Saskia Bruysten

Co-Founder and Executive Chair, Yunus Social Business

Co-founder Yunus Social Business (YSB), a venture fund that invests in social businesses that have provided employment, education, healthcare, safe water and clean energy to 17 million people. YSB also works with global corporations to help them use their core competencies to address social problems. Co-initiator of the WEF's Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs. Non-Executive Director of private equity firm COBEPA. Co-authored "Business as Unusual" on social intrapreneurship together with the Schwab foundation, INSEAD and Porticus (2020). Named to: Wired Smart List 2013, Handelsblatt “25 women who make the world a better place 2016″, Capital “Young Elite” 2016 & 2017, Handelsblatt "Vordenker (Pioneers) 2020", Member: Young Presidents Organisation; HVB (Unicredit Group) Advisory Board; Generation CEO; European Union Commission’s expert group on social business. Young Leader, Atlantic Bridge. Has advised on Ban Ki-Moon’s UN MDG Advocacy Group and Sir Richard Branson’s B-team. Co-authored a report with the Boston Consulting Group on the experiences of building large-scale social business joint ventures with corporations. Has lectured at several universities; speaker at events incl. the World Economic Forum, Clinton Global Initiative. 2016, co-founded Salong, a political debate format. Former: Co-CEO Grameen Creative Lab; Senior Management Consultant, Boston Consulting Group. MBA, European Business School, Germany; MSc in International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science.

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