advisory and evaluation committee

Cecília Peixoto Carvalho

With a PhD in Design, she has a background in sculpture and product development. Since 2010 she has been working in design research and projects in contexts of social marginalization through participatory and inclusive strategies. Her doctoral research focused on methodological contributions for community development through participation in contexts of socioeconomic vulnerability. 

Cecília is a visiting professor in Minho University and a supervisor of master students within product and service design fields. Her design research interests are geared towards social exclusion mitigation, and social innovation through human-scale development. Regarding her approach preferences in design, along with participatory approaches, Cecilia is also interested in the field of social sciences, namely ethnography.

In 2018 she started working as an R&D assistant in CRPG, a vocational rehabilitation center devoted to persons with acquired disabilities and their active life aspirations.

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Annabelle Jaouen

Dr. Annabelle Jaouen is Full Professor of Entrepreneurship, Head of MBS Entrepreneurship Center and certified coach at Montpellier Business School, France. She is the author (or co-author) of seven books on entrepreneurship and small business management and regularly advises entrepreneurs on their entrepreneurial projects. Her research concerns types of entrepreneurs, alliances and networks, incubation and entrepreneurial support, territorialized cooperative strategies, family firms, human resources management and liberated management, and information systems in micro and small firms. Her research has been published in international peer-reviewed journals.

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Marco Bellucci

Dr. Marco Bellucci is Assistant Professor in Accounting at the University of Florence, and teaches Planning and Control. Marco’s research interests include social and environmental accounting, sustainability reporting, stakeholder engagement, social entrepreneurship, and non-profit organizations. 

He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration and Management from the University of Pisa and was a visiting scholar at the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto (Canada).

He is a member of the scientific committee of the Yunus Social Business Centre of the University of Florence under the patronage of Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus. He is Associate Editor for Business Ethics: A European Review.


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Andrea Batllebó

She holds a degree in ‘Humanities’ by Pompeu Fabra University and a Master’s degree in ‘Business Administration’ at ESADE. In 2009 completed a Master’s degree in ‘International Relations’ at IBEI (Barcelona International Studies’ Institute). In 2010 she carried out a Postgraduate degree in ‘International Development Agents’ at the UPC (Polytechnic University of Catalonia). Andrea worked at the Social Inclusion Observatory where she developed research on a group of social businesses (Roba Amiga Cooperative) and it was published by Fundació Un Sol Món. In 2009, she worked as a researcher at the Third Sector Observatory and carried out different studies specializing in non-profit organizations. In 2010, Andrea took part of a research team at the UNESCO’s Chair on Multicultural Studies at Pompeu Fabra University. She has been a member of Tandem Social since 2011, a non-profit cooperative that works to achieve social transformation by offering consultancy services to social economy and social businesses. Moreover, Andrea works at the Social Business City Barcelona Association that aims to promote social business, especially towards young people.

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James Finnie

He is a senior Business Adviser for Community Enterprise in Scotland (CEIS), the UKs largest social enterprise development agency, which he joined in 2005. In this time, James has supported hundreds of social enterprises/entrepreneurs and has also led on the set-up of three social enterprises, all with a start-up capital >£1m. 

James currently leads the CEIS work with partners to increase the focus on social innovation within Scotland’s economy. In support of this, he works with University staff, researchers and students to help them to develop new social enterprises. James has also been instrumental in working with global partners to develop the Social Shifters digital learning platform for global social entrepreneurs.

Prior to joining CEIS, James worked for a US multi-national for 13 years across a range of roles, latterly in European Management positions. He has significant management expertise gained over 30+ years working in senior operational roles within the social enterprise and private sectors.

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David Bryan

He is the Head of Sustainable Business in the Social Enterprise Academy. He joined the Academy in 2009, having previously worked with community recycling social enterprises and managed a local rural partnership. David was involved in the early days of University of the Highlands & Islands which lead to his involvement with the Open University, where he has been an Associate Lecturer for 18 years delivering Environment modules.

Over the last decade, he has managed the Highlands & Islands Hub for SEA Scotland and account managed direct delivery for SEA International in 12 countries. His role now spans the Scotland and International Hubs, identifying and developing opportunities for business which is sustainable, in every sense of the word.

Outside of the Academy, he enjoys spending his time trekking, hill-running, wild-camping, skiing, cycling, kayaking and generally enjoying wild places.


Susan O’Dwyer

Susan O’Dwyer has a distinguished track record spanning the last 25 years as an accomplished fundraising professional. Susan is currently Chief Executive at Make-A-Wish Ireland where she heads up a staff of 12 and a volunteer force of 200.

Make-A-Wish was established in Ireland in 1992 and grants wishes to children between the ages of 3 and 17 years, who are living with life-threatening illnesses.

Prior to her appointment as Chief Executive, Susan held the position of Development and Fundraising Manager at Make-A-Wish from 2006, with a clear focus on the development of partnerships in the corporate sector. Under Susan’s leadership, Make-A-Wish has grown significantly and developed expertise with reference to building strong relationships with all types of donors.

Susan also held a senior fundraising role at the Irish Heart Foundation from 1991 to 2006 managing three large campaigns.

Originally trained as a Montessori teacher which was her chosen career path, Susan now says that fundraising is her passion.

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Matt McCann

Matt McCann is an entrepreneur, web developer and software engineer. He is CEO and founder of Access Earth. Matt has achieved great success in developing the revolutionary web application through great support from Enactus Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and Microsoft For Start-Ups.

Matt has Cerebral Palsy and has struggled with accessibility challenges his entire life but it wasn’t until 2012, when as a college student he booked a room at a hotel in London that marketed themselves as accessible only to discover upon arrival that it was not. Since then, Matt has made it his mission to minimise the risk of anyone having to go through such an ordeal.

Matt used his Masters in Software Engineering to create a platform that people could use to easily access accessibility information and upload their own feedback on places they had visited. He has dedicated the last 4 years to building Access Earth and it has since placed in the 2014 Microsoft Imagine Cup and the 2015 Enactus World Cup.

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