Events & Programmes

  • GSEP 2018
  • GSEP 2016

February 26 - March 2, 2018

Hand in Hand Academy for Social Entrepreneurship, Kaliyanur, Kancheepuram,Tamil Nadu, India

GSEP 2018 will be led by Prof. Jasjit Singh of INSEAD, Singapore.

Market-driven economic growth has raised living standards worldwide, including lifting over one billion people out of extreme poverty in recent decades. At the same time, humanity continues to grapple with critical issues like environmental degradation and a perception of rising inequality. Resolving such concerns is typically seen as a task for non-profits, development agencies or government departments, but even such social purpose organizations often achieve limited success without also involving business in the conversations. We will extend these debates in two ways. First, we will rigorously define “impact” and discuss how to embed it effectively into the strategy of various kinds of organizations. Second, we will explore ways in which business and management tools can best contribute towards coming up with solutions to major societal needs.

GSEP 2018 will provide academic and the practical contexts for social entrepreneurship with case studies being interspersed with field visits. This program additionally aims to bring together eminent professionals from different fields to the four Round Tables planned for four topics viz. Role of Leadership in promoting social initiatives, CSR-Opportunities & challenges, Funding to social enterprises and Agricultural social enterprises. This will be a great learning experience for the participants and give them key insights and transformational ideas.

Course Anchor: Prof.Jasjit Singh

Associate Professor of Strategy, Shell Fellow in Business and the Environment Academic Director, INSEAD Social Impact Initiative Singapore

Jasjit Singh has been an INSEAD professor since 2004. His interests include Strategy, Inclusive Business, Sustainable Development, Innovation, Impact Investing and Impact Evaluation. He is particularly passionate about how business and management tools can be used as a force for good. He regularly gives speeches, conducts workshops and advises managers, entrepreneurs and investors on how to systematically think about their societal impact.

Jasjit obtained his Ph.D. in Business Economics (Strategy) and M.A. in Economics at Harvard. He also holds M.S. in Management & Computer Science from Georgia Tech, and a B.Tech in Computer Science & Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. He is the author of numerous journal articles and case studies, many of which have won prestigious awards. He has also been involved in editorial and reviewing roles for leading academic journals like Strategic Management Journal, Management Science and Organization Science.

Jasjit regularly teaches in INSEAD’s MBA, EMBA and executive programmes. He has recently co-directed INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme (ISEP) and INSEAD’s programme on Leading the Business of Sustainability (LTBS). He also conducts customized workshops for companies, government agencies and development organizations. Prior to joining academia, Jasjit worked as a management consultant with Accenture and as an intern at Intel, AT&T and Cadence. He is an Indian citizen, and lives in Singapore.

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Global Social
Entrepreneurship Programme 2016

With a theme of "building and sustaining high performance social enterprises", Hand in Hand Academy's novel initiative, the Global Social Entrepreneurship Programme took place between 7-10th Feb 2016 in Chennai. The programme was led by Prof KasturiRangan of Harvard Business School along with other eminent speakers and panelists. The programme concluded with the inauguration of Hand in Hand Academy for Social Entrepreneurship in Kanchipuram. A total of 60 highly qualified participants from 8 countries attended this intense module on social enterprises. The participants were spread across industries including corporates, microfinance institutions, UN agencies, financial institutions, advisories, NGOs, education professionals and social entrepreneurs.

Prof KasturiRangan brought in his vast experience with the Harvard case method of teaching by diving deep into case studies such as Approtech, Acumen Fund, Aravind Eye Hospital and Omidyar Network. He particularly highlighted the importance of CSR in India through the case study on Jain Irrigation Pvt Ltd, a session that was additionally attended by CEOs and MDs of corporates and foundations in Chennai. Some of the key topics that were debated included mandatory CSR under the Indian Companies Act 2013, definition of CSR, whether all corporates were inherently socially responsible, and if not, what could be done about it, the role of the private sector, government and civil society and the potential power behind partnership in the process of creating shared value. Prof Rangan's unique teaching method of eliciting the answers from the participants in an interactive manner was a highlight of the entire programme.

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