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

Wolfgang studied management engineering at the University of Technology in Vienna with two academic years spent at PUC Rio de Janeiro and INSA Rouen. He started his career as an analyst in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley. In 2009 he began 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 focusing on social finance, impact investing and social innovation. In this time he worked on a national mapping of social enterprises, an ex-ante evaluation on imperfections in the social investment market and a study for the German Federal Ministry of Economy Affairs and Energy.

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, NEOS Lab and European Liberal Forum among others and co-authored a book on “Impact Investing” published with Palgrave Macmillan at Next Generation Impact. Since 2019 he is part of the European Center for Social Finance. 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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