Prof. Dr. Barbara Scheck

Barbara is the Professor for Entrepreneurship at Munich Business School. Her research focuses on the financing of social enterprises, impact and mission-related investing and impact assessment. Prior to joining MBS, Barbara was assistant professor for social investment at Hamburg University.

During her Ph.D. she has developed the Social Reporting Standard, guidelines for impact-oriented reporting. Other significant experiences include consulting for a social venture capital fund and projects for development cooperation agencies on social entrepreneurship. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy at NUS National University of Singapore and is a co-founder of the digital mentoring platform Volunteer Vision. Barbara was a member of the EU’s GECES subgroup on impact measurement in social enterprise and the Impact Measurement Working Group of the Social Impact Investment Task Force established by the G8. She serves on the board of Hylea Foods and is member of the investment committee at GLS Treuhand.

Barbara holds a Diplôme de Grande Ecole and MSc from the European School of Management where she studied International Business Administration in Paris, Oxford and Berlin and a PhD from Technical University Munich.

Dr. Wolfgang Spiess-Knafl

After completing his studies in management engineering at the University of Technology in Vienna he worked as an analyst in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley. In 2009 he started working on his doctoral studies with a focus on social finance at the Chair for Entrepreneurial Finance at the Technische Universität München which he completed in 2012. Until 2016 he was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Civil Society Center and the Chair for Strategic Organization and Financing at the Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen (Germany) focusing on social finance and impact investing.

Since 2016 he worked on the development of the social finance market for the European Commission, conducted studies on social finance for the Association of German Foundations among others and co-authored a book on “Impact Investing” published with Palgrave Macmillan. He is also a faculty member of the University Witten / Herdecke and gives a regular lecture on “International Finance & Sustainability” at Karlshochschule.

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