Speaker: Agnes Hubert

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Agnes Hubert   President, G5+

Agnes Hubert is an experienced policy maker and a recognised author on EU gender equality policy and Social innovation in the EU. She is currently associate researcher with PRESAGE (Programme de Recherches et d’Enseignements des Savoirs sur le Genre) Science Po/OFCE Paris , visiting professor at the College of Europe in Bruges , founding member and president of the first European feminist think tank, Gender5plus.eu and associate member of the international and European commission of the Haut Conseil de l’Egalité. Economist by training she was a journalist before joining the European Commission where she heldd senior advising functions dealing with social innovation, contributing to raise the issue at the highest levels in European institutions. She has written books (L’Europe et les femmes, identités en mouvement 1998 ; democracy and information society in Europe 1997 and two major policy documents on Social innovation for the European Commission : “Empowering people, driving change: Social innovation in the European Union” 2010 and “Social innovation a decade of changes” 2014, and numerous academic articles and contributions in the fields of her expertise.

Speaker: Robert Hall

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Currently President of ECOLISE, Robert Hall has worked globally with sustainable development, governance and democracy for the last three decades. He has worked for the UN, EU, OSCE and the Swedish Government including 10 years in the field on the Balkans, in Eastern Europe and South Asia. In October 2018 he completed his second term in the Gotland regional parliament for the Swedish Green Party. He is the founder of Suderbyn Permaculture Ecovillage where he is based when not on OSCE election observation missions. Robert holds degrees in International Relations, Economics as well as Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure.

Speaker: Alex Mecklenburg

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Alex is the co-founder of the creative consultancy Truth&Spectacle helping companies own and better harness their creative potential. She brings 25 years of experience in communication and business transformation. Alex is also an accredited Executive coach and trainer working with individuals and teams focussing on responsible and resilient leadership. She is an associate at Doteveryone and a fellow at the RSA. Throughout her career Alex has been worked in executive-level leadership roles within the Communications and Consultancy Industry with a track record of co-creating and shaping new creative structures and collaboration models that delivered impactful campaigns as well as innovative products & services.

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Speaker: Nora van der Liden

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Nora van der Linden is a director and social innovation advisor. She leads the KL team together with Paul Keller and Kimon Moerbeek. She develops new approaches, strategies and interventions for complex social problems. Nora wants to achieve better outcomes for people who are not seen and heard in society, and to give them a voice. She is particularly concerned with problems connected to urban innovation, education and inequality.

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Speaker: Mario Calderini

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Mario Calderini, a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Manchester, is full Professor at Politecnico di Milano, School of Management, where he teaches Social Innovation. He is the Director of Alta Scuola Politecnica and Executive Vice President of Fondazione Politecnico. He is the Director of Tiresia, the Politecnico di Milano School of Management’s Research Centre for Impact Finance and Innovation. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Minister of University Research and Innovation and a Government’s Sherpa for the G7 Italian Presidency 2017. His numerous publications in highly ranked international journals cover several topics in the field of innovation and social impact finance. He has been a member of the G8 Task Force for Social Impact Investment, he chaired the Italian Advisory Board on Social Impact Finance, he is the President of the Scientific Committee of the Social Impact Agenda for Italy Association (Italy’s NAB). He sits in the Italian Government’s Advisory Group on Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Measurement and he contributed to promote the social innovation agenda in Italy, launching the sector’s first public consultation. He has been part of the Government’s Advisory Group that drafted the new law on social entrepreneurship. He is currently a member of the Government’s Task Force on Social Impact Investment. He is the President of the Advisory Board for Research and Innovation Strategy of the Lombardy Region Government. He sits in the Advisory Board of Unicredit and he is a member of the Board of Directors of Nesta Italy.

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