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Johanna Mair and Christian Seelos - Public Lecture and Panel Discussion

Innovation and Scaling for Impact

Public Lecture

Innovation and scaling for impact: How effective social enterprises do it

Drawing on a decade of research, Johanna Mair and Christian Seelos, authors of Innovation and Scaling for Impact, transcend widely held misconceptions about social innovation. By elaborating on conceptual models and tools to drive progress and to help decision makers strengthen the impact creation logic of organisations, the presenters get to the core of what a sound impact strategy entails in the nonprofit world.

Panel Discussion

The panel discussion will further explore the practical implications of innovation within social enterprises to create social impact. Panel members will include presenters Johanna Mair, Christian Seelos and a selection of dignitaries. Professor Israr Qureshi of the ANU Research School of Management will be the moderator.


Johanna Mair 
Professor of Organisation, Strategy, and Leadership at the Hertie School of Governance, Stanford Distinguished Fellow, Co-Director Global Innovation for Impact Lab at Stanford PACS

Johanna Mair is a Professor of Organisation, Strategy and Leadership at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. She is the academic editor of Stanford Social Innovation Review and co-directs the Global Innovation for Impact Lab at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. She co-directed the Social Innovation + Change Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School, and has held a visiting position at the Harvard Business School and INSEAD. Her book Innovation and Scaling – How effective Social Entrepreneurs create Impact (Stanford University Press, 2017 co-authored with Christian Seelos) has won the 2017 Terry McAdam Award at ANOVA and the 2018 ONE Outstanding Book Award at the Academy of Management Meeting. Her research has appeared in many world class journals, and has appeared in the Financial Times, Nature Human Behavior and Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Christian Seelos 
Stanford Distinguished Fellow, Co-Director Global Innovation for Impact Lab at Stanford PACS

Christian Seelos is a distinguished fellow and director of the Global Innovation for Impact Lab (GIIL) at the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS). Previously he codirected the Social Innovation for Change Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School, served as the Leo Tindemans Chair for Business Model Innovation at KU Leuven and was the director of the IESE Business School Platform for Strategy and Sustainability. Together with Johanna Mair, he published his research on the link between innovation and social impact in a recent book Innovation and Scaling for Impact by Stanford University Publishing that won the Terry McAdam Book Award 2017 for “the most inspirational and useful new book contributing to non-profit management“, the 2018 Academy of Management ONE award for “best organisations book 2015-2017" and was nominated for the thinkers50 award 2017 in the category of innovation. Christian earned his PhD in Molecular Biology and is widely published in both the Natural- and Social Sciences. He also held management positions in the private industry and at the United Nations where he co-led the disarmament of Iraq of its biological weapons.

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