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Scientific Committee for the 6° edition of the Mont-Blanc Meetings

Lecteur | 27 June, 2013

Composed of 30 internationally renowned experts from 17 different countries, the Scientific Committee is responsible for preparing the contents of the 6th edition of the Mont-Blanc Meetings - International Forum of the Social and Solidarity Economy Entrepreneurs (9-11 November 2013) about the following theme : "Changing the course of globalization through social and solidarity economy! Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals"

  • Abdou Salam Fall (Senegal)

Abdou Salam Fall (PHD) is administrator of the association the Mont-Blanc Meetings - International Forum of Social and Solidarity Economy Entrepreneurs and President of its Scientific Committee in 2013. He is a sociologist at the Fundamental Institute of Black Africa (IFAN) of the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar. He has a PhD in urban sociology from the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar and a PhD in economic sociology from the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands, and he works as a teacher-researcher for twenty years. Abou Salam Fall is the Director of the Research Laboratory on Economic and Social Transformations (Lartes) of the IFAN in Senegal since 2007. He is also responsible for a new PhD program « Social Sciences applied to the Development » at the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar. Professor Abdou Salam Fall was President of the RIPESS, The Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of the Social and Solidarity Economy from 2002 to 2006. He is the Honorary President of the Senegalese Group of the Social and Solidarity Economy since 2007 and a Member of the International CIRIEC Scientific Council since 2006.

  • Laura Ortiz-Rouzé

Coordinator of the MBM's Scientific Committee, she is also co-founder of Yapluka ! A french structure, integrated to the Aceascop's cooperative. Yapluka! Looks for creating innovative pedagogical methods to stimulate the collective entrepreneurship spirit of the young people and women. Training and consulting for young people and women and for local and international institutions. Yapluka ! works with methods to develop creativity, learning of the cooperative sense of working and transmission of good practices of entrepreneurship: theater and “learning trip”. In 2013, a learning trip was created in Mexico:

Recent professionals experiences:

Co-organization of workshop about social and solidarity economy in the World Social Forum In Tunis in March 2013 (see the article in the Recma and the video on youtube) and during the SSE Academy organized by the ILO in Morocco in April 2013.

Consultant in a Regional Union of cooperatives in France, in charge of the promotion and assistance to the organization of an international summer school training to the creation of cooperatives: « Campus Coopératives » in 2012 in Poitiers, France.

Consultant for the United Nations Organization in the Economic Commission for Latin America and Caribbean (ECLAC) in sustainable development in Latin America, 2009-2010 in Santiago, Chile. Investigations about the case of territory regeneration « Las Gaviotas » in Colombia : 40 years of environment regeneration, territory revitalization that leads by a social and solidarity economy.

Major formation: Degree (3 years of study) in Law, Politics and Economics, specialized in Europeans Laws in the University of Lille 2. Then a Master2 (5th years of study) in Law and Development of the Social and Solidarity Economy in the University of Poitiers.

 Linked In or Viadeo : Laura Ortiz-Rouzé

  • Céline Baud (France)
  • Michel Bauwens (Belgium)

Michel Bauwens is the founder of the Foundation for Peer-to-Peer Alternatives and works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer production, governance, and property. He has co-produced the 3-hour TV documentary Technocalyps with Frank Theys, and co-edited the two-volume book on anthropology of digital society with Salvino Salvaggio. Michel is currently Primavera Research Fellow at the University of Amsterdam and external expert at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (2008, 2012). Michel Bauwens is a member of the Board of the Union of International Associations (Brussels), advisor to Shareable magazine (San Francisco) and to Zumbara Time Bank (Istanbul); He functions as the Chair of the Technology/ICT working group, Hangwang Forum (Beijing, Sichuan), to develop economic policies for long-term resilience, including through distributed manufacturing. Michel writes editorials for Al Jazeera English [1] and is listed at #82, on the Post-Carbon Institute (En)Rich list,
Michel currently lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, has taught at Payap University and Dhurakij Pandit University's International College. He is a founding member of the Commons Strategies Group. In his first business career, Michel worked for USIA, British Petroleum, riverland Publications, Belgacom, and created two internet start-ups.

  • Roland Biache (France)

Managing Director of Solidarité Laïque since 2001, teacher by training, Roland Biache has been working on issues of cooperation, development and migrations for the last twenty years. He was a member of the High Council for International Cooperation (HCCI), representing the French International Solidarity Organizations of the European Union (now named “Concord”) for the French League of Teaching and continuing Education, President of the association ORCHIDEES (1990-2005), treasurer of the Board of Migrants of Créteil (1978-1983) and local elected politician (1977-1983). He is currently Chairman of the PECO (Committee for Partnerships with Continental Europe), General Secretary of the Euromed Network France (REF) and treasurer of the Association INFOMIE. He also represents Coordination SUD in the French National Commission for UNESCO (CNFU).

  • Audrey Bordas (France)

Graduated with a Master in Management of Organizations - Social Sciences applied to Human Resources and a Master in Law and Development of Social and Solidarity Economy, I am now interested in the problematics of employment and socio-professional integration of people excluded from the public sphere.

  • Michel Carton (Switzerland)
    Universitaire chercheur à NORRAG
    Michel Carton holds a PhD in Education from Geneva University, where he worked at the Psychology and Education Faculty up to 2002. He completed his academic career at the Graduate Institute of Development Studies in Geneva, of which he was director from 2005 to 2007 before being appointed vice-director of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies until his retirement in 2010. His research and field related studies have been focused on the international technical and vocational skills development policies in Western and Southern Africa, as well as in South-East Asia. Since 2011, he is vice-chair of the International Accreditation Committee for Development Studies of EADI. He has been involved with Norrag since the early 90’s.
  • Rafael Chaves (Spain)

. PhD in Economics (1995), University of Valencia, European Doctorate Form. Professor (Profesor Titular de Universidad) at the Department of Applied Economy – Economic Policy since 1999.
. President of the Scientific Commission of CIRIEC-International for Cooperative and Social Economy since 2003. Renewed in 2007 and 2011 (
. First Director of the IUDESCOOP –Research Institute on Social Economy of the University of Valencia (2003-2010) (
. Director of the Doctorate official program on Social Economy of the University of Valencia (
. Expert of the Spanish Government. Member of the Expert Committee for the Spanish Law of Social Economy.
. Expert of the European Social and Economic Committee
. Editor of the scientific journal CIRIEC-ESPAÑA, revista de economia pública, social y cooperativa, categorized as Excellent by Fecyt-Spanish Ministry of Research. (;
. Vicepresident for Research of REDENUIES, Spanish universities networks on social economy.
. Board member & referee of several scientific journals and referee of projects for national and international governments.

Latest publications
(see also in for publications in Spanish)
. The Social economy in the European Union, European social and economic committee, 2007 and 2012 (
. Beyond the crisis: the social economy, prop of a new model of sustainable economic development, Service Business. An international journal, 2012 (vol 6:1)
- Recent issues in social economy research. Special issue, Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, 2012
- The European Social Economy: concept and dimensions of the third sector in Europe, Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, 2008
- Social Economy in Public Policies. An international perspective (dir) Peterlang publishers (forthcoming)
- La economía social y la cooperación al desarrollo. (dir) Publ. Univ. Valencia (forthcoming)

Research fields
Public policies, Economic policy, Social economy – third sector – cooperatives – social enterprises, Labour policy, Social policy, Holdings – Evaluation of public policies - Cooperative groups – networks, Worker cooperatives and self management, Corporate governance – participation – empowerment – social movements – gender studies – corporate social responsibility.

  • José Luis Coraggio (Argentina)

Economist, Argentina. Researcher tenured Teacher of Urban Economic Systems at the Conurban Institute of National University of Genera Sarmiento. Elected Rector of UNGS (June 1998-June 2002). In 1976 he received a Fulbright Hays Senior Lecturing Award. In 1982 he was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. He is currently Academic Director of the Master of Social Economy (MAES). Co-coordinator of the Latin American Network of Researchers in the Social and Solidarity Economy (RILESS, Author of numerous articles and author or organizer of 30 books, most recently: Social economy, public and political action (there is a life after neoliberalism) (2008), The social economy from the periphery (Ed.) (2008). What is economics? Materials for a necessary debate against fatalism (Ed.) 2009. Social and Solidarity Economy. The work before capital (2011).

  • Luis Emilio Cuenca (Costa Rica-France)

Luis Cuenca has a Master’s degree “Grande Ecole” of the Business High School of Rouen and Master's degree in Development Comparative Studies of the School of Higher Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS). Since 2009 he is a PhD in Management Sciences at HEC Paris under the direction of Eve Chiapello. His research focuses on the role of quantification in the transformation of the normative framework of Bank Workers in Costa Rica between 1969 and 2009.

  • Roberto Di Meglio

Roberto Di Meglio is a Senior Technical Specialist with the ILO COOP Programme and the Coordinator of the Social and Solidarity Economy activities. He mainly works on Local development and Social and Solidarity Economy, capacity building on social innovation, policy and legal frameworks. He has co-authored and edited several ILO publications, in particular, “Social and Solidarity Economy: building a common understanding” (2010); “Social and Solidarity Economy: Our common road towards Decent Work” (2011);  “Social and Solidarity Economy: An opportunity to enhance youth employment” (2013). He is editor of a web site specialized on Social and Solidarity Economy at

  • Omar El Jid (Morocco)

Omar El Jid has  a Master's degree in economics and management organizations since 2010, he is a PhD student in Applied Economics at the Faculty of Legal, Economic and Social Sciences of the  Ibn Zuhr University in Agadir. He has a particular interest in entrepreneurship in the social and solidarity economy and its contribution to development.

  • Bernard Enjolras (Norway)

    He holds a diploma from the Institute of Political Studies in Paris (Sciences-Po), a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Paris I Sorbonne (France) and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Québec in Montreal (Canada). He is a Research Director and Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research and the Director of the Center for Research on Civil Society and the Voluntary Sector. He is also Deputy Director of the Institute for Social research the Editor-in Chief of Voluntas International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. Bernard Enjolras received the 2010 Academy of Management Public and Nonprofit (PNP) Division Best Article Award for his 'A Governance-Structure Approach to Voluntary Organizations' published in 2009 in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.

  • Jean Fabre (France)

  • Louis Favreau (Canada)

Louis Favreau is a sociologist (PH.D from the University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada) and is professor emeritus at the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO). Field of research and expertise: cooperatives and other collective enterprises, social movements and communities development in an international North-South perspective. He holds a Canada Research Chair in Community Development (RCDC), vice-president of the Quebec Solidarity Economy Group (GESQ) and president of an organization of international cooperation, the South Solidarity Fund.

Blog on the internet:
Website of the Research Chair:

Latest publications
Favreau, L. y M. Hébert (2012), La transition écologique de l’économie. Presses de l’Université du Québec (PUQ), Québec.
Favreau, L. y E. Molina (2011), Économie et société. Pistes de sortie de crise, PUQ, Québec.

  • Abhijit Ghosh

Abhijit Ghosh has a PhD in Strategy and Organization from McGill University. He has been a post-doctoral fellow at McGill University. In his dissertation research, Abhijit explored the implications of embeddedness of strategy on the evolution of a social enterprise. His main areas of research interest are strategy process and social entrepreneurship.

  • Michel Griffon (France)
  • Hajime Imamura (Japan)

Professor of Economics, Toyo University, Tokyo Japan,Vice President of CIRIEC International 2010 to date.
Research Field: Social Enterprise, Labor Economics, Social and Solidarity Economy
Recent Publication: “Social Economy, Cooperatives and Relational skills - Seeking for the solidarity of human resources and organization overcrossing the boundaries –“, Agriculture and Forestry Finance, Vol.65, No.9, September 2012,  pp.48-61

  • Paul A Jones, Ph.D (Great-Britain)
    Researcher - Research Unit for Financial Inclusion, Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University
    Paul A Jones has a background in youth work and community development, working both in the voluntary and local authority sectors. He has worked as a senior lecturer at LJMU since 1998. He has developed a research background is mainly in credit union development and in financial services for people on low incomes. He created, in 2006, the Research Unit for Financial Inclusion, where he currently works as a senior researcher. He has published a range of works and papers on credit union development, on access to credit and on tackling financial exclusion.
    Teaching and research interests: Social and Co-operative Enterprise, Social and Financial Inclusion, Urban and Rural Regeneration. Credit Union and Co-operative Management and Organisation. More infos :
  • Derek Jones (United States)
    Professor of Economics, Hamilton College
    Currently he is Research Director, Economics, Mondragon Cooperative Academic Community (MCAC),  Mondragon University, a Research Fellow at the Davidson Institute, University of Michigan, a Research Fellow SKOPE (Oxford) and a 2011 Faculty Fellow and Mentor in the Beyster - Professorship, Fellowship, and Related Fellows Program at the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University. He is formerly Visiting Professor at the Helsinki School of Economics, Pembroke College (Oxford), Hitotsobashi University, the London Business School, Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University, Research Fellow at Manchester University and Warwick University, and Visiting Fellow at Copenhagen Business School, the Arbetslivcentrum (Stockholm) and the European University Institute, (Florence). From 1978-1996 he was an Associate Fellow of the Program on Participation at Cornell. More infos :
  • Panu Kalmi (Finland)

Panu Kalmi is a research fellow in the economics department of Helsinki School of Economics, Finland. He earned his Ph.D. at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, in 2002. His long-standing research interests include financial participation, employee involvement and co-operatives. Panu's previous research has focused on employee ownership in transition economies, stock options, and financial participation in European Union. His current main research projects include econometric case studies on the impact of various compensation and involvement schemes and firms and employees. In this joint project with Derek Jones and Antti Kauhanen, the idea is to collect and analyze were detailed data collected directly from companies and supplemented with interviews. Another current research project studies the entry processes of new Finnish co-operatives. Other research in early stage (mostly in collaboration with others) includes studies on the relationship between unions and financial participation, the incidence and effects of workplace innovations in Finnish firms (with firm-level survey data), the effects of pay knowledge on pay functionality, and the role of co-operative vs. NGO microfinance providers in Bangladesh.
Read his full Curriculum Vitae.

  • Euclides André Mance (Brazil)

    Euclides André Mance is Philosopher and founder of the Institute of Philosophy of Liberation and International Coordinator of the Solidarius. Mance lectured Philosophy of Science and Philosophy in Latin America, at the Federal University of Paraná, Brasil, during the 1990’s. Worked as advisor in UNESCO and FAO projects related to sustainable development in Zero Hunger Program during Lula Government. The technological tools developped by him for solidarity economy networks can be freely used in His philosophical and economical works has been translated into several languages, with articles and books, among them: "The Networks' Revolution" (1999), "Solidarity Collaborative Networks" (2002) and "Solidarius Constelation" (2008).
    Link to his curriculum in the National Council to Technological and Scientific Development - CNPQ is:

  • Ernesto Molina (Canada)

Ernesto Molina, MA in sociology, social work and development of cooperatives, is a teacher at the University of Sherbrooke and the University of Montreal. His fields of research and teaching are cooperatives and social economy, analysis of social issues, community development and international cooperation. He is principal investigator in the Research Chair in Community Development and a member of the board of the Solidarity Economy Group of Quebec and of the South Solidarity Fund.

Recent publications:
Brassard, MJ and E. Molina, dir. (2012). The Amazing Power of Cooperatives. Selected texts of the international call for proposals, Quebec International Summit of Cooperatives.
Favreau, L. and E. Molina (2012). The Quebec cooperative movement and international solidarity. Experience SOCODEVI, Quebec ARUC-DT/SOCODEVI.
Favreau, L. and E. Molina (2011). Economy and society. Way to go through the crisis, Québec, Presses de l'Université du Québec.

  • Antonella Noya (France)
    Antonella Noya is a Senior Policy Analyst with the OECD LEED Programme, and the Manager of the OECD/LEED Forum on Social Innovations. Since her arrival at the OECD, Ms Noya has developed new areas of work: the role of non-profit sector, social economy and social enterprises in local development; the role of culture in local development; asset-building for low-income people; social innovation; community capacity building; corporate social responsibility towards local communities; and, women entrepreneurship.

    She has authored and edited several OECD publications. In particular, she is the co-author of the OECD publication, Social Enterprises, the editor of OECD publications, including: Culture and Local Development; Asset-building for Low-income People: A New Policy Debate; The Changing Boundaries of Social Enterprises. She has also co-edited Entrepreneurship as a Catalyst for Urban Regeneration; The Non-Profit Sector in a Changing Economy, Social Economy: Building Inclusive Economies and Community Capacity Building: creating a better future together. She is the author of the chapter on “social entrepreneurship and social innovation” in the OECD publication SMEs, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. (source)

  • Jack Quarter (Canada)
    Professor in the Department of Adult Education and Counselling Psychology and Co-director of the Social economy Centre, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Jack Quarter is Principal Investigator for the Community University Research Alliance on the social economy of Southern Ontario, is a professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, specializing in the study of non-profits, co-operatives, workplace democracy, social investment, and community development.

    His recent books include: as co-editor and contributor with Isla Carmichael, Money on the line: Workers’ capital in Canada (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives; 2003) with Laurie Mook and Betty Jane Richmond, What counts: Social accounting for non-profits and cooperatives (Prentice Hall, 2002); Beyond the bottom line: Socially innovative business owners (Greenwood/Quorum; 2000); with Uriel Leviatan and Hugh Oliver, Crisis in the Israeli Kittubtz (Greenwood/Praeger; 1998); with Paul Wilkinson, Building a Community Controlled Economy: The Evangeline co-operative experience (University of Toronto Press, 1996); Crossing the Line: Unionized employee ownership and investment funds (James Lorimer; 1995); and Canada’s Social Economy (James Lorimer; 1993). His current research is on calculating the value of added of volunteer contributions in non-profits, the social investment of union-based pension funds, and the conversion of public housing to non-market co-operatives. (source)

  • Luis Razeto (Chile)
  • Sudha Reddy (India)

Sudha Sreenivasa Reddy is one of the founders and director of Eco Foundation for Sustainable Alternatives (EFSA), a Research and Action Centre in Bangalore. She is also Asia coordinator for the promotion of Charter of Human Responsibilities, an initiative of the Alliance for a Responsible, Plural and United World (FPH, Paris).

She has Masters in Sociology from University of Mysore; Diploma in Community based Rehabilitation of the disabled in India; Diploma in Social Leadership and Rural Development -Searsolin, Xavier University, Philippines; International Course in Development Communication from International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, Philippines.

She has been a social activist, trainer and organizer for more than twenty five years in India.  Participated and presented papers at International conferences on Culture, Development, Communal harmony, Peace & conflict resolution, Women, Religion, Solidarity Economy, climate change  etc. in Africa, Europe, Americas and Asia. Also edited ‘Uniting in Responsibilities in a Culture of Rights-Locating Possibilities’ (Books for Change 2010)

Sudha is associated with The Indian Academy of Social Sciences, Pakistan- India people’s Forum for Peace and Democracy,, Bangladesh Bharat Pakistan People’s Forum, South Asia Peace Alliance (SAPA), South Asia Dialogues on Ecological Democracy (SADED), International Forum of the Social and Solidarity Economy Entrepreneurs, Forum on Ethics and Responsibility, The Center of Global Nonkilling (CGNK), “Political and Ethical Knowledge on Economic Activities” (PEKEA), Alliance for a Responsible, Plural and United World.

  • Nadine Richez-Battisti (France)

    Nadine Richez-Battesti is an economist and leads a Masters in Social Economics at Aix-Marseille University. It performs research at the Laboratory of Economics and Sociology of Work (LEST) in which she co-directs one of two research focuses on the dynamics of organizations and innovation. She is a members of many networks on SSE research at national and international level, her research notably focuses on the quality of employment in the SSE, the governance of cooperative banks and social innovation.

  • Arnaud Riehl (France)

Arnaud Riehl has been working for more than 7 year in London as a web marketing consultant. He has been involved in international projects for several international companies (Pernod Ricard, Nestlé, Bouygues, etc). He is now undertaking a PhD in Management and is currently working on the marketing and strategy of Social and Solidarity Economy organisations (SSE). He is focusing on the use of new technologies within the SSE to make the world a better place.

  • Ousmane Sy Ndiaye (Senegal)
  • Peter Utting

Peter Utting is Deputy Director of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD). Based in Geneva, Switzerland, he co-ordinates international research projects, recently in the fields of corporate social responsibility, social and solidarity economy, and social dimensions of green economy. He has a PhD in sociology of development from the University of Essex. His latest (co-edited) publication is Business Regulation and Non-state Actors: Whose Standards? Whose Development? (2012, Routledge).

  • Fernand Vincent (Switzerland)

Fernand Vincent holds a PhD in Development Economics from the Faculty of Economics of the Sorbonne in Paris, France. He is founder and Secretary General of the Pan African Institute for Development, founder and Secretary General of the World Network Innovations and Networks For The Development (IRED) and founder and advisor of the RAFAD Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland.

  • Stefano Zamagni (Italia)

Professor Stefano Zamagni was born on January 4, 1943 in Rimini, Italy. He graduated from Catholic University in Milan in 1966 and from 1969 to 1973 he spent a research period in Oxford at Linacre College. In 1966 Professor Zamagni became an Assistant Lecturer at the Catholic University, a post he held until 1969. Later, from 1973 to 1979 he was a Professor at the University of Parma. Since 1979, Professor Zamagni has been a Professor at the University of Bologna. Additional career-related activities in which Professor Zamagni has been involved include serving as a Visiting Professor at the University of Bocconi (Milan)  from 1985 to 2007, and as an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University (Bologna Center) since 1983. He has been Director of the Department of Economics at the University of Bologna from 1985 to 1993. Moreover, he was Dean of the Faculty of Economics from 1993 to 1996, and a Visiting Professor at the State Victoria Bank of Deakin University in Australia. Member of the Board of LUMSA University, Rome.

 For his fine accomplishments, Professor Zamagni has been honored a number of times. He was also a member of the Executive Committee of International Economy Association (1989-1999) and the Steering Committee of Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Since 1991 he is a member of the Pontifical Council on Justice and Peace. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences of Milan, the Academy of Sciences of Bologna and the Academy of Sciences of Modena. Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences, New York. He was President of ICMC from 1999 to 2007 (an NGO based in Geneva dealing with migrant and refugee issues) and fellow of “Human Development and Capability Association” (Harvard University). He was appointed (2007) President of the Italian Commission for Non Profit sector, Milan. Member of the Advisory Board of EURICSE, Trento, and of UNIAPAC Foundation, Paris. He is a member of the scientific committee of various economic journals and reviews.

 Professor Zamagni is the author of several books, including Microeconomic Theory  and Civil Economy and Paradoxes of Growth, both published in 1997. The Economics of Common Good, 2008, Avarice, 2009. Las publication : Family and work, 2012.