25-27 September 2016
Hong Kong

SEWF C.I.C. Advisory Committee


Kevin Lynch

Kevin Lynch, Minneapolis, USA

Kevin served Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA), the membership association for the social enterprise sector in North America, since 2006, first as a Board member, then as President & CEO from June 2011 through January 2015, and most recently as CEO Emeritus. During these years, he revived the organization, returned it to credibility, restored its financial health and set it on a pathway to become a powerful movement builder for the common good....
Kevin served Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA), the membership association for the social enterprise sector in North America, since 2006, first as a Board member, then as President & CEO from June 2011 through January 2015, and most recently as CEO Emeritus. During these years, he revived the organization, returned it to credibility, restored its financial health and set it on a pathway to become a powerful movement builder for the common good.

Lynch is, first and foremost, a social enterprise practitioner. After starting and selling a direct mail business in college, he worked from 1980 to 2001 in the advertising industry, the last 14 years as founder and principal of Lynch Jarvis Jones, the first social enterprise ad agency, whose mission was to create positive social change through the power of advertising and marketing. From 2003 to 2011 he was President of Rebuild Resources, Inc., a nationally recognized non-profit social enterprise in St. Paul, Minnesota that exclusively employed recovering ex-offenders.

With Julius Walls, Jr., he wrote Mission, Inc., The Practitioner’s Guide To Social Enterprise (2009), a highly regarded, practical book that focuses on the day-to-day challenges and opportunities faced by social enterprise practitioners. Most recently he has turned his attention to speaking about social enterprise in the context of the “privilege economy”. He has spoken across the United States and on five continents, and is a blogger on the popular Huffington Post. He is a neophyte tweeter at @missioninclynch.

Currently Lynch is busy with a variety of projects that delight him, from using barbershop singing as an intervention for at-risk youth, to delivering a cohort training curriculum based on Mission, Inc., to launching Seceo, a trusting community of Social Enterprise

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Peter Stadler

Peter Stadler, Berlin, Germany

Peter is the Chief Executive Officer at FAF (Fachberatung für Arbeits- und Firmenprojekte non profit GmbH) and has held this role since 1996. FAF is a non-profit social firm support structure. FAF operates in all parts of Germany and provides consult to social firms, foundations, ministries, stakeholders of social firms and all kinds of social entrepreneurs....
Peter is the Chief Executive Officer at FAF (Fachberatung für Arbeits- und Firmenprojekte non profit GmbH) and has held this role since 1996. FAF is a non-profit social firm support structure. FAF operates in all parts of Germany and provides consult to social firms, foundations, ministries, stakeholders of social firms and all kinds of social entrepreneurs. In addition, FAF offers evaluation and consult to implement innovative projects and ideas and develops strategies for inclusive work in an inclusive society in the context of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

In 1983 Peter founded the first social firm in Berlin for people experiencing psychiatric problems. Peter is one of the founders of the Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Integrationsfirmen (BAG IF), which is a lobby organisation for 700 social firms in Germany and is now share- and stakeholder of FAF. He has been a steering group member for Social Enterprise World Forum since 2010. Peter is married to Rosa, has two children (Hannah 18, working in Italy and Charlotte 12, going to school) and enjoys jazz, classical music, photography and cooking.

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Susan Steinman

Susan Steinman, Johannesburg, South Africa

Dr Susan Steinman has been an Ashoka Fellow since 2002 and awarded with the Nedbank Business Women Association’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008 and recently (2014) received the CSR World Congress’ Award for Social Innovation in India for the work done by her social enterprise and the role she is playing in building capacity for the social enterprises at the University of Johannesburg (UJ)....
Dr Susan Steinman has been an Ashoka Fellow since 2002 and awarded with the Nedbank Business Women Association’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008 and recently (2014) received the CSR World Congress’ Award for Social Innovation in India for the work done by her social enterprise and the role she is playing in building capacity for the social enterprises at the University of Johannesburg (UJ).

The Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Social Economy (CSESE) was established in 2010 with Susan appointed as the founding director. She produced research on an enabling environment for social enterprises in South Africa and other research dealt with job creation in the social economy, addressing sustainability issues in consumer organisations and sustainability challenges faced by SME’s in rural areas. Susan is a member of the Steering Committee of the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) and the annual event was hosted by UJ in April 2011. Her passion is job creation within the social economy.

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Alex Oppes

Alex Oppes, Australia

Alex Oppes is an Associate Director at Social Ventures Australia. Alex joined SVA’s Impact Investing team in 2013 and is responsible for investing the $30m HESTA/SVA Social Impact Investment Trust and SVA’s $9m Social Impact Fund. His responsibilities include deal origination, assessment and execution, portfolio management from investment through to exit and investor relations. Alex has lead a number of transactions including the winners of the Australian Social Enterprise Investment Awards in both 2014 and 2015.....
Alex Oppes is an Associate Director at Social Ventures Australia. Alex joined SVA’s Impact Investing team in 2013 and is responsible for investing the $30m HESTA/SVA Social Impact Investment Trust and SVA’s $9m Social Impact Fund. His responsibilities include deal origination, assessment and execution, portfolio management from investment through to exit and investor relations. Alex has lead a number of transactions including the winners of the Australian Social Enterprise Investment Awards in both 2014 and 2015.

Prior to SVA, Alex worked as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co. across Australia, Asia and Europe, specialising in due diligence for major mergers and acquisitions. Alex has also established a small retail business and consulted extensively in the not-for-profit sector. Alex holds a dual BA/LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, where he studied as a National Scholarship holder. Alex is currently a CFA Level III candidate.

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Nicole Etchart

Nicole Etchart, San Francisco, USA

Nicole Etchart is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of NESsT, where she leads the organization’s strategy, growth and impact worldwide including entrance to eleven countries and investment in a diverse portfolio of high impact enterprises that have improved the quality of life of over 350,000 marginalized people. Nicole is responsible for the development of NESsT’s new initiatives as well as its capacity and investment strategy and tools. She oversees a senior team to carry out NESsT’s goals while maximizing the organization’s resources and impact....
Nicole Etchart is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of NESsT, where she leads the organization’s strategy, growth and impact worldwide including entrance to eleven countries and investment in a diverse portfolio of high impact enterprises that have improved the quality of life of over 350,000 marginalized people. Nicole is responsible for the development of NESsT’s new initiatives as well as its capacity and investment strategy and tools. She oversees a senior team to carry out NESsT’s goals while maximizing the organization’s resources and impact.

Nicole is author and editor of many publications and articles and has contributed to shaping the sector in emerging market countries. She believes in the power of collaborative change and serves on a number of Advisory Boards including the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs and the Impact Investing Policy Collaborative.

Prior to founding NESsT, Nicole served as the first Executive Director of the Association for Women in Development (AWID), and was the founding Program Manager of the Third Sector Project, within the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies. She was also the Director of the Global Education Office at Catholic Relief Services (CRS) where she oversaw programs focused on increasing awareness of poverty and development issues. Earlier in her career, Nicole served in both the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, overseeing programs in Africa, and in the Caribbean Affairs Office of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Nicole’s education includes a master’s degree in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins University, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa in Latin American Studies from Tulane University, where she also received the President’s Award for Academic Excellence and Extra Curricular Contribution. She was also a recipient of the Presidential Fellowship award for “fast-track” public leaders. Nicole holds triple nationalities, from Chile, France and the U.S. She was born Santiago, Chile and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. She loves to read, run, cook, garden and, of course, travel!

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