Paula WoodmanGlobal Head of Social Enterprise at British Council

Paula Woodman is the Head of the Global Social Enterprise portfolio at the British Council which seeks to support ecosystems for a thriving impact economy in nearly 30 countries. Paula is an economic development professional with over 20 years of experience in enabling a more impactful business environment. Paula is a leading global contributor in this space and has led a number of reports including co-authoring “Think Global Trade Social – How business with a social purpose can deliver more sustainable development” which launched in partnership with the World Bank Group to coincide with the signing of the Sustainable Development Goals; “Activist to Entrepreneur – the role of social enterprise in supporting women’s empowerment” which she launched at the European Development Days conference; and “Global City Challenges: the creative and social economy solution” which she led in partnership with the Global Parliament of Mayors. Paula has been awarded as a WISE100, recognising her achievements as a leader in the social enterprise movement. Paula is a member of the Social Enterprise World Forum Board, is a member of the WEF Schwab Foundation working group “Unlocking the social economy” and was a founding steering group member for ‘The Future of the Corporation’ programme from the British Academy. Previously she co-founded a UK-wide social enterprise and led as a Director at a social enterprise infrastructure organisation. 

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