Spotlight: Maew Osataphan

Maew longWhat drives you?

Helping the brave and amazing social entrepreneurs out there who are making a difference to sustain and grow their impact.

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

The social enterprise scene is quite young in Sweden and I am new in it. Sweden has strong state involvement in social issues, which is great but it is also one of the issues that has made it harder for social entrepreneurship to evolve as a force in business. Also, what I have noticed working with social entrepreneurs from developing countries is that they can be somewhat ahead in developing sustainable business models because they know they need a revenue stream to make their ventures fly.

Background

Maew graduated as an aeronautical engineer in 2005 and joined an investment bank. In London and Hong Kong she looked after corporate clients for one of the largest banks in the world. “When the Global Financial Crisis hit, I was working with clients in the retailing sector who were hit hard and that experience led me to join the restructuring team where I worked with financial distressed corporates in Spain and the UAE. I enjoyed the problem-solving aspects of my work, but I was also missing something. I have always believed that business’ purpose is not only to make as much money as possible. In 2013, I left my position to go back to university and study entrepreneurship and innovation at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. I learned about social entrepreneurship and came on board as a coach at SE Forum. Working with social entrepreneurs has been fulfilling and showed me that my skills are valuable in the space, so I stayed.”     

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