Louise Pulford is the Director of SIX. She has been responsible for growing the network over the last 6 years, and worked on the SIX project since its inception in 2008, and through its incubation at the Young Foundation. Louiseco-manages the European consortium who has run Social Innovation Europe (SIE) since 2011. Louise regularly speakers on the value of networks and delivers social innovation workshops all over the world. Prior to running SIX,Louise worked on a variety of projects at the Young Foundation, including coordinating its international work and the development of the UpRising leadership programme. Prior to that, Louise worked at a small social issues consultancy firm in Beijing. She has an MSc in East Asian Studies.
HARVEY KOH (IN)
Harvey Koh is a Managing Director at FSG where he co-leads the Inclusive Markets approach area. Based in Mumbai, he works with both impact enterprises and ecosystem actors to develop and scale business models that benefit the poor, spanning a range of sectors including housing, water and healthcare. Harvey also directs research to help advance global thinking and practice in impact enterprise and impact investing. He has lead-authored key reports including From Blueprint to Scale, which introduced the notion of the ‘pioneer gap’ in impact enterprise, and Beyond the Pioneer, which makes the case for the practice of ‘industry facilitation’ to help new models overcome barriers to scale. Previously, Harvey was the founding head of programmes at Private Equity Foundation (now Impetus-PEF), a London-based venture philanthropy organisation focused on scaling up highly effective nonprofits helping young people break the cycle of disadvantage. Harvey was born and raised in Malaysia.
CAROLYN CURTIS (AU)
Carolyn Curtis is CEO of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI), one of Australia’s most respected social enterprises focussed on addressing challenging social issues. Carolyn leads TACSI’s vision for systems that deliver real and sustainable social outcomes, through working with the people facing the challenges we are trying to solve.
Carolyn brings to TACSI over 15 years of experience at the front-line and in management in the social sector, including as founding Director of TACSI’s Family by Family program which won the NAPCAN award for Innovation and the International Good Design Australia award in Service Design.
Carolyn is also a leader of social innovation beyond TACSI, as a Director for the Social Innovation Exchange, the world’s leading social innovation network, and in leading a number of initiatives for better social outcomes nationally and as a judge for the Good Design Australia ‘Social Innovation’ Awards.
CATHY GLOVER (CA)
Cathy Glover is the Director, Community Investment and Suncor Energy Foundation and has been working with the Suncor for 16 years. For the 20 years prior to that she worked in the social benefit sector in areas of health, education, sport and child services. While working with Suncor she has also gained a greater appreciation of working with Indigenous people and organizations. After reading page 47 of Frances Westley’s Getting to Maybe, Cathy has lead the Suncor Energy Foundation team through a shift in strategy from funding unique programs, to embracing social innovation, collaboration and collective impact to build sustainable and resilient communities. Through the investment in leaders and organizations that are engaging in social innovation and by bringing those leaders together the Suncor Energy Foundation has been able to strengthen and create new networks, increase resiliency and help to establish new processes to examine energy futures, community capacity and resilience, and Indigenous innovation. Along the way, the Foundation has also been able to learn that social innovation can lead to shared value and has been able to participate in the formation of the company’s first stated social sustainability goal.
ELLA SALTMARSHE (UK)
Trained as an anthropologist, Ella Saltmarshe is a specialist in innovation, systems change and story. With a background in international development she has worked all over the world, including India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kosovo & Latin America. She is co-founder of The Comms Lab, a social enterprise focused on systemic change in the advertising industry. She is also co-founder of the Point People, a collective of innovators, creatives and entrepreneurs focused on systemic change. Ella co-founded Systems Changers with Oxford University, co-authoredBuilding the Language of Systems Change with the Said Business School & The Chartered Institute of Accountants, and works across sectors to design and deliver systemic initiatives.
Ella’s writing for stage and screen is represented by The Agency. Her writing on creativity, innovation and social change has been published in Fast Company, The Financial Times, Creative Review, Wired & ID Magazine.
ALICE EVANS (UK)
Alice Evans is the Director of Systems Change at Lankelly Chase Foundation. She has a history of working with homeless people and joined the organisation to work on whole systems change that starts with the needs of the individual and their family. Lankelly Chase seeks to bring about change that will transform the quality of life of people who face severe and multiple disadvantage.
RACHAEL BROWN (SCT)
Rachael Brown is 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 also Future Leader at Entrepreneurial Scotland, Social Entrepreneur in Residence with Social Investment Scotland, Chairperson at Youth Theatre Arts Scotland and Fellowship Councillor for Scotland at RSA.
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.
GABRIELLA GÓMEZ-MONT (MX)
Gabriella Gómez-Mont is the founder of Laboratorio para la Ciudad, the experimental arm /creative think tank of the Mexico City government, reporting to the Mayor. The Lab is a place to reflect about all things city and to explore other social scripts and urban futures for the largest megalopolis in the western hemisphere, working across diverse areas, such as urban creativity, mobility, governance, civic tech, public space etc.
Gabriella is a journalist, visual artist, a director of documentary films, as well as a creative advisor to several cities, universities and companies. She is also a TED speaker, TED Senior Fellow, an MIT Director´s Fellow, a Yale World Fellow, an Institute for the Future Fellow, a World Cities Summit Young Leader and part of the international advisory committee for the Mayor of Seoul on Social Innovation. She was recently named one of the 100 most creative people by Fast Company magazine.
DR DUNCAN GREEN (UK)
Dr. Duncan Green is Senior Strategic Adviser at Oxfam GB, Professor in Practice in International Development at the London School of Economics, honorary Professor of International Development at Cardiff University and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Development Studies.
He is author of How Change Happens (OUP, October 2016) and From Poverty to Power: How Active Citizens and Effective States can Change the World (Oxfam International, 2008, second edition 2012). His daily development blog can be found on http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/.
He was previously Oxfam’s Head of Research, a Visiting Fellow at Notre Dame University, a Senior Policy Adviser on Trade and Development at the Department for International Development (DFID), a Policy Analyst on trade and globalization at CAFOD, the Catholic aid agency for England and Wales and Head of Research and Engagement at the Just Pensions project on socially responsible investment.
He is the author of several books on Latin America including Silent Revolution: The Rise and Crisis of Market Economics in Latin America (2003, 2 nd edition), Faces of Latin America (2012, 4th edition) and Hidden Lives: Voices of Children in Latin America and the Caribbean (1998).
He can be contacted on email@example.com or on twitter at @fp2p.
EZIO MANZINI (IT)
For more than two decades EzioManzini has been working in the field of design for sustainability. Most recently, his interests have focussed on social innovation, considered as a major driver of sustainable changes, and on what design can do to support it. In this perspective he started and currently coordinates, DESIS: an international network of schools of design and other design-related organisations specifically active in the field of design for social innovation and sustainability (http://www.desis-network.org).
Presently, he is Honorary Professor at the Politecnico di Milano and Guest Professor at Tongji University (Shanghai) and Jiangnan University (Wuxi).
His most recent book is “Design, When Everybody Designs. An Introduction to Design for Social Innovation”, MIT Press 2015. This book has been published (until now) in English, Spanish, Chinese and Korean.
HEIDER RIDHA (UK)
Heider Ridha is a Principal at Bain and Company, advising Corporate CEOs, Investment Fund Executives and Government Leaders on their most important strategic issues.
His key areas of focus include Energy, Private Equity, Industrialization, Social Impact and Consumer Goods. He has worked extensively on growth, bottom-line and governance improvement projects.
Heider has worked in more than 30 countries across 5 continents, speaks 8 languages and holds a magna cum laude Master in Chemical Engineering.
During his time at Bain and previously as Investment Manager at the World Bank’s Private Sector Development team he has supported Heads of State and Ministers across the world to develop inclusive and competitive industries.
Heider has led Bain’s Social Impact practice in London for over 5 years, through which more than 150 Bainies provide strategic advice to leading impact funds, social enterprises, charities and NGOs. His work in this space has covered education, economic development and sustainability.
Through Bain’s Social Impact practice Heider has supported global and local organisations driving social change, including Endeavour, Acumen, Ark, SBT, UnLtd, Impetus PEF, NCS, CDP, among many others.
Heider strongly believes this world is becoming a better place every day and that each of us can play an important role in this journey.
LIESBET PEETERS (UK)
Liesbet Peeters, Founding and Managing Partner of D. Capital Partners.
Liesbet is a known expert in the impact investment space, with strong investor relationships, deep understanding of financial solutions to development challenges, and extensive experience investing in Sub Saharan Africa and Latin America. Over the last 15 years, Liesbet has built up extensive experience assisting private foundations, family offices and institutional public-private partnerships in building up impact investment portfolios and fund structures in emerging markets.
Liesbet is recognized as a leader in financial product structuring for international development, having led the creation of products such as HUGinsure, a social insurance platform, and development impact bonds, including the Mozambique Malaria Performance Bond ad Cameroon Cataract Performance Bond. Prior to joining Dalberg and co-founding D. Capital, she founded an investment advisory firm, Lapiluz Advisory Services, served as the CFO/Investor Relations Manager with Capricorn Venture Partners and an Investment Officer at the IFC. Liesbet holds a MBA from MIT Sloan and a Master’s degree in Commercial Engineering from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.
NISHANT LALWANI (UK)
Nishant Lalwani is the Chief Operating Officer at GIF. Nishant leads the fund's strategy development and operations and chairs GIF's investment committee. Nishant also runs GIF's portfolio team, which is responsible for increasing the social value created by the institutions GIF invests in. Prior to GIF, Nishant was a founder of the Monitor Inclusive Markets group in India that focused on market-based solutions for poverty. In this role he worked directly with the CEOs of many social enterprises in India to help drive growth. He also worked with the UNDP in Zambia, where he helped develop new financing products for supply chains that engaged small businesses. Nishant began his career a strategy consultant with Marakon Associates, and he sits on the board of Shivia, a multinational non-profit that supports livelihood creation. He has written extensively on taking social innovations to scale and has been published in the Harvard Business Review. Nishant holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering and a B.A. in General Engineering from Cambridge University.
PREETI SINHA (IN)
Ms. Preeti Sinha is the Senior President & Glocal Convenor of YES Institute; a practicing think tank at YES Bank. YES Institute is one of the leading private sector global think-tank based in Delhi, with a mission to catalyze private capital into development and growth of India.
Prior to this appointment, she was the Chief Performance Management Partner in the Delivery and Performance Office at the African Development Bank (AfDB), leading multilateral development bank for Africa. She was engaged in increasing the delivery of the business pipeline at the AfDB and achievement of its institutional commitments and initiatives.
She has worked extensively on financing for development under Resource Mobilization and Strategy Development in over 4 continents –Asia, North America, Europe and Africa. With over 25 years of global experience, she leads the YES Institute in New Delhi. She was Project Director for an extensive period for the Financing for Development (FfD) Initiative at the World Economic Forum in Geneva and Davos, Switzerland. She has prior experience of over 15 years in investment banking for HSBC, Rabobank, Lehman Brothers and JP Morgan in London, Hong Kong, Mumbai and New York.
Giulio Quaggiotto is a Nesta Associate. Until recently, he was Senior Programme Manager with Nesta’s Innovation Skills team, responsible for advising international development and public sector organisations on the implementation of their innovation strategies.
Prior to joining Nesta, Giulio managed the Jakarta Lab of the UN Global Pulse, a flagship innovation initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General on big data for public policy. He also set up UNDP’s first innovation practice with a focus on Eurasia.
Giulio’s development experience also includes stints at WWF, UN University and the World Bank. His interests include user driven innovation and the social side of data innovation. Giulio is a regular speaker at international conferences on the intersection of social innovation, technology and international development.
MARCELLO PALAZZI (NL)
Marcello Palazzi BSc, MSc, MBA is the Founder President of Progressio Foundation for Human Progress (Rotterdam) and Co-Founder & Board Member of B Lab Europe (Amsterdam). He is the Chairman of the SIX Executive Board.
Marcello is a serial entrepreneur for human progress. Following 11 years as co-head of his international family business in environmental technologies from Italy and the UK in the 80s and early 90s, he founded Progressio Foundation, which has completed 300 projects in 30 countries with dozens of partners under his leadership, in pursuit of the ‘civic economy’, ‘civic enterprise’ and ‘civic innovation', which Palazzi wrote about in 1990 in a pamphlet which has proved prescient, predicting the rise of CSR, sustainability, public-private partnerships, ethical investments, social enterprise and other forms of a more ‘integrative’ economy and enterprise: www.progressio.org.
Since 2014, Marcello has been leading the B Corp movement in continental Europe from Amsterdam: www.bcorporation.eu.
CHARLES LEADBEATER (UK)
Charles Leadbeater works internationally as an independent adviser on innovation to governments, cities and organisations both public and private.
The New York Times anointed his idea, The Pro-Am Revolution, as one of the biggest global ideas of the last decade. His 1997 Demos report The Rise of the Social Entrepreneur was one of the first in the UK to predict the rise of the social entrepreneurship movement, with which he has been closely involved ever since.
His most recent book on education – The Problem Solvers – argues that in an age of smart machines and artificial intelligence education systems need to help young people to learn to be more human, by being more empathetic and more creative.
He was an advisor to Prime Minister Tony Blair and his governments, including writing the 1998 White Paper Building the Knowledge Driven Economy. Between 1997 and 2007 he worked as an advisor at several government departments including the DCMS and the Department of Education.
Charles was the first chair of the start-up social enterprise Apps 4 Good, a winner of the £500,000 Google Global Impact Challenge in 2013.
He lives in Higbury, north London, with his wife Geraldine. They have four children.