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Posted : 2013-06-27 19:34
Updated : 2013-06-27 19:34

SELF ASIA 2013 opens in Seoul

The Social Enterprise Leaders Forum in Asia 2013 (SELF ASIA 2013) hosted by the Ministry of Employment and Labor and organized by the Korea Social Enterprise Promotion Agency, Korea Central Council of Social Enterprises, and Korea’s Network for Social Enterprises will be held at Grand Hall in Yeouido-based Kbiz Center on Thursday, July 4, 2013.

At the second forum this year, more than 300 participants including professionals in social enterprise in Asia as well as government affiliates, local governments and nonprofit organizations will attend and discuss value-creating, development and prospect of social enterprise, development and prospect of social enterprise in Asia, and comparative analysis of social enterprise between overseas and Asia under the theme of “Future of Social Enterprise in Asia and Challenges.”

The forum will feature three keynote speakers including Gianluca Versani, a general director of Legacoop Modena, Italy; Kim Joung-youl, chairman of the Korea Central Council of Social Enterprise and CEO of RIDRIK; Kim Jong-gul, a professor of the Graduate school of International Studies at Hanyang University.

Rounding out the presentation sessions are Dongyu Gan, CEO of Kai Feng Foundation and a former secretary general of China Social Entrepreneur Foundation; Koyu Furusawa, a professor of economics at Kokugakuin University in Japan; and Kevin Teo Pho Yeow, an adjunct senior research fellow of the Asia Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy at National University of Singapore. They will make presentations regarding incubating environment and prospect of social enterprises in each country.

The forum is organized in order to accomplish value realization and economic development through social enterprises in accordance with the government's second five-year basic plan for the promotion of social enterprises, which is based on the first five-year plan announced by the Korean Ministry of Employment and Labor in 2007.

“Social enterprises are the fine ways to unleash social innovation which enables to improve quality of life through sustainable economic growth and welfare." said Jae-Gu Kim, President of the Korea Social Enterprise Promotion Agency, and "this forum will be a place of the emerging hub of social enterprise exchange where we discuss social entrepreneurship and share the best practices of social enterprises in Asia"


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