All in GoodFestival 5e

Laurent Houmard gained an extensive professional experience while working 20 years in leading position in the field of marketing and general management for multinational companies in Switzerland, Africa and Asia.

Govinda Upadhyay is working on innovation of diverse digital products to help solar companies and organizations manage their staff and assets by incorporating entrepreneurship, education, social and recreational learning platforms.

Adina Rom is researching how policy makers, entrepreneurs and researchers across the globe are enthusiastic about the potential of novel technologies to improve lives in low-income contexts.

Solomzi Makohliso believes while many essential technologies are widely available in industrialized countries, they have not been successfully deployed on a large scale in low & middle-income countries.

Shirah E. Foy questions why do some entrepreneurs create prosocial ventures while others do not? Might we find a higher rate of social entrepreneurship in certain parts of the world?

Miriam Bird is interested in entrepreneurial teams and the role of family in entrepreneurship. She has published her work in leading management and entrepreneurship journals.

Marla Burgener fosters climate mitigation solutions by tackling bottom up engagement through AI based on game principles. Individuals within companies pick their environmental challenge, act, build community, achieve and get ranked.

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.