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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).

Jorge De Sa

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).

José Luis Monzon Campos (tbc)

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.

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

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.

Carlo Borzaga

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

Simel Esim

Ms. Esim holds a BA in political science, an MA in International Economics and Middle East Studies and a Ph.D. in economics with a concentration in development economics. Upon completing her studies, Ms Esim worked at the World Bank, Development Alternatives, Inc. and the International Center for Research on Women in Washington, D.C. on formalizing the informal economy, women’s economic empowerment and labour migration among others. Between 2004 and 2012, Ms Esim was a Senior Technical Specialist in the International Labour Organization’s Regional Office for Arab States in Beirut. Currently she is the Manager of the Cooperatives Unit at the International Labour Organization in Geneva. The unit, which has been in existence since 1920, serves the International Labour Organization constituents on issues related to cooperatives and other social and solidarity economy enterprises through research, policy advice, training and development cooperation guided by the International Labour Organization Recommendation on the Promotion of Cooperatives, 2002 (R.193)

Marian Preda

Marian Preda is a professor of Sociology and Social Policy, the president of the Senate of The University of Bucharest (since December 2015), former dean of the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work (February 2008- December 2015), former president of the Romanian Sociological Society (2010 – 2012), president (coordinator) of The Presidential Commission for Social and Demographic Risks Analyses (2009-2010), President of the National Statistical Council (2016-2020). Dr. Preda has 28 years experience in carrying out researches on social issues in Romania as researcher at the Research Institute for Quality of Life and within the University OF Bucharest. He has been also consultant for The Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labour and social Solidarity, National Antipoverty and Social Inclusion Commission of the Romanian Government under projects financed by EU, DFID and The World Bank and in The Republic of Moldavia (for UNICEF and for UNFPA).

Ariel Guarco

At the 2017 general assembly, in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), the members of the International Cooperative Alliance elected Ariel Guarco as their president. He is a cooperative leader that has undertaken a cooperative movement development process in his country, Argentina, and has built strong bonds with the rest of the cooperative movement in the American continent by becoming Board Member of Cooperatives of the Americas. A man trained into the public services cooperative movement, and specially the electric cooperative movement, during the course of his life he has moved along all institutional positions until today, when he runs the Presidency of COOPERAR, apex organization in the argentine cooperative movement, since 2011. He started in the cooperative movement over 20 years ago in Coronel Pringles Electric Cooperative, his home town, holding different positions until the presidency, which he holds since 2007. In 2008 he was elected President of the Federation of Electricity and Public Services Cooperatives of Buenos Aires Province– FEDECOBA –, a position he still runs nowadays. He is Member of the International Co-operative Alliance’s Global Board since 2013 and Deputy Vice-President of Cooperatives of the Americas from 2014 to 2018. He is the author of the book “The Argentine Cooperative Movement – A hopeful Look into the Future”, and regular speaker in different Universities, Seminars, Conferences and Congresses related to the Solidary Economy sector both in his home country and in foreign countries.

Bruno Roelants

Mr. Roelants is one of the world’s leading experts in the field of cooperatives and co-author of “Capital and the Debt-Trap: Learning from Cooperatives in the Global Crisis”, currently Director-General of International Co-operative Alliance – ICA. Mr. Roelants, has 30 years of working for the movement. Before being appointed as International Co-operative Alliance Director General he has been since 2002, secretary general of industrial and service co-op organisations CICOPA and CECOP-Cicopa which are part of the International Co-operative Alliance. He joined these in 1995 as a volunteer, and helped build them into a global force.

Ilcheong Yi

Ilcheong YI is Senior Research Coordinator in the Social Policy and Development Programme and in the Social Dimensions of Sustainable Development Programme at UNRISD. He joined UNRISD in October 2008. Born in the Republic of Korea, he was trained as a political scientist (B.A. and M.A. from the Department of Political Science, Seoul National University, Korea) and as a social policy analyst (D.Phil from Oxford University, UK). His specialization is in the issues of poverty, social policy, labour policy, social economy, and historical analysis of the economic and social development process. Prior to joining UNRISD, Ilcheong was Associate Professor at Kyushu University, Japan (2004-2008), Korea Foundation Visiting Professor in the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Malaya, Malaysia (2003-2004), and Visiting Research Fellow at the Stein Rokkan Centre, University of Bergen, Norway (2002-2003). He has fulfilled a number of consultant, field researcher and project development roles for international and national organizations including the ILO, UNRISD, JBIC and KOICA.

Alain Coheur

Alain Coheur studied at the Faculty of Medicine, at Public Health School (specialization in on hospital management) and at the Faculty of Social and Economic Science, Liege University. He started his career at the University Hospital of Liege. In 1991, he joined the Belgian National Union of Socialist Mutual Health Funds (research department). He took part in the management of the Belgian healthcare system by being a member of the Insurance Committee of the National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance and in the National Council for hospitals of the Ministry of Public Health. Since 1997, he coordinates different crossborder healthcare projects between Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Germany and Luxemburg financed by the European funds, Interreg. Between 1998 and 2002, he was Project Manager at the International Association of Mutual Health Funds (AIM), still now a member of the Board of Directors, and from June 2017 new Treasurer. In 2002, he came back to the Belgian National Union of Socialist Mutual Health Funds, Solidaris, as Director for European and International Affairs. Since 2004, he is a Member of the bureau of the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and vice-chairman of the Technical Commission on Mutual Benefit Societies. Between 2007 and 2016, he was President of the Belgian Non-Governmental Organisation “Solsoc” and in 2008, elected as President of Social Economy Europe until 2015, currently he is Vice-President of Social Economy Europe. Since 2009 he is vice-president of Eudcation and Soidarity Network. Since 2013 he is a member of the board of directors of the Belgian development Agency (ENABEL). Between 2014 and 2018, he was member of the European Commission Expert Group on social entrepreneurship (GECES). In 2014 he became member of the “Council Wallonia Brussels for the International Cooperation” and since September 2017, new President. Since 2015 he is a member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). Since 2018 he is a member of the Board of director of CIRIEC (Belgian section and International).

Patrick Develtere

Patrick DEVELTERE is Principal Adviser for European Social Policy at the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), the in-house think tank of the European Commission. Before joining the EPSC, he was the President of the Belgian Christian Workers’ Movement ( is one of the largest civil society networks in Belgium with over 4.5 million members and over 250,000 volunteers involved in trade union, mutual society and other civil association activities. Patrick also teaches ‘politics and society in developing countries’ and ‘international development cooperation’ at the University of Leuven, Belgium. Earlier, he was the Director of HIVA, Research Institute for Work and Society of the same university. Patrick has a PhD in Social Sciences and has been a visiting professor at the University of Saskatoon (UoS – Canada), the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM – Canada) and the Université de Kinshasa (UNIKIN – DRCongo) among others. From 2010 to 2017 he was a member of the Board of the European Social Observatory. Career Highlights: President, Belgian Christian Workers’ Movement, 2010-2017; Director, HIVA – Research Institute for Work and Society (KU Leuven), 2007-2010. Academic Highlights: PhD in Social Sciences, KU Leuven (Belgium), 1994.

Patrick Klein

Patrick KLEIN has been working in different and varied positions within European Commission –  DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW) – „Advanced Technologies, Clusters and Social Economy”. He is currently Head of the Social Economy Team within the Unit „Advanced Technologies, Clusters and Social Economy”. His main activities focus on launching specific actions and projects in order to establish a more relevant ecosystem for the development of social economy enterprises. He also coordinates the European Commission’s expert group „Social Economy and Social Enterprise” which aims to develop public policies in this area. He has previously worked in Access to finance from 2002 to 2011 before joining the European Economic and Social Committee from 2011 to 2014. Patrick has experience in the private sector where he was consultant for Arthur Andersen and Deloitte from 1997 to 2001. He graduated from the College of Europe (Bruges) and from the University of Law and Political Science of Strasbourg.

Ionut Sibian

Ionuț Sibian is currently Executive Director of the Civil Society Development Foundation (CSDF), one of the most important and influential NGOs in Romania. In 2010, CSDF founded the Institute of Social Economy, an initiative of CSDF aimed at promoting social economy in Romania. Since Romania became a member of the European Union in January 2007, Ionuț Sibian was elected to represent Romanian NGOs in the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels. His previous experience includes President of the Romanian Federation of Development NGOs (FOND), Board member of the German Marshall Fund programme – Black Sea Trust and member of various Boards of Romanian and European organisations. Currently, he serves as member of the Orange Foundation Board. He completed his MA in International Relation at the Centre for Euro-Atlantic Studies, University of Bucharest, and a Master’s Program on South East European Studies, supported by the European Union under the Stability Pact at University of Atehns. In 2009 Ionuț Sibian was Marshall memorial Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the US, Washington DC.

Mihaela Lambru

Mihaela Lambru is a Romanian sociologist, full professor at the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, were she is the coordinator of the Master Program in ”Public Policy and Public Organizations Management” . Currently she teaches courses on: Sociology of Public Organizations, Sociology of the Nonprofit Sector, and Social Economy. She is member of EMES – international research network and CIRIEC; she has over 20 years of experience in program management and implementation in third sector development and public sector reform. Her experience includes the design, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation of development programs; development of training and consulting materials and delivery of technical assistance in nongovernmental sector development and public-private partnerships; and policy research for public organizations in Romania and the region. Highlights of experience include:, ADF Country Director for Romania; Deputy Chief of Party for the ADF Regional Partnership for Democracy(USAID); Trainer and consultant with the Civil Society Development Foundation; Trainer and consultant for UNICEF (Romania, Kirghizstan and Pakistan), ILO, UNDP; she has extensive experience in design and management of EU funded projects.

Rafael Chaves

Rafael Chaves is Professor of Economic Policy and Social Economy at the University of Valencia. He obtained a European Doctorate Laureate in Economics in 1995 and was Director of the Research Institute IUDESCOOP for ten years until he took on the position of Director of the Official Doctorate Program on Social Economics at the same university. He is President of the Scientific Commission on Social and Cooperative Economics of CIRIEC-international. His research has focused on public policies towards the third sector, major figures in the field of social economy, and definitions and theories on the third sector and social economy. He has published in journals such as The Service Industries Journal, Service Business, Management Decision, Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, CIRIEC-España revista de economia publica social y cooperativa, Economía Industrial, International journal of rural development, Revista de estudios cooperativos, Nouvelles pratiques sociales, Journal of Cooperative Studies and books in editorials as De Boeck and Peterlang. He has extensive experience in leading international and national projects, financed by European Institutions as the European Economic and Social Committee or the DGV of the European Union, the scientific network CIRIEC-International and the Spanish Ministry of Science. He is elected member of GECES – Expert Group on Social Economy and Social Enterprises of the European Commission.

Adrian Morar

Adrian Morar, the General Manager of the Central Cooperative Bank CREDITCOOP is one of the leading connoisseurs in the field of cooperative banks, with over 35 years experience in the field. In 1984 he graduated from the Faculty of Sciences Economic, Financial-Accounting Section within Babeş-Bolyai University, and since 2010 he holds a Ph.D. in Economics – Finance Banks within the same university. In 2013 he graduated the courses of a Masters in Psychopedagogy within the Babeş-Bolyai University. Mr. Adrian Morar is the author of the book: The Analysis of Financial Activity in the Romanian credit cooperatives and of numerous articles and interviews in profile publications from Romania and abroad. In 2004, the Romania Presidency granted him the National Order „For merit” in the Knight’s degree, to reward merits and contribution brought to the organization, support and development of the credit cooperative movement in Romania. From 2000 until now Mr. Adrian Morar is the General Manager of the Central Cooperative Bank CREDITCOOP and since 2003 he is a member of the European Cooperative Banks Association’s Board of Directors. The organization he is leading is also a member of the European Cooperative Banks Association.

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