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Faith In Social Enterprise: Does It Make A Difference?

Date :

18 November 2013 (Mon)

Time 15:00 - 17:00

Venue

Social Sciences Chamber, 11/F Jockey Club Tower, The University of Hong Kong

Many social enterprises are motivated by faith-based agents. The forum explores the relationship between religious beliefs and social enterprise. 

Participants: 

Dr Michael Hodson is a PhD economist and was formerly senior economist at the UK Government's Radio Telecommunications Agency and also headed up the government's business enterprise programme reform. Runs his own firm and worked as a consultant for Ernst and Young. 

Michele W Raphael has over 5 years of professional experience in Hong Kong, China and the UK in project management, education, research, nonprofit capacity-building, and interfaith dialogue. She has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector, and works with an array of community organisations and faith-based groups in China, Macau and Hong Kong, to develop their individual and organisational capacity for service in community development. 

David Sutherland was Morgan Stanley's Chief Financial Officer in Asia Pacific. In early 2013, he became the full-time Chair of the Board for International Care Ministries, a charity that works with 100,000 of the poorest of the poor in the Philippines through 4,000 slum churches. Prior to Asia, David worked for the U.S. Department of Treasury where he was the Associate International Tax Counsel, representing the U.S. Government regarding tax issues with most countries in Asia. In addition to his role with ICM, David also serves as the board chair of Asian Charity Services, Friends of Hong Kong Charities and the Lion King project. 

Rodger and Carol Woods are deeply involved with Integra – a social enterprise network operating in eastern europe and africa. Rodger is a professional architect of note and has himself done some fascinating integrative work on architecture and faith, including the Regent building in Vancouver and a recent commission from the Orthodox church in Calgary. 

Peter Lynas is a lawyer and a property developer whose family runs a christian property business in Northern Ireland, and who has done serious integrative work on theology and intellectual property, and theology and urban development particularly with respect to housing markets. Peter also heads the Evangelical Alliance in Northern Ireland. 

Dr Paul Williams trained as an economist and worked in economic consulting for several years before undertaking theological training at Regent. He returned to the marketplace, working as an economic advisor for major international corporations and government agencies. He served as Chief Economist and Head of International Research for DTZ Holding, and international real estate consulting and investment banking group in London, UK. 
 

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