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Dr. Pamela Hartigan is Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Said Business School at the University of Oxford since January 2009. She is also founding partner of Volans Ventures, an organization launched in 2008 and focused on building innovative scalable solutions to challenges affecting our future.

Prior to starting Volans, Dr. Hartigan spent eight years as the Founding Managing Director of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum where she was also on the World Economic Forum’s Managing Board. The Schwab Foundation is focused on advancing the practice of social entrepreneurship globally, building and supporting its community of practitioners whose efforts have achieved transformational social change.

Of Ecuadorian origin, Dr. Hartigan first came to the United States of America at 17 years of age to pursue her university studies at Georgetown University and then post graduate studies and a PhD. Throughout her career, she has held varied leadership positions in multilateral organizations and educational institutions as well as in entrepreneurial ventures. She has been responsible for conceptualizing and creating new organizations, departments or programs across a variety institutional arrangements and multi-stakeholder platforms.

Dr. Hartigan is a frequent lecturer on entrepreneurship and innovation at graduate schools of business in the USA, Europe and Asia, and is an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia Business School and at the University Technology Sydney. Her book, co-authored with John Elkington, founder of SustainAbility (UK) and entitled The Power of Unreasonable People: How Entrepreneurs Create Markets to Change the World has just been published by Harvard Business Press in February 2008.

She is a Trustee of social investment organizations, publicly listed companies and social impact focused organizations around the world.