Ira Lardinois

Ira Lardinois, project manager at i-propeller, contact: Ira started her professional career as a Human Resources Officer in a Belgian public telecom enterprise. She later joined the research and consultancy department of Agence Alter where she worked as a project leader on policy preparation and consultancy projects. Her work at Agence Alter was mainly focussed on social economy and public business support to entrepreneurs for different policy levels: regional, federal and European level. Ira contributed to the first Belgian bilingual newsletter on corporate social responsibility "Alter Business News" as author of several articles and as strategic advisor. At the end of 2004 Ira joined the cabinet of the Belgian Secretary of State for Sustainable Development and Social Economy. She participated in the working group on CSR of the Inter-departmental Commission for Sustainable Development that produced the Belgian Reference Framework and Action Plan for Corporate Social Responsibility. She was amongst other responsible for different awareness raising projects on sustainable development and CSR. After some consultancy projects at Accenture in the CSR team and the field of change management she joined i-propeller and later on also Oksigen Lab as project manager. She is working on a range of social business innovation projects since 2009 for social enterprises, public authorities and other companies. Ira obtained a Master in Organizational Psychology and Human Resources in 2000 at the University of Ghent in Belgium.

Marieke Huysentruyt

Marieke Huysentruyt, co-founder of Oksigen Lab and i-propeller focusing on R&D, contact:

Marieke is Assistant Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics (SITE) and Faculty Fellow at the London School of Economics (Managerial Economics and Strategy group at the Department of Management). Her main research fields are poverty, and behavioural and organizational economics.

She currently leads a team of three post-docs and several research assistants who work with her on a large EU-funded project on social entrepreneurship and innovation in Europe. She also works with one full-time research collaborator based at the Centre for Social Policy in Antwerp on the topic of poverty and financial services delivery.

Marieke has a Bio-Engineering Degree from the Catholic University of Leuven, an MSc. in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University, and PhD in Economics form the London School of Economics. She has been invited to spend time at Harvard University and the Santa Fe Institute as a visiting scholar, and collaborated with numerous development NGOs e.g. in Kenya, Mali, the Netherlands and the UK.

Marieke has been awarded various academic awards, including a Fulbright Scholarship, British Council Scholarship, and LSE-Columbia University Collaborative Research Grant.