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Marie J. Bouchard

Marie J. Bouchard is a full professor in social economy at the Université du Québec à Montréal and President the International Commission on Social and Cooperative Economy of CIRIEC International. Member of the Center for Research on Social Innovations (CRISES), where she runs the stream Collectives Enterprises, she also chairs the COPAC and International Labour Organization (ILO) Working Group on Cooperative Statistics. She was chairholder of the Canada Research Chair on Social Economy (2003-2013) and co-director-university of the Community Habitat group of the Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) on Social Economy (1999-2010). She participated to the Co-creation Steering Group for the Canadian government Strategy on Social Finance and Social innovation (2017-2018). She currently is the scientific leader of a knowledge transfer project on social impacts measurement with Territoires innovants en économie sociale et solidaire (TIESS).



President of CIRIEC International and of CIRIEC Portugal.
Professor at the Autonomous University of Lisbon (retired professor at the University of Lisbon), where since 2013 he is the scientific coordinator of the Master in Social Economy. He holds a doctorate in management (from the University Institute of Lisbon) and a master in socioeconomic development and is the author of 11 books and dozens of articles.
Jorge de Sá also serves as vice president of the Portuguese Association of Mutualities, director at AIM (International Association of Mutualities) and at IPSE – Institute of European Social Protection where he chairs the Europa Committee. Member of the CNES (National Council for Social Economy) since 2015, under the Portuguese Prime Minister’s chairmanship, he is also member of the CES (Social and Economic Committee) and founder of the CPES (Portuguese Social Economy Confederation).

Benoît LÉVESQUE (tbc)

Benoît Lévesque is Professor Emeritus at the University of Quebec at Montreal and associate professor at the Ecole nationale d’administration publique (ENAP). He is a member and co-founder (1986) of the Centre for Research on Social Innovations (CRISES) and the Alliance of Research Universities and Communities Social Economy (CURA-SE) (2000-2004). He was president of CIRIEC-Canada from 1996 to 2000; He was the Chairman of the International Scientific Council of the International Center for Research and Information on the Public, Social and Cooperative Economy (CIRIEC) from 2002 to 2010. He has published numerous articles and books primarily in the areas of governance, public administration, social economy and economic sociology. In 2015, the University of Liege awarded him an honorary doctorate in recognition of his contribution in economic sociology and the Quebec government gave him its most prestigious scientific award for his contribution to development and the importance of social innovations implementation leading to the well-being of individuals and communities.



Executive Director of CIRIEC-España and President of the Scientific Commission of CIRIEC-España (Spain)

Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Valencia, José Luis Monzón Campos is the current Executive Director of CIRIEC-España. Member of the editorial boards of several Spanish and international journals, he is also a founding member of FUNDIBES and NOVAFEINA, a member of IUDESCOOP and Director of the Spanish and Ibero-American Observatory of the Social Economy. He has been Director of the Valencia School of Business Studies, President of CIRIEC International and its International Scientific Commission „Social and Cooperative Economy” and has directed several Spanish and international research projects on the social and cooperative economy, vocational training and on the labour market. José Luis Monzón Campos has worked as an expert for the European Commission and the EESC. He is the author of numerous articles and books on the social economy, notably in the European Union and the satellite accounts of the social economy.


Roberto Di Meglio

Roberto Di Meglio is a Senior Technical Specialist at the International Labour Organization in Geneva. He mainly works on Local development and Social Economy. He began his career with the ILO in 1989 working on cooperatives and local development in Argentina, Bolivia, Central America and the Caribbean, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay. From 1999 to 2003 he was assigned to the ILO in Geneva where he coordinated the activities of the Local Economic Development Programme for Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. As Senior Employment Specialist in the ILO Office in Chile, from 2003 to 2008, he published several titles and articles on local development, supervised technical cooperation programmes and projects and promoted networking with other international organizations, training centres and academic institutions. Prior to his current position, he leaded a Project – Promotion of Decent Work and social cohesion – within the International Training Center of the ILO in Turin, Italy. He co-authored and edited several ILO publications, in particular, “Social and Solidarity Economy: -building a common understanding” (2010); “Social and Solidarity Economy: Our common road towards Decent Work” (2011); Social and Solidarity Economy: An opportunity to enhance youth employment” (2013); “Social and Solidarity Economy: Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Development (2014). He is co-editor of web sites on Social and Solidarity Economy at and the “Collective Brain” at


Engelmann Ulla

Ulla Engelmann is Head of Unit for Clusters, Social Economy and Entrepreneurship within DG GROWTH, the Directorate General being responsible for Internal market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, at the European Commission since March 2017. Previously, she worked at the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the in-house science service of European Commission, for many years in different functions. She started in the JRC in Ispra (Italy) in 1993 as a post-doc in fusion research, and moved on to manage various units (communication, international relations, and others) in Ispra and Brussels. Dr. Engelmann holds a PhD in analytical and radiochemistry completed at the National Research Centre in Karlsruhe.


Juan Antonio Pedreño

President of the Spanish Business Confederation of Social Economy, and President of Social Economy Europe (SEE), the highest representative entity of this business model, which accounts for 8% of GDP and 6% of employment (14 million workers) in the EU, a business network that represents 2.8 million companies and has 232 million members of cooperatives, mutual societies and other Social Economy entities. During this mandate, the ‘Madrid Declaration’ was signed in May 2017, in which 11 European governments (Spain, Luxembourg, Portugal, Greece, Italy, Romania, Slovenia, Malta, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Sweden) undertook to that the Social Economy occupies a priority place in the communitarian policies and they demanded „concrete measures” to obtain it.



Ariane Rodert is Vice-President for Group III of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and appointed as a EESC member by the Swedish government representing civil society interests. In this capacity she represents the Swedish civil society umbrella, Forum – idéburna organisationer med social inriktning, gathering civil society umbrellas in the social sector, social economy and non-profit welfare stakeholders. She is also Senior Policy Adviser at the Secretariat of the Archbishop and General Secretary for the Church of Sweden.
Ariane’s key areas of expertise in the EESC and at European level are social economy enterprises, social innovation and social investment. She has drafted several key opinions on the subject, most recently on the financial eco-system for social economy enterprises on request by the Luxembourg EU Presidency, and is currently drafting an EESC opinion for the Netherlands EU Presidency on innovation and business models. Ariane coordinated the EESC Social Enterprise Project and is often consulted on these topics by the European institutions and Member States. She is Vice President of the EESC internal market section, the EESC representative in the European Commission high level expert group GECES and a member of the EESC Permanent Study Group for Social Economy Enterprise and the EESC Social Economy Category Group. Ariane holds a Master of Science degree in Business and Economics from the University of Stockholm.


Avner BEN-NER (tbc)

Avner Ben-Ner is Professor in the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies in the Carlson School of Management and Affiliated Professor in the Law School at the University of Minnesota.
His principal contributions to scholarship concern theoretical examinations of the reasons for coexistence of different types of organization in the mixed economy. He analyzed theoretically the reasons why producer cooperatives, employee buy-outs and nonprofit organizations exist alongside private for-profit firms and public organizations. He emphasized that various organizations in the social economy represent collective responses to diverse problems of asymmetric information between workers and management and between consumers and sellers. His theoretical investigations were followed by empirical studies.


Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Trento, Faculty of Economics since 2001. From 2003 to 2006 Dean of the Faculty of Economics. At present he chairs Euricse – European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises – and the master programme on Management of Social Enterprises (GIS) at the University of Trento. He is a founding member of the network EMES (The Emergence of Social Enterprise in Europe) and chairman of IRIS Network (an Italian network of italian research centres on social enterprises). He is editor of the journal Impresa Sociale and member of the scientific committees of several journals, among them Economia e Lavoro, Revue des études coopératives mutualistes et associatives, Social Enterprise Journal. He collaborates with several national (Ministero del Lavoro, Ministero della Famiglia e della Solidarietà Sociale, ISFOL, ISTAT Fondazione per il Volontariato, Provincia Autonoma di Trento) and international (Unione Europea, OCDE, ILO) institutions.


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