Spotlight: Lars Johansen

Lars Johansen

What drives you?

To make a difference. I have always been socially inclined and concerned about marginalization in our society. It was so obvious, someone had to do something. And sometimes that someone can be you. When I first started out, I realized how many other people were interested in the same issues, and in addressing them. Suddenly it seemed feasible. Today, it is fantastic to work with such competent and brilliant colleagues as I do at Den Sociale Kapitalfond.

Biggest SocEnt trend you have seen in the last 5 years?

Social entrepreneurship has been placed on the public agenda. Legislators are working on a legal form, we have support organizations like Den Sociale Kapitalfond, and the National Center for Social Enterprises.

Background

Lars Jannick Johansen is CEO and Board Member of Den Sociale Kapitalfond (The Social Capital Fund) – Denmark’s first social venture fund and accelerator, investing capital and competencies in social entrepreneurs and inclusive growth companies improving opportunities for marginalized groups in Denmark. Prior to the fund’s establishment in 2011, he was Director of Monday Morning, Scandinavia’s largest independent think tank, and Development Director at INDEX: Design To Improve Life®, among others. He is a Board Member at All Ears Telemarketing and Specialisterne, member of the Danish government’s Council for Social Enterprises, and Advisory Board Member for MindLab, the cross-ministerial innovation unit of the Danish government, as well as for the Institute of Sociology at the University of Copenhagen, among others. Lars is MA in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen and MA (distinction) in Central & East European Studies from University College London, with executive education from the Wharton Business School and Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. He is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum from 2013.

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