International partnership of seven European organisations

The SoFE project’s partners are seven organisations from different EU countries:

1. Athens University of Economics and Business - Research Center from Greece
2. The Nest Social Cooperative Enterprise from Greece
3. Authenticitys Experiences Sl from Spain
4. Brunel University London from UK
5. Eolas S.L. from Spain
6. Społeczna Akademia Nauk from Poland
7. Wageningen University from the Netherlands

Athens University of Economics and Business - Research Center from Greece

The Leader Organization is Athens University of Economics & Business (AUEB), Research Centre Management, Science Laboratory. AUEBis the oldest educational institution in Greece, founded in 1920, and the top university in the country, as well as one of the best universities internationally in the fields of science that it covers. Management Science Laboratory is now a leading ISO-certified research center in Europe, conducting research and advisory work. AUEB is the only Greek University that has an incubator and co-working space ACEin.


Head of the Programme, Professor George Ioannou, Professor of Production & Operations Management, Director of the International MBA Programme, and Head of the Operations & ERP Systems Center within the Management Science Laboratory.


Associate Professor Klas Eric Soderquist, Innovation and Knowledge Management Department of Management Science and Technology, School of Business, AUEB. Heads the Innovation and Knowledge Management Unit of Management Science Laboratory.

The Nest Social Cooperative Enterprise from Greece

The Nest Social Cooperative Enterprise is the Hellenic Centre on Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Its Vision is to transform entrepreneurial mindsets towards the social entrepreneurship paradigm to empower people to achieve social change through the development of socially innovative business ventures. It runs various activities and programmes in Greece and abroad.

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Dr Fiori A. Zafeiropoulou is an academic and a social entrepreneur; holds an award winning PHD on Social Enterprises, Partnerships & Scaling from Brunel Business School (BBS), UK. Doing a Post‑Doc on Co‑Creation in Social Factories and Lecturing Social Entrepreneurship in AUEB. She is Founder & CEO of The Nest Social Growth Incubator & SOFFA – Social Fashion Factory. Founding Member of Fashion Revolution in Greece. Creator of the TV Show ‘Social Growth’.

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Dimitris Raftopoulos is focused on Strategic Human Resources Management and Gender Diversity and Digital Jobs activities. He specialises in designing, implementing, managing, and evaluating European Projects, having 20 years of experience in the field. An MBA holder, he has dedicated his professional experience to human and entrepreneurial development. His knowledge is in the fields of combating gender segregation issues in the working environment, increasing women’s employability through strengthening of professional skills as well as EU‑funded programs related to regional development, social inclusion and social policies. He is a social person and he can interact well in a multicultural environment due to his good communication skills gained through his work experience. He has been involved in many EU projects and has a solid knowledge on managerial issues, building teams and on stimulating communications. Dimitris publishes regularly on the topic of the Digital Agenda e.g. in A European Parliament Magazine Special Supplement on Women and Technology, European Parliament magazine, London, April 2012 and has been a speaker on numerous occasions.

Christianna Vasiliadou is a fashion designer and member of Fashion Revolution Greece. She is in charge for research in European Projects and Head of Clothing Designing at SOFFA-Social Fashion Factory. Graduate of the University of Peloponnese, Faculty of Human Movement and Quality of Life, Department of Nursing, and of Veloudakis Fashion School. She participates in voluntary programs of non-governmental organization for the special Care and Protection of Mother and Children. Her offer consists in helping the children with their schoolwork. Her primary aim is to help children create a critical and constructive way of thinking. Only through the combination of knowledge and critical thinking, children learn to use their own skills and abilities to solve future problems.

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Authenticitys Experiences Sl from Spain

Authenticitys Social Enterprise is an online platform that connects visitors and local, unforgettable experiences that make the city we are in, better. It designs and hosts impact journeys with its community of partners in over 10 European cities to curate an experiential learning experience with positive impact in the city you visit. Authenticitys is also committed to forwarding education and through its Authenticitys Challenge program, so far experienced by 5,000+ students around the world, it has been able to provide an educational fast‑paced entrepreneurship experience where you learn‑by‑doing while creating a positive change in the city you live. It is an open initiative that tackles social problems by bringing together social enterprises and students through a human‑centred, learning‑by‑doing methodology.

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Elena Rodriguez Blanco is a social entrepreneur CEO and co‑founder of Authenticity. She is a Lecturer at Esade Business School. Has co‑founded Anoderwold (, and Bloom Microventures in Vietnam ( as well as participated in several startup and business development teams for educational projects in Spain. All of these organisations address some of the challenges that our society is facing today, and find creative and social oriented ways to solve them.

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Sandra A. Schoeber is a former financial consultant gone social entrepreneurship aficionado and researcher. Her primary areas of interest include performance measurement and the business models of profit with purpose ventures. She holds a MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from ESADE Business School as well as a Master of Research. She has spent the last two years co‑creating ES2 in San Salvador ( as a mentor, lecturer and facilitator.

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Brunel University London from UK

Brunel University London is a dynamic institution with 14,000 students and over 1,000 academic staff with total staff numbers in excess of 2,500 operating in a vibrant culture of research excellence. Its Innovation Hub can provide to the ‘SoFE’ programme its expertise from the methodologies and techniques.

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Dr. Maria Balta is lecturer in strategy at Brunel Business School. Her research interests are strategic management, strategic decision making, strategic human resource management, social entrepreneurship and innovation, and entrepreneurial growth.

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Brunel University London collaborates with Fashion Revolution representing the United Kingdom.

Fashion Revolution is a global movement which was set up by Carry Somers and Orsola de Castro in response to the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh in 2013. Fashion Revolution celebrates fashion as a positive influence, whilst raising awareness of the fashion industry's most pressing issues, showing that change is possible and celebrating those who are on a journey to create a more ethical and sustainable future for fashion. Fashion Revolution wants to unite the fashion industry and ignite a revolution to radically change the way our clothes are sourced, produced and purchased.


Nikki Mattei is currently Country Coordinators Liaison for Fashion Revolution and she also works within the fundraising and education teams. She is an experienced marketing professional with particular expertise within the social enterprise and not‑for‑profit sector. She has worked as a voluntary mentor to social entrepreneurs for UnLtd, as well as providing marketing strategy to small charities and social enterprises. She started her marketing career in the fashion industry in the late 80's/early 90's when fast fashion was born, working firstly on designer and ready to wear trade shows before moving on to run the marketing department of a European menswear retailer. She also ran her own social enterprise from 2007 2012 offering breast cancer prevention advice in the workplace.

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Eolas S.L. from Spain

EOLAS S.L. is founded by a team of professionals with more than 15 years of experience in idea generation, business development and innovation, identification of financing schemes, proposal preparation, partner search and management of international, European, national and regional projects. It combines the knowledge and experience in the field of economics and enterprise organization with engineering, allowing the company to integrate both the technical coordination as well as the economic aspects of project management.


Manon van Leeuwen is currently an EU bidding expert at Eolas S.L., and has been Director of the European Projects Office of the Regional Government of Extremadura, Director of the Area Information Society at Fundecyt and Director of the Department for European Programmes of the Foundation University‑Enterprise of Valladolid. With more than 18 years of experience as project manager in European, national and regional projects, in different fields and topics, she is an expert in European Project management, and has been an evaluator and reviewer in various occasions of H2020, 5th, 6th and 7th EU Framework Programmes (e.g. ICT, NMP), Erasmus Entrepreneurship and the CIP programme. Facebook Page

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Społeczna Akademia Nauk from Poland

SPOLECZNA AKADEMIA NAUK (University of Social Sciences) is one of the leading private universities in Poland having 20,000 students and over 1,000 academic staff. Based in the city with a long history of textile industry, annually hosting the International Fashion Philosophy Week, the biggest fashion event in East‑Central Europe, currently undergoing active transformation into the city of creative industries. Its Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Research Institute promotes innovation and entrepreneurship spirit among students and provides professional know‑how in that field.

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Marta Kędzia is a specialist in international cooperation and global marketing. For many years she has been managing, supervising and implementing international projects in educational institutions. She is a recognized international trainer in CECE Method – Competent Entrepreneur - Competitive Employee. She has wide experience in European project dissemination and international project implementation.

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Emilia Szczygielska - She is a master of International Relations, specialised in Eastern Europe area, where she used to work in a Russian NGO in the frameworks of EU programme. Professional events coordinator with MICE certificate, experienced in organizing conferences, workshops, trainings and seminars of business, international and educational character. For many years, she has been coordinating international projects dedicated to social, cultural and educational issues, establishing and developing cooperation with European and Asian organizations. She has been involved in management, dissemination, research and evaluation activities in projects concerning innovative educational methods, defavourised social groups, art, health, entrepreneurship and more.

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Wageningen University from the Netherlands

Wageningen University is a world renowned academic institution in The Netherlands. It has 6,500 staff and 10,000 students from over 100 countries working everywhere around the world in the domain of healthy food and living environment for governments and the business community at large. The mission of Wageningen University is to improve the quality of life with a focus on sustainability.

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Dr. Kim Poldner is Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship at Wageningen University. She wrote her PhD on best practices in ethical fashion entrepreneurship. Her research evolves around sustainability, entrepreneurship and fashion design and she has published widely on this topic. In 2005 she was a initiator of the first eco fashion store in The Netherlands and in 2008 she founded the website Kim has a large network in the ethical fashion industry and is passionate about educating a new generation of changemakers in this industry.

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Funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union