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Friday, April 16, 2010

Governments And Social Entrepreneurs: Partnership Versus Subcontracting

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Session Description

With social challenges facing all governments, how many are turning to innovative social entrepreneurs for new approaches and operating models? What opportunities does this present for social entrepreneurs working globally? From the White House’s newly established Social Innovation Fund to the emergence of Singapore as a regional hub for social entrepreneurship, this session will explore the perspective of senior government leaders on the public sector’s aspirations in relation to entrepreneurial social ventures.


When | Where

09:00 - 10:30 Friday, April 16

Session leaders

  • Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports,, Singapore
    Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan was appointed Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Singapore in April 2005. Previously, he was Second Minister for Information, Communication and the Arts; Second Minister for Trade and Industry; Minister of State (National Development), and also the Minister responsible for entrepreneurship. In 2006, he convened the Social Enterprise Committee to advise on growing Singapore’s social enterprise sector. He is a computer enthusiast and an avid reader. He is married with four children.
  • Mutsa Mutembwa Speaker
    Rhodes Scholar,
    Mutsa is a Rhodes Scholar from Zimbabwe, doing her postgraduate studies in Water Science, Policy and Management at Oxford. Prior to her time in Oxford, Mutsa became interested in social entrepreneurship and its role in sustainable development while working with micro-finance initiatives in Zimbabwe. At Oxford, she is on the committee of the Rhodes Scholar Southern African Forum (RSSAF), which is a UK-based grant-making charity that supports community development initiatives in southern Africa. Mutsa's long-term goal is to address the issues surrounding water security in the developing world, through enterprises that bring new innovations to help provision of basic water services.
  • Peter Holbrook Speaker
    Chief Executive , Social Enterprise Coalition
    Peter Holbrook is CEO of the Social Enterprise Coalition - the UK’s national body for social enterprise representing a wide range of social enterprises, regional and national support networks and other related organisations. The Coalition’s key activities are centred on informing and influencing the policy agenda, promoting the benefits of social enterprise and undertaking research to expand the social enterprise evidence base. Peter was previously CEO of Sunlight Development Trust which works to tackle long-standing health and social inequalities.
  • Professor, Harvard Kennedy School
    Stephen Goldsmith is a Professor of Government and the Director of the Innovations in American Government Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is the Chairman of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Goldsmith served two terms as mayor of Indianapolis, America’s twelfth-largest city, where he earned a reputation as one of the country’s most innovative public officials. His latest book, The Power of Social Innovation, suggests a path for better relationships between government and social entrepreneurs.