Professor Filipe Santos, Dean of CATÓLICA-LISBON, receives World Prize for Social Innovation

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 17:01

Filipe Santos, Dean of Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics and Chair of the European Venture Philanthropy Association has just received the Social Innovation Thought Leader 2019 Award from the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a world's leading organization for social entrepreneurship, partner of the World Economic Forum. This recognition was announced at the opening of the Sustainable Development Impact Summit, a World Economic Forum event that is taking place in New York on 23-24 September.

Filipe Santos is the first Portuguese to receive this award by the Schwab Foundation, an organisations that since 2000 recognizes the work of social entrepreneurs and this year decided to reward also social innovators working in academia, business and the public sector. The Social Innovation Thought Leader award was presented to Filipe Santos for his academic work and promotion of social entrepreneurship and social innovation worldwide.

About this award, Filipe Santos refers: “I have been following the excellent work of the Schwab Foundation over the years so it is an honor to receive this award and a privilege to be part of this community of leaders for social impact in the world”. Europe can become the leader in social innovation worldwide and through my work as Dean of CATÓLICA-LISBON and chair of the European Venture Philanthropy Association I aim to continue contributing to this endeavor.

For François Bonnici, Director of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship Foundation: “The Schwab Foundation 2019 awardees represent a new ecosystem of leaders who are driving change and changing organizations and systems toward a fairer, more inclusive and sustainable future. These leaders not only present alternative models that improve our society and planet, but also show that it is possible to mobilize and transform society, instilling innovation in policies, finance and research for greater inclusion and sustainability. ”

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