Locating Social Entrepreneurship in the Global South: Innovations in Development Aid

March 12, 2013 // 9:00am5:00pm

Social Entrepreneurship blurs the boundaries between civil society, the state, and the market. The term embraces a range of activities, organizations, and individuals including non-governmental organizations, commercial enterprises, and entrepreneurs that aim for social and economic value creation. This conference will showcase the latest in practice and academic research on the role that social entrepreneurship can play in meeting international development goals and empowering the poor.

Leading scholars, practitioners, and policymakers will highlight innovation and alternative solutions to the world’s most pressing social problems.  Panel discussion will focus on international development aid and innovation, financing of social enterprise, and local context and social economic empowerment.  Through dialogue and debate, the conference will advance the theoretical understanding of the concept of social entrepreneurship as well as explore its practical applications in the global south.  

This conference is organized as a part of the International Research Network on Social Economic Empowerment (IRENE|SEE) initiated and sponsored by Siemens Stiftung and coordinated by Zeppelin University.


5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
Event Speakers List: 
  • Professor of Economics and Public Policy and Director, Center for the Study of African Economies, Oxford University
  • Visiting Scholar, Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society
  • Founder and Co-CEO, SalaUno, Mexico City
  • Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
  • Ashoka Fellow and Founder, Akili Holdings, Nairobi
  • Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy and Director, Initiative for Responsible Investment, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Chief Executive Officer, US, Bamboo Finance
  • Professor of Management, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University
  • President and CEO, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
  • Project Manager, Social Enterprise and Impact Investing, UN Global Compact


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