25-27 September 2016
Hong Kong

SEWF C.I.C. Board of Directors


SEWF Board of Directors consists of leading representatives from the social enterprise community across the globe including host country representatives.

The main function of the Board of Directors is to support and advise host countries on the format, content and budget management for each forum ensuring delivery of a successful, educational and topical programme with a well balanced programme highlighting the host country’s knowledge and expertise while also showcasing best practice examples internationally.

Member Directors


David Le Page

David Le Page, Vancouver Canada (Chair)

David is a Principal with Accelerating Social Impact CCC, Ltd. (ASI), one of Canada’s first incorporated social purpose hybrid corporations. Through ASI David provides direct support and strategic advice to blended value businesses, social enterprises and social finance developments. He is involved in multiple public policy initiatives and research projects to support the social enterprise ecosystem across Canada....

David is a Principal with Accelerating Social Impact CCC, Ltd. (ASI), one of Canada’s first incorporated social purpose hybrid corporations. Through ASI David provides direct support and strategic advice to blended value businesses, social enterprises and social finance developments. He is involved in multiple public policy initiatives and research projects to support the social enterprise ecosystem across Canada. ASI is a partner in launching and building the Buy Social Canada campaign.

David’s current engagement includes: Founding Member & Chair of the Social Enterprise Council of Canada; Member, Social Enterprise World Forum Steering Group; Member, Canadian CED Network Policy Council; Member, Imagine Canada’s Advisory Committee; Member, British Columbia Partners for Social Impact; Program Adjunct and Professional Advisory Committee, Sandermoen School of Business MBA in Social Enterprise Leadership.

He has over 35 years of extensive experience in the non-profit and social enterprise sectors. He has worked in rural and urban communities and across multiple cultures.

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Gerry Higgins

Gerry Higgins, Glasgow, UK

Gerry is Chief Executive Officer at CEIS (Community Enterprise in Scotland) and a Director at the Social Value Lab, Ready for Business LLP, Big Issue Invest Scotland and Social Enterprise World Forum CIC. He brings over 30 years’ experience in developing and running social enterprises and works with government agencies and third sector partners in the UK and internationally to develop supportive social enterprise ecosystems....
Gerry is Chief Executive Officer at CEIS (Community Enterprise in Scotland) and a Director at the Social Value Lab, Ready for Business LLP, Big Issue Invest Scotland and Social Enterprise World Forum CIC. He brings over 30 years’ experience in developing and running social enterprises and works with government agencies and third sector partners in the UK and internationally to develop supportive social enterprise ecosystems. His current work includes oversight of major programmes, to develop public sector markets for social enterprises, to build the capacity of social enterprises to create sustainable and effective businesses and to introduce new forms of social investment to support business start-up and growth.

As CEO of the CEIS Group, Gerry leads a team of over 50 people to deliver business support, employability services, project consultancy, social research, social investment, business finance and event management. Gerry joined CEIS in 2006 having previously worked across the UK as the founding Chief Executive of Social Firms UK for 7 years. During this period Gerry was a founding director of the Social Enterprise UK and worked with the DTI to draft and introduce the first UK Social Enterprise Strategy in 2002. Gerry is interested in social change and committed to social justice and has spent over 30 years working in the social enterprise sector to assist individuals, communities and enterprises to fulfil their potential.

Key expertise: Social enterprise policy and strategy; public procurement; social investment; community asset development; social enterprise business support; international social enterprise.

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Peter Holbrook

Peter Holbrook, London, UK

Peter Holbrook is CEO of Social Enterprise UK – the national body for social enterprise and a membership organisation. Social Enterprise UK, together with its members, is the voice for social enterprise.

Prior to taking on this role Peter was CEO of Sunlight Development Trust. During his years at Sunlight, Peter became one of the country’s most well-respected social entrepreneurs, responsible for the regeneration, through social enterprise, of some of the UK’s most deprived communities....
Peter Holbrook is CEO of Social Enterprise UK – the national body for social enterprise and a membership organisation. Social Enterprise UK, together with its members, is the voice for social enterprise.

Prior to taking on this role Peter was CEO of Sunlight Development Trust. During his years at Sunlight, Peter became one of the country’s most well-respected social entrepreneurs, responsible for the regeneration, through social enterprise, of some of the UK’s most deprived communities. He developed ‘project sunlight’, based in Gillingham, Kent, from its inception to become one of the country’s most high-profile and award-winning ‘community anchors’.

In 2007, Peter was appointed to be one of the UK’s Social Enterprise Ambassadors – a scheme supported by the Cabinet Office and coordinated by Social Enterprise UK. In this role he advocated for social enterprise through lobbying politicians, speaking at events and representing the sector in the media.

In 2010, Peter was appointed as a member of the Cabinet Office’s Mutual’s Taskforce and Trustee of the Big Society Trust (overseeing delivery of Big Society Capital). In 2012, Peter was appointed a member of the EU Social Business Initiative Expert Group and took up the role of Chair of the Social Enterprise World Forum.

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Jim Schorr

Jim Schorr, Tennessee, USA

Jim has been a member of Social Enterprise World Forum’s advisory board since the event’s inception in 2008. He currently chairs the Board of Directors of Social Enterprise Alliance in North America, and teaches as an Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt University and as Senior Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley....
Jim has been a member of Social Enterprise World Forum’s advisory board since the event’s inception in 2008. He currently chairs the Board of Directors of Social Enterprise Alliance in North America, and teaches as an Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt University and as Senior Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley.

As a student in the early 1990s, Professor Schorr was inspired by the idea and ideals of emerging “triple bottom line” businesses, and went on to help launch Net Impact, an organization that has since inspired a generation of MBAs at 200+ universities on six continents to devote their careers to using the power of business to improve the state of the world. He subsequently served for 10 years as a Board Director and Chairman during Net Impact’s growth and global expansion. From 2000-07, Schorr was CEO of Juma Ventures, a San Francisco-based organization that today is widely regarded as one of the leading social enterprise success stories in the US. Professor Schorr also currently serves as an advisor to a number of organizations and events in the sector, including the Global Social Venture Competition, several emerging social enterprises founded by his former students, and Mekong Blue, a Cambodian enterprise reviving the tradition of artisan silk-making.

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David Brookes

David Brookes, Melbourne, Australia

David was appointed as Managing Director of Social Traders Ltd in January 2009. He is the Executive Director on the Board and has responsibility for organisational management and strategy, corporate governance and stakeholder engagement.

Social Traders has developed a number of unique social enterprise programs and services....
David was appointed as Managing Director of Social Traders Ltd in January 2009. He is the Executive Director on the Board and has responsibility for organisational management and strategy, corporate governance and stakeholder engagement.

Social Traders has developed a number of unique social enterprise programs and services. David has led social enterprise sector development initiatives, including the launch of the Australian Social Enterprise Awards program in 2013. He has been a member of the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) Steering Committee since 2010.

David has over fifteen year of senior management experience in the business sector having held a range of corporate affairs roles with Rio Tinto, Toyota and Amcor. At all three companies he was closely involved in the development of strategic business community-partnership programs and was a strong advocate for social and environmental responsibility over this period.

David also has policy and economic development experience having worked with a major industry association and local council in NSW.

He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) from the University of Wollongong and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

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Independent Directors


Jongtae Choi

Dr. Jongtae Choi, Seoul, South Korea

Dr. Choi has worked in government and academic circles, focussing on economy and employment issues for the Republic of Korea for 35 years. In 2005, he served as a member of the Board of Directors for Work Together Foundation, appointed the year after as chairman for the Institute of Policy and Strategy Research in the Work Together Foundation. The WT Foundation’s mission is to create jobs offering support to social enterprises and social entrepreneurs....
Dr. Choi has worked in government and academic circles, focussing on economy and employment issues for the Republic of Korea for 35 years. In 2005, he served as a member of the Board of Directors for Work Together Foundation, appointed the year after as chairman for the Institute of Policy and Strategy Research in the Work Together Foundation. The WT Foundation’s mission is to create jobs offering support to social enterprises and social entrepreneurs.

Dr. Choi also successfully completed a term as chairman of the Economic and Social Development Commission in 2013, which is a social body that facilitates consultation on opportunities and issues around labour, industrial, economic and social policies. He has also been a practising professor at Seoul National University for 30 years, teaching Business Administration.

In 2000, he also served on the Board of Directors for the Korean Human Resources Development Service; served as President for the Korea Industrial Relations Association in 1990.

Dr. Choi completed his Ph.D. in Business Administration from Austria Linz University in 1972.

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Elena Casolari

Elena Casolari, Milan, Italy

Since 2006, Elena has been the CEO of Fondazione Acra, an Italian Ngo supporting Social Enterprises and inclusive businesses in 16 countries.

Elena is also the Co-founder and Executive president of Opes Impact fund, the first Italian investment vehicle targeting early stage social enterprises in East Africa and India in key development sectors with the aim of contributing to covering the “pioneer gap” in the impact investment industry....
Since 2006, Elena has been the CEO of Fondazione Acra, an Italian Ngo supporting Social Enterprises and inclusive businesses in 16 countries.

Elena is also the Co-founder and Executive president of Opes Impact fund, the first Italian investment vehicle targeting early stage social enterprises in East Africa and India in key development sectors with the aim of contributing to covering the “pioneer gap” in the impact investment industry.

She serves as a Director of the Fondazione Umano Progresso, an Italian family run grant making foundation and of Education and Entrepreneurship Ltd., a social enterprise in Tanzania delivering vocational training in rural areas.

She is also Board Member of Social Enterprise World Forum C.I.C. based in Glasgow, an organization that seeks to galvanize the global movement of social enterprise, and member of the Steering committee of Opportunity Collaboration, a global network of leaders dedicated to building sustainable solutions to poverty.

Previously, she worked for over a decade in investment banking in emerging Countries (HSBC, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and Nikko Securities). Elena graduated in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan and she was a researcher of economic models at the Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo for two years.

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Houghton Wan

Houghton Wan, Hong Kong SAR, China

Houghton has been a social business coach for over 30 local and overseas social enterprises. He is a Director of Social Enterprise World Forum and was the catalyst for inviting the Hong Kong SAR Government and local practitioners to attend and share experience at the world forum. Moreover, he is a Consultant for the China Charity Alliance as well as a Director of Play House Education Foundation....
Houghton has been a social business coach for over 30 local and overseas social enterprises. He is a Director of Social Enterprise World Forum and was the catalyst for inviting the Hong Kong SAR Government and local practitioners to attend and share experience at the world forum. Moreover, he is a Consultant for the China Charity Alliance as well as a Director of Play House Education Foundation.

In 2006, he developed the first Diploma in Social Business for young people. In 2008, he was invited to Korea to present on social impact maximization during the 1st Asian Social Entrepreneur Summit. Between 2008 and 2012, he was a member of the organizational committee for the Hong Kong Social Enterprise Summit. His main responsibility is to source excellent speakers from foreign countries.

Houghton attended the University of Manitoba and Hong Kong Baptist University for Computer Science and Social Science.

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Mairi Mackay

Dr Mairi Mackay, British Council

Mairi leads the British Council’s Global Social Enterprise programme, which promotes the development of social enterprise and investment to help address entrenched social and environmental problems, build trust between the UK and other countries, and support more sustainable, inclusive and prosperous societies.
Mairi leads the British Council’s Global Social Enterprise programme, which promotes the development of social enterprise and investment to help address entrenched social and environmental problems, build trust between the UK and other countries, and support more sustainable, inclusive and prosperous societies.

Introduced in over 20 countries and delivered with the support of local and international partners, the programme provides training, investment and funding opportunities for social entrepreneurs, convenes policy dialogues, conducts research and promotes social innovation through media campaigns.

Mairi is an economic development professional with over 15 years of experience delivering international projects. Prior to joining the British Council, she served as Head of Greater China for Scottish Development International (SDI). She holds a PhD from the University of Strathclyde Graduate School of Business. She joined the steering committee in 2014.

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