March 8, 2023 — On the International Women’s Day, Euclid Network (EN) reveals the anticipated Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise 2023 List featuring women leaders in social entrepreneurship and innovation.
EN’s second annual list honours women trailblazers who are helping to shape the European social enterprise ecosystem and leading it into the mainstream. The list is based on more than 900 answers from an open nomination call and an assessment by our esteemed jury, as part of the Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise Initiative.
The featured women stood out as having implemented creative and sustainable solutions to create significant positive social and/or environmental impact. They demonstrated outstanding leadership skills and commitment by going beyond their role and inspiring others to channel their potential.
The recognition is not a ranking but rather a list of those who have shone for their innovative approaches and the scape of impact created. Explore the Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise List below, get inspired by innovative solutions and join us in celebrating the achievements of women trailblazers.
Top 100 Women In Social Enterprise 2023
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Occupation: Partner and socio-environmental expert in WE&B
Partner and consultant at Water, Environment and Business for Development (WE&B) as an expert in the field of socio-environmental studies. By way of a cross-disciplinary focus, WE&B integrates social and business systems to solve complex environmental problems.
Occupation: Project Lead for Social Enterprise UK, eBay for Change Membership & Monitoring Lead, BAFTS Fair Trade Network UK and Director, All's Fair Tours Ltd
Passionate about finding routes to market for marginalised producers and supporting poverty reduction through employment and trade.
Occupation: Founder & Owner Fair Fabrics
Building bridges between designers, brands and international artisan workshops through traditional crafts and contemporary design. With transparent and direct collaborations, she and her team develop a distinctive and respectful collection of interior items such as rugs, blankets and cushions.
Occupation: Co-Founder/Learning Experience & Outreach, Fructify Network
A system changer and challenger, with diverse experience (previously working in government,NGOs, and private sector). I have been active in social impact, sustainable development and social innovation for over a decade
Occupation: Co-Founder & Creative Director, sister*hood Vienna
Co-founder of sister*hood vienna, an interior design brand with a social impact mission. Together with her sister Veronika, she connects female artisans from low-income countries with a global community of design lovers.
Occupation: Social worker/ Founder Semear Afetos project
Social Worker by profession and Social Entrepreneur at heart. Nancy Martins has worked for over 15 years as Technical Director of several Social Institutions. Mentor of social projects by IES - Institute of Social Entrepreneurship SBS and social innovation consultant.
Occupation: Country Director Enactus Netherlands
On a mission with Enactus to inspire and educate young changemakers around the world to solve world’s biggest challenges. In 2019 she voluntarily co-founded the non-profit Mom Buddy Movement, connecting mums across all corners of society.
Occupation: Founder & Managing Director, Kontakt Kollektiv
Natalia is a Social Entrepreneur, Intercultural Facilitator and Communications Strategist who partners with public, private and non-profit sectors to create safe spaces for people of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds to meaningfully connect.
Occupation: Founder & CEO of European Social Entrepreneurship and Innovative Studies Institute
With 20+ years of industry experience, Simona is a visionary in the field of life-centered design and ESG, and is an expert in creating meaningful experiences that bring together the best of technology and human-centered design.
Occupation: President of the Women's association RUZA Lebane Serbia and founder of Social enterprise of Radanska RUŽA ltd Lebane
Slobodanka Pavlović is President of the Association of Women Rose, Founder of the Social enterprise Radanska ruža Lebane Serbia, a woman who during her 12 years of work gathered a large number of women from marginal groups, especially those experiencing domestic violence. She has been empowering and resocializing over 80 women from the municipality of Lebane providing them not only with economic opportunities but also supporting them in all other areas of their life.
Occupation: Founder Innovation Enterprise, Advocate at European Technology Chamber
25+ year veteran in the technology sector with extensive international experience. A leader in the Blockchain and Crypto industry, she is a firm believer in technology as an economic and social game changer with global impact.
Learn more about the Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise Initiative and explore last year’s list HERE. Stay tuned as we will be featuring interviews with women trailblazers from the Top 100 list in the following weeks!
Euclid Network (EN) is the European Social Enterprise Network. Founded in 2007, EN has been a frontrunner in shaping the European impact ecosystem in the past decade. The global community of changemakers is growing and so is our network: our members represent over 100,000 organisations in 21 countries throughout Europe and beyond.
Together with its members, EN strives towards an economy that works for people and the planet in support of all 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, making impact its daily business. Our vision is to see social entrepreneurship and social innovation pave the way for a new green and just economy.