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ESELA-SIEA Conference on social enterprise

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Auditoire BNP Paribas

Place de Hollande 2

Geneva, Switzerland

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The conference is organised by the European Social Enterprise Law Association (ESELA) and by the Swiss Impact Enterprise Association, a Swiss association promoting social enterprise in Switzerland.

The conference will follow the format of five panel sessions over the course of the day, with presentations followed by a debate among the speakers and the delegates.

The programme of the conference is as follows:

8:15am Registration

8:45am Welcome

9:00am Panel 1: Social Enterprise and government: an emerging paradigm of co-production and collaboration

This panel explores private-public collaborations to support social enterprise.

Chair: Anna Kuusniemi-Laine, Partner, Castrén & Snellman Attorneys Ltd, Finland


Jaan Aps, Chairman, Estonian Social Enterprise Network, Estonia

Prof. Bernd Balkenhol, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Luke Fletcher, Partner, Bates Wells Braithwaite, England

10:00am Panel 2: Cooperatives

This session will focus on the cooperative as a legal form for social enterprises.

Chair: Jonathan Normand, CEO of Codethic & B Lab Country Partner, Switzerland


Michael Gonin, Researcher, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Jenny Schäpper-Uster, Partner, Village Office, Switzerland

Jenny Ebbage, Partner, Edwards & Co, Northern Ireland

11:00am Break

11:15am Panel 3: Hybrid models (not-for-profit/for profit)

This workshop explores several key legal issues in choosing and implementing an organizational structure for a social venture. The discussion will include examination of recently emerging hybrid models.

Chair: Julie Wynne, Partner, Froriep SA, Switzerland


Geneviève Ferone, Partner, Prophil, France

Anna Bouchier, Project Manager, Apopo, Belgium

Felix Staehli, Co-founder, Impact Hub Geneva, Switzerland

12:45pm Lunch

2:00pm Panel 4: Social progress and Impact Measurement

Considering social enterprises are focusing on impact, it is fundamental that they define their outputs and outcomes, determine methods of capturing & evaluate data and then design a comprehensive client management and social reporting system. This session will review various ways to measure impact and social progress.

Chair: Tomás Navarro Blakemore, Associate, Froriep SA, Switzerland


Fulvia Farinelli, Enterprise Development Branch, UNCTAD, Switzerland

Jonathan Normand, CEO of Codethic & B Lab Country Partner, Switzerland

Rebecca Spohrer, Knowledge & Policy Manager, SPRING Accelerator, United Kingdom

Guillaume Taylor, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Quadia, Switzerland

3:00pm Break

3:15pm Panel 5: Mission-related investment and social finance

In this session there will be discussions of how social entrepreneurs in for-profit and non-profit sectors can be supported through social finance and mission-related investment.

Chair: Derek Queisser, Partner, Queisser & Cie, Switzerland


Marta Caprez, Co-founder, Viaduct Ventures, Switzerland

Anne Gloor, Founder, PeaceNexus, Switzerland

Patricia Legler, Board member, Swiss Foundations, Switzerland

Matthew Sparkes, VP Lead Investment and Risk Counsel, BlueOrchard Finance Ltd, Switzerland

4:30pm Closing remarks

This conference is organised with the generous support of Froriep SA and BNP Paribas Suisse.

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