Lorenzo Toresini was born in1946, MD since 1971, specialised in Psychiatry in 1975 and in Hygiene in 1978. He had been working in Trieste from 1971 to 1995. From 1995 to 1999 Chief Psychiatrist at Portogruaro (Venice). From 1999 a to 2013 Chief Psychiatrist at Merano. Author of about 80 pubblications, out of which seven books, he took part to many meetings as well as several International Conferences, particularly in the German speking Countries. He organized the TEMPUS EU project for staff postgraduate training in Social Enterprises. He led the “International Studies Center for Mental Health in Portogruaro”, where he led a TEMPUS EU project for Mental Health in Bosnia. He led the “Provincial Studies Center for Mental Health in Merano”, for whom he managed two projects of cooperazion for the Una Sana Canton in Bosnia. He took part for the WHO to a project for Mental Health in Moldova, Georgia and Ucraine. He organised several numerose conferences and meetings on the topic of “No restraint” in our Country and abroad.
Sheila Durie is an independent development consultant, operating in the fields of social enterprise development, SROI, mental health and employment policy and organisational development. She was previously Strategy and Development Manager with Forth Sector, one of Scotland’s premier social enterprise organisations at the time which she set up in the early 1990’s. Since 2001 she has undertaken a range of business support activities as Haldane Associates, including learning programmes for new social entrepreneurs, and in 2003 developed a research interest in the Social Return on Investment methodology.
She ran a pilot programme on SROI, working with Forth Sector and supported by the Scottish Government and the European Equal programme. She was a founding Director of the SROI Network and between 2009 and 2011 was a consultant working on the Scottish Government’s SROI Project. She has undertaken approx. 30 SROI studies for a range of organisations, and is a licensed trainer in SROI and an Accredited Practitioner. In 2014, she started up a social enterprise caring at home for older people with long-term health conditions, employing 18 people which was last year awarded high quality ratings. She has also been Chair of Re-Union Canal Boats Ltd since 2004, an award-winning social enterprise based in Edinburgh, which also runs a commercial subsidiary hiring canal boats.
Richard Mehmed In 1998 Richard Mehmed set up the Brighton & Hove Wood Recycling Project - as a response to seeing a huge quantity of reusable wood being wasted.Since then, this multi award-winning social enterprise has helped change the working practises of the building industry, opened the first shop selling “waste” wood and developed a financial sustainable business model that delivers environmental improvement and life changing opportunities for marginalized people.
In 2003, Richard set up Community Wood Recycling to franchise the concept and since then it has been replicated in 28 places nationwide and has become the biggest social franchise in the UK.
Prior to his wood recycling career, he spent more than 20 years in commerce, focussing on sales and marketing and small business development.
Elżbieta Bojanowska - Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Family Labour and Social Policy, sociologist, social support politician , PhD in sociology. She graduated degree course of Political and Social Sciences at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw with specialization in the field of social policy at the Institute of Applied Social Sciences. She is a graduate of postgraduate studies in the organization of social welfare at the University of Warsaw. He is currently an assistant professor at the Institute of Sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences and History at Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University. She was director of the Nursing Home. She worked in the Office of the Senate of Poland, PKN ORLEN SA and the Ministry of Sport and Tourism, where she was Director of the Department. The author of scientific publications in the field of sociology and social policy, and above all different aspects of old age and aging of the Polish population.
1996 – today FAF gGmbH – support structure and consult for social firms - managing director
1991 – 1995 FAF e. V. consultant for social firms; research on social firms
1986 – 1991 Lebenswelten – Project developement, rehabilitation activities
1983 – 1986 Backstern – First Social Firm in Berlin – managing director
Jerzy Krzyszkowski – professor of sociology and social policy of the University of Lodz and M.A. Social Welfare Policy of Mc Master University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Scholar of many European universities (among others Lund University, Sweden, Wuppertal University, Germany, Sunderland University, United Kingdom), scholar and member of a lifetime Clare Hall University in Cambridge, UK. Longtime manager of Training Center of Social Services (University of Lodz) and Postgraduate Studies in Social Welfare Organization (University of Lodz). Author and editor of over 20 books and nearly 100 scientific articles devoted mainly to social policy, social welfare and social work.
Arnd Schwendy was born in 1937 in Germany. He changed from journalism to planning and implementing psychosocial services and networks. He was head of the social services of the town of Cologne and founder and chairman of the German umbrella Organisation of Social Firms BAG IF (Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft der Integrationsfirmen)
Agnieszka Niedźwiedzka, President of Friends of the Disabled Society (Poland)
Prof. UM dr hab. n. med. Tadeusz Pietras (Poland)