Picture 1.png

Schwab Foundation logo.jpg


Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy

Forthcoming Challenges and Realities


On 8 and 9 June 2022, the  GCP organized an international conference ("the Conference") on Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy, in Geneva, in partnership with the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, sister organisation of the World Economic Forum.

The Conference was a global event, gathering some of the most prominent scholars in the field as well as government representatives and other important stakeholders engaged in fostering social entrepreneurship. The Conference was meant to be an interactive event. During these two days conference, five workshops took place, as well as a keynote speech

Two workshops took place on the first day (8 June 2022) of the Conference, and were held at the UNIGE premises. We concluded day 1 at UNIGE with a public conference open to the public. Three workshops took place on the second day (9 June 2022), and were held at the World Economic Forum premises.

Participants were able to attend all workshops , or choose the ones that interested them most. The programme was structured to ensure continuity for those who attended the whole event. You can find the detailed programme here.

Discover the videos of the five conference's workshops:

Workshop 1: The role of public and non-profit sectors for social entrepreneurship 

Workshop 2: The role of corporations for social entrepreneurship

Workshop 3: The social enterprise in a global market perspective

Workshop 4: Working towards systemic change

Workshop 5: Financing Social Entrepreneurship: doing well by being philanthropic


workshops' Leaders

Dr. François Bonnici, Director of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Head of Social Innovation, World Economic Forum, Geneva, Switzerland

Philipp Fischer, Attorney at Law, Partner, Oberson Abels avocats, Geneva; Academic fellow GCP (UNIGE), Switzerland

Dr. Giedre Lideikyte Huber, Senior lecturer (tax), Faculty of Law, University of Geneva and GCP (UNIGE), Switzerland

Prof. Giulia Neri-Castracane, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Vincent Pfammatter,  Attorney at Law, Partner, sigma legal, Geneva; Academic fellow GCP (UNIGE), Switzerland

Dr. Livia Ventura, Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellow, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), U.K.; Academic Fellow GCP (UNIGE), Switzerland; Adjunct Professor of Private Comparative Law, LUISS Guido Carli Law Department, Rome, Italy


Speakers and panelists

Prof. Alberto Alemanno, Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law & Policy at HEC Paris, France; Founder of The Good Lobby

Jeroo Billimoria, social entrepreneur and Founder of One Family Foundation and Co-Founder of Catalyst 2030, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Richard Bradstreet, Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Advocate of the High Court of South Africa

Jean-Luc Chenaux, Prof. Dr. iur., Attorney at Law, Partner, Kellerhals Carrard, Lausanne, Switzerland; Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Lausanne, Switzerland 

Neelam Chhiber, Co-founder and Managing Trustee, Industree Foundation; Co-founder and Managing Director, Mother Earth, India

William H. Clark, Attorney at law, Partner, Faegre Drinker, Biddle & Reath, Philadelphia, USA

Jessie Coates, Global Impact Entrepreneurship Leader, EY, London, U.K.

Prof. Rana Dajani, Founder Taghyeer/ We Love Reading, Jordan; Professor of Molecular Biology, Harvard University, USA

Meagan Fallone, Founder at Step Up Advisers ; Chief Impact Officer Innoterra Ag ; Board member & Former CEO Barefoot College International, Switzerland

Prof. Paulo Gonçalves, Professor of Management and Director of the Humanitarian Operations Group, Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), Switzerland

Prof. Helen Haugh, Associate Professor in Community Enterprise and Research Director, Centre for Social Innovation, Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, U.K. 

Prof. Sigrid Hemels, State Councillor at the Dutch Council of State ; Professor of Tax Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam School of Law, Netherlands; visiting Professor in Tax Law, Lund University School of Economics and Management, Sweden 

Peter Hinton, Associate Fellow, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, U.K.

Olivia Leland, Founder and CEO of Co-Impact

Dr. Giedre Lideikyte Huber, Senior lecturer (tax), Faculty of Law, University of Geneva and GCP (UNIGE), Switzerland

Prof. Colin Mayer, Blavatnik School of Government, and Emeritus Professor, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, U.K.

Juan Diego Mujica Filippi, Academic Coordinator of the international research project “Purpose-driven companies and the regulation of the fourth sector in Ibero-America” sponsored by the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Lima, Peru

Patrick Odier, Senior Managing Partner, Lombard Odier Group; President of the Board of Fondation Lombard Odier, Geneva, Switzerland 

Marcello Palazzi, Co-Founder, B Lab Europe & Global Ambassador, B Corps, Netherlands

Prof. Henry Peter, Head of the Geneva Centre for Philanthropy of the University of Geneva (GCP), Switzerland  

Dr. Phumlani Nkontwana, Senior Lecturer, Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship, University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, South Africa 

Prof. Alicia Plerhoples, Professor of Law and Director of the Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic, Georgetown Law, USA 

Paul Polman, Business leader, campaigner, Co-Author of “Net Positive”

Luvuyo Rani, Co-Founder and CEO at Silulo Ulutho Technologies, South-Africa

Emilie Romon, Country Director, Ashoka Switzerland ; Global Co-Lead, Ashoka Support Network

Prof. Paulo Savaget, Associate Professor of Engineering (Engineering Entrepreneurship), Saïd Business School, University of Oxford ; Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship Fellow at Worcester College, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, U.K.

Karen Wilson, Senior Advisor at the Centre on Well-being, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equal Opportunity (WISE), OECD, Paris, France; Associate Fellow, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, U.K. 



The following institutions supported the Conference:

logo projet de recherche.png

Picture Jaime.jpg