Johannesburg, South Africa
Dr Susan Steinman has been an Ashoka Fellow since 2002 and awarded with the Nedbank Business Women Association’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008 and recently (2014) received the CSR World Congress’ Award for Social Innovation in India for the work done by her social enterprise and the role she is playing in building capacity for the social enterprises at the University of Johannesburg (UJ).
The Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Social Economy (CSESE) was established in 2010 with Susan appointed as the founding director. She produced research on an enabling environment for social enterprises in South Africa and other research dealt with job creation in the social economy, addressing sustainability issues in consumer organisations and sustainability challenges faced by SME’s in rural areas. Susan is a member of the Steering Committee of the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) and the annual event was hosted by UJ in April 2011. Her passion is job creation within the social economy.