The Human Dimension
Panel Session
Congress Centre, Conference Hall B1

Social entrepreneurship has historically been at the intersection of philanthropy and traditional business. As a rule, social entrepreneurs try to ensure the greatest possible social impact at a relatively low return on investment, creating and propagating new approaches to the settlement of social issues. What market sectors and segments do social entrepreneurs need to pay attention to? What skills do they have to develop in order to use different business models successfully? Can social entrepreneurs who are just starting out expect support from the largest charity funds and from companies, as part of their corporate social responsibility programmes?

Svetlana Chupsheva , Chief Executive Officer, Agency for Strategic Initiatives

Boris Akimov , Founder, LavkaLavka cooperative
Andrei Belousov , Aide to the President of the Russian Federation
Dana Brown , Principal Professor, Leicester Castle Business School
Natalia Zvereva , Director, Our Future Fund for Regional Social Programmes
David Le Page , Chair of the Board of Directors, Social Enterprise Council of Canada; Chair, Social Enterprise World Forum
Irina Makieva , Deputy Chair, Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank)
Carla Mardini , Head of Donor Relations and Government Affairs Division, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Natalia Pochinok , Rector, Russian State Social University


Key moments

Including small-business services provided by social entrepreneurs in the list of mandatory procurement will be a very important factor of social responsibility development among big businesses and will create new jobs and new social projects.
Natalia Pochinok
A huge niche for social entrepreneurship is where government bodies, being slow by definition, simply can't make it in time.
Andrei Belousov