Emma von Essen

Emma is a PhD student at the Department of Economics at Stockholm University. The focus of her research is Behavioral Economics, Micro Econometrics and Experimental Economics exploring for example behaviors related to competitiveness, gender and social status. At Stockholm University Emma is a part of a research group focusing on Experimental Economics research. Emma has a Master in Social Science with major in economics from Uppsala University and a Bachelor in Statistics from Stockholm University. As part of the undergraduate studies she worked one semester at UNDP in Bratislava. Prior to joining SELUSI team Emma was a visiting PhD student at the Institute for Empirical Research in economics at Bonn University conducting experimental and behavioral research. Before starting her PhD together with friends Emma initiated a Social Venture focusing on enhancing older women’s participation in outdoor sports.

Topi Miettinen

Topi is Research Fellow at SITE. His research interests include microeconomic theory, game theory, and behavioural and experimental economics. He holds MSc in Social Sciences majoring economics at the University of Helsinki of which he spent the last year at Université des Sciences Sociales à Toulouse. He has a PhD in economics from University College London. During the last two years of his PhD he held a researcher position at RUESG, an Academy of Finland centre of excellence at the University of Helsinki. Prior to joining the SELUSI team at the Stockholm School of Economics, he spent two-years as a Post-doc at the Max Planck Institute of Economics in Germany where he strongly engaged in experimental economics research. He has been active in initiating the PCRC experimental laboratory in Turku, Finland, which was inaugurated in Spring 2009.

Sunčica Vujić

Sunčica is a Research Fellow at the London School of Economics (Managerial Economics and Strategy group at the Department of Management). Her main area of interest is quantitative research on socio-economic questions, in the fields of economics of crime, economics of education, behavioural economics, and health economics. Suncica holds a B.Sc. degree from the Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade, an MA degree from the Economics Department of the Central European University in Budapest, an M.Phil. degree from the Tinbergen Institute in Amsterdam, and a Ph.D. degree from the Economics and Econometrics Departments of the Free University in Amsterdam. Her work experience includes posts at the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) of the London School of Economics, The Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB), and ORTEC Finance. She held lectureship positions at various universities: Free University Amsterdam (statistics, economics and econometrics), University of Freiburg (economics of education), University of Groningen (micro-econometrics and statistics). She also regularly gives Stata courses.

Marieke Huysentruyt

Marieke Huysentruyt, co-founder of Oksigen Lab and i-propeller focusing on R&D, contact: Marieke.huysentruyt@oksigenlab.eu

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.

Tomislav Rimac

Dr. Tomislav Rimac - Principal Investigator, member of the SEFORÏS Academic Advisory Board and Project Management Committee, Work Package 2 Leader, contact: trimac@luiss.it

Tomislav works as an Assistant Professor of Ethics, Sustainability and Responsibility at the Department of Business and Management at the LUISS Guido Carli in Rome. His research focuses on entrepreneurship directed at social change and organizational responses to institutional complexity. Between 2009 and 2013, Tomislav was a lead researcher in Spain for EC financed FP7 SELUSI project on social entrepreneurship and innovation. Since 2013, he has been a member of the Social Innovation Ambassador Network (SIAN) for the BENISI FP7 project on scaling social innovation. Prior to entering academia, Tomislav held managerial positions in Canadian financial industry and IT and engineering consulting sectors. He co-founded "All Through The House," a social purpose initiative of the "St. Christopher House" in Toronto and "Rotman Nexus" consulting, an M.B.A. student-run consulting agency specializing in not-for-profit and social enterprise consulting at the University of Toronto. He earned his Ph.D. in Management from the IESE Business School, University of Navarra, his M.B.A. from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and his B.A.Sc. in electrical engineering from the University of Zagreb.

Ute Stephan

Professor Ute Stephan is the Chair of Entrepreneurship at Aston University Birmingham (UK), the Director of the Aston Centre for Research into International Entrepreneurship and Business (ACRIEB), and Editor-in-Chief of Applied Psychology: An International Review. Her research explores the relationships between culture, institutions and entrepreneurship, both commercial and social entrepreneurship. Other interests include entrepreneurial motivation, leadership and the social engagement of mainstream business. Her work is published in leading management and business journals such as the Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies, Management Science, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Occupational and Organisational Psychology among others.

Ute currently co-leads the EUR 2.5 Mio. European Commission funded SEFORIS project – Social Entrepreneurship as a Force for more Innovative and Inclusive Societies (www.seforis.eu). She also leads work package 8 of the SEFORIS project exploring how social enterprises thrive in different contexts and how they change their contexts to create positive social change. From 2008-2011, she was one of the lead researchers on the SELUSI project, the predecessor of SEFORIS. Other recent projects include ‘Identifying Social Enterprise’ funded by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Policy & Government Inclusive Economy Unit, UK, ‘Understanding Entrepreneurial Motivation’ funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, UK and ‘Business-driven Social Change’ funded by the Network of Business Sustainability, Canada. She is also a member of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor project and the GLOBE (Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness) study.

Ute holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Marburg (Germany) and was previously at the University of Sheffield (UK), the London School of Economics (UK), KU Leuven (Belgium), and TU Dresden (Germany). She is a visiting senior researcher at KU Leuven (Belgium). Contact: u.stephan@aston.ac.uk