Year. Chris has led transformational change at the project and developed a number of innovative social enterprises including taking a failing hotel and turning into the 5 star Callander Hostel that employs young people who are furthest removed from the labour market. The hostel has welcomed over 20,000 visitors in the last four years and trained 18 young people who otherwise wouldn’t be in positive destinations.
Rachael is an experienced, dynamic leadership and management professional and a strategic advisor to the Social Enterprise World Forum. She leads a consultancy business operating across the UK and Ireland, and is the driving force behind a UK children’s charity which she founded in 2015.
Strongly motivated by the need to address the inequality experienced by children affected by Kawasaki Disease, which is the leading cause of acquired heart disease in children in the western world, today she also chairs the UK Steering Group for Kawasaki Disease – a group of national leaders in health and health influencers, driving change for children.
For four years she led the Strengthening Communities Directorate within Highlands and Islands Enterprise and her work demonstrably both strengthened the evidence base for social enterprise and raised the profile of both community and social enterprise as a powerful contributor to Scotland’s economy and resilience as a nation. She was responsible for the leadership of a portfolio of several hundred account managed social and community enterprises across Scotland, the Scottish Land Fund and Community Broadband Scotland – both of these national programmes being established during her tenure of this post. In this role she catalysed a partnership for, and led, the first ever national census of Scottish social enterprises; and her work directly shaped critical legislation impacting the Scottish social economy including the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 and the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014.
Her work with the SEWF embraces aspects of strategic planning and organisational growth, supporting the securing of the first major term sponsorship agreement, working with the SEWF Founder Gerry Higgins.
As a company Director, she supports government organisations in their growth, policy development and in the proactive management of organisational change.
Lynn is an independent consultant in Scottish social housing and social impact. She currently specialises in interim management at housing associations, which have been required to improve. She has been the interim chief officer at two of these community organisations operating in areas of multiple deprivation and which were subject to regulatory intervention. Lynn's career has included being a senior officer in a local authority and in housing associations. When working for the Scottish Government, she was the head officer for the inspection of housing and homelessness services of Local Authorities and Housing Associations throughout Scotland. As CEO of Cube Housing Association, she led a business transformation, which delivered innovative improvements in homes and services. Cube HA and Glasgow Housing Association formed the Wheatley Housing Group, the largest landlord in Scotland. Lynn is a former Chairperson and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland and is Board Member of CEIS.
Chief Program Officer Carrie McKellogg is responsible for advising REDF’s venture philanthropy and impact lending teams on strategic direction for their investments as well as overseeing REDF's expansion into communities across the USA. Whether testing for optimal combinations of employment and services, identifying social enterprise models that can be scaled, or building partnerships with small and large employers, Carrie provides leadership that is fundamental to their success. After fifteen years in international policy and development, Carrie came to REDF in 2015 because of its clear mission focus and unique, market-based approach to supporting enterprises that create jobs for those who need them most. Inspired by core values that promote good communication and inclusion, she’s committed to using innovation to achieve REDF’s goals and ensure it remains a leader in the field. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Carrie also has an MA in International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. An avid traveler, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and playing the piano.
Neil has been Chief Executive of the Social Enterprise Academy for 10 years.
During this time, it has become the largest Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) Centre in Scotland, and has shared its model internationally, with partner hubs established in 10 countries including South Africa, Australia, Malawi, Malaysia, Pakistan, India and China. The Academy now supports over 3,000 people worldwide each year to develop their leadership and entrepreneurship.
Neil’s early career in the private sector led to an MBA at Stirling University where he developed the social enterprise he founded in 2004. Neil served on the board of Impact Arts, Scotland’s largest arts-based social enterprise and recently chaired the group creating the Social Enterprise Strategy for Edinburgh.
Emily Mnyayi is Head of Education at the Social Enterprise Academy. Her role is to lead the Academy’s engagement with education settings, key stakeholders and partners across Scotland. She supports the education team who deliver a practical, student-led social enterprise programme, offering transformative learning opportunities for young people of all abilities and backgrounds.
Emily’s interest in learning and supporting young people to fulfil their potential led to an early career as a primary teacher. She has worked as a CPD Facilitator for VSO and a Head Teacher in Malawi. She managed the schools and youth programmes for the Scotland Malawi Partnership before joining the Academy.
Tom has a BA in Theatre, Film, and Television Production from the University of Colorado in Denver, where he won a College Emmy for a web series he produced. He was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 30, which inspired him to find work with an organisation producing social impact. Tom joined Blue Star Recyclers in early 2017, and in 2018 he was promoted to launch and manage Blue Star’s new Digital Program in partnership with e-Stewards, which involves the refurbishment of computers and distribution to low income citizens. Tom also manages Blue Star’s social media platforms, and in early 2018 took on the management of a large, ongoing public education and awareness campaign.
Andres is the co-founder and managing director of Minca Ventures Ltd and Living in Minca and a Doctor in Social Enterprise and Social and Solidarity Economy. 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 includes journals and books. He has also designed and delivered a Social Enterprise MOOC Programme that reached out more than 40,000 beneficiaries in 180 countries.
Bill Morris co-founded Blue Star Recyclers in 2009 after discovering people with Autism and other disabilities possess innate talent for work tasks involving the recycling and refurbishing of electronics. Blue Star Recyclers is a nationally recognised social enterprise with a mission of creating jobs for people with disabilities through certified recycling of electronics. The fulfillment of their mission to date has created 40 jobs for people with disAbilities at their Colorado Springs, Denver, and Boulder, Colorado operations. In 2018, Blue Star began replicating its mission nationally and internationally. Bill was named Colorado Recycler of the Year, Colorado Springs Small Business Person of the Year, ARC Employer of the Year, and Finalist in the White House Champions of Change program. Blue Star Recyclers was most recently named Colorado’s 2017 Social Impact Business of the Year and 2016 Social Venture of the Year
Dawn has worked on Our Power from its earliest stages and has a strong background in social enterprise and public, private and voluntary organisations. Dawn has proven achievements in delivering business and social enterprise start-up and development; complex operations and organisational change; and significant income generation. Dawn has deep experience in the energy sector with a focus on retail supply and renewable generation. Dawn started her career as a community development worker.
Former CEO of the Chantier de l’économie sociale (1996-2015), Nancy Neamtan is presently a strategic advisor for CITIES and TIESS. CITIES is an international organisation cofounded by municipal governments, civil society actors and research institutes in Montreal, Barcelona, Seoul and Bilbao, dedicated to fostering knowledge transfer on best practices at an international level in the field of the social and solidarity economy. TIESS is a Quebec-wide centre for liaison and knowledge transfer in social innovation and the social and solidarity economy. Nancy is also associated with the Chantier de l’économie Trust, a social finance institution whose mission is to make capital accessible to social economy enterprises. Nancy has over thirty years' experience in the field of the social economy, social finance and community economic development. She is recognised nationally and internationally for her experience in the field and is the recipient of two honorary doctorates, as well as the Order of Canada and the Order of Quebec.
Collette Norval heads up the newly launched social start-up Social Stuff Ltd, creators of SQUAD. Based in Aberdeen, the social enterprise manufactures multifunctional performance snoods for sports supporters and outdoor enthusiasts across Scotland, with the aim of giving 100% of its profits to charities and good causes. Originally from Glasgow, Collette has always had an interest in entrepreneurship, particularly social enterprise. She has completed a number of entrepreneurially driven leadership programmes including the Hunter Leadership Programme and Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Saltire Internship Programme. Since launching in 2016, Social Stuff Ltd has produced SQUADs for several Scottish Premiership and English Championship football clubs including Aberdeen FC, Celtic FC and Preston North End. They also produce their high-quality snoods under license for the Scottish Football Association, Scotland Rugby, Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors, as well as manufacturing custom designs for internationals brands and charities such as CISCO, Northlink Ferries, and Kiltwalk.
Recent research shows that people who speak a second language can postpone the effects of dementia by up to five years. For these reasons Robbie founded Lingo Flamingo, a social enterprise that teaches foreign languages to older adults as an innovative way of tackling dementia and brain ageing. Robbie is passionate about empowering individuals and wanted to create an organisation that provides both stimulating and interactive activities. His goal is to show that it is never too late to learn and also to highlight the amazing cognitive benefits of lifelong learning.
Marcia has spent over 35 years teaching, researching, and practising community economic development. In 2001, she founded EMBERS, a social enterprise in Vancouver, Canada, aimed at creating employment opportunities for people marginalised by the mainstream. A long-time community advocate, Marcia’s leadership at EMBERS has helped thousands of people facing barriers to employment turn their lives around through the power of work. In 2008, Marcia launched EMBERS Staffing Solutions (ESS), an award-winning temporary staffing agency that provides short-term transitional jobs as a bridge to full-time employment, placing ex-offenders, former addicts, immigrants and others with employment barriers. A social enterprise, ESS is self-sustaining with profits going back to invest in the future of its workers through training and livable wages. Currently ESS employs 250 people daily. In 2017, ESS employed 1900 people paying $6 million in wages/benefits. Marcia has been recognised nationally for her passion and contributions to the social enterprise sector. In 2015, she won the prestigious RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award for Charitable Giving. The following year, she received the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for the Community Champion category. Most recently, Marcia won Business In Vancouver's 2017 Influential Women in Business Award, which recognises BC’s most outstanding business women. Prior to founding EMBERS, Marcia was editor/publisher of City Magazine, taught Community Economic Development at Simon Fraser University and authored the influential book, "No Place Like Home: Building Sustainable Communities" (1992), praised by David Suzuki as “A must read.”
Jan Olsson is Co-president of the Network European Regions and Cities for the Social Economy.
He is also a former member of EU Expert Group of Social Enterprise and former Vice president of Social Economy Europe.
June O'Sullivan MBE is Chief Executive of the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), a social enterprise which currently runs 37 nurseries across eleven London boroughs.
An inspiring speaker, author and regular media commentator on Early Years, Social Business and Child Poverty, June has been instrumental in achieving a major strategic, pedagogical and cultural shift for the award-winning London Early Years Foundation, resulting in increased profile, new childcare model and stronger social impact over the past ten years. As CEO and creator of the UK's leading childcare charity and social enterprise since 2006, June continues to break new ground in the development of LEYF's scalable social business model. She remains a tireless campaigner, looking for new ways to influence policy and make society a better place for all children and families. June is a champion of community-based, multi-generational early years education as the basis for greater social and cultural capital to deliver long-term social impact.
She continues to advise Governments as well as a range of organisations, academics and services at home and overseas about how best to implement a social enterprise vision for Early Years. June is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Director of Early Years Nutrition Partnership, Trustee of London Hostels Association. Director of Social Enterprise UK, Member of Sustain Children's Food Fund and Founding Member of International Early Years. She has recently joined the Mayor's Advisory Skills Board. June was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday honours in 2013 for her services to London's children.
She won the Social Enterprise UK Women's Champion Award in November 2014 and in February 2015 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Middlesex. In 2016, she was named one of the 500 influential People in the UK by Debretts. In 2017, she was delighted to receive the Most Influential Person In Early Years Award and joined the top 10 WISE women.
June is a published author, with an MA in Primary & Early Childhood Studies and MBA from London South Bank University.
Duncan specialises in contracting and procurement for public sector projects, and has extensive experience in advising on EU procurements and competition regulation compliance, best value requirements, alternative business models, outsourcing and state aid matters. He advises on all types of major procurements and works for a wide range of public sector bodies including local authorities, NHS Boards and schools. Accredited as a specialist in public procurement law by The Law Society of Scotland, he is Chair of the Procurement Lawyers’ Association and a member of the Policy Committee of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI). MacRoberts is a longstanding supporter of social enterprise and the SEWF, and Duncan has spoken at previous events in Christchurch, Milan and Rio.
Jan is a highly regarded social entrepreneur, innovator, influencer and author who has spent the past 25 years growing Australia's youth, social enterprise and innovation sectors. In 2012, Jan was named Australia's inaugural Australian Financial Review and Westpac Woman of Influence; in 2014 she received the Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from the University of Sydney; and was awarded membership to the Order of Australia in 2000.
She is the author of Every Childhood Lasts a Lifetime (1996) and The Future Chasers (2014).
Jan is the CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians and YLab, the global youth futures lab. Her lifelong mission is to unleash the potential of young people to lead positive change in the world.
David is from Glasgow, Scotland with a career that has focused on developing multi-disciplinary services for young offenders. He works full time as Team Manager at Newcastle Youth Offending Team in the North East of England.
In 2013 he founded The Skill Mill Limited – an award-winning Social Enterprise dedicated to the employment of young ex-offenders by providing environmental maintenance services – with teams established and developing across the UK, Europe and USA.
More recently he has co-founded E-dible a Social Enterprise which tackles food waste in innovative and creative ways and aims to provide training and employment opportunities for disadvantaged groups
Adele is a Yawuru and Bunuba social entrepreneur from Australia, with extensive experience working across the public and private sectors. Adele runs her own company in partnership with her sister Cara called Yum Yum & Delicious Pty Ltd and a Not For Profit, Saltwater Country, whilst developing the Foundation for Young Australian's Indigenous Strategy. Adele specialises in Indigenous engagement and communications, social procurement, reconciliation, Indigenous retention and recruitment, and events. Adele doesn't believe in just talking, she believes in action and sees integrity as a non-negotiable.
One of Australia’s pioneering social entrepreneurs, Matt is helping to shape regional and rural Australia through igniting entrepreneurship in young people and their communities. Matt started his first social enterprise in 1993 at the age of 23, working with ‘at risk’ young people in wilderness settings. His passion and drive for positive social outcomes saw him receive the prestigious Young Australian of the Year Award in 1996. Motivated by a desire to create prosperous, healthy, thriving communities, in 2016 as co-founder and CEO of the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE), Matt led a $2.5M community buy-back of the Old Beechworth Gaol - a neglected Australian heritage icon famed for its connection to Ned Kelly and the Kelly Gang and located in Matt’s hometown. The site is being re-purposed as an exemplar of social enterprise, impact investment and rural rejuvenation through community-owned assets. In partnership with Scotland’s world-leading Social Enterprise Academy, ACRE operates the Social Enterprise Academy Australia, centred on supporting young people and communities to build sustainable enterprises and achieve greater social impact.
Aidan joined Senscot in 2001 and is responsible for coordinating Senscot's activities on a day to day basis. In particular, Aidan has overseen the development of new services and setting up of new initiatives. Working with others these have included Scotland UnLtd, DTA Scotland, the Social Enterprise Academy, Firstport, Senscot Legal, the SE Voluntary Code of Practice and, more recently, the Scottish Community Re:Investment Trust (SCRT). Aidan also convened the SE Vision Steering Group which coordinated the sector’s contribution to the SE Strategy for Scotland in 2016.
Adam Pillsbury is the Global Stakeholder Manager for the British Council’s Global Social Enterprise programme, directing its communications, marketing and insights strategy across 30 countries.
A communications professional with more than 20 years of work experience in Asia, Europe and North America, Adam previously served as communications manager for the British Council’s Climate Change programme, as a magazine and business newsletter editor, and as the co-founder of Immersion Guides, an independent publisher of books and maps about China.
Maureen Porch, CEIS Group Chair
Maureen has been Chair of CEIS since May 2014, having joined the Board in August 2012. She left the post of Head of Regeneration at North Lanarkshire Council in June 2011 after almost 20 years in Lanarkshire in a variety of roles. Her responsibilities at NLC included town centre regeneration, property development, European and Lottery funding, business support development and community planning. She also led a number of high profile initiatives addressing social and economic exclusion in the area.
From the early 1990s she led the design and implementation of policy and development structures to support the growth of the social economy in Lanarkshire. She has also represented Local Authorities on a number of national fora developing employability initiatives in Scotland. Prior to joining local government Maureen worked in publishing in both the private and third sectors.
Jonathon, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, is an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development. Established in 1996, Forum for the Future is now the UK’s leading sustainable development charity. The Forum has a growing presence in the United States, India, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. In addition Jonathon is a Non-Executive Director of Willmott Dixon Holdings, a Trustee of Ashden, and a Director of Collectively (an online platform celebrating sustainable innovation). He was formerly Director of Friends of the Earth and co-chair of the Green Party. As Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission until 2009, he spent nine years providing high-level advice to Government Ministers. Jonathon was installed as Chancellor of Keele University in February 2012. Recent books are ‘Capitalism As If The World Matters’ (2007) and ‘The World We Made’ (2013) - which seeks to inspire people about the prospects of a sustainable world in 2050. Jonathon received a CBE in January 2000 for services to environmental protection.
Dai Powell is the Chief Executive of HCT Group, a large-scale, award-winning social enterprise in the transport industry, operating transport and training services from more than a dozen depots across London, Yorkshire, the southwest, the northwest and the Channel Islands. Dai has been Chief Executive since 1993, leading the organisation as it has grown by more than a hundredfold – from a small community transport provider into a national social enterprise. Dai won the 2015 Ernst and Young UK Social Entrepreneur of the Year award and the 2012 Social Enterprise UK Social Enterprise Leader of the Year award. He is a board member of Big Society Capital and a trustee of Power to Change. He holds a Level 3 Vocational Certificate in the use of Industrial Explosives and an honorary PhD in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Northampton. Dai was awarded an OBE in 2006 for services to disabled people.
Upasana is a leading sustainable fashion business, located in Auroville, Tamil Nadu in southern India.
Uma combines handloom, natural indigo, Organic cotton based medicinal textiles in her contemporary designs. Her collections are designed to empower farmers, weavers, dyers and other craft communities across India. Upasana also promotes ‘desi cotton’ in her collections to support indigenous seed movement in India.
Upasana ventured into the field of social development with a strong focus on ‘design for change’. Currently, many projects were launched to serve various grass-root communities of India. Upasana's mission is to create conscious, sustainable fashion where we are taking care of our environmental cost and not passing it on to the future.
For her, design is creative, and problem-solving. Any problem, be it post-tsunami trauma, farmer suicides, garbage littering, or weavers losing their job, Upasana looks at social issues as a space to exercise for change.
Uma believes that fashion has the power to change the world, give it a chance!
Prof. Jo Pritchard MBE, MA BSc RN Dip HV. In 2006, Jo was instrumental in establishing the first social enterprise to come out of the NHS in England; 550 nurses and therapists providing better quality community healthcare by owning and running a social business. Jo led CSH Surrey for eleven years tripling its size. This paved the way for a national strategy encouraging the development of social businesses and employee ownership. In 2011, Jo was invited by the then Secretary of State for the Cabinet Office to join the Mutuals’ Taskforce to create opportunities for employee ownership within the public sector.
Appointed as a Commissioner on the Prime Minister’s Nursing and Midwifery Commission in 2010, the following year she was awarded an MBE for services to social enterprise. In 2017 Jo was honoured with the Employee Ownership Association’s Philip Baxendale Fellowship award and was made an Honorary Social Enterprise UK Fellow. She is an Honorary Professor at the University of Surrey and is an independent consultant with a particular interest in supporting health and social care social enterprises.
Stephanie Pronk is a globally-minded, driven, inquisitive change-maker with a passion for social enterprise. Having worked for social enterprises in the UK and Canada, she currently serves as the Director of Operations of the Social Enterprise Institute, where she is on a mission to bring tools for transformative social change to anyone around the globe with an internet connection. In 2014, she was named by 21Inc as a Top 50 under 30 in Atlantic Canada, and has been a driving force behind numerous community organisations, including the Halifax Music Co-Op. She was also an author of Nova Scotia's 2014 Social Enterprise Census. A leader in the social enterprise sector, Stephanie has helped lead SEI's parent company, Common Good Solutions to where it is today. While her background is in Human Resource Management she is considered an expert in project management, workshop creation and delivery, online marketing and web design, and all things social enterprise. Stephanie has a business degree with certificates in Psych and French from Saint Mary's University, and a certificate in eLearning from the University of Calgary. She is currently completing a certificate in Project Management from UBC, is annoyingly always taking online courses, and has worked in the Social Enterprise space in both Scotland and Canada. She's completed consultant training from leading North American consultant Carter MacNamara, and Applied Leadership training through Bluteau DeVinney.
Julie is a freelance writer, editor and social enterprise specialist. She is a professionally trained old-school journalist (with 100wpm shorthand) and began her career writing about charity finance and party accessories in a tiny office in south London. After editing Third Sector magazine she went freelance and has contributed to The Guardian, The Observer, glossy magazines, government-commissioned publications and many others. She also manages publications and communications for charities and social enterprises. Julie is commissioning editor at Pioneers Post which gives her fantastic opportunities to attend events like the Social Enterprise World Forum and meet inspiring people who are making the world a better place. She lives in a solar-powered cottage on a hill in southern Catalunya.
Raj is a Serial entrepreneur, involved in an IPO + £100m+trade sale. He has built digital agencies, startup studios, coworking spaces and invested in 50+ tech startups. He has funded, advised and run accelerators, incubators, funds and assisted numerous financial institutions on their innovation efforts. As Founding Partner at FriendlyFires he now focuses his time helping large businesses leverage technology and entrepreneurship to progress social impact causes.
Roberto is a lawyer, mainly operating in corporate law and business law, with a strong interest in social innovation. He has extended his competences and developed his professionalism towards the sectors of social entrepreneurship and, more recently, of impact finance. Roberto assists non-profit entities and social enterprises, operating in different sectors of social business, both in the strategic planning and in the set-up phase and in the ordinary and extraordinary consultancy (transformation, merger and demerger operations). His propensity towards innovation has allowed Roberto to extend, more recently, his consulting activity to major clients in impact investing operations, on a national and international scale, as well as to B-Corp and benefit corporations. Thanks to his extensive experience and to the support of a dedicated team of lawyers, he offers full service assistance specialised in the Third sector, social business and impact investing.
In the last fifteen years, Roberto has combined his professional activity as a lawyer with his role as lecturer: he is lecturer of TIRESIA, International Research Center on Social Innovation Ecosystem promoted by Politecnico of Milan School of Management and he teaches “Social Innovation” and “Social Entrepreneurship” at Politecnico of Milan and MIP (Politecnico Graduate School of Business). In the past, he taught for about ten years at Bocconi University and SDA-Bocconi School of Management in Milan.
Roberto was member of different study and research groups on the Third sector and social impact, among the others the “G8 Social Impact Investment Task Force”, “Social Impact Agenda for Italy” and “Gruppo di lavoro disabilità” organized by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and he is founder and president elected of ESELA “European Social Enterprise Law Association”. Since 2012, he is Honorary Consul of the Republic of Uganda in Milan.
Yash provides strategic vision to the two intertwined verticals of Jaipur Rugs Foundation: skill development and social development, through engaging multiple diverse stakeholders and by 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. It has got featured in ‘The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid’ and has received a number of accolades. Its unique socio-economic development model is a topic of constant reference among government, industry, media and academia.
Prior to joining Jaipur Rugs Foundation, Yash was associated with a New York based Boutique IT company inspired by the disruption in technology that is taking place with Big Data, Predictive Analytics, Mobility and the Cloud. His niche areas include Conscious Capitalism, Founders’ Mentality, Social Entrepreneurship, and Multi-Stakeholder partnerships for development, Sustainable Development Goals and Base of the Pyramid Innovations. With background in software engineering, entrepreneurship and business strategy, he is a national boxer and a theatre artist by passion.
After many years in cultural and community services management in Local Government, Joan has been an independent consultant working exclusively with Public, Third Sector organisations and Social Enterprises for the last seven years.
Her work includes supporting Public Social Partnerships through Ready For Business, piloting consortia procurement activity with Senscot and Social Firms Scotland, and helping a myriad of organisations across Scotland through Just Enterprise. A significant element of her work now is helping agencies prepare and submit tenders for public sector contracts: small, medium and fairly large, spanning services from Early Years to Homelessness Support, Refugee Resettlement to Theatre in Education.
With an MA in Foreign Languages and Literature, an MBA in the 1990s, Joan is most chuffed about her recent postgrad in Genealogy, Paleography and Heraldry, and in her spare time is an avid fan of researching family trees.
Kent is Managing Director, Business Relations and Innovation with Nova Scotia, Canada’s, Provincial Department of Business. He leads the provinces work on the social enterprise sector. Kent also manages the province's interaction with key economic development stakeholders including the private sector, federal, provincial and municipal governments, as well as Crown corporations to ensure alignment with government's inclusive economic growth agenda.
In 2015, the Department of Business was created as a central economic development agency of government and was tasked with enabling the growth of the private and social enterprise sectors. In early 2017, the province and the social enterprise sector jointly released their first ever social enterprise strategies, two collaboratively created documents that will guide and enable growth in the sector over a three-year timeframe.
Kent has been a civil servant for just three years, joining the Department shortly after its creation in 2015. Prior to working for the province, Kent spent 25 years in the consumer packaged goods industry across Canada in several progressive roles with Quaker Oats, Frito-Lay , Pepsi-Co and Farmers Dairy Co-operative.
Sebastian is a social entrepreneur, social innovator and LGBTI activist. He is the founder and CEO of Micro Rainbow International (MRI). MRI is a social enterprise that promotes LGBTI equality worldwide through economic empowerment. Sebastian’s passion is to apply innovative models for social change that are sustainable, scalable and replicable. He is a pioneer in the use of social investment in the LGBTI human rights sector.
In the UK, Sebastian created the first housing scheme for homeless LGBTI refugees. Since the opening of the first safe house in October 2017, MRI now owns five such properties and is set to reach its target of 10 by the end of 2018. In Cambodia, Sebastian designed and implemented the first micro-finance programme for the benefit of LGBTI people in poverty. In Brazil, MRI has opened more than 60 LGBTI owned small businesses. These award-winning schemes have successfully attracted social investment.
Helene is a social entrepreneur committed to inspiring, motivating and equipping young people with financial education in this ever-changing cashless society. With her Co-Founder Tynah, they discovered that young people they worked with were taking on first line financial responsibilities in their homes without financial education. As mums themselves with combined experience in financial services, youth work and project management, they set out to create a solution, hence MoneyMatiX was born. We believe that as children play our games, they are character modeling to make positive financial decisions in the future.
The MoneyMatiX platform uses gamification to give young people financial capability and entrepreneurial skills. As they interact with the platform, they visualise the effects of money choices made and we also generate tailored reports for parents to help continue the learning. MoneyMatiX is on all social media channels. Join us to help secure a safe financial future for the next generation.
Frank Ross was elected to the City of Edinburgh Council representing the Corstorphine/Murrayfield ward in 2012.
Appointed Lord Provost in 2017, he is Edinburgh’s civic head, promoting Edinburgh at home and abroad. The Lord Provost is also Lord-Lieutenant and greets members of the Royal Family and visiting heads of state. A qualified accountant by profession, he is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Dr Michael Roy is Senior Lecturer in Social Business at the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK. Since being established in 2010, the Yunus Centre has rapidly grown to become one of the largest, and most important, centres for the study of social enterprise in the world.
Dr Roy is an economic sociologist and public policy specialist, with specific expertise in studying the health and well-being impacts of social enterprise-led activity, publishing extensively on this topic in major international scientific journals such as Social Science and Medicine and Public Management Review. He has also written on policy ‘ecosystems’ of support for social enterprise, and on Social Impact Bonds, which the subject of a recent paper in Stanford Social Innovation Review. He is Programme Leader for a Master’s programme in Social Business and Microfinance, which attracts students from all around the world and he has participated in a wide variety of panels and conferences internationally, including in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand, India and all across Europe.
Dr Roy’s research has been funded by the OECD, the ILO, the European Commission, the UK’s Medical Research Council and Economic and Social Research Council, Employment and Social Development Canada, the Scottish Government and the Swiss Government. He has participated at conferences on the social economy at the invitation of both the Italian Government and the Slovak Government on the occasion of their presidencies of the EU Council. He is Deputy Editor in Chief of Social Enterprise Journal, and is on the board of Voluntas: the International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations.
He was awarded the Helen Potter Award of Special Recognition for 2017 by the Association for Social Economics based in the USA.
Abbie is a partner at Bates Wells Braithwaite, where she specialises in social enterprise law.
One of the originators of the Community Interest Company, she was seconded to the UK government to work on the legislation and drafted the model constitutions. She continues to have an active role in its development. She was a member of the CLA working party on the Companies Acts and, by ministerial appointment, a member of the Office of the Third Sector Advisory Board.
Abbie has particular expertise in the delivery of public services, providing strategic and legal advice to public bodies on when, whether and how to use alternative delivery models to ensure needs are met, improve outcomes and reduce subsidy. She is recommended by Legal 500 and Chambers both for her work in the charity and social enterprise sector.
Tamra Ryan is the CEO of Women's Bean Project, a social enterprise based in Denver, Colorado that provides transitional employment, while operating a food manufacturing business, to women attempting to break the cycle of chronic unemployment and poverty. Tamra is a former board member of Social Venture Partners-Denver, currently chairs the Board of Directors for the Social Enterprise Alliance and is on the advisory board for the Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise at the University of Denver. In 2017, she was named one of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Colorado, was a speaker at TEDxMilehigh and is the author of The Third Law, a book which highlights the societal obstacles and internal demons that must be overcome for marginalised women to change their lives. The Third Law has won numerous awards for women/minorities in business and social activism. Tamra lives in Denver with her husband, two children and their goldendoodle named Biscuit.
Gulmira Rymbayeva is a Project Manager with the British Council Kazakhstan, managing social projects.
Gulmira has worked with the British Council for 10 years. For the last 5 years her work has focused on promoting the development of social enterprise in Kazakhstan, managing projects aimed at equipping young people interested in social enterprise with the skills, knowledge and support network they need to create sustainable solutions to social problems faced by their communities using the social entrepreneurship model.
Gulmira has extensive experience managing projects in the area of education, society, advocacy, English, and teacher professional development with the British Council, VSO (Voluntary Services Overseas) and Kazakhstani NGOs promoting the rights of disabled children.
Craig has been at Link for 43 years and has been Chief Executive since 1987. Link is a group of eight social enterprises and housing associations operating throughout Scotland, which have an annual turnover of over £62m and 700 staff. Despite ten years of recession and austerity, the businesses continue to grow. In each of the last seven years, Link has delivered 200 new homes, mostly for social rent. It intends to develop 3,200 more during the next five years. Link has ‘in-sourced’ its repairs and maintenance services, creating 90 new jobs and raising tenant satisfaction levels to 98%. Link was UK Social Enterprise of the Year in 2013.
Craig is also a former board member of Social Enterprise Scotland, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and the Scottish Council for Single Homeless.
Jim Schorr is currently Adjunct Professor of Management at Vanderbilt University, where his teaching focuses on the intersection of business and social impact, and particularly social enterprise.
He is a longtime member of the Board of Directors of the Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) in the U.S., a group of 1000+ organizations and 16 regional chapters that has been at the forefront of developing social enterprise sector in the U.S. since 1998. He is also a founding Board Member of the Social Enterprise World Forum, a Scotland-based organization which since 2008 has promoted the growth of social enterprise on every continent through its signature annual conference.
Earlier in his career, as an MBA student at Kellogg School of Management in the 1990s, Schorr was inspired by emerging “triple bottom line” businesses and helped launch Net Impact, an organization that has since inspired a generation of MBA students at 250+ universities around the world to leverage the power of business to change the world. In the 2000s, Schorr was CEO of Juma Ventures, an organization that is widely admired as one of the social enterprise pioneers and success stories in the U.S.
He currently serves on the Advisory Council of REDF, the leading organization in the U.S. focused on advancing social enterprises that create employment opportunities, and the Advisory Board of the Turner Center for Social Ventures at Vanderbilt University.
Louise is a director for PwC’s Global Sustainability Network and is leading the firm’s work in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals.
Louise has had a wide ranging career with PwC, and extensive international experience and networks, built through her 26 year career with PwC. She has spent the past 7 years working within the Sustainability and Climate Change team, most recently as COO for the Global Sustainability team and leader of PwC’s SDG expertise. This work has included the development of the SDG Navigator diagnostic tool and its public online version the SDG Selector, together with guidance materials such as the SDG Guide for Business and also the recent SDG Reporting Challenge - analysing the sustainability and corporate reports of nearly 500 companies worldwide in relation to their disclosures on the SDGs.
Louise has recently co-authored the UNPRI SDG Investment Case, and has also worked with the team supporting the UNGC/GRI Action Platform on the SDGs and its publication of the Business Reporting on the SDGs: An Analysis of the Goals and Targets.
Louise is a member of the UKSSD Steering Committee, the UNPRI SDG Advisory Committee, the ICAEW Sustainability Committee and the BVCA Impact Investment Advisory Committee.
Louise qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC, following which she spent time in International Tax Structuring and 10 years in Corporate Finance, focusing on merger and acquisition advice particularly in the Retail and Consumer Goods sector.
She then spent four years working as Chief of Staff to the Senior Partner of PwC UK, particularly focused on the strategy for the UK firm and international collaboration with the PwC Global Leadership team.
Lauren is the Director of Business Development at Common Good Solutions/Social Enterprise Institute and draws from more than 10 years of experience in public speaking, team culture, and coaching. Her passions include team management and building, the national and international social enterprise sectors, and working with youth.
In 2017, Lauren brought together a group of youth researchers at CGS, nicknamed Team Dazzle. Their work resulted in an influential survey report done on behalf of the government of Nova Scotia, and a portal capturing all relevant social enterprise resources.
Lauren currently manages the Impact Incubator at CGS and is the co-founder of Placemaking 4G, the first CIC recruitment firm aimed at attracting and retaining young professionals in Atlantic Canada.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Winnipeg.
Liliek believes that the creative economy is the backbone of Indonesia's economy. He carries this belief when he became one of the founders of Indonesia Creative Cities Network (ICCN) and served as the first National Secretary General. He also believes that the creative economy can thrive by activating the quadrople helix, which connects communities, government, corporations and academia. He reflected that when he was assisting his city’s former Mayor, the current Indonesian President Joko Widodo in the Forum of Economic Development & Employment Program (FEDEP). As a Surakarta (officially called Solo) native, Liliek has been actively involved in the city development by being a leading figure in Solo Creative City Network.
Professionally, he is the CEO of Sekar Lima group. With this company, Liliek has established a strong position as an industry leader who is committed to work with Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) by taking the role of a foster company to SMEs that do not have adequate access to capital or raw materials. This type of working relationship allows his company to grow with SMEs and enables them to contribute more to the development of Indonesia’s textile manufacturing industry. His main concern on the skills gap within the textile industry led him to co-found the first and only Textile Community Academy with the Indonesian Ministry of Industry, to provide a full-scholarship and employment programme for students who have the passion to work in textile industry. This model of education is now becoming a benchmark for all the vocational schools in Indonesia.
Last but not least, together with his two younger brothers - Fendi and Hendra, Liliek set up an English language school and a renewable energy company to tap into the needs of English proficiency and great potential of green energy resources in Indonesia.
Michael Sheen is a highly accomplished, award-winning actor and social champion. Widely recognised for his activism in roles including UNICEF Ambassador, Patron of Social Enterprise UK, President of the Wales Centre for Voluntary Action, Michael is now branching out to start his own social movements. For the past two years he has worked alongside the End Youth Homelessness Cyrmu coalition to deliver solutions to youth homelessness in Wales. This included a successful petition ending the use of unsafe bed and breakfasts to house vulnerable teenagers and the soon to be launched Youth Homeless Helpline. In March this year he launched the ‘End High Cost Credit Alliance’, a new movement aimed at tackling the unfair targeting of high cost credit to those who can least afford it. Michael recently completed filming on Neil Gaiman’s ‘Good Omens’ and is currently working with Robert Downey Jr. on ‘The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle’.
Beautiful Minds Ethiopia is making markets that work for communities by producing affordable handmade soap and recycling leftover soap and also educating people to make soap hand washing and hygiene a priority in their lifestyle. By getting initial investment from the Finnish Embassy and Reach for Change, we now deliver hand-washing soap and meaningful hygiene education. Our project now reaches 20 school with more than 29,000 students and our goal for the next two years is to reach 400 schools in Addis and reach 400,000 school children in the capital city alone and expand to other towns.
Ayatam is also the cofounder and vice-president of Social Enterprise Ethiopia, association of social entrepreneurs that advocate for thriving social enterprises. In 2017, Ayatam received the “Change Maker of the year’’ award from Reach for Change - a Swedish-based social enterprise incubator NGO, which included financial and training support for Beautiful Minds. In addition, Beautiful Minds Won Partner of the year award from the Finnish Embassy in Addis Ababa.
Mary joined Senscot in April 2015 taking up the post of Health and Social Enterprise Coordinator. She has over 18 years’ experience of working with the third sector. In her previous roles within both the NHS and the third sector, Mary has been a strong advocate for social enterprise providing a valuable contribution to the improvement of health and social care services and being key to the prevention agenda. Mary supports both the Health and Community Food SENs.
Matt has been involved in corporate responsibility (CR) for nearly twenty years, supporting both businesses and not-for-profits to effect social change through partnership. He has a wide network across all three sectors and an active role in many networks and collaborations. Key interests include the challenge of articulating what it means to be a responsible business and also how frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals challenge organisations to extend CR well beyond its traditional boundaries. Matt has a particular passion for business as a force for good, seeing sourcing through social enterprise as irrefutable evidence of a true commitment to social responsibility.
Konstantinos is an Economist holding a PhD from the University of Western Macedonia. His professional activity focuses on both formal and non-formal education. Since 2007, he has gained many years’ experience working as an economist – business consultant, trainer, educator and career consultant. As a Youth Trainer, he has provided non-formal learning education services in 21 countries around the world in the fields of social entrepreneurship and youth work.
Konstantinos has several scientific publications related to Youth, Social Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship Education, Youth Unemployment, Efficiency and Effectiveness of Education. He is member of the Council of Europe Pool of Trainers, member of the British Council Greece pool of trainers, member of SALTO pool of trainers, member of Erasmus+ Greek pool of trainers, member of the Council of Europe Pool of European Youth Researchers (PEYR) and Manager of the Europe Direct Information Center (EDIC) of Western Macedonia in Greece.
Nicola joined SSE in August 2015 and has worked in the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector for over 15 years. Her previous roles include programme director at the place-based funder Cripplegate Foundation and Islington Giving, programme director at New Economics Foundation (NEF), and deputy director and consultancy manager at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) where she led their social enterprise trading arm, CLES Consulting. Nicola holds trustee roles with the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR), United St Saviours Charity, and Help on Your Doorstep. As managing director, Nicola works collaboratively with SSE’s network of partner schools as well as leading the staff team in London. Prior to her current role at SSE, Nicola worked for two years as director of the London School.
Roddy is a qualified accountant and a business adviser with CEiS.
Since 2011 he has been the Programme Manager for Ready for Business, the consortium delivering the Scottish Government funded Developing Markets for Third Sector Providers programme. The programme’s objective is to increase social value considerations in public sector procurement and, in particular, increase the market share of public services delivered by social enterprise.
In this role Roddy has worked with public sector commissioners and procurement officers to identify opportunities for engaging with the Third Sector through initiatives such as the Public Social Partnership model, Partners for Change and Community Benefit Clauses.
Yvonne was, until recently, a Deputy Director in the Scottish Government responsible for equality, human rights and the third sector, including social enterprise and social entrepreneurship.
In this role she worked directly with the social enterprise movement to build and strengthen the eco-system of support for social enterprise in Scotland. She also worked to foster Scotland’s global links and to help build its international reputation and standing on social enterprise.
Prior to joining the civil service Yvonne had extensive engagement with the third sector. Amongst her activities, she was a senior trade union official; a Board member of Scottish Enterprise; a Director of the WISE Group (a leading social enterprise). Yvonne received an OBE in 1998 for services to industrial relations and equal opportunities; a CBE in 2015 for services to equality and in 2018 an honorary degree, Doctor of Laws, from Glasgow Caledonian University – the University for the Common Good.
Born in Irvine in 1970 and educated at Greenwood Academy, she studied law at the University of Glasgow where she graduated with LLB (Hons) and Diploma in Legal Practice.
Before entering the Scottish Parliament as a regional MSP for Glasgow in 1999 she worked as a solicitor in the Drumchapel Law and Money Advice Centre in Glasgow.
She is currently MSP for Glasgow Southside having been, before boundary changes, MSP for Govan between 2007 and 2011.
In government, she served as Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing between May 2007 and September 2012 and then Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities with responsibility for government strategy and the constitution until November 2014. Throughout this period she also served as Deputy First Minister of Scotland.
She became SNP Leader on November 14, 2014 and was sworn in as First Minister on November 20, 2014. She was formally nominated for a second term on May 17, 2016. She lives in Glasgow with her husband Peter Murrell.
Nicola Sturgeon is the first female First Minister and the first female leader of any of the devolved UK administrations.
Children Are Us Foundation(CAREUS) was founded in 1995 with the aim of setting up restaurants and bakeries where people with intellectual disabilities (ID) could be trained, taken care of and provided with jobs. After successfully acquiring work skills, participants are supported to transfer into normal workplaces, such as convenience stores, restaurants and cleaning companies based on their condition. CAREUS has also set up many care service institutions including day care, night care and residential care services. In addition, recreation and education facilities, such as orchestras, theatres, scout corps and colleges, have also been established in order to create a holistic system that balances life and leisure.
Born in 1964, John Swinney joined the Scottish National Party in 1979 and went on to graduate from Edinburgh University with an MA (Hons) in Politics. He has worked for the Scottish Coal Project, Development Options and Scottish Amicable.
Prior to his election as Westminster MP for North Tayside in 1997, he held a number of posts in the SNP at local and national level. In 1999, he became the MSP for Tayside North, remaining as the constituency's MP until standing down from Westminster at the 2001 General Election.
Having served as the SNP's Deputy Leader since 1998 and became Leader in 2000. After relinquishing his post in 2004, Mr Swinney became Convener of the Scottish Parliament's European and External Relations Committee.
He was re-elected as an MSP at the 2007 Scottish Parliament election and appointed Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth. Following the elections to the Scottish Parliament in May 2011, he was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth.
As of November 2014, he became Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and the Economy.
In May 2016, he was re-appointed Deputy First Minister, is currently Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills.
John has three children and is married to Elizabeth Quigley. He lives near Blairgowrie in his constituency and his hobbies include running, cycling and hill walking.
Audrey, a civic hacker and Taiwan’s Digital Minister in charge of Social Entrepreneurship and Open Government, is known for revitalising global open source communities such as Perl and Haskell. In the public sector, Audrey served on Taiwan’s K-12 curriculum committee and national development council’s open data 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 third sector, Audrey actively contributes to Taiwan’s g0v (“gov-zero”), a vibrant community focusing on creating tools for the civil society, with the call to “fork the government”.
Nick joined Social Investment Business (SIB) in January 2018. Since 2002, SIB has provided over £400m worth of loans and grants to charities and social enterprises, and supported 700 organisations to become more resilient through business support programmes.
Previously, Nick was Deputy CEO at Social Enterprise UK, where he helped treble membership numbers, develop Buy Social, and expand its research function. Before that, he was Director of Policy & Communications at the School for Social Entrepreneurs.
Nick is on the board of Social Value UK, the UK National Advisory Board for Impact Investing, and the Diversity Forum for Social Investment.
Bruktawit (Brukty) Tigabu, 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.
In addition to preschool programming, Brukty has developed three educational television series for youth. Little Investigators a science focused series and Involve Me is first of its kind reality series featuring one-minute creative short films created by underprivileged youth that give children a voice. Tibeb Girls is a new animation series about three Ethiopian adolescent superheroes taking the audience on a fun, imaginative and educational journey as they eagerly step up to understand and resolve the struggles girls face everyday. With Tibeb Girls innovative teaching/ learning approach, Whiz Kids Workshop is working on accelerated school program that help out of school children get back in school.
Whiz Kids Workshop won 2008 Prix Jeunesse International; Next Generation Prize as well as 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 for 2012. Brukty was a featured speaker at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) on 2011 and served as a pre-jury member in 2012, 2014 and 2015.
Brukty is one of the founding members of Social Enterprise Ethiopia and currently serving as board chairperson.
Mike Townsend is Executive Director of the DIRECTIONS Council, a province-wide network of 30 agencies in Nova Scotia, Canada, providing employment and community inclusion supports for persons having a disability.
The network is involved in an extensive multi-year effort to scale up social enterprise operations using a collaborative model. Prior to this position, he spent 25 years with the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services involved in areas related to community development and employment.
After majoring in Journalism at University of Brasilia (1990), Eliane Trindade was accepted for a post-graduation scholarship in Political Sciences at Universitá di Pisa, in Italy (1992/1993).
She's been working as reporter and editor in major Brazilian news magazines (Marie Claire, Época, IstóÉ) and in the country's largest newspaper (Folha de S.Paulo) for more than two decades. Since 2015, she has headed the Social Entrepreneur Award, a partnership between Folha and Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, one of the sisters organizations of the World Economic Forum. She is also in charge of activating Rede Folha de Empreendedores Socioambientais, the newspaper's network of Social Entrepreneurs (which gathers 100 leaders and 92 organizations among NGOs and Social Enterprises). In 2002, she won the Ayrton Senna Journalism Prize. In 2005, she launched the book "The Girls in the Corner", a best-seller about sexual exploitation of children in Brazil. The collection of journals kept by six adolescents inspired the film "Stolen Dreams", directed by Sandra Werneck.
For the last three years, she has also headed the Social Entrepreneur Award, a partnership between Folha and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. This challenging new professional role goes beyond journalism and gets her involved in all stages of an award, including the assessment of the registered social enterprises and the organization of the ceremony. She also has the responsibilities of establishing partnerships with the Brazilian social entrepreneurship community, and of activating the newspaper’s network of Social Entrepreneurs (which encompasses 100 leaders and 92 organizations).
Above all, heading this project gives her an opportunity to dive into the challenging universe of social entrepreneurship in Brazil. This task made her realize that journalism and a respected newspaper such as Folha can actually help foster change in Brazil’s structural problems. It is an honour and a huge responsibility to shed light on social projects and social businesses that transform the country’s reality in areas such as education, health, environment, human development and social inclusion.
Phillip Ullmann is the Chief Energiser of Cordant Group, the UK’s second largest recruitment and services firm with revenues of £840 million employing 125,000 people.
Phillip has been responsible for driving the business forward since joining in 1996. This has been achieved through a series of acquisitions and organic growth but also by hiring highly talented people in key roles. As the original architect of the Social Enterprise at Cordant, it is now a vision owned just as much by the board and the senior management.
Phillip has an Engineering degree from Cambridge University, an MBA from Brunel and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He is married to Deborah and has four children and two grandchildren. He began his career at KPMG and Sainsburys' and is a keen Arsenal supporter.
Ana Umbelino is a councillor in the municipality of Torres Vedras, and is responsible for cultural and social affairs. She is also a member of the Board of Reves: European Network of Cities and Regions for the Social Economy.
She is a Psychology graduate and has a Masters in Educational Sciences. She has worked in several Adult Learning and community development projects anchored in the Agency for Regional Development of the West. In addition, she has experience as a trainer and teacher having collaborated with several governmental organisations such as the National Agency for Further Education and Training, the Board of Vocational Training of the Ministry of Education, and also within higher education institutions.
David is an entrepreneur who is passionate about social change and using business as a tool to strengthen our communities.
Combining these passions, the focus of his work over the past 25 years has been on building capacity within the social enterprise ecosystem on a regional, national, and international basis.
He is the co-founder of Common Good Solutions, a founding member of the Social Enterprise Network of Nova Scotia, and a member of the Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy Co-creation Steering Group.
He is a past member of the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Social Innovation Committee, and teaches social finance as an adjunct faculty member in the University of Fredericton MBA Program.
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.
Moving into the CSR organization in 2010, Alexandra developed and managed various global CSR programs, such as building an infrastructure for social business in Haiti and the development of a range of pro-bono volunteering program, e.g. the SAP Social Sabbatical Portfolio.
Alexandra also serves on the advisory council of IMPACT 2030 and is part of the Leadership Council of the Realized Worth Institute. She holds an MBA from Henley Business School in Great Britain.
François Vermette is development Director of the Chantier de l’économie sociale du Québec.
He is also acting executive director for Commerce Solidaire . He holds a Masters degree in urban studies from University of Montreal and his thesis was centered on housing issues.
For 10 years he’s been Executive Director of the Quebec network of non-profit housing corporations and was has been on the Chantier’s board of director for that organisation. He has worked with many community organizations on the problems around community based housing. He worked with a community consultation group in the South-central area of Montreal and then spent time working for Vélo-Québec as development coordinator. François is currently a member of many Boards of Directors, including the Réseau de l’investissement social du Québec, a venture capital fund for social economy, and on a Community Housing Fund of patient capital.
Marcell Vollmer is Chief Digital Officer for SAP Ariba and is responsible defining and driving Digital Transformation for customers of SAP Ariba globally.
A thought leader in procurement, supply chain, finance and shared services, Marcell’s expertise lies in defining digital transformation strategy and to make Run Simple a reality for global customers and consumers by delivering high cost and additional procurement savings.
Previously, he was Chief Operating Officer for SAP Ariba where he successfully developed and led global business development, procurement, go to market, sales operations, and enablement. And prior to that Marcell was Chief Procurement Officer of SAP and was responsible for the reorganization and process optimization for and end-to-end source-to-settle organization. Since joining SAP in 2005 he has held various leadership roles involving restructuring, improving project efficiency and execution of global programs in finance, procurement, sales, human resources and post merger integrations.
Marcell has a PhD and Masters Degree in Economics from University of Hamburg. He is well known throughout the industry as a procurement and business thought leader and frequently-requested speaker at industry events, and author of books and a popular blog.
Antonis Vorloou has a degree in Biology from the University of Athens and holds an M.Sc. and PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Ghent. He has also received an MBA from the Athens University of Economics and Business.
He is currently Special Secretary for Social and Solidarity Economy and his most recent work has been focused in the development of the Social Entrepreneurship Sector in Greece.
Previously he has worked in the European Court of Auditors in Luxembourg and the private sector and for fourteen years he has served as an executive in Management Authorities for Structural Funds in the Ministries of Agriculture, Development and Labour.
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Ian Walker is a Senior Director within the Johnson & Johnson Global Community Impact team and guides the company's strategy and execution in the area of Social Business Practice, mainly in EMEA and Asia Pacific. The Global Community Impacts team is tasked with “Supporting and championing the people on the front lines, who are at the heart of delivering care”.
Prior to joining the Global Community Impact team in September 2014, Ian was Managing Director of the Johnson & Johnson MISSA (Maghreb, Iran and Sub Saharan Africa) business for Johnson & Johnson’s Medical Device business for seven years. During this period, the business enjoyed significant growth, culminating in the award of the 2014 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade. Ian has also held positions as UK Marketing Director for Ethicon, EMEA Marketing Director for CardioVascular and Marketing Director based at Ethicon’s World wide head office in Somerville, New Jersey, USA.
Ian is also member of the UK’s Johnson & Johnson Medical Ltd Statutory Board of Directors.
Ian has a great passion for Africa and has a particular interest in the area of Obstetric Fistula prevention and repair, and Surgical capacity building.
Ian has a BSc (Hons) from the University of Aberdeen, MBA from University of Edinburgh and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Ian is married and lives in Fife with a wife, two boys, a Pyrenean Mountain Dog, two kittens, and six chickens.
Kendra is Director of Expert Impact, supporting social entrepreneurs to scale, with introductions, mentoring and advice from experts.
A passionate advocate of the power of a triple bottom line, she first caught the entrepreneurial bug while studying Microfinance in International Development at Greenwich University. Previously she worked in investor relations for a sustainability investment group and prior to that, managed a multi-million pound Govt grant programme, supporting disadvantaged families and parents across the UK.
She is the Chair of the board of trustees for The Edinburgh Remakery, an award-winning social enterprise, and advisor to many other inspiring social enterprises.
Johnny Wang is the founder and CEO of iHealth Express Group. He graduated from University of Toronto in 1998 with a degree in civil engineering. In the same year, Johnny started his second professional degree in the faculty of pharmacy in Taipei Medical University.
In 2009, Johnny created an innovative pharmaceutical service business model and founded iHealth Express Group. Providing the best working environment for pharmacists and the most neutral and trusted advice to patients are the two key elements drive him to provide this prescription dispensing, delivery and counselling service for chronic disease patients.
In 2015, he led iHealth to win the second place runner-up award among 683 teams from 30 countries in a social venture challenge in Singapore. iHealth has become one of the most well-known social enterprises in Asia. An ageing society is coming rapidly to Taiwan and to Asia, which creates many different healthcare and long-term care innovation opportunities to meet people’s needs. Being a benefit to society in this way is Johnny’s lifelong mission.
Brian was appointed CEO of Highlands and Islands Social Enterprise Zone in 2008. The company was the first Community Interest Company in Scotland and its social purpose was to support the start up and growth of social enterprises in the Highlands and Islands. In 2017 it became the first Impact Hub in Scotland. During Brian’s leadership, the company has grown to 7 employees, has bought its own building and this year through its Impact Hub connection has undertaken business support work with social enterprises beyond Scotland and the UK.
Brian’s knowledge of the Highlands and Islands is extensive. Before his entry to the social enterprise world he was Business Starts Manager for Highlands and Islands Enterprise, had experience of starting his own business and prior to that he spent twenty years in the financial sector.
CEO of COPE Ltd, Ingrid has worked for over 30 years in both the UK and Australia to highlight the contribution that people with learning disabilities can make within our society. Over this time, she has developed a strong understanding of the disparities faced by people with learning disabilities who want to contribute to their society through work.
Throughout her time at COPE Ltd, an award winning social enterprise based in the Shetland Islands, Ingrid has been able to promote the inclusion of people with learning disabilities within a commercial business environment.Over the past 6 years Ingrid has led her organisation through significant change and now focuses its future firmly in the manufacture of high quality products.
She has a significant understanding of the challenges faced in operating within an ever-changing retail market and is currently working on an international strategy for one of the COPE businesses, The Shetland Soap Company.Ingrid is a passionate supporter of rural social enterprises and also sits on the Board of Social Enterprise Scotland.
For 25 years, Howard ran a successful international plumbing manufacturing business based in Montreal. Through life-events, he went to work a volunteer in Africa helping start sustainable businesses for people with a disability. He was then able to replicate and scale his social business model to Brazil, China, Mid-East.
Through his work he has won several Technology and Health Innovation awards as well as an AAA Humanitarian Award, and Global Social Entrepreneur of Year Award by WTN. Recently Nobel Laureate Mohammad Yunus funded one of Howard's projects.
His work has been written up in Newsweek, National Geographic and 20 other magazines in 6 countries and products he has helped develop have been shown at the Smithsonian, Alexander Graham Bell Museum and Bottom of Pyramid Museum in Japan. He has lectured on social business at Harvard, Oxford, Duke, McGill and INSEAD University. At any one time he is also mentoring several young social entrepreneurs.
Kate Welch OBE DL FRSA founded her first social enterprise, Acumen Development Trust, in 2003.
It has now supported over 16,000 unemployed people to find jobs or start their own business. Kate then founded Social Enterprise Acumen CIC in Durham which supports the start up, growth and development of social enterprises in the UK and many other countries. She gained the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2016 and continues to support over 300 social entrepreneurs and social enterprises every year.
Kresse Wesling, MBE, is a multi-award winning enviromental entrepreneur and Young Global Leader with a background in venture capital and significant start-up experience.
After first meeting the London Fire Brigade in 2005, Kresse launched Elvis & Kresse, which turns industrial waste into innovative lifestyle products and returns 50% of profits to charities related to the waste. Elvis & Kresse's first line is made from decommissioned fire hose and 50% of the profits from this line are donated to the Fire Fighters Charity.
The company now collects 12 different waste streams and has several charitable partnerships.
Richard Whitcomb has 20 years' consultancy experience and is lead of Context Economics and Social Research.
He is a highly experienced evaluation specialist, leading and managing large-scale and complex programme evaluations across the UK and for the European Commission. Richard managed the evaluation of Business Gateway for the Scottish Government, the volume support programme for mainstream businesses, and the recent pan-Scotland review of Business Support to Third Sector Organisations (Just Enterprise).
Richard has provided support to start-up social entrepreneurs in his home area of Argyll and Bute and regularly supports and reviews the activities of social enterprises and enterprising Third Sector organisations across Scotland.
Charlie is responsible for all aspects of SEUK’s business activities. This includes managing and growing SEUK’s relationships with corporate partners, winning public sector contracts and heading up the SEUK membership team. He has worked with major multinational companies on delivering their social enterprise and sustainability strategies with a particular emphasis on supply chains. This has included leading on the creation and delivery of the Buy Social Directory and Buy Social Corporate Challenge. He also leads on SEUK’s consultancy work and has worked across the sector on social value, impact measurement and organisational development.
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.
Jeremy joined PwC in 2002. He is Director of Procurement for the UK firm and has recently been appointed leader of PwC's Global Procurement Council. In this role he is driving the PwC network’s strategic objectives in all areas of network-wide procurement with the aim of establishing a global procurement “centre of excellence”.
Jeremy has over 20 years of strategic procurement experience and has worked on several large cross-territory sourcing initiatives. An area of particular personal interest is in embedding sustainability policies and processes into the supply chain.
He recognises the important role that procurement has in creating social value and minimising environmental impact by making better informed and ethical sourcing decisions
Alastair is CEO of the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE). Every year, SSE helps more than 1,000 people learn how to transform their communities and help people in need, through its 11 schools in the UK, India and Canada. SSE runs courses that equip social entrepreneurs and change-makers with the skills and networks needed to create lasting change. It also connects them with funding and mentoring.
Alastair is the creator of Match Trading, a new type of grant-funding developed by SSE to incentivise social organisations to trade more. He originally became involved with SSE as a student of its very first cohort for social entrepreneurs, in 1997 in London.
Alastair is also the co-founder and director of a Tonic Housing CIC, which is looking to develop a fresh approach to LGBT elder living. He is a trustee of the Sheila McKechnie Foundation and Cabrach Trust, and has previously held trustee roles at Social Enterprise UK, UnLtd, Access and the Akram Khan Dance Company.
Darcy Wood is the CEO of Aki Energy, an award-winning First Nations Social Enterprise, and Aki Foods.
Previously, Darcy worked as a Senior Policy Analyst in the housing and infrastructure for the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO), Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, and for Indigenous and Northern Development Canada at both the Manitoba region and Federal levels. Darcy has also served as Chief in his home community of Garden Hill First Nation, and as a political advisor to the MKO Grand Chief.
Aki Energy Inc. (2013) is a non-profit Indigenous social enterprise whose primary mandate is to reduce energy poverty; train create local employment and reduce carbon emissions in First Nations through the development and installation of community-owned renewable energy systems. Since 2013, Aki Energy Inc. has installed over $18 million dollars in renewable energy in Manitoba First Nations, including $6 million in community-owned residential geothermal ground source heat pumps installed using trained local First Nation installers.
Aki Energy is a First Nation Band-empowered social enterprise, governed by a Board of Directors composed of representatives as appointed by the First Nations we partner with. Aki Energy is committed to Indigenous representation throughout the company, where 100% of the senior management team and Employees of the company as a whole identify as Indigenous.
Paula Woodman is the Head of the Global Social Enterprise programme at the British Council which seeks to support ecosystems for social enterprise in nearly 30 countries.
She 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.
Since his TedX Talk in Wellington, Noa has spoken to more than 5,000+ people in schools and leadership conventions.
Noa Woolloff, 20, hit the New Zealand headlines a couple of years ago after being made Head Boy at his high school following the birth of his daughter. Noa is passionate about breaking stereotypes and helping others to do the same.
Since leaving school, Noa now works at Inspiring Stories, a nationwide charitable trust which operates to see every young New Zealander unleash their potential to change the world.
On the side of this Noa founded Increase Clothing, a social enterprise which sells t-shirts.
Melat Yosef is a co-founder and managing partner of Vitabite Nutrition, a company engaged in behavioural change communication on maternal and child nutrition through a different communication channel, training and cooking demonstration in rural and urban areas.
She has 10 years of experience in the areas of communication, marketing and administration. Melat holds a bachelor degree in public administration and development management and a Masters degree in marketing management. She is a co-author of a nutritional guide and cookbook.
Since establishment VtaBite, has partnered with an international development organization in designing behavioural change communication on maternal and child nutrition. Currently, Vitabite is getting in Moringa processing business by creating a value chain for women Moringa farmers in the southern part of Ethiopia.
Melat is also one of the founding members of Social Enterprise Ethiopia.
Mel Young is a leading social entrepreneur and passionate changemaker, and has spent his career fighting exclusion and inequality.
With a background in journalism, he has founded several initiatives, including The Big Issue in Scotland – a street paper sold by homeless people – and the International Network of Street Papers. He is best known, however, for establishing the Homeless World Cup: under his leadership, it has grown into a globally recognised brand that has touched the lives of over a million homeless people around the world. More recently, Mel has helped establish the Million Seater Stadium, an online fundraising platform.
His latest venture is The New Ism, a discussion forum which aims to create a new, more inclusive economic system that brings together the efforts of social innovators across the world. The New Ism will invite these trailblazers to debate across several formats how to create sustainable and widespread change. Mel also has several other roles. He is Chairman of Sport Scotland and on the board of UK Sport, promoting the role of sport in transforming society. He speaks at events around the world and continues to write – he has a regular blog and recently released his first book, Home Game. He is a Senior Ashoka Fellow and a Schwab Fellow of the World Economic Forum, and was awarded an MBE in 2017.
Ross Young is Vice President of Ability Wood Products Co-operative Limited, and President, DIRECTIONS Council, a province-wide network of 30 agencies in Nova Scotia, Canada, providing employment and community inclusion supports for persons having a disability.
The network is involved in an extensive multi-year effort to scale up social enterprise operations using a collaborative model.
Ability Wood Products began in early 2017 and is the result of seven DIRECTIONS member agencies forming a cooperative to expand their capabilities and provide more opportunities for the people they support.
Ross has many years of non-profit management and banking experience to draw upon, along with a strong passion to help people succeed.
Yu, Wan-Ju (Karen) is a Taiwanese legislator representing the Democratic Progressive Party since 2016. She is dedicated to speaking out for a new generation and specializes in social enterprise, social innovation, gender equality, innovation startups, blockchain and digital transformation. She works tirelessly on these issues to deepen democracy and pursue sustainable development goals (SDGs) in Taiwan. To date, she has promoted the legislation amendments to build a better ecosystem for an innovative economy.
Yu is also an outstanding model for young entrepreneurs. In 2008, Yu co-founded her business Okogreen, which is the first Fairtrade coffee company in Taiwan. In 2015, Yu started to run the first Social Enterprise Hub in Taiwan to further accelerate the growth of SEs.
Currently, Yu serves as the president of Social Innovation Congress, co-initiator and honorary president of Blockchain Application and Development Research Institute, co-initiator and honorary director of APAV Blockchain Development Association, Inter-Parliamentary Association on Digital Economy, and Social Economy and Parliamentary Union on D-Nation.
Having started her career in External Relations and Advocacy Project Management in a large UK-wide charity, Darah has gained experience in a range of strategic and operational roles across the third, public and private sectors. It includes over 15 years in skills and education development where she was responsible principally for sector strategy, skills policy and partnership development.
Having then spent time in the oil and gas sector as the Director of Policy and External Affairs for the industry’s primary skills body, she moved back into the third sector through a range of strategic consultancy roles before working exclusively with social enterprises.
Darah is currently leading a European Partnership Programme for Scotland aimed at increasing competitiveness for social enterprises. She is the primary contact for social enterprise policy and strategy within Scottish Enterprise, Scotland’s main economic development agency. Darah is directly managing key strategic initiatives within Scotland’s 10 Year Strategy and Action Plan for Social Enterprises, including ecosystem development and supporting innovative practice within social enterprises.
In April 2018 Darah assumed managerial responsibility for Scottish Enterprise’s delivery of the Co-operative Development Scotland service for community and consortium co-operatives.
Naeem Zamindar is passionate about leveraging innovation and entrepreneurship to enable lives, so that all people can achieve their human potential for happiness. He is currently the Chairman & CEO of Zamindar Capital (a social impact investment firm), a member of the Global Advisory Council of Acumen (social impact fund), Board member of Ufone (mobile telephony company) and involved with many other social enterprise enterprises at a board level.
He also volunteers his time to teach yoga and mindfulness for self-mastery, running social transformation programs and relief work for traumatized communities. He is an influential business and thought leader, globally recognized speaker at events such as TEDx, GSMA World Congress, Stanford Business School, Harvard Kennedy School, etc.
He was most recently the Minister of State and Chairman, Pakistan Board of Investment and has contributed immensely towards improving the investment climate and narrative for Pakistan.
He is a results-driven leader with 25 years of experience in venture capital and building businesses in public and private sector companies. Recognized for ability to integrate strategy, organization, process, people and technology in complex, competitive business segments to consistently deliver strong business results.
* As the CEO for Acumen Pakistan, he has invested and built social enterprises/entrepreneurs that will bring about a transformative change in the way the world tackles poverty.
* Successfully managed and executed 23 venture capital investments with Intel Capital in Santa Clara, CA
* Leadership team experience in massively scaling a mobile operator from around five million to thirty two million customers and raising over $2B to fund the growth
* Managed a corporate restructuring and business turnaround of Wateen Telecom (publicly listed), an integrated telecom company
Rick Zwetsch, co-founder of interSector Talent and interSector Partners, L3C —an intermediary firm working at the intersection of nonprofits, government, and social enterprise—brings 35+ years for-profit, entrepreneurial business development and marketing experience to bear on the topics of social enterprise and alternative business structures.
Rick and interSector Partners co-founded the Colorado Nonprofit Social Enterprise Exchange, an incubator supporting emerging social ventures. The Exchange has launched 14 new social enterprises and built an ecosystem of human and capital support for social enterprise in Colorado. This work led to awareness of the need for developing social enterprise talent as well as supporting those wishing to switch sectors. interSector Talent currently focuses on both.
Rick also serves on the board of the Colorado Nonprofit Loan Fund and regularly speaks around the country on topics of emerging business models, social entrepreneurship, and social innovation.