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Compass Visionary Series: Beyond Social Entrepreneurship - From Niche to Mainstream

Dr Pamela Hartigan, pioneering entrepreneurial thought leader and practitioner, Executive Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Oxford and co-founder of Volans, will launch the Visionary Series at the University of Melbourne.

She will share her edgy, controversial view on the limits of social entrepreneurship and discuss efforts to embed entrepreneurial thinking for social impact wherever our career paths lead us. This provocative talk is not for social entrepreneurs only. 

Whether you are in the corporate, government or academic sectors, this talk is for you!

About Pamela Hartigan

Pamela Hartigan is the Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. She is also is the founding partner of Volans Ventures.

She spent over a decade supporting community-based organizations and working with youth in Washington, D.C. She has served as director of several programs and departments for the World Health Organization, including the Women, Health, and Development Program, the Department of Health Promotion, and the Department for Violence and Injury Prevention.

In October 2000, Hartigan became the first managing director of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.

Hartigan has obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees in international economics from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and the Institut d'Etudes Européennes in Brussels. She holds a master's degree in education from American University and a Ph.D. in human developmental psychology fromCatholic University.

She is the author of The Power of Unreasonable People: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Markets That Change the World.

About the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School is a leading academic entity for the advancement of social entrepreneurship worldwide. They foster innovative social transformation through world-class education, cutting-edge research, and collaboration among business, policy, academic, and social leaders. 

Their research and community are global in scope, and they uniquely use the power of networks to magnify the work of their researchers, students, and wider community beyond local and national boundaries.