Keynote Speakers

ISIRC 2020 will include a number of keynote presentations by eminent UK and international social innovation scholars.

Jonatan Pinkse

Professor of strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship

Jonatan Pinkse is a Professor of strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship at and Executive Director of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR), Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester.

His research interests focus on corporate sustainability, sustainable innovation, social entrepreneurship, business model innovation, cross-sector partnerships and the sharing economy. In his research, Jonatan analyses how firms make strategic decisions to make a positive contribution to sustainable development and deal with the ensuing tensions between issues and actors.

Before moving to Manchester, he held positions at the Universiteit van Amsterdam and Grenoble Ecole de Management. Jonatan has authored more than 50 scholarly and practitioner articles in journals such as the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, Research Policy, Journal of International Business Studies, Organization Studies, Journal of Business Venturing and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.

He is associate editor at Organization & Environment and Business & Society and past chair of the ONE division of the Academy of Management.


Fergus Lyon

Professor at Middlesex University in London

Fergus Lyon is a Professor at Middlesex University in London and Deputy Director of the ESRC Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity and he previously led the social enterprise theme in the ESRC Third Sector Research Centre.

His research interests include social and sustainable enterprises, social investment and enterprise support policy.  Recent work has focused on the role of social enterprise and other businesses in responding to the climate emergency and biodiversity loss.

His work is funded by UK research councils, government departments, international agencies and a number of charities. He has carried out research in UK, Ghana, Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Bhutan and Nepal. He has been a trustee/director of a number social enterprises and charities related to preschool education, conservation and farming.


Anne-Claire Pache

Chaired Professor in Social Innovation and Philanthropy

Anne-Claire Pache is Chaired Professor in Social Innovation and Philanthropy at ESSEC Business School in Paris, France. She graduated from ESSEC Business School in 1994, holds a Master in Public Administration (2001) from Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from INSEAD (2010).

Her research interests lie at the intersection of organizational theory and social innovation, with a particular emphasis on pluralistic environments, hybrid organizations, and scaling-up processes in organizations. She has conducted in the field of social enterprises, corporate philanthropy and private foundations. She has authored several books and articles, including in the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Ethics, California Management Review and Leadership Quarterly. She served as ESSEC Dean for Academic Programs between 2014 and 2017.

Before embarking on an academic career, Professor Pache was part of the co-founding team of Unis-Cité, a French nonprofit organization that pioneered youth civil service in France. She sits today on the board of Unis-Cité as well as of an Impact Investment Fund. 


Bob Doherty

Chair of Agrifood and Marketing at the University of York

Bob Doherty is Chair of Agrifood and Marketing at the University of York and leads a 4-year interdisciplinary research programme on food resilience titled ‘IKnowFood’ (Global Food Security fund). Bob is also the research theme leader for food in the York Environmental Sustainability Research Institute (YESI).

In addition, he has recently been seconded into UK Government Department, DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) as a senior policy fellow to work on Food Systems policy development.

Bob says ‘increasing risks in the food system mean it can’t be business as usual. New transformative approaches are required that prioritize positive social and environmental impacts.

Bob’s research on pro-social market mechanisms mean’s he is well placed to contribute to work that develops alternative economic models that are more inclusive and facilitate improved governance of the global food system’. Bob is also Founding Editor Emeritus of the Social Enterprise Journal from Emerald publishers.

He is also currently a trustee on the board of the Fairtrade Foundation. Prior to moving into academia Bob spent 5-years as the Head of Sales and Marketing at the Fairtrade pioneer Divine Chocolate Ltd.  


Dorothea Kleine

Professor of Human Geography, Co-Director of the Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID)

Dorothea Kleine is Co-Director of the Sheffield Institute for International Development at the University of Sheffield, where she leads the Digital Technologies, Data and Innovation group. Her research investigates sustainable human development, global justice, and the role of ICTs in making progress towards these aims. She has published widely, and is particularly well-known for her theoretical work on applying the capabilities approach to digital development, as laid out in ‘Technologies of Choice’ (MIT Press). Her current work stretches from action-research with community groups and digital ethnography to high-level policy advice. Current projects she co-leads focus on sustainable and inclusive digital innovation.

Questions of gender equality and intersectional analysis run through her work. Dorothea Kleine has collaborated with or advised UNCTAD, Unicef, UNEP, DFID, GIZ, IDRC, Nokia, GSMA and Oxfam. She has served on the programme committees of both the ICTD conference series and the IFIP 9.4. conference. She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics. Before joining Sheffield, she worked at Cambridge and Bonn universities and was director of the ICT4D Centre, Royal Holloway, University of London. She is the Chair of the Digital Geographies Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).


Rita Afonso

Professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Rita Afonso is a professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – UFRJ – Brazil, in the Faculty of Business Administration, working in the theme “new ways of production and consumption” that includes corporate social responsibility, social marketing, social business, ethical consumption and social innovation. She also coordinates the extension department in which the bridge between the students and community problems are managed. She is a Honorary Research Associate at The Sheffield Institute for International Development. Among the projects she worked on in the past few years are: Transformative Social Innovation Theory; Latin American Social Innovation Network (funded by EC); Sustainable Consumption, the Middle Classes and Agri-food Ethics in the Global South (funded by  ESRC – UK) and Nosso Mapa: Mapping out a research agenda and potential coproduction sites for social and environmental innovation in true partnership with a research leader from the global South (funded by GCRF).