Dr Pamela Hartigan - Co-Founder and Partner Volans Ventures, Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University’s Said Business School

From 2001 to 2008 Pamela was the Managing Director of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a Swiss-based organisation focused on advancing the practice of social entrepreneurship nationally, regionally and globally. Dr. Hartigan is the first Managing Director of the Foundation and has been responsible for shaping the strategy and operations pursued by the Foundation to achieve its mission. Dr. Hartigan is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, holds a Masters degree in International Economics, a Masters in Education and a PhD in Cognitive Psychology. Her book, entitled “The Power of Unreasonable People: How Entrepreneurs Create Markets that Change the World” (2008) is co-authored with John Elkington. She is a frequent lecturer on social entrepreneurship and innovation at graduate schools of business in the USA, Europe and Asia, and is an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia School of Business in New York City. She serves on the Board of five social enterprises and advises many more.

Throughout her career, Dr. Hartigan has held varied leadership positions in multilateral health organisations and educational institutions as well as in entrepreneurial non-profits. In the area of health, Pamela headed up the Department of Health Promotion at the World Health Organization (1999-2001) and was Programme Manager and Area Co-ordinator for Applied Field Research in the Special Programme on Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) of the World Bank, WHO, and UNDP (1997-1999).