Advisory board

Advisory Board

It is our ambition to develop an international IT platform of Social Entrepreneurship, with different modules to support and connect social entrepreneurs and their wider ecosystems. To achieve this, we are developing several “offline” activities aimed at developing universities’ capacities and connecting the local ecosystem to leverage local actors, their resources, and capabilities.

We are very honoured with our advisory board members commitment to support our goals. The Advisory Board will provide overall guidance to the consortium on the technical development of the platform and the content of the various Working Package activities.

Karel Vanderpoorten (Belgium)

Policy officer for Social Economy in DG GROW, European Commission. 

Karel is currently policy officer Social Economy in DG GROW and focuses mainly on the use of digitization and new technologies within the social economy, scaling up social business models and the creation of business partnerships between traditional and social economy enterprises, financing opportunities for social economy companies and social innovation.

Philippe Eiselein (Belgium)

Coordinator Belgium Impact 

Phillipe is currently a Senior researcher at Odisee University college. He is part of the scientific research recenter CenSE (Center for Sustainable Entrepreneurship), where he currently is focusing on circular economy and circular transition projects.

He is also a Ph.D. Candidate and Visiting Professor at the Department of Business at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Furthermore, he is the coordinator of Belgium Impact, the national platform in support of more than 300 Belgian impactful social entrepreneurs. Initiated by His Majesty the King of Belgium, it wishes to further stimulate the Belgian Social Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and aims to inspire others using a transdisciplinary approach.

Karina Astudillo (Ecuador)

Expert in IT Security

Karina is an IT Security Consultant and co-founder of Consulting Systems, and she is also a professor at the Masters of Applied Information Security, Masters of Information Systems Management and at the Cisco Academy of ESPOL University.

She has more than 20 years’ experience in Information Technology, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering and an MBA and also has international certifications such as Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Forensics, Cisco CyberOps Associate, CCNA Security, CCNA R&SW, CCNA Wireless, Sun Certified Solaris System Administrator (SCSA), Hillstone Certified Security Associate (HCSA), Hillstone Certified Security Professional (HCSP), among others.

Viviana Angulo (Bolivia)

Co-Founder of Pista8: Bolivia’s International Collaborative Accelerator

Viviana is the Director and Cofounder of Pista 8, Bolivia’s first accelerator program for startups. Pista 8 is based on an international collaborative model that is supported by the corporate sector. Viviana led several business development initiatives, for instance, the first accelerator program for mature companies in the Caribbean – Guayacan Venture Accelerator; the deployment of Babson’s scholarship program in Puerto Rico for academicians in the area of entrepreneurship; and the execution of international conferences such as: the Puerto Rico Venture Forum (2013) and the Roundtable of Entrepreneurship Education co-organized by Stanford University (2011). She is also a member of WeInvest a women led investor group and represents Bolivia in the World Angel Investing Forum. She is considered a connector in Latin America and an evangelist of the value of mentoring for women in entrepreneurial and professional roles

Jens Anderson (The Netherlands)

Monitoring, evaluation and learning specialist, IKEA Social Entrepreneurship 

Jens is a Swedish national, with 20+ years’ experience of leading strategy development, monitoring and evaluation in the intersection of business, philanthropy and development cooperation.

Since 2019, he is responsible for monitoring, evaluation and learning at IKEA Social Entrepreneurship based in The Netherlands. He has a PhD in Economic History from Lund University.

Rüdiger Wetzl-Piewald (Austria) 

Managing Director of the Social Business Hub Styria 

Rudi is currently the managing Director of Social Business Club Styria, the regional competence center for social impact entrepreneurship in Southern Austria. He also serves as a Board member of Social Entrepreneurship Network Austria (

Previously, Rudy was the founder and long-time managing director of Compuritas, a pioneering company in the field of IT refurbishment, which due to its extensive innovative strength belongs to Europe’s most awarded impact ventures. His experience accounts for the conception and implementation of counseling programs for social entrepreneurship (idea phase, pre-founding and founding phase, scaling phase) and Conception and implementation of innovation projects in the field of social business + circular economy.

Technical Committee

It is our ambition to develop an international IT platform of Social Entrepreneurship, with different modules to support and connect social entrepreneurs and their wider ecosystems. We are honored to present to you our technical committee. The technical committee will provide overall guidance to the consortium on the technical development of the platform and will guide the back-end development of the various Working Package activities. The TC is chaired by Koalect, a Belgian social enterprise, with vast experience in building crowdsourcing and crowdfunding platforms. Koalect currently leads the IT development process that will bring our dream ELANET platform alive.

Maxime Bouckaert (Belgium)

Co-founder & CEO at Koalect

Maxime was born in Brussels, grew up in the periphery of the city and now lives in the centre of this beautiful city. He studied business and applied economics at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Shortly afterwards, he launched a company called ‘Koalect’.

This company helps organisations create more impact through fundraising, crowdfunding and crowdsourcing. He has a team of fourteen people that currently support over 120 organisations to engage with their community in a better way. Maxime is very passionate about entrepreneurship with a focus on solving societal problems

Coen De Roover (Belgium)

Associate professor at the Software Languages Lab of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Coen De Roover is an associate professor at the Software Languages Lab (SOFT) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). The central theme of his research is the design of program analyses, and their application to problems in software quality. Keywords include static analysis, automated testing, continuous integration, design metrics and smells, software analytics, and vulnerability detection.
His group has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in the domain, and he is actively involved in collaborative research projects of a fundamental, strategic, or applied nature.
He frequently serves on the programme committee for conferences such as Automated Software Engineering, Mining Software Repositories, International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution, Software Analysis, Evolution and Re-engineering, and Source Code Analysis and Manipulation.

Lesly Zerna (Bolivia)

Expert in Tech Education and Innovation

Lesly has a degree in Telecommunications Engineering with a Master in Computer Science and Engineering. She is currently leading the technical and innovation team at the local City Hall in La Paz, Bolivia.

She is also teaching Computer Science, Data Science, Machine Learning to undergrad and grad students in different universities in Bolivia.

Since 2019, she is part of the largest professional network by Google in the machine learning field. Also, the same year, she joined the tech and innovation lead for different projects in the public sector in Bolivia.

She also is running a project called MentorHER, the initiative to support more young ladies in Bolivia to learn about STEM and first steps in AI and Data Science.

Clara Parra Espinosa  (USA)

Director Worldwide Tax and Trade Process & Technology – Modern Experiences 

Clara Parra Espinosa leads the Technology/Modern Experiences team as part of the Worldwide Tax and Trade organization with Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, WA. The Modern Experiences Team (MET) partners across Tax and Trade, MSFT and the industry to drive innovative solutions to support worldwide Tax and Trade processes, while maximizing the use of Microsoft and cutting-edge technology.

Mrs. Parra Espinosa joined Microsoft in 2007 and has more than 15 yrs. of experience in technology strategy, business intelligence, systems implementation, and automation. Originally from Barranquilla, Colombia. Ms. Parra Espinosa has an Industrial engineering degree, and a minor in computer science from Universidad del Norte Colombia. After moving to the United States, she completed an Executive program at Stanford University, a Trade Specialist Certification at Thunderbird Global School of Business, and a Project Management certification from University of Washington.

Prior to Microsoft, Mrs. Parra Espinosa worked in a variety of roles at companies ranging from Intercor/El Cerrejon Colombia, Millicom International Cellular (Celcaribe/Tigo) as Finance Director for their Latam operations and as an International Trade specialist for the World Trade Center. She was selected by the Hispanic Engineering and Information Magazine as one of “the top 50 Latinas working at Tech giants” and also a recipient of the “40 under 40” award.

Mrs. Parra Espinosa is really passionate about empathetic leadership, diversity, equity & inclusion in the workplace, development of women in tech, and mentorship for Microsoft’s early career programs.

Arik Azoulay (Belgium)

Founder and CEO of 26lights (start-up consulting) and (Content creation SaaS)

Arik has been in the tech industry for the past 20 years in Tel-Aviv, Paris and Brussels, dealing with Startups and large corporations.

With a transversal expertise in  Tech- Business dev-HR, his drive is to create sustainable fast growing businesses applying the formula: delight your customers and employees profitably.

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