Peter Vandor is senior researcher and lecturer at WU Vienna, co-founder and head of the Social Entrepreneurship Center. In his position at the WU, he is been leading 100+ collaboration projects around research, capacity building, impact assessment and innovation, with partners such as the United Nations Development Programme, the Austrian Ministry of Social Affairs, Fraunhofer Ventures, Robert Bosch Foundation and CERN. Since 2013, he is Academic Director of the NGO Academy, a capacity building program for nonprofits and social enterprises offered in partnership with ERSTE Foundation.
His research focuses on social entrepreneurs and their ecosystem, as well as immigrant entrepreneurship, and has been published in leading management journals including Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of World Business and Harvard Business Review. Peter was a SCANCOR visiting scholar at Stanford University and visiting lecturer at St. Petersburg University and Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences. At WU Vienna he established the first academic course on social entrepreneurship in Austria and regularly teaches in undergraduate and MBA programmes. Peter is the founder and academic director of the Social Impact Award, a capacity building programme for young social entrepreneurs in Europe, Central Asia and East Africa. As jury member, coach and advisor he supports several nonprofit organisations and philanthropic awards in Austria and was nominated as Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum in 2012.