Key note speakers and panelists

Dr. François BONNICI is Director of the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Cape Town. He graduated School of Business. His career spans 17 years in public sector, humanitarian, development programmes as public health physician in several African countries; with foundations, multilateral institutions, including a decade in social innovation & innovative finance in Africa. Director of low-cost medical devices social venture targeting low-resource settings. Rhodes Scholar, WEF Global Leadership Fellow, Archbishop Tutu African Leadership Fellow. Founding Director of the Bertha Centre which works to uncover, connect, pioneer innovations and entrepreneurs to generate inclusive opportunities and advance social justice in Africa.

Prof. Dr. Jürgen HOWALDT, director of Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund, TU Dortmund University and professor at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences. He is an internationally renowned expert in the field of social innovation. He has consulted German as well as European policy-makers and has also presented his concept of social innovation in all parts of the world. In 2011 he was one of the organizers of the international conference “Challenge Social Innovation” in Vienna. Affiliate of SIERC (Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Centre, Massey University, New Zealand); Co-founder of the European School of Social Innovation; Expert of the German Federal Chancellor’s Dialog for the Future; Scientific Coordinator of the global research project SI-DRIVE.

Dr. Sung-Eun LEE studied Korean language and literature at the Kyung-Hee University as well as Women’s Studies at the Ewha Womans University. She graduated in 2003 as Ph D. in the department of Women’s Studies at the University of York in the U.K. The title of her doctoral thesis is “Sexual Harassment in Korean Organisations”. She worked as a Lecturer and as a Research Fellow for the department of Women’s Studies at Ewha Womans University. In 2012 she belonged to the Secretariat for presidential elections Headquarter of Ahn Chul-Soo. Subsequently she practiced as the Executive Director for the Network for Equality Policy. Between Sep. 2014 and Feb. 2015 she worked as a Lecturer in Sungkonghoe University. Dr. Lee is the present Vice President in The Hope Institute.

Matías ROJAS is Industrial Engineer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and MSc in Public Policies at the Universidad de Chile. He is director of the project “Innovation models for low income population”  from the IADB and Co-founder of Socialab, a NGO that provides a platform for disruptive social startups and generates solutions for humanitarian challenges. All this through co-creation, businesses and innovation. Matías is currently Socialab’s COO. Among his talks we highlight the ones in Babson’s Latin Entrepreneurship Forum, Singularity University and Chilean National Congress.

Antoinus SCHRÖDER is a senior researcher at Technische Universität Dortmund and member of management board of the Sozialforschungsstelle sfs (central scientific unit of the University of Dortmund), responsible for international research. He is the coordinator of the European funded 7th Framework large scale project SI-DRIVE – Social Innovation: Driving Force of Social Change and has worked in and managed several European projects (mainly in the Lifelong Learning Program). He is Vice-Chairman of Working Group People within the European Steel Technology Platform ESTEP and the Chair of the senate of the German Sociologists Association BDS.

Judith TERSTRIEP (Economist) studied economics at the University Duisburg-Essen with a focus Marketing and Planning & Organisation. She graduated in 1998 as a Master of Business Economics including her diploma thesis on the Market Potential of Voice over IP in Germany. Since March 2002, she has been working as researcher at the department of Innovation, Space & Culture at the Institute for Work and Technology. Her primary research interests involve the interplay of innovation, (social) relations and knowledge from the perspective of innovation, management and spatial theory.

Julia WITTMAYER works as senior researcher at DRIFT, the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. With a background in Social and Cultural Anthropology, her research focuses on social innovation and social sustainability in urban areas and on local scale. She is interested in the interaction and roles of actors in sustainability transition processes, with a specific interest for (socially innovative) science. Since 2014, she coordinates the EU-FP7 funded project TRANSIT (TRANsformative Social Innovation Theory).

Session contributors

Effie AMANATIDOU is a Research Fellow at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research / MBS / University of Manchester. With an MSc and PhD in science and technology policy studies, Effie has 19 years of experience in research and innovation policy analysis including foresight and evaluation / impact assessment of research policies and programmes. Since three years ago Effie has taken up a special interest in social innovation especially in relation to grass-roots initiatives emerging in contexts of financial crises in the South of Europe.

Flor AVELINO is devoted to studying radical change for a better world. At DRIFT, she has worked for the past 10 years as a senior researcher and lecturer, focusing on the power of people to realise sustainability transitions. As scientific co-coordinator of TRANSIT, she is currently involved in theorising and empirically studying transformative social innovation, including case-studies on the global ecovillage movement and social entrepreneurship networks. As the academic director of the Transition Academy, she strives to co-create new learning environments to challenge people to think and act for radical change.

Prof. Andrea BASSI is Associate Professor in Sociology at the Department of Sociology and Business Law at the University of Bologna. He teaches “General Sociology”, “Sociology of Economy”, “Sociology of Nonprofit Organizations”, “Quantitative and Qualitative methods for Social Research” (https://www.unibo.it/sitoweb/andrea.bassi7).
His research interests include studies on nonprofit organizations in the field of social and health services, particularly concerning the relationships between public administration and nonprofit deliverers; and systems of measurement of organizational performance and social impact of nonprofit organizations. He has a PhD in “Sociology and Social Policy” and he is member of the School of Economics – University of Bologna – Forlì Campus.

Dr. Paul BENNEWORTH is a senior research associate at the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) at the University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands. Paul’s research focuses on the ways in which knowledge is used in ways that create new long-term development opportunities and pathways. His particular interest lies on the ways that universities and scientists relate with society in innovation and entrepreneurship activities. He is currently leading the Eu-SPRI Forum Project “Social Innovation Futures”.

Javier CASTRO SPILA is a Senior Research Fellow and Research Coordinator at Sinnergiak Social Innovation (University of the Basque Country). He has a Ph.D. in Philosophy, Science, Technology and Society (University of the Basque Country) and Master degree in Higher Education (University of Palermo/UNESCO). He has conducted studies in social innovation, creative industries, science and society, and talent and entrepreneurship. His main research areas are social innovation indicators; talent management in social innovation; social innovation and governance.

Helen CHAMBERS is a co-founder of Inspiring Scotland, one of the globe’s largest venture philanthropy organisations which invests both money and skills to the voluntary sector to improve social impact. Since launch it has invested £56m in 156 organisations, reaching 90,000 disadvantaged people. At Inspiring Scotland, Helen designed Link Up, recognised in the 2014 Scottish Government Ministerial report Equally Well Revisited. In the Civil Service as Head of Child Poverty she designed the £50m Working for Families Fund. She is a founder and active member of a number of voluntary organisations.

Carla CIPOLLA has been involved since 2004 in projects on design for social innovation in Europe, Africa and in Brazil where she is now associate professor of the UFRJ – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro / COPPE. Her activities emphasize international cooperative projects of relevance to specific Brazilian issues.  Carla was awarded her Phd in Design at Politecnico di Milano, where she started up a research and design activity on the interpersonal relational qualities of social innovations. She coordinates TRANSIT (Transformative Social Innovation Theory) research activities in Brazil.

Dmitri DOMANSKI is researcher and lecturer at TU Dortmund University. Member of the lead partner team of the EU large-scale research project SI-DRIVE: Social Innovation – Driving Force of Social Change. Co-founder of the European School of Social Innovation (ESSI) and of “Fundación para la Innovación Social” (LaFIS, Chile). Lecturer and co-ordinator at summer schools and courses on social innovation in Europe and Latin America. Keynote speaker at social innovation events. Co-authored i.a. “Rethinking Social Entrepreneurship” and “Social Innovation in Latin America: The Chilean Case”.

Adina DUMITRU is a Social and Environmental Psychology researcher at the University of A Coruna, Spain, and a member of the People-Environment Research Group. She is currently involved in two large scale FP-7 projects. In GLAMURS (“Green Lifestyles, Alternative Models and Upscaling Regional Sustainability” –  www.glamurs.eu ) she is leading  empirical work investigating the role of different psychological factors in (un)sustainable lifestyle choices, and is part of the coordination team of the project. In TRANSIT (“Transformative Social Innovation Theory” – www.transitsocialinnovation.eu), she is involved in developing a theory of social innovation, by bringing psychological theory into the conceptualization of processes of agency and empowerment, as well as in the study of social learning processes in social innovation initiatives. She has been a Fulbright Scholar in Political Psychology at Washington State University. She has taught courses in Social Psychology as Assistant Professor at the West University of Timisoara, has been a visiting lecturer at the University of A Coruna (Spain), a member of the sustainability network of the University of Umea (Sweden) and has also been a visiting researcher at the National Autonomous University of México.

Giulio ECCHIA is Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics, University of Bologna and Professorial Lecturer of Economics at the Johns Hopkins University, Bologna Center. His research interests include the economics of cooperative firms and social enterprises, corporate governance and stakeholder theory and the economics of regulation. He is member of the board of the Social Economy and Civil Society Integrated Research Team of the University of Bologna, a multidisciplinary research group of scholars working on themes such as social economy, social innovation, third sector and civil society. He is member of the scientific committee of ECONOMETICA (Italian University network on Business Ethics and CSR) and of the scientific committee of AICCON (Italian Association for the Promotion of Cooperative and Non-profit Culture).

Harry FULGENCIO, a scientific researcher for the Institute of Tax Law and Economics, Leiden University, The Netherlands. A former lecturer for Research Method. His theoretical research output include the following topics: living labs, business model, e-health and social innovation, He specializes on qualitative and design research method. His PhD research will be about Social Value of an Innovation Ecosystem. Some of his research interests are: social value (value generated for the/a society), IT strategy for businesses/social innovation, Living Labs, and Information technology.

Thorvald GRAN is researcher and professor emeritus of political science at the University of Bergen, Norway. He graduated as PhD in 1987 including his doctoral thesis on the role of the state in the industrialization of Norway. He worked as a researcher at the New School, Centre for study of social change. He carried out a research project on development aid to countries in eastern and southern Africa. Publication: Professionalism in African states, with Appiah and Chimanikire and Aid and entrepreneurship in Tanzania. Head of research project politics and trust in South Africa. Researcher Plaas, University of Western Cape. Funded by NUFU. Publications on land reform in South Africa. Research project on how speech-acting organizes. Publications on the power of language, on rationality as reasoning. Publication science in practice 2012 (in Norwegian) and on hermeneutic methods.

Alex HAXELTINE is Senior Research Fellow in the 3S group at the University of East Anglia. His main research interest concerns the deeper psychological, social, and cultural transformations associated with transitions to sustainability in the coming decades. Over the last ten years he has led research on sustainability and societal transitions in several key European research projects. In the EC-funded (FP7) project TRANSIT (Transformative Social Innovation Theory) he is leading a work-package charged with developing a new empirically-grounded theory of transformative social innovation.

Christoph KALETKA has been working as scientific researcher and consultant at sfs, TU Dortmund, since 2003, and as co-ordinator of the sfs research area “Labour and Education in Europe” since 2009, and as member of the management board since 2011. His main fields of work are social innovation and digital inclusion. Christoph Kaletka is coordinating the FP7 large-scale project “Social innovation – Driving Force of Social Change (SI-DRIVE)” and the Leonardo da Vinci project “Trans e-facilitator”, focusing on organizational and staff development in digital learning centres.

Maria KLEVERBECK studied economics at the University Duisburg-Essen and Ruhr-Universität Bochum with a focus on microeconomics and econometrics. She graduated in 2014 as a Master of Science in Economics with her thesis on the effect of parental unemployment on children´s labour market entry. Since 2014, she has been working as researcher at the department of Innovation, Space & Culture at the Institute for Work and Technology. Her present areas of interest include social innovation from an economic perspective and in a labour market specific context.

Prof. Dr. György KOCZISZKY is Professor of the University of Miskolc and member of the Hungarian National Bank’s Monetary Council. His main research field is modelling the macro- and mezoeconomic processes and making econometric analysis.

Iris KUNZE, PhD is educated as a geographer and sociologist, working at the Center of Global Change and Sustainability at the BOKU University, Vienna. Since 2002 she started researching and teaching sociology, community living and sustainable life styles at the University of Muenster. Between 2011 and 13, she served in coordinating the doctoral school of sustainable development (dokNE) at BOKU. Her research interests focus on transition studies, social innovation, sustainability, communities and ecovillages, social movements, social ecology, governance and socialization.

Noel LONGHURST, PhD works within the Science, Society and Sustainability research group at the University of East Anglia, UK. His current work focuses on socio-technical change with a particular focus on energy and economic systems. He has a particular research interest in the spatialities of innovation, the governance of technological change, and the role of civil society in innovation and transition processes. Empirically, his research has focused on energy transitions, complementary currencies, the Transition Towns movement and alternative food initiatives.

Álvaro LUNA is a Researcher at Sinnergiak Social Innovation. He holds a PhD in Sociology and a Masters Degree in Management of Innovation and Knowledge by the University of the Basque Country. He is interested in the urban and socio-cultural challenges and dynamics that operate and influence social changing processes, and social innovations inside city regions. He has also focused on the study of cultural industries and their impact and development inside cities.

Jeremy MILLARD is Senior Research Fellow at Brunel University London, and Senior Policy Adviser at the Danish Technological Institute in Denmark. He coordinated the recent TEPSIE project on SI in Europe, looking especially at digital SI, and is current working on the SI-DRIVE project responsible for the poverty reduction WP. He has worked for many years on e-inclusion issues and published on the digital divide. He is currently working with the UN on innovating public service delivery for sustainable development and the role of good governance in addressing poverty and social marginalisation.

Nicolás MONGE IRIARTE is a researcher and social entrepreneur. He is the founder and president of a Chilean organization “La Fundación para la Innovación Social” (Social Innovation Foundation). It is dedicated to promoting the concept and practice of social innovation. Also Nicolás founded bottomapp.org, a web application that allows users to express problems and possible solutions on an online map. He is an expert in social innovation methodologies and community intervention. He has conducted social innovation courses in Chile and Colombia. Now Nicolás is working as a visiting researcher in the TU Dortmund University.

Peter OEIJ is a senior researcher at TNO, Netherlands. Peter is fascinated by what happens at the crossing border of organisations and people. His projects are in the field of innovation management, workplace innovation and social innovation. He for example studies the dynamics of teams responsible for innovation, and helps teams to become more ‘innovation resilient’. Peter leads the WP Employment in the SI-Drive project; he recently finished a European research on workplace innovation in Europe, together with six EU institutes.

Bonno PEL is a postdoctoral researcher at Université Libre de Bruxelles. He has a background in transitions studies, public administration and political philosophy. For the TRANSIT project he works on the governance aspects of transformative social innovation.

Bastian PELKA is co-ordinator of the research unit “Education and Labour in Europe” at Social Research Centre – Central Scientific Institute of Technische Universität Dortmund. His fields of research are education, digital divide, social innovation and ICT for learning and inclusion. He is working on EU level predominantly, engaged in several FP7 and H2020 projects. Dr. Pelka earned his PhD in communication science and is senior lecturer at Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences, lecturing on ICT for vulnerable people.

Egoitz POMARES is a Researcher and Project Manager at Sinnergiak Social Innovation – University of the Basque Country. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (major in Economics) by the University of Deusto, an Executive MBA and MA in Social Innovation. His principal areas of interest are subjects relating to Workplace Innovation; in particular the analysis of public policies for workforce development and skills utilisation, knowledge management, transfer and impact.

PD Dr. Dieter REHFELD, born in 1951, studied political science, modern history, psychology and sociology. His doctoral thesis was about political theory in the field of energy policy and the habilitation on cluster politics. He is heading the research department “Innovation, Space & Culture” at the Institute for Work and Technology of the Westphalian University Gelsenkirchen, Recklinghausen, Bocholt and he is member of the faculty of the social science at the Ruhr University Bochum. His research activities root in regional studies and regional policy as well as in innovation studies.

Gabriel RISSOLA is Managing Director of Telecentre-Europe, the pan-European network of digital learning & empowerment centres, and Partner at D-O-T Research & Consulting (Barcelona). Former Senior Researcher at EC’s JRC-IPTS (2010-2012), EC Evaluator (2004-2010) and UN Senior Consultant (1990-2009), was an Internet pioneer in the ‘90s and a dotcom & electronic media entrepreneur in the transition to the new century. His interest is focused on understanding and enabling the conditions in which ICT can accelerate or catalyse social and economic changes in a globalized society.

Maria SCHWARZ-WÖLZL gained her M.A. in Sociology at the University of Vienna and works as senior researcher at ZSI since 1998. Her projects focus on diversity, ageing society issues and sustainability. She participated in number of EU-projects, with focus on design and application of participatory technology development processes.

Anette SCOPPETTA is senior researcher at the Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI) in Vienna, Austria. Anette managed the ZSI-unit “Work and Equal Opportunities” and was ZSI-Board Member from 2002-2015. She has worked extensively on labour market and employment policies, regional economic development and projects in the field of demographic change, new forms of governance, social dialogue and participation. Anette also lectures “Active Ageing” at the University of Innsbruck and for the Master of Arts in Social Innovation at the Danube University Krems. Anette has a PhD in Social and Economic Sciences.

Tim STRASSER works as junior researcher I on the EU-funded TRANSIT project, exploring transformative social innovation like Impact Hubs, Ashoka and Ecovillages to understand and support the emergence of a more sustainable and just “New Economy”. More practically, he works as facilitator with rootAbility to support sustainable organizational change, particularly at universities around Europe. His specialties include: sustainability and transformative social change, facilitation & training, interactive games, transdisciplinary research, photography, out-of-the-box- and integrative thinking.

Alfonso UNCETA is the Director of Sinnergiak Social Innovation Centre and Professor at the University of the Basque Country. He has a Ph.D. in Sociology and Political Science (University of the Basque Country), and has published more than forty different papers and books on his research topic on academic change in education, social responsibility, participation and social innovation. He has managed and lead several action-research projects on social knowledge management, public policies on social innovation and corporate social responsibility.

Elisabeth UNTERFRAUNER holds a master degree in Psychology and a postgradual degree in Clinical Psychology and Health Psychology. She gained her PhD in interdisciplinary fields of pedagogy and social sciences. Unterfrauner has been a lecturer at the University of Vienna for several and works as senior researcher at the Centre for Social Innovation in the Department of Technology and Knowledge. She has been involved in EU funded projects that aim at approaching different disadvantaged groups. Elisabeth has been an expert evaluator for the European Commission in recent years.

Nadia VON JACOBI holds a PhD in Economics, Law and Institutions (Institute for Advanced Study, Pavia), a Master in Advanced Development Economics (University of Florence) and a Bachelor in Social Sciences for Cooperation and Development (University of Pavia). Her research interests include Development Economics, Institutional Change, Methodology and Methodological Development, Social Sustainability, Social Innovation, Poverty and Inequality, Institutional Theory. She is currently post-doctoral researcher for the EU-FP7 project CRESSI Creating Economic Space for Social Innovation.

Rafael ZIEGLER studied philosophy and economics at the London School of Economics and at McGill University. In 2009, he founded GETIDOS (Getting things done sustainably) a social-ecological research platform in Greifswald and Berlin (www.getidos.net). In 2012, he co-initiated the Big Jump Challenge – the European Youth Campaign for Water Conservation (www.bigjumpchallenge.net). With the GETIDOS-Team he published Social Entrepreneurship In The Water Sector. Getting Things Done Sustainably (2014), and with members of the Big Jump Crew “Following Gandhi. Social Entrepreneurship as a Non-Violent Way of Communicating Sustainability Challenges” (In: Sustainability 2014).