Senior research fellow at University Erlangen-Nuremberg
Dr. Nivedita Agarwal
Nivedita Agarwal is a senior research fellow at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nurnberg, Germany. Her research is focused on open innovation, new product development, social enterprises and frugal innovation especially in context of emerging markets.
Head of Social Corporate Responsibility at Microsoft Deutschland
Astrid Aupperle is head of Social Corporate Responsibility at Microsoft Deutschland.
Astrid has been working in various roles at Microsoft since 2008. For two years she has been responsible for philanthropies and the social engagement of Microsoft Deutschland. The primary objective is to promote the competencies and participation of society and the economy in times of digital transformation. The main areas of focus include initiatives and projects in the field of digital education and cooperation with NGOs and social start-ups to raise the potential of digital transformation for the third sector as well.
Astrid holds a degree as an administrative scientist at the University of Konstanz with stays at Northern State University, Flagstaff, AZ. After her studies she worked in the field of political advocacy. At Microsoft, Astrid was responsible for various areas of corporate communications and led the communication of the „Microsoft Berlin“ site.
Executive Director at Mozaik Foundation
Vesna joined Mozaik in 2008, as Mozaik begun its transformation into a social enterprise. Today, Mozaik Foundation is the leading social enterprise in the Western Balkans, engaged in programs relevant to youth social entrepreneurship and social innovation.
Also Vesna is a Governing Board member of two social businesses that support the disadvantaged and promote reconciliation in an economically sustainable way and a Board member/president of two national NGOs.
Prior to joining Mozaik, Vesna worked for ten years in various management positions in other national NGOs focused on social justice and she is an internationally certified trainer for Education for Social Justice.
She is a member of several national and international groups and networks, including Governing Council member of the EFC, Steering Committee member of Grantmakers East Forum, SIGN Network, International Step by Step Association.
Analyst at Laboratório de Investimento Social
Bennet is an Investment Analyst at Laboratório de Investimento Social, where he works on the capital advisory and deal structuring teams. Bennet is also a mentor of impact ventures as part of impact acceleration programmes implemented by Laboratório de Investimento Social.
Laboratório de Investimento Social is a Lisbon-based social finance intermediary that works alongside the most promising impact ventures in Portugal to give them the capital and skills that they need to achieve outstanding financial and impact outcomes. It currently runs three acceleration and investment readiness programmes in Lisbon and Porto. Since 2014, it has have launched 4 Social Impact Bonds and raised 3M EUR investment for impact ventures in Portugal.
Technology Evangelist at Humaniq
Founder and managing director at Agora42
Wolfram is the founder and managing editor of the philosophical magazine on economy agora42.
agora 42 adresses economical and societal connections, explains fundamental concepts in economy and philosophy and wants to point out new perspectives.
Founder & CEO of Makers for Change
Urban Activist, Producer, Artist and Researcher
Jaakko Blomberg is an urban activist, producer, artist and researcher from Helsinki, Finland. He is specialised in new participatory urban culture, co-creation, social movements, placemaking and street art.
Jaakko has been making many participatory events, which include for example a national flea market day, setting up a table for a thousand people to eat in the middle of a street, art exhibitions and theatre in homes, a day of open saunas and many pop up restaurants.
He is also one of the founders of Jänö, a vegan grill kiosk run by a cooperative, and Konepaja movement, that aims to develop a former industrial area in Helsinki. At the moment Jaakko’s main project is Helsinki Urban Art, which introduces new ways of using urban space and solving social problems by means of art and activism.
Although his activities vary a lot, they are all linked in some way to urban space, people and communities. In addition to his own projects he has been working with many organisations on the same topics. For his actions he has received Citizen of the Year title and Helsinki Travel Award in 2016.
Director of Knowledge Centre and Policy Director of EVPA
As Knowledge Centre Director of European Venture Philantrophy Association (EVPA), Pricilla is responsible for the Knowledge Centre, which was launched by EVPA in 2010. The EVPA Knowledge Centre (KC) conducts research on the practices of venture philantrophy and social impact investing (VP/SI) and leads on the development of EVPA’s training offer and on disseminating knowledge on VP/SI. The Policy team promotes effective EU and national policies that support a well-functioning ecosystem for societal impact. Informing its members about EU policy initiatives and voicing their concerns and expectations is central to EVPA’s policy work, as well as highlighting and sharing national policy initiatives.
Founder & Director of Social-Bee gGmbH
Zarah business studies and technology in Mannheim and Munich. During her semester abroad in Stockholm she took part in a refugees-welcome event. Realising that it’s nice to welcome refugees but not really helpful or sustainable for them in terms of integration, she returned to Germany with an innovative business plan in her mind.
After several interns and jobs in the fields of venture capital and startups, she founded the social startup „Social-Bee gGmbH“ together with her partner Maximilian Felsner in Munich. Germany’s first integration service provider uses the temporary employment model to integrate refugees into the labour market and society, reinventing it socially. Thereby, the missing bridge between refugees and companies is built. Social-Bee takes care of all the bureaucratic work and supports its employees by offering them an opportunity to acquire further qualifications and integration programs.
Program Director at Common Purpose
Karoline Bünker joined Common Purpose in 2017. Taking over the role as a Programme Director she is responsible for setting up and growing the Dresden office. Before Karoline studied Sociology and set up an event and training agency. As an entrepreneur she got in touch with several established leaders who challenged her to develop her mindset towards leadership and social responsibility.
Common Purpose is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1989 in London that develops leaders who can cross boundaries – between sectors, specializations, geographies, generations, backgrounds and beliefs. This enables them to solve complex problems both in their organizations and in the cities they live in. The organisation runs programmes in over 100 cities worldwide, and has more than 70,000 Alumni from over 100 countries and 6 continents. Common Purpose Deutschland GmbH works in nine cities all over the country.
Karoline is married and has two children.
Chief Empowerment Officer at euforia
Alessia is the Chief Empowerment Officer and co-founder at euforia, an independent, youth-driven social innovation enterprise. She is also the co-founder of Recipes for Wellbeing and a facilitator for Ashoka’s ChangemakerXchange programme.
Alessia holds a BA in International Relations from Université de Genève and a MA in Globalisation and Multinational Corporations from SOAS. She is a coach and a radical collaboration trainer; she has a lot of experience in self-management, team-building & teal organisations; she is a professional facilitator and training / programme designer.
She leads youth as well as corporate programmes in Switzerland and beyond. Her mission is to empower people, organisations and enterprises to create meaningful change while respecting their “wholebeing”, the one of the people around them and of the world.
The Gentle Giant
The giant DUNDU: Resulting in a subtle, collective consciousness. The beholder’s attention casts a persona of DUNDU thus propagating creative Now and again the figures turn into the beholder’s projection screen, capable to adopt various characters. Therefore, they become the universal staging object which captivates in every setting and makes the audience dream. Each and every movement is a result of collective impulses in the here and now.
Expert Circular Economy at BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
Christian works as an expert in Design for Environment and Circular Economy concepts for BSH Hausgeräte GmbH, the largest manufacturer of home appliances in Europe.
He holds a business administration degree with engineering & sustainability background and chairs the European standardization committee on environment and is an active participant in European debate on Circular Economy and Eco-Design.
Associate Director for Making More Health at Boehringer Ingelheim
Investment Analyst at BonVenture
Raphael Feinäugle is Investment Analyst with BonVenture. He started from an agricultural background before he shifted focus to study international economics, politics, and philosophy in Tübingen and Moscow. After first experiences with life cycle analysis and carbon footprinting he joined BonVenture were he now analyses business models and impact potentials of Social Enterprises.
Advisor & Co-Founder of SAHA! at Migrant Women Association Malta
Steven is an advisor for the Migrant Women Association Malta and one of the founders of SAHA!, a food truck, catering social enterprise concept aimed at creating employment opportunities to migrant women living in Malta. He firmly believes in the power of technology for social impact, and has collaborated with Microsoft to launch a pilot project – Women Back to Work – focused on providing ICT and entrepreneurship skills to migrant women.
A UWC alumnus with international experiences across Asia and Europe, Steven holds a Masters in Innovation and Technology from the Bocconi University and is a keen supporter of applying entrepreneurship and technology solutions to global challenges.
Urban social innovation advisor and researcher at Kennisland
Tessa de Geus
As a social innovation advisor and researcher at the think tank Kennisland, Tessa de Geus focuses on what it is that parties such as governments and civil society need in order to innovate successfully while working towards a just and sustainable city.
She currently does that by working on the European Social Innovation Competition, Amsterdammers, Make your City! and Implementing Open Government in the energy transition.
Foto credits: Giorgos Gripeos
CEO at QualityMinds
Thomas works as CEO at QualityMinds, a company specialized in IT Quality Assurance. He is mainly responsible for all topics in the Area of Sales and Partner Management.
Also he is the Chairman of the Global IT Forum in the Diplomatic Council and Commissioner of UN Affairs. In this role, he pushes different innovative social projects, for example a prototype of a software called CAPS, that fights child pornography.
Another example is QualityLearning, a platform that supports individual learning to give more educational justice for everybody. Both products were developed by QualityMinds and presented at the United Nations in Vienna and New York, because of their great value to the society.
Co-Initiator at Wepublic
Regional Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at SAP
Gabriele Hartmann studied Political Science, German and Theology in Barcelona, Heidelberg and Lynchburg, VA. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Heidelberg University.
After several years as PR-Consultant for the Non-Profit Sector and Deputy Managing Director Public Affairs, she joined SAP in 2002. Assuming different roles in Global Corporate Affairs at SAP, she build up both the internal CSR network and external non-profit partnerships in EMEA and MEE.
In 2011, together with Norbert Kunz from social impact gGmbH, she started one of the first social start up programs in Germany. The program has since then also expanded to Austria and Switzerland, as well as Central and Eastern Europe. Over 350 start ups have since then benefited from co-workingspaces, bootcamps and mentoring by SAP employees.
In her spare time, Gabriele is passionate about football and loves to cook.
Co-Publisher at Transform Magazin
Marius Hasenheit works on environmental policy at Ecologic Institute and on public affairs for social change at seebohm.Berlin. Additionally he is freelancing as journalist and writer as well as organising political events in Berlin city. He is a Co-publisher of transform Magazin, passionate food saver and urban gardener.
Member of board at SEND
Birgit studied linguistivs and is a businesswoman for logistics by training. Since 2015 she works self-employed in different social entrepreneurship projects and was one of the co-founders of the Social Entrepeneurship Netzwerk Deutschland e.V. (SEND). Here she is member of the board and responsible for the build up of regional groups.
Since january 2018 she is one of the site managers at the Social Impact Lab Frankfurt.
Partner at BonVenture Group
Jochen Herdrich is a Partner at the BonVenture Group, which he joined in January 2013. Prior he acted as a Product Marketing Manager in a high-tech company and several years as an Investment Manager at a seed / start-up fund management company.
He holds a M.B.A. in General Management and a certificate (German Diplom) in Technical Business Management.
Innovation catalyst, Social Entrepreneur
Daniel manages The Switchers community, a network of inspiring green entrepreneurs driving sustainable change in the Mediterranean and MENA region. His background is in innovation at the intersection of sustainability, startups, and social entrepreneurship. Daniel is passionate about building communities that empower people to take collaborative action on their ideas for a better world.
Having established MakeSense in Berlin, a movement that empowers citizens to take action on social and environmental issues, Daniel serves as a Board Member to the global organization. Previously, he co-created the SenseCamp unconference replicated more than 30 times globally, co-founded the Silent Climate Parade Berlin, Europe’s largest annual climate march, co-authored a book on kickstarting projects, and fundraised €1.4 million for a green fintech startup concept he developed in 2015. He has advised dozens of social enterprises, and frequently travels the world to speak at events, coach teams, and host workshops.
Head of Marketing & PR at Bürgerwerke eG
Project Manager at Bertelsmann Stiftung
Maike is Project Manager with Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Civil Society Programme. Managing the foundation’s work in the field of social impact investing, she focuses on the implementation and scalability of Social Impact Bonds.
Previously she worked as Senior Consultant and Head of Finance Unit at the public affairs consultancy Miller & Meier Consulting in Berlin, where she advised clients active in the areas of investment, risk analysis and payments.
Maike holds degrees in European Studies as well as Public Services Policy and Management from Maastricht University, Sydney University and King’s College London.
Euphoric Business Enabler at euforia
Severin von Hünerbein
Severin is an Euphoric Business Enabler at euforia, an independent, youth-driven social innovation enterprise, where he co-designs, facilitates and implements corporate programmes and empowers euforia volunteers to start impactful projects. During his studies in International Affairs and Governance at the University of St. Gallen, he co-founded the oikos Social Entrepreneurship Initiative and is still teaching classes in this domain.
Serial Entrepreneur, Co-Founder and CIO at HubRiver
Professor at Karlshochschule, Germany & Serial Entrepreneur
Stephan A Jansen is Professor for Management, Innovation & Finance and Head of the Center for Philanthropy & Civil Society | PhiCS at Karlshochschule, an international university in Karlsruhe, Germany.
He is co-founder of the Society for Digital & Social Transformation 18tes Kamel & Komplizen GmbH in Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna as well co-founder of BICICLI Holding GmbH, Berlin, Cycling Society for Corporate Bike Fleets, Tax Privileged Employee Bikes & Cycling Concept Stores.
Advisory Board and scientific consulting for corporates, foundations, education institutions as well as ministries as well author of the German Business Magazine »brand eins« .
He was Visiting Scholar at Harvard Business School 2000 and 2001 and Visiting Scholar at Stanford University 1999, 2010, 2015.
In May 2003 Jansen was appointed the founding president and managing director of Zeppelin Universität, a state-recognized privately held, endowed university in Friedrichshafen at Lake Constance. In the same year he was appointed professor at the „Chair for Strategic Organization and Financing | SOFI“ by the federal ministry of science. At the time of this appointment, he was 31 years old and thus Germany’s youngest university president.
He is author of more than 200 publications (including 25 books and edited anthologies), especially in the areas of organization, network, leadership and management theory, mergers & acquisitions, philanthropy as well as analyses of educational systems.
His research interests: analysis of networks from the perspective of communication and organization theory, social enterprises, civil society, mergers, as well as educational systems
Founding Director of Humanistic Management Center
Ernst von Kimakowitz
Dr. Ernst von Kimakowitz is founding Director of the Humanistic Management Center, an independent think tank and advisory firm on business ethics and sustainability as well as the executive education provider Ethics First.
He is also a lecturer at the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland, the University of Tübingen, Germany and was visiting professor at Soka University, Tokyo, Japan.
Co-Editor at Agora42 and Dean at European School of Governance
Dr. Louis Klein
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Social Business Development / CSR at AfB gGmbH
Alexander is Head of Social Business Development and Corporate Responsibility at AfB. His core task is to develop products and services with a sustainable twist for the internationally expanding social enterprise. His Corporate Responsibility approaches are hands-on with a strong focus on collaboration with large corporates.
Since 2014 is facilitator of multiple peer-exchange and –learning formats in Corporate Responsibility Management in Germany. He is editor of the Book ‘CSR & Social Enterprise’ in which 42 Authors present the best practice of collaboration for sustainable impact. Moreover he is founder of the Peer School for Sustainable Development, in the Advisory Boards of the F.A.Z. Magazine VERANTWORTUNG as well Infinity Deutschland e.V. and JOBLINGE gAG.
He holds a diploma in Management and Economics from the Ruhr-University Bochum and is experienced in Impact Evaluation, CR-Reporting and strategic Business Development.
Founder Eliya Tea Project
Manuel Kreitmeir is a Social Entrepreneur and founder of the Eliya Tea Project. He grew up in Sri Lanka and worked in development cooperation (social business development) in Sri Lanka, India and Colombia. He is co-founder of Little Smile Organic, a solidarity and organic spice farm in Sri Lanka with more than 300 stakeholders. He is consultant to the United Nations for Social Entrepreneurship at the Diplomatic Council and founding member of #SocEntBW, the local network for social entrepreneurs in Baden-Württemberg.
Senior Consultant at Deloitte
Amy Lawson-Stopps is a Senior Consultant within Deloitte’s Federal Strategy practice. At Deloitte, Amy is a lead within D2international – Deloitte’s social innovation program which connects the ingenuity and drive of the private sector towards solving the world’s toughest challenges.
Amy has consulted for a number of organizations around the world focused on global social entrepreneurship such as Atlas Corps and Vital Voices. Amy leads Deloitte’s engagement with the Mozaik Foundation in Bosnia and Herzegovina in scaling operations throughout the region, which have created job opportunities and trained thousands of youth in social entrepreneurship. Amy also leads projects that provide innovative strategies and operating models for US Federal Government clients.
She has a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from the University of Mary Washington and a Master in Business Administration from Georgetown University.
Founder, Citizen Scientist at Büro für Gestaltung
Jan Lutz is passionate about open data & open knowledge and ignited a grassroots movement dedicated to deliver realtime fine dust metrics to measure the current pollution exposure in urban areas. To do so, he co-developed a do-it-yourself fine dust measurement device and guidebook, which hast been widely adopted and drawn international media attention across the board.
He is also a change agent at the Lab for Sustainable Mobility in Stuttgart.
Urban Activist, Initiator of Critical Mass Stuttgart
Dr. Marbach is a physicist and management consultant. He advises companies on ecodesign, resource efficiency and sustainable innovation and supports businesses to integrate sustainability into their strategy and business processes.
Leader Digital Technology at betterplace lab
Ben Mason works at betterplace lab, a non-profit think-tank based in Berlin, where he leads on social innovation in the area of refugee integration.
In the 2017 report „Digital Routes to Innovation„, Ben and his colleagues give an overviewand analysis of the wave of over a hundred digital projects which sprang up in Germany in 2015-16 in response to the influx of refugees.
Ben studied German & Philosophy at the University of Oxford.
Founder of BLYSS, Board member of Ecopreneur.eu
Alyssa Jade McDonald-Bärtl
Alyssa is a social entrepreneur working to evolve standards to influence food sovereignty and agroecology.
She founded BLYSS GmbH which grows, certifies and trades natural cacao for food companies working with over 1000 farmer families in Ecuador, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea. The cacao has been technically ranked on average, 93/100 by European critics. Additionally, BLYSS has test nurseries conducting research for in-situ genetic diversity and preservation of origin cacao, as well methods for creating alternate economies within agriculture, jobs for women and next generation farmers.
She founded the CACAOacademy which has trained 600 people along the supply chain through 10 principles to increase quality and trade equality of natural cacao, farm-direct and contribute to sustainable cacao futures. Immediately there has been a direct increase of farmer income and increase in cacao quality, export volume and fairness of trade involving cooperatives, agriculture departments, agri-commerical, traders, cacao integrators, grinders, producers, manufacturers and retailers.
She is a board member of UnternehmensGrün, the German Federal Association of Green Economy and Ecopreneur, the European Federation of Sustainable Business, and runs ChangeMaker.land, a company bringing tools and techniques for positive social influence out of the cacao fields and small business and into companies, academia, politics and social equality. She is heading down the academic path in 2018 with research in environmental science and looking at a long and fruitful PhD experience.
Global Partnership Lead at Impact Hub Network
Anne Kathrin Merkle
Anne is Global Partnership Coordinator at Impact Hub Network where she focuses on the strategic collaborations with WWF and the Robert Bosch Stiftung, specifically on relationship building and program design.
She also manages the Talent Projekt for the Global Social Entrepreneurship Network with its talent blog series „talentsummer“ and recently published the report Talent to Spare, summarising her research on the talent challenges of intermediaries.
Anne has worked with a variety of intermediaries and NGOs and experienced their unique strengths and challenges in order to gain the knowledge necessary for her to realise her ikigai (reason for being): creating collaborative impact.
Head of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship at World Economic Forum
Katherine Milligan is the Director and Head of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.
She received her B.A. from Dartmouth College and her Master’s in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government, where she was the recipient of the Pforzheimer Scholarship for Excellence in Nonprofit Management.
Katherine’s previous work experience includes a Sheldon Knox Research Fellowship at Harvard University (2004-2005); a Global Leadership Fellow of the World Economic Forum (2005-2009).
Before that she was a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa and a strategy consultant for several non-profits.
Her work has been published in the International Institute of Economics, Stanford Social Innovation Review, MIT journal Innovations, and the Harvard Business School.
System Change Enthusiast at Ashoka Germany
Odin works for Ashoka Globalizer, an international accelerator program that helps advanced social entrepreneurs develop strategies for social system change. He also started the System Dancers, an internal expert group for systems thinking. With Ashoka Germany, Odin aims to promote an ecosystem for systemic social entrepreneurship in Germany.
Before Ashoka, Odin worked at McKinsey & Company and co-founded two social ventures. He studied Philosophy, Logic, and Political Sciences at Munich, Oxford and Cambridge.
Secretary General Diplomatic Council (United Nations reg.)
Hang Nguyen, is a native of Vietnam and came to Germany as a refugee child of the Vietnam War. As part of the Diplomatic Council, she is committed to peaceful coexistence around the world. The Diplomatic Council is equally understood as a think tank, business network and charity foundation. It belongs to a small circle of organisations that have consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC). Accordingly, Hang Nguyen regularly travels between the United Nations in New York, Vienna and Geneva to advise and brief the United Nations commissions.
„The Diplomatic Council is an example of social entrepreneurship. It is run by entrepreneurs and led by ambassadors to develop and promote economically and environmentally sustainable models that help people around the world. “
– General Secretary Thi Thai Hang Nguyen
Network Manager at BWcon
Co-Founder of N3XTCODER
Leonhard Nima is the Founder of Nima Social Business Consulting, Co-Founder of N3XTCODER and former Adjunct Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Hult International Business School in San Francisco and London. He previously worked for Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at The Grameen Creative Lab as Head of Academia. With international corporate and consulting experience, he has worked with multinational companies and global organizations such as Accenture and Avantgarde.
He has been a speaker and moderator at international conferences such as the Global Social Business Summit in Malaysia, Mexico and Germany, the European Social Business Forum in Norway and the Netherlands, the BMW Group rad°hub in the UK, United States and Germany, One Young World in Switzerland or TEDxSocial Business in Austria. Leonhard Nima held guest lectures at the University of Mannheim, Germany and the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan, Italy.
Moreover, he conceptualized and held workshops in more than 15 countries, at renowned universities such as the National University of Singapore, Kyushu University in Japan, HEC Paris in France and with many other organizations and companies such as BMW Group, Siemens Stiftung, Stifterverband and visitBerlin.
Editor-in-chief of Transform Magazin
Viola Nordsieck, one of the editors-in-chief of transform magazin, holds a PhD in philosophy and is currently working on strategic alliances between cultural and political fields of philosophy.
She also reviews art exhibitions for Kunst+Film, writes poems and short stories for small Berlin reading stages and journalistic texts for Jungle World, Missy Magazine and others.
Founder & Director of SPONSORT
Corinna is the founder of SPONSORT, a crowdfunding platform for creative and sustainable ideas, and advises companies on regional CSR campaigns. She is the initiator of the „mobilecitylab“ of the University of Magdeburg, that supports tec driven social innovation. She has more than 12 years experience in non-profit PR and CSR and is passionate about fostering social entrepreneurship.
Project Manager at BMW Stiftung
Founder of DOPDA (Pranado gGmbH)
Project Director Impact Investing at Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra
Mika is Project Director of the Impact Investing focus area at the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. Sitra launched its Impact Investing focus area in the spring of 2014 and special development work is scheduled to last until end of 2019. From Sitra’s perspective impact investing offers Finland a new, profitable tool for enhancing positive societal development. It is also seen as a means of enhancing profitable co-operation between the private, public and third sectors by preventing and solving various societal and/or environmental problems in a qualitatively and economically sustainable way.
Basically due to two reason, Sitra has focused very much on Social Impact Bond model during last three years: there is a significant sustainable gap in the budget of Finnish Government and also most of Finnish municipalities are struggling with financial problems and lot of promotive and preventive possibilities in terms of strengthen well-being are not in use due to lack of money to up-front investments. In Finland the SIB model offers the public sector a financially risk-free opportunity to acquire results and impact as well as the long-term implementation of promotive and preventive activities where well-being is concerned. It is also a tool for systemic change. The public sector can use it to develop its procurement procedures, moving towards the acquisition of results and impact.
Product Developer at SHIFT GmbH
European Projects & Research Coordinator at SIX
Executive Director at Talents4Good
Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Blockchain for Social Impact (ConsenSys)
Thomas serves as Entrepreneur in Residence for ConsenSys’ Venture Studio where he supports developers and entrepreneurs around the world as they build decentralized applications, protocols, and successful ventures on the Ethereum platform.
He also serves as a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers and is an Advisory Board member for the Rutgers University Design Thinking program. He is co-founder of the Propeller Social Innovation Incubator, founder of East Harlem Yoga, and over the course of the past decade has held leadership positions in a variety of organizations and has served as an advisor to numerous startups.
He currently lives in Brooklyn with his partner and some houseplants where he designs impractical 3D products in his spare time.
Founder of Social Innovation Academy Uganda
Etienne Salborn is a changemaker and changemaker-maker, German by blood and Ugandan by heart. Etienne holds a Master’s in Peace and Development from the University of Innsbruck.
Since 2006 he has been living in Uganda and founded the NGO Jangu e.V. for educational sponsorship of orphans. The first class of students graduated in 2013, but despite academic achievements, drowned in Uganda’s 83% youth unemployment rate.
Etienne went a step further and started the Social Innovation Academy (SINA), empowering former orphans, street children, refugees and other disadvantaged youth to become job creators and social entrepreneurs with the ability to turn challenges into solutions. Over 20 newly created social enterprises have been impacting over 250,000 lives and won several international awards.
Co-founder at L’Increvable
Christopher is industrial designer. He co-founded L’Increvable with his associate, a company entirely dedicated to the development of durable, repairable and upgradable household appliances. Their first product is a reliable washing machine designed in order to be easily repaired and upgraded.
Coordinator Social Entrepreneurship at SEND
Markus is Head of Cooperation at Startnext, the biggest crowdfunding platform in the German-speaking area. Before he worked as a farmer, founded his own startup and act as a startup consultant at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Munich.
He studied Marketing and Management and holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He is engaged as coordinator social entrepreneurship at the German Startups Association and chairman at the German Social Entrepreneurship Network.
Leadership Team, Ashoka Europe & Germany
Based in Berlin Matthias supports social entrepreneurs and changemakers via Ashoka with a particular focus on building a vibrant ecosystem for social innovation across Europe.
In 2012 he helped to create and launch the ChangemakerXchange, a growing global community of 400 young changemakers and startup social entrepreneurs across 70 countries in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He also is a founding board member of SEND, the “Social Entrepreneurship Netzwerk Deutschland e.V.” and a member of the global board of MasterPeace, a grassroots peace movement mobilizing youth to build a world with less conflict. In the past he served as BMW Foundation’s Representative for Turkey and the MENA region and coordinated Microsoft’s Corporate Citizenship activities across Africa, both based out of Istanbul.
He holds a diploma in communications science from the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart and an Executive MBA from the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin.
Director at Rock Your Company
After having lived and worked abroad for 12 years, Jasper has recently moved back to Munich to take on the role as programme director at the social enterprise ROCK YOUR COMPANY!. The company offers Mentoring programmes and bespoke trainings for young professionals and apprentices from disadvantaged backgrounds as well as refugees. As social business, ROCK YOUR COMPANY! is supporting young employees at the beginning of their careers and therefore reducing drop-out rate in the German apprenticeship scheme. Moreover, ROCK YOUR COMPANY! is contributing to the labour market integration in Germany as well as actively shaping the corporate culture of the future.
Jasper has a professional background in fundraising with a focus on corporate fundraising and has worked for various NGOs in London between 2013 – 2018 with a focus on international development, youth development and education.
He holds a M.Sc. in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London.
Nonprofit Expert at goood mobile
Elisabeth is the nonprofit-expert for the social business goood mobile and network-marketeer. Her professional interest lies in livestyle of health and sustainability. She consulted more than 250 organisations in matters of modern giving.
Co-Founder of N3xtcoder
Simon is focused on unlocking the full potential of technologies for social innovation. During the peak of the financial crisis in 2006, Simon started to “rethink economy” by studying business, philosophy and arts at Alanus University.
Inspired by the ideas of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus he decided to become a social entrepreneur. Simon was working in the fin-tech sector and for a digital agency and then cofounded N3XTCODER to create social innovation through digital technologies.
Ecodesign Engineer at TTI GmbH
Dr. Franz Streibl
Franz is an R&D engineer. He develops responsible electronic products and participates in the European standardisation of Eco-Design. In his blog he occasionally publishes on Circular Economy and Responsible Engineering.
Site Manager at Social Impact Lab Stuttgart
Annika Surmeier has been working as a researcher at the Faculty of Geography, Marburg University for the last six years. She recently submitted her PhD thesis on sustainability standards in tourism. She also founded a social business called The Editing Enterprise, seeking to address a specific social challenge: unemployment and underemployment in South Africa.
Since October 2017 Annika has been one of the managers at the Social Impact Lab Stuttgart. The lab is part of the charitable Social Impact GmbH and aims to support social innovators in the region of Stuttgart.
Executive Director at Raspberry Pi | Co-founder of Code Club
Clare works as an Executive Director for Communities and Outreach at the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
Also she is one of the co-founders of Code Club, a UK wide network of volunteer-led after school coding clubs for children. Code Club wants to give children all over the world an equal opportunity to learn how to build their ideas with computers in order to change their world and the world around them.
Co-Founder and Head of Infinity Deutschland
After having graduated in Business Administration at Mannheim University, Daniel gained professional experience in strategy consulting and the field of international development aid. Back in 2015, he co-founded a network for student social entrepreneurs: Infinity Mannheim. Thanks to a holistic and state-of-the-art education concept, this network has enabled more than 300 young shapers to develop sustainable innovations with a long-lasting impact ever since.
Together with the founding team of Infinity Deutschland, Daniel is currently scaling the network and empowering local community founders at universities all over Germany.
Project Manager at BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt
Johannes P. Weber
Johannes P. Weber is Project Manager at the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt and mainly responsible for activities in the field of impact investing – an issue he had advanced already at the Eberhard von Kuenheim Foundation and the Bertelsmann Foundation.
Among other things, Johannes has contributed to a handbook on impact investing specifically aimed at german foundations and helped implement a pilot fund for mission related investments.
Before joining the foundation sector, he gained experiences in the public administration and as researcher in an interdisciplinary research cluster at the University of Frankfurt.
Editor-in-Chief at Good Impact
Jonathan Widder is the editor-in-chief of Good Impact’s ‚Good News’: a news-service which selects the most important positive news and solution-oriented articles, and publishes them daily through its website, app and newsletter.
In addition, Jonathan is the managing director of the Noah Foundation, which supports solution-oriented journalism, among others through scholarships.
He has studied Liberal Arts, Political Science (B.A.) and Sociology (M.A.) in Berlin, Prague, Paris, and Kiev, and worked as a journalist for media such as Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Spiegel Online, and enorm Magazin.
Founder at World Citizen School
Co-founder goood mobile
Claudia is co-founder of the international social business goood mobile – a mobile service provider with a purpose. gooods mission is to push „painless giving“ in a massmarket industry. goood customers phone and surf at attractive rates and donate 10% of their monthly fee to a charity of their choice.
Claudia is an experienced international C-level manager with a passion for social innovation.
Expert EU Circular Economy Policy at Ecopreneur
Arthur ten Wolde
Claudia is co-founder of the international social business goood mobile – a mobile service provider with a purpose. gooods mission is to push „painless giving“ in a massmarket industry. goood customers phone and surf at attractive rates and donate 10% of their monthly fee to a charity of their choice.
Claudia is an experienced international C-level manager with a passion for social innovation.
Founding member of SEND
Michael is an expert on social entrepreneurship in Germany. He is one of the founding members of the Social Entrepreneurship Netzwerk Deutschland e.V. (SEND) and one of the site managers at the Social Impact Lab Frankfurt.
Over his social media channels he daily provides important updates from the ecosystem for social entrepreneurs and their supporting organizations.