Plenary Speakers

Keynote speakers: biographies and PowerPoints from conference

Juliet Edwards, Belgium

Higher education & entrepreneurship - Juliet Edwards (PPT 0.5MB)  

Juliet Edwards is a policy officer in the European Commission's Directorate General for Education and Culture, specifically in the department dealing with innovation in higher education and entrepreneurship. For the last couple of years, her work has focussed on developing entrepreneurship in higher education institutions and improving university-business cooperation as part of the EU's innovation and growth objectives for 2020. In 2011-2012, she was closely involved in the development and implementation of DG EAC's pilot Knowledge Alliances project supporting structured partnerships for innovation in education and industry and now part of the Erasmus+ programme. Juliet was instrumental in the creation of the highly successful guiding framework for entrepreneurial HEIs; HEInnovate; developed in cooperation with the OECD. Her main focus currently, is the continued development of the tool, to make it as relevant and strategically valuable as possible for European HEIs in line with the policies that will help drive innovation and growth in Europe and encourage a more entrepreneurial spirit and skill set in European graduates and the higher education sector as a whole. Before joining the European Commission, Juliet spent several years working in the private sector in London.

Fr Tim Curtis, UK

How do we maximise the social utility & environmental impact of universities? - Tim Curtis (PPT 0.7MB)

Tim Curtis, an internationally renowned author on social innovation & entrepreneurship, helps people and organisations make decisions in complex and confusing situations. He is also adept at getting decisions made when he is not in charge. He has worked in environmental decision-making, in policy and law. Now, working at the University of Northampton, his focus is on the nitty-gritty theory and practice of community organising and social innovation. He mostly teaches BA Social & Community Development students how to make decisions in and with communities, but also coaches and undertakes paid and pro-bono consulting work for third-sector organisations. Tim is also Changemaker Campus manager at the University of Northampton, leading on a high profile co-curriculum challenge, a summer school and international conference on social innovation. He is also running an action research project on community based social innovation with Northants Police.

Chad Lubelsky, Canada

Fuelling social innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education - Chad Lubelsky (PPT 2.5 MB)

Chad Lubelsky is the program lead for RECODE at the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. RECODE provides social innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities for College and University students to become drivers of progress and change. Prior to joining the Foundation, Chad was the Executive Director of Santropol Roulant; developed leadership and community engagement programs for the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation; managed global Internet Rights advocacy for the South African based Association for Progressive Communications; and was a Founding Trustee of the Montreal Awesome Foundation.

Social and solidarity economy project partners' presentation 

Outline of the Erasmus Mundus project and some findings - Social/solidarity economy partners' presentation (3.3MB)

Enhancing the studies and practice of the social and solidarity economy in higher education

Consolidando Estudios y Práctica de Economía Social y Solidaria en la Educación Superior

(Presentation was given in mixture of English and Spanish to reflect the diversity of the project partners).

Dr Saioa Arando, Spain  

(Inter) Cooperation: a strategy to survive and grow - Siaoa Arando PowerPoint (1.7MB)

Research Coordinator at Mondragon University/Mondragon Innovation Knowledge (part of the largest cooperative group in the world). PhD from the University of Deusto. Researcher in the field of social economy, entrepreneurship and worker participation.  Her work has been published in The International Entrepreneurship Journal and Ekonomiaz. In 2006  she won the Horvat-Vanek Prize for the best young researcher, awarded by the International Association for the Economics of Participation. She also has experience in working in the economic control department of  Fagor  Electronica.

Prof. Hiroshi Ishida, Japan

Experiencing the power of cross-sector - Hiroshi Ishida presentation (PDF 1.9MB)

Hiroshi Ishida is the Executive Director of the Caux Round Table Japan (CRT Japan), the Visiting Professor at Kyushu University Business School and the Fellow at Center for Inclusive Business and CSR Tokyo International University. He taught at the Institute of Business and Accounting, Kwansei Gakuin University between 2005 and March 2014, where he was promoted to Professor on April 2013. He also taught at Aoyama Gakuin University, International Christian University, Soft Bank Investment University, and BBT University. Ishida is the co-author of “CSR Innovation: Creating CSR framework maximizing core-business” in Japanese, and author of numerous academic, newspaper articles and commentaries. Ishida is now working hard to develop the Social Economy framework in CRT Japan, which is called “Nippon CSR Consortium” which began in 2012. This year 38 corporations and 13 NGOs are joining. The aim of this consortium is to explore the possibility of solving the sustainability issues into business practice. He is also advising many Japanese and European companies as CSR Advisory Boards.  

Preceding the CRT Japan, he worked at the Industrial Bank of Japan (IBJ) for 10 years (1990 – 2000). Ishida began his career at the Bond Dealing Section and worked there for 4 years. He moved onto work at Takamatsu Branch for the following 3 years. In 1997, he was appointed and worked as a member of the Mizuho Integration Project Team at Information Technology Planning Department, Y2K and System Risk Management. After resigning from IBJ in 2000, Ishida volunteered for CRT Japan bringing a wealth of experience. In 2001, Ishida was appointed as the Coordinator of CRT-Japan. Since 2004, he has been working as the Executive Director of CRT Japan.

Dr Antonio Cruz, Brazil

El caso de 'TECSOL-UFPEL' - Incubación de emprendimientos solidarios y tecnologías sociales en el sur de Brasil - Antonio Cruz presentation (PDF 0.5MB)

Dr Rory Ridley-Duff, UK

Revealing the social and solidarity economy - Rory Ridley-Duff PowerPoint (0.3MB)

Dr Rory Ridley-Duff is Reader in Co-operative and Social Enterprise at Sheffield Business School, a director of Social Enterprise Europe Ltd, and is a co-founder of the FairShares Association. He is an editorial board member of the Social Enterprise Journal, co-opted board member of the UK Society for Co-operative Studies and individual member of the EMES Research Network. His book, Understanding Social Enterprise: Theory and Practice (co-authored with Mike Bull for Sage Publications) is used by co-operative and social enterprise educators on four continents.


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