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Friday, March 27, 2009

Social Entrepreneurs In Indigenous Communities

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Session Description

This session will discuss different traditions of philanthropy and social entrepreneurship from the perspectives of three leaders from the ‘First Peoples’. It will explore the particular cultural forms which manifest altruistic orientations in an indigenous thought system. Presentations by ‘Chiefs’ from Canada, New Zealand and Latin America – on the power of indigenous thought systems to revitalise their own communities – will be followed by facilitated discussion.


When | Where

10:45 - 12:15 Friday, March 27

Session leaders

  • Associate Professor, Faculty of Business, University of Victoria
    Dr. Ana Maria Peredo is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Sustainability and International Business in the Faculty of Business at the University of Victoria and Interim Director of the British Columbia Institute for Co-operative Studies. Ana Maria’s pioneering research introduced the concept of community-based enterprise to the academic business literature. Her work focuses on fostering sustainable communities among poor and disadvantaged peoples. Dr. Peredo has been recognized with awards such as; the Western Academy of Management Ascendant Scholar Award, a Visiting Fellowship at the Global Poverty Research Group at the University of Oxford and the Canadian Bureau for International Education Leadership Award.
  • Ella Henry Speaker
    Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology
    Ella Henry is a lecturer in Maori development in the Faculty of Maori Development at Auckland University of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand. Ella is an indigenous woman and has been involved in research on indigenous entrepreneurship. She recently published a chapter on Kaupapa Maori Entrepreneurship, which outlines the ways that the Maori cultural renaissance has revitalized Maori language, culture and identity, whilst spurring entrepreneurial initiatives that deliver community advancement, self- determination and validation of Maori political and economic aspirations. Ella holds a Master of Philosophy from the University of Auckland. Her thesis looked at Maori women and leadership.
  • Judith Sayers Speaker
    Chief, Hupacasath First Naton
    Dr. Judith is the Chief of the Hupacasath First Nation, located in Port Alberni, BC, Canada and has been Chief for fourteen years. Turning a relatively poor First Nation that is entirely dependent on government funding into a First Nation that can sustain itself is an exercise in Social Enterprise. Under Judith’s leadership, the Hupacasath have begun to turn the tides through environmentally sustainable business while providing meaningful employment and revenue to the First Nation. Judith draws on a background of practicing law, working in international forums, lobbying governments and other agencies for the promotion and protection First Nations rights and title.
  • General Manager, Services for farmers of the Altiplano, CCDA
    General Manager of Services for Farmers of the Altiplano (Servicios Campesinos del Altiplano), Leocadio has spent his life working for small and medium businesses, particularly coffee farmers, in Guatemala. Born into poverty, at age 14 he was already working in sugar cane and coffee production while he supported his family and advanced his studies. Leocadio’s work has focused on ensuring fair prices, labor conditions and market inclusion for the rural working poor to ensure market inclusion.
  • Senior Research Fellow, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
    Sarabajaya Kumar is a Senior Research Fellow in the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. Dr Kumar is a graduate of the Universities of London and Aston and holds a B.A. (Hons) in Sociology and Religion, an M.Sc in Public Sector Management, and a PhD in Management. She was an MSc Programme Director and Lecturer at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is also currently one of the founding members of GAIN - hosted by the James Martin Institute for the Future of Science and Civilisation. Prior to her academic career Dr. Kumar worked in the social entrepreneurship field in West Bengal, India and two, innercity London boroughs. She is a trustee of Praxis, a Governor of a secondary school, a member of the NCVO Advisory Council and the Institute of Volunteering Research’s Advisory Group.