Ada Wong founded the Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture (HKICC), a unique non-profit organization whose mission is education innovation and a creative civil society. Among other projects, HKICC founded Hong Kong’s only “art high school”, the HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity and Ada is the School’s supervisor.
She also founded the Make A Difference (MaD) initiative, a continuing platform to groom the next generation of creative leaders and innovative changemakers in Asia. Ada’s latest social venture is The Good Lab, an inspiring co-working space and a collaborative community for social innovation and entrepreneurship development in Hong Kong.
Ada was an elected member of the Urban Council and Wan Chai District Council between 1995 and 2008 with the last four years as Chairperson of the Wan Chai District Council. Ada received her BA (Hons) from Pomona College, California, USA and M Ed from the University of Hong Kong.
Dr. Anil Gupta is a globally renowned scholar in the area of grassroots innovation. He is the founder of the Honey Bee Network, a crucible of like-minded individuals, innovators, farmers, scholars, academics, policy makers, entrepreneurs and NGOs, which now reaches 75 countries
After finishing his Bachelors in Agriculture, he went on to complete his MSc (Biochemical Genetics) from Haryana Agricultrual University. Dr. Gupta has been a professor at the Centre for Management in Agriculture, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad since 1981. In 1986, he earned a PhD in Management from Kurukshetra University. Various positions held by him in IIM-A include Chairperson of Research and Publications, Chairperson of Ravi J Matthai Centre for Educational Innovation and Kasturbhai Lalbhai Chair in Entrepreneurship.
Dr. Gupta wrote the book ‘Grassroots Innovation: Minds on the Margin are not Marginal Minds’ in 2016. Published by Penguin Books India, the book is a compilation of his empirical research on ingenious solutions and innovations crafted by common individuals, targeting local problems faced by local communities.
Bugra Celik has a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University and a Master’s degree in Business from Istanbul Bilgi University. Bugra started his entrepreneurship journey when he was a freshman student. Since then, he has focused on building communities around products, ideas and companies. His latest venture is Ahtapot, a start-up that allows NGOs to build their own private social network. He also works with several start-ups as an advisor on growth and investment.
Currently, he works as the Director of imece.
Having almost 20 years of experience in Project Management and Implementation, Bülent Özcan has been working as the Director of the Project Implementation in the Ministry for EU Affairs in Turkey since 2010. Prior to this position, he served as the assistant expert, expert and coordinator within the Ministry.
After gaining his Bachelor’s Degree in the Department of International Relations in Middle East Technical University in 1999, he completed the Master’s Programme on the European Union Economy at the EU Institute of Marmara University. He also attended the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Programme in 2011.
He has an outstanding role in managing project portfolio in the fields of capacity building of civil society, improving the legal environment, strengthening public-CSO dialogue, social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, volunteerism, civic innovation and strengthening the civil society dialogue between Turkey and EU.
Alongside his experience, he takes the lead for the development of “Civil Society Sector Strategy of Turkey”, which is one of the fundamental sector within EU Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA) Funding to Turkey and responsible for programming and management of “civil society sector” under IPA Funding.
Caitriona Fay is a senior philanthropic leader in Australia. She has fifteen years of private family and institutional grantmaking experience in Australia and Europe.
At Perpetual, Caitriona oversees approximately 1,000 charitable trusts and endowments, and more than $3bn in community funds. Under her management, Perpetual’s clients distribute more than $100million annually through philanthropic trusts, estates, and endowments.
Prior to her time with Perpetual, Caitriona has worked in government and philanthropy via The Ian Potter Foundation and The Heritage Lottery fund in both Scotland and England. Outside of Perpetual, Caitriona is a leader in genderwise and LGBTQIA+ philanthropy in Australia.
Caitriona is a founding board member of The Channel, Australia’s first sexuality-sex-and gender-diverse giving circle, reflecting her passion for the power of democratised philanthropy. Caitriona is also a founding member of Melbourne’s Women’s Fund, and an Australian member of the International Women’s Forum.
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.
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.He was an advisor to Prime Minister Tony Blair and his governments. 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.
Chris Sigaloff is a longtime social innovator fascinated by our society’s transitions. Her primary focus is on putting innovative ideas into action and to find new approaches, strategies and (design) interventions for complex social problems.
For the last 10 years she was the director of Kennisland, a think tank for social innovation, where she developed many innovative programmes, methods and startups, such as Education Pioneers (an innovation fund for teachers), LinC (a school for cultural changemakers), the Kafka Brigade (a method to tackle bureaucracy) and Social Labs (a laboratory for social change). The common element to all these initiatives is the idea that innovation and learning go hand in hand, that theory must support practice, rather than the other way around, and that asking questions can be more powerful than knowing the answers.
Chris regularly advises, speaks and teaches on social innovation. Currently she is an advisor for the Council of Culture and serves on the board of various public organisations.
Duygu Kambur has a Bachelor's degree in Management from Bogazici University and gained experience in business development, project management, brand management, strategy and operations in the fields of civil society, art and entrepreneurship throughout her studies. Following her graduation she worked at Garanti Bank in the department of Corporate Communication and Brand Management. Since she wanted to deepen her knowledge on social impact, she moved to Berlin to do a Master's in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at TU Berlin. While pursuing her Master's degree, she studied Design Thinking in the HPI School of Design Thinking and worked on social impact oriented design; participated in Climate KIC programs supporting entrepreneurship on climate change. She started her thesis on examining the social innovation ecosystem in Turkey.
Since November 2016, she has served as the head of business development and strategy at imece, a social innovation platform based in Istanbul. She triggers social change on several fields from early-stage social entrepreneurship to developing multistakeholder projects and partnerships to strengthen the social innovation ecosystem. She has recently spoken in Istanbul Development Dialogues conducted by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and GEC 2018 Istanbul.
Ella Saltmarshe’s work sits at the intersection of culture and systems change. In 2018 she published Using Story to Change Systems in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. She’s currently working with funders, CSOs and the creative industries on how to most effectively use culture to change systems.
Trained as an anthropologist, Ella started her career working in international development. Here she realised the limitations of atomised responses to complex issues and returned to the UK to develop the field of systems change. She co-founded systems change network The Point People, worked with the University of Oxford to develop The Systems Compass, co-wrote Keywords: Building a Language for Systems Change & and has worked across sectors to design and deliver systemic initiatives.
Alongside this work she simultaneously realised the importance of culture in systems change, co-founding the Comms Lab to pioneer purpose driven innovation in advertising, co-authoring Reclaiming Agency: How to Save Advertising (and create a better world) and co-designing the Reclaiming Agency leadership programme funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.
Ella also harnesses the power of creativity in very practical ways with initiatives like SHEvotes. Her writing on innovation and social change has been published in The Guardian, The Financial Times, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Wired, Monocle, Fast Company & Creative Review.
Born in Istanbul in 1984, Mehmet Emre Zorlu graduated from the Electrical and Electronic Engineering department at Koç University in 2006. He attended a master program at Essex University in the UK on Innovation and Technology Management. After completing his master program in 2008, Emre Zorlu Joined Vestel Elektronik as a board member in 2009, and he assumed active positions at Vestel on the areas of consumer electronics, white goods, digital products, information technologies, LED lighting and defense.
Between 2010 and 2014, he worked as a Board Member at Zorlu Center project which was built with an investment of USD 2.5 billion as a complex involving residences, a shopping center, offices, a performing arts center and a five-star hotel.
In addition to being a board member at Zorlu Holding and some other holding companies, Emre Zorlu is also, since 2015, a member of the Board of Directors at Vestel Ventures, which seeks to support and provide funds to the entrepreneurs in many fields including technology, innovation and IP investments.
Mehmet Emre Zorlu is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Turkish Entrepreneurship Foundation, a Social Innovation Exchange (SIX) Global Council partner, and a member of the Endeavor Turkey.
For more than two decades, Ezio Manzini 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. In this perspective he started DESIS: an international network of schools of design specifically active in the field of design for social innovation and sustainability.
Presently, he is Distinguished Professor on Design for Social Innovation a Elisava-Design School and Engineering, Barcelona; Honorary Professor at the Politecnico di Milano; and Guest Professor at Tongji University (Shanghai) and Jiangnan University (Wuxi).
Most recent books: “Design, When Everybody Designs. An Introduction to Design for Social Innovation”, MIT Press 2015 (translated until now in 7 languages); and The Politics of Everyday. Life Projects that Change the World, Bloomsbury (November 2018).
Geoff Mulgan is Chief Executive of Nesta, and has been in post since June 2011. Under his leadership Nesta has moved out of the public sector to become a charity (in 2012), launched a range of new initiatives in investment, programmes and research, and has implemented a new strategy involving partnerships with other funders in the UK and internationally.
From 2004-2011 he was the first Chief Executive of the Young Foundation, which became a leading centre for social innovation, combining research, creation of new ventures and practical projects.
Between 1997 and 2004 Geoff had various roles in the UK government including director of the Government’s Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister’s office. Before that he was the founder and director of the think-tank Demos.
He is currently chair of the Studio Schools Trust and the Social Innovation Exchange.
Gorka Espiau Idoiaga is Professor of Practice at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Montreal (CIRM-McGill University) and Senior Fellow at the “Agirre Lehendakaria Center for Social and Political Studies”, a collaborative research project to share internationally the Basque case of socio-economic transformation under extreme difficulties. Espiau is also a Senior Fellow at the Young Foundation, founding partner of Social Innovation Laboratory Koop (SILK) and advisor to the Work4Progress initiative powered by La Caixa Foundation Previously, he served as Senior Adviser to the Executive Office of the Basque President.
Gorka Espiau is also a former Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace and a former Senior Associate to CICR (Columbia University). He initiated his professional career in Elkarri, the Movement for Dialogue and Accord in the Basque Country. Espiau is the author of “Pluja Seca” (TV3 2011) and “Parlem les Lluls” (TV3 2012) documentaries and is co-author of many articles and publications on social change.
Harvey Koh is a Managing Director at FSG where he co-leads the Inclusive Markets approach area. Based between Mumbai and London, he works to develop and scale business models that benefit poor and marginalised populations, spanning a range of sectors including housing, water and healthcare. Harvey also leads FSG’s partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation on market system innovation towards inclusive economies.
Harvey has lead-authored influential reports in the inclusive business and impact investing field including From Blueprint to Scale, which introduced the notion of the ‘pioneer gap’ and called for greater supply of more patient, risk-tolerant capital to bridge it. Until 2011, Harvey was the founding Head of Investment & Performance at Private Equity Foundation (now Impetus-PEF), a venture philanthropy fund established in London by leading U.S. and European private equity firms.
Harvey was born and raised in Malaysia.
Dr Itır Erhart studied philosophy and Western Languages & Literatures at Boğaziçi University. She completed her M.Phil in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge.
In 2001 she started teaching at Istanbul Bilgi University, Department of Media and Communication Systems. In 2006 she earned her PhD from Boğaziçi University in philosophy. In 2015 she became an associate professor. Itır is also the co-founder of two social enterprises, Adım Adım (Step by Step), and Açık Açık (Openly). In 2009 she was featured on CNN Turk’s "Turkey's Changemakers".
She was awarded a Ten Outstanding Persons (TOYP) award in 2010. In 2014 she became an Ashoka Fellow.
Karl Richter is Co-Founder and Executive Director of EngagedX, which specialises in providing bespoke consultancy, thought leadership, advocacy and policy work. He works internationally across private, public and social sectors. He is an experienced entrepreneur and has held numerous leadership, management and executive positions.
He is Head of Research and Knowledge for the UN’s Social Impact Fund (UNSIF), for whom he leads a global research consortium to improve the analytical framework for social impact investing; also a member of Groupe d’Experts de la Commission sur l’Entrepreneuriat Social (GECES), which is appointed by the European Commission to advise on its Social Business Initiative; sits on the OECD expert group on social impact investing; Senior Fellow of the Finance Innovation Lab, which was set to explore, innovate and evolve the financial system to sustain people and planet; Adviser to the Global Value Exchange, which is an open source database and platform for measuring social and environmental values.
Kerem Alper obtained a dual degree in Mathematics and Economics at Wesleyan University and completed his MBA at Stanford University along with a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Design from Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (dschool), where he was also a lecturer.
In 2012, Kerem was selected a Lightspeed Venture Partners Fellow through which he founded an agriculture software startup. Later on, he worked at Nest Labs which was acquired by Google in 2014. After Nest was sold to Google, he returned to Istanbul to establish ATÖLYE. In 2014, Kerem was awarded the Young Creative Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the British Council. He has
spoken at several conferences including the Stanford Entrepreneurship Conference, TEDxReset, Inspired Istanbul, Smart Cities Summit, and hello tomorrow.
Karem is also an adjunct professor at Ozyegin University and Istanbul Bilgi University on design thinking and innovation.
Kerem Okumuş is the founding partner and managing director of S360. He is an impact entrepreneur and successfully leveraged multiple social investments. He is the head of B Corp Turkey and official affiliate partner of Shared Value Initiative and a board member of imece. He worked for the World Bank to channel investment funding for climate adaptation.
Kerem was the head of business at the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe based in Budapest (REC) and also worked as the Deputy Director of the REC Country Office Turkey. He is a Chevening Scholar and completed the Sustainability Management Programme at TiasNimbas Business School/SCF. He has a post-graduate degree on International Studies from the University of Birmingham and an undergraduate degree on Political Science and International Relations from Bilkent University.
Kriss Deiglmeier is Chief Executive Officer of Tides Network, a global social enterprise. Kriss has more than 20 years of senior executive experience that spans the business, social enterprise, nonprofit, academic and philanthropic sectors. In 2016, she was named one of the “50 most influential women in Philanthropy” by Philanthropy Insider. In 2015, Tides granted over $150 million in the United States and in 110 countries globally. Before joining Tides, Kriss was the founding Executive Director for the Center for Social Innovation at Stanford.
Kriss is recognized as a pioneer in the field of social innovation and has presented internationally on social innovation, social entrepreneurship, design thinking and public-private partnerships as well as guest-lectured at Stanford Graduate School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, Hitotsubashi University, Kyoto University, and Kyushu University. Kriss developed and taught the course, “Social Innovation through Corporate Social Responsibility,” at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Kristin Wolff, thinker, doer, aspiring rainmaker. Kristin has worked in the social change space for over 15 years. She is a Senior Associate at Social Policy Research Associates (Oakland, CA), where she works on work – especially the #FutureofWork – and all things aimed community prosperity.
She has worked in communities large and small, rural and urban, in and outside the US. Kristin also runs thinkers + doers, and is “DIYing” her second masters – an un-degree comprising formal, informal, and experiential learning in HCD and innovation, open data and data journalism, and collaborative technologies. She also chairs a local nonprofit board, and is a three-time Hack Oregon Project alumna, a seven-time alumna SIX Social Innovation Schools, and a founding member of the Solutions Journalism network in Portland.
She lives in Portland, Oregon and likes bikes – and chocolate. Ask her about the Tomorrow Project.
Leonardo Letelier has over 20 years of experience in business, finance, and the social sector. Before
founding SITAWI, he spent 2 years as the director of the Economic Citizenship for All initiative for Ashoka. He also spent 8 years at McKinsey, advising clients on strategic and operational challenges, with a focus on the telecommunications and energy sectors. Prior to McKinsey, he worked in derivatives trading, and with CADE, the Brazilian antitrust agency.
He was elected a Synergos Senior Fellow and a Responsible Leader by the BMW Foundation. Leonardo is recognized as one of the pioneers in the Social Finance and Impact Investing landscape, globally and in Brazil having served as co-executive director of the Brazilian Social Finance Task Force. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and an Industrial Engineering degree from USP – University of São Paulo.
Louise Pulford is the Director of the Social Innovation Exchange (SIX), the world’s leading social innovation network. Louise has been responsible for building SIX over the last 6 years. Under her leadership, SIX spun out of the Young Foundation in 2013.
Louise is a seasoned speaker on the value of networks and social innovation globally, and regularly designs and facilitates social innovation training programmes for governments and universities around the world. Louise also publishes regular articles on networks and social innovation.
Louise has worked on social innovation with the European Commission since 2010 when she co-wrote a Study on Social Innovation for the Bureau of European Policy Advisors in 2010 and has since co-managed several large consortiums building communities of innovators across Europe, including the current Social Innovation Europe programme. Louise sits on the Mayor of Seoul’s Advisory group for social innovation.
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.
Since 2014, Marcello has been leading the B Corp movement in continental Europe from Amsterdam.
Martín Cosarinsky is the Director of Breadwinners, a grassroots charity selling organic artisan bread and supporting refugees with work. He is also a board member at Praxis, an organisation that provides vital support to vulnerable migrants. He has also lead a WASH implementation in rural Nicaragua and is an active volunteer for Refugee Youth. With vast experience in corporations like GSK and Lindt&Spruengli, he has established himself as a continuous improvement expert.
As part of the On Purpose leadership programme, Martin did a six month placement with the Social Innovation Exchange (SIX), helping with strategy and finance, building robust plans and scenario analysis. He now sits on the board for SIX.
Millie Begovic Radojevic works on bringing innovation to development. She works with teams (UNDP and national/local partners) across the region of Europe and CIS to find out new ways of tackling stubborn problems, test out fresh ideas and new perspectives in UNDP context.
Her main areas of expertise include social innovation and change management; design thinking, user innovation, citizen engagement, foresight, social network analysis, tech and complexity science and development as well as natural resource planning, disaster risk reduction and local development.
In 2013, she ran UNDP’s first challenge, subsequently taking part in drafting UNDP’s first corporate policy on innovation challenge prizes. Between 2014 and 2015, Millie designed and tested a new approach to ‘scaling up’ in development, borrowing principles from sciences (biology, ecology, cognitive science and psychology). In 2014, she also introduced a new method (micro-narratives) for weak signal detection, analysis of underlying causes of development issues, and impact evaluation.
Nova Franklin, Principal at Meld Studios, is passionate about collaborating with others to develop, test and deliver creative ideas that positively impact people’s lives. Underpinning her approach is an understanding of human behaviour; methods designed to infect stakeholders with a sense of the possible; and techniques for designing and implementing “sticky” behaviour change initiatives.
Nova began her professional career with Andersen Consulting (now known as Accenture) in 1994 and since then has held a series of consulting and in-house Organisation Design and Change Management roles in blue chip organisations such as Westpac, Barclays Global Investors and The NSW Police Service. Most recently Nova worked as Asia Pacific Head of Engagement and Cultural Change for a complex global service company with over 100,000 employees.
In the early naughties – in conjunction with a stint as a Freelance Web and Graphic Designer – Nova completed a Graduate Diploma in Media Arts and Production at UTS. Nova has been a Registered Psychologist for over 15 years. Prior to this she earned a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and Statistics, and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology from Monash University.
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 Leader at Entrepreneurial Scotland, Social Entrepreneur in Residence with Social Investment Scotland, Chairperson at Youth Theatre Arts Scotland, Board Director at Social Enterprise 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.
Rachael works in Scotland and the rest of the world! Enabling ideas, connections and impacts to happened. With a strong track record of operational success, as well as using her imagination, Rachael works extensively supporting creative and social enterprises to deliver, grow, develop and sustain.
Sierra Hawthorne is an Engagement Manager in PwC’s Health Industries Advisory Practice. She brings seven years of
experience in behavioral science and predictive analytics applied to public health. Her clients have included
national health insurers, integrated delivery networks, charitable foundations and local government.
Sierra oversees PwC’s internal research and development for Behavior Predictor, a machine learning tool used to
forecast health behavior across a population. This tool is used along with simulation modeling to predict the effect
of community health interventions before real-world implementation; allowing private, social and public sector
clients to channel investments to areas of highest impact.
She received her Master of Public Health from University of California Berkeley and her Bachelor of Science in
International Politics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Tarik M. Yousef is a senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program and the director of the Brookings Doha Center.
His professional career has spanned the academic world at Georgetown University and the Harvard Kennedy School; the public policy arena at the IMF, the World Bank and the UN; and more recently the NGO space at Silatech where he led the implementation of innovative solutions aimed at youth economic empowerment in the Arab countries. He has served on the advisory boards of development organizations and boards of directors of financial institutions including currently the Arab Financial Services Company.
His research has focused on the political economy of policy reform and the challenge of youth inclusion in the Arab world. His most recent publications include “Young Generation Awakening: Economics, Society, and Policy on the Eve of the Arab Spring (2016)”.