Marcelo de La Cruz's research area focuses on social innovation and the measurement of societal impact. Reflecting on his belief that contribution to society needs to be more than the intentionality of doing good and its organizational embedding under the label of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), his research proposal introduces the impact principle that lays this intentionality aside and broadens the sphere of possible actions that might do good.

Anian Schreiber and the team at CocoA provide local farmers in Ghana with solar technology that respects small scale farming and traditional processing, enabling them to process the usually thrown-away cocoa pulp and market cocoa juice.

Julia Binder is project manager for EPFL's Tech4Impact initiative, a key instrument to strengthen the university's social impact in the fields of development education, impact research, as well as social innovation and entrepreneurship. In her research, Julia focuses on entrepreneurship beyond profit, including sustainable and social entrepreneurship.

Zsuzsanna Varga and the team at Knock On Wood promote manual fabrication by repurposing unwanted furniture or recycling old wood. They seek to foster a sense of community by giving a place to build, collaborate and learn together.

Kristian Roed Nielsen currently studies the potential role of the “crowd” in promoting sustainability, seeking to uncover what role consumers can have in enabling and financing sustainable innovation.

Jos Verbeek and his team have set two goals for the world to achieve by 2030: To end extreme poverty by decreasing the percentage of people living on less than $1.90 a day to no more than 3%, and to promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40% for every country.

Nettra Pan's research focuses on how and why investors decide to invest in young and emerging firms. She enjoys connecting people and sectors, and thinking with innovators about how to create meaningful, sustainable organizations.

Jessica Graf helps startups, corporations, donors, NGOs, governments and their constituencies reconcile the objectives of sustainable growth and inclusive, social impact.

Behzad Bayat and Peter Eckert strive to contribute to a healthier environment by inventing and introducing modular, man-packable inspection and monitoring robots into aquaculture and environmental monitoring.

Olga Dubey, Sylvain Dubey and Jean-Pascal Aribot aim to develop and bring to market organic treatments against a broad range of fungal pathogens that cause food waste.

Daniela Gimenez has researched how the institutional environment influences women economic decisions. Her interests revolve around women’s entrepreneurship, women in family businesses as well as sustainable entrepreneurship.

With the team at Poverty, Inc., Mark Weber questions our beliefs. From philanthropic actions to international adoptions, from solar panels to U.S. agricultural subsidies, the movie challenges us to ask ourselves: Could I be part of the problem?

Christina Hertel believes that local communities are a crucial, yet often overlooked battleground for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. When public and private solutions fail, local communities can either accept their fate or assume responsibility and take charge of shaping their lives.

Antonio Hautle is striving to implement the ten UN Global Compact Principles together with companies who want to embrace, support and enact, within their sphere of influence, a set of core values in the areas of human rights, labor standards, the environment, and anti-corruption.

Carlos Alvarez de la Vega transforms traditional reporting into creative communication pieces. With a global innovation team, he promotes and develops strategies and tactics seeking to transform business.

Céline Arnold is crafting the sustainability strategy at Coop, organized around three core pillars: Sustainable products; Environment and climate protection and Employees and social commitment.

Lien de Cuyper's research mainly focuses on social ventures, hybridity, individual and organizational identity. She also has an interest in corporate accelerators, and in the management of activities that happen on the nexus of corporations and the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Fabian Käser is committed to the early detection of cancer in children living in the rural areas of Tanzania and Uganda. #HelpCancerVillagers provides access to healthcare with an AI based cancer screening tool.

Geoffrey Kistruck is the Director of the Social Innovation Research Lab, whose purpose is to bridge the gap between academia and the development community. He observed that academics are focused on publishing in top academic journals - which are overly abstract, and practitioners are focused on 'big picture' issues - which aren't granular enough for academics to study. SIRLab has developed a collaborative research model that allows for a 'win-win' scenario.

Inès Burrus started her career in the Sustainable Agriculture department of a major multinational company. She led projects in the Ivory Coast and in the coffee-growing regions of Vietnam where she collected and analyzed data from farmers. These experiences inspired her to explore ways to improve rural youth livelihoods.v