The Dela Summit supports leading social entrepreneurs strengthen their strategies for scaling impact by connecting them with executives, entrepreneurs and experts (Strategy Thought Partners).
The Summit builds trusting relationships among the participants and equips the social entrepreneurs with tools to succeed in implementing their strategies.
In this four-day experience, participants focus on refining and strengthening strategies, making connections and exploring systems leadership in a peer format.
All Dela Summit Participants: Social Entrepreneurs, Team members, Strategy Thought Partners & Guests
The first day of the Summit will offer an opportunity for social entrepreneurs to present their system change strategies.
This is a key step, as it is the first moment participants will communicate the strategies that they have developed throughout the Accelerator to an outside audience and generate excitement for the conversations they will have the following day. You can meet this year's participating social entrepreneurs below.
Social Entrepreneurs, team members & STPs
During the second and third day of the Summit, the social entrepreneurs will have a series of one-on-one or one-on-two conversations with Strategy Partners, who will dive into their strategies and provide new insights to strengthen them.
These conversations also serve to help the social entrepreneurs identify blind spots, communicate their strategies more effectively and walk away with potential new contacts to help implement their plans. You can meet this year's Strategy Partners below.
Social Entrepreneurs and their team members
The final day slows down the pace of the intense and input-filled previous days.
We bring just the social entrepreneurs in a quieter, calmer setting and create an environment for them to reflect on their personal roles as systems change leaders.
In Coaching Circles, they will have the opportunity to explore their personal questions on leadership, collaboration, and challenges surrounding systems change.
Strategy Thought Partners
The following profiles are of Strategy Thought Partners who will work with the 11 participating social entrepreneurs in a series of in-depth conversations.
At the Summit, Strategy Partners work in a 1:1 and/or 1:2 session with each of the social entrepreneurs, focusing on:
Sharpening their strategies to shift systems and generate large scale impact;
Helping the social entrepreneurs work through specific challenges;
Brainstorming relevant networks and connections.
Unbound 2.0 | Last firm acquired | Ex-McKinsey | IIM Calcutta
Aakriti leads Unbound, a systems change advisory firm working on designing and enabling progress towards resilient economic, educational and healthcare models. Coming from a business school and a consulting background before her foray into development, she views innovation and the power of business as critical components of lasting change in the modern world.
Aakriti Gupta is also a systems educator, delivering workshops & courses on Systems Thinking and System Dynamics at various universities around the world.
Associate Director, Forum for the Future, India
Anna Biswas is the Associate Director in India for the international sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future. She has over 15 years experience working with corporates, governments, civil society and philanthropy to catalyse systems change.
Anna has experience in strategy setting, applying Futures & Foresight techniques, using systems change practice and frameworks for diagnosis and intervention design & planning, building collaborations and capacity, and is constantly in awe of the amazing changemakers she gets to work with.
Åsa Skogström Feldt
Managing director of IKEA Social Entrepreneurship BV.
IKEA Social Entrepreneurship supports social entrepreneurs all over the world, to create greater opportunities for vulnerable people and communities, through impact investments, partnerships and development programs.
Åsa Skogström Feldt has a combination of business and NGO background, now focusing on the intersection between philanthropy and business development to contribute to solutions to the big challenges of our time.
Global Business Area Manager - IKEA Home smart
With a background in industrial and after ten years in the kitchen industry, Björn Block joined IKEA in 2012 and got the opportunity to lead the new initiative called IKEA Home smart, IKEA’s take on Internet of Things:
Today we are a Business Area and have proudly developed and launched products within smart lighting, smart sound and smart windows together with other HFBs. All connected to the IKEA Home smart eco system and app.
Christina Niemelä Ström
IKEA Supply Sustainability manager
Christina Niemelä is an internationally experienced business leader with passion for development of both business and people with deep understanding of the total IKEA value chain, since over 20 years.
Christina has been in various senior leadership roles within IKEA Supply, IKEA Range and IKEA Franchise.
Social entrepreneur & mentor
Chris Underhill MBE works as a mentor and is a social entrepreneur in the field of quality of life, and mental health in the community. Chris has developed a number of social enterprises, for example Thrive, an organisation working in gardening, disability and community and ADD International, working in the developing world with disabled people creating systems of representation, advocacy and policy development. He has built several organisations in the field of global mental health, for example BasicNeeds, which promotes the Model for Mental Health and Development created by Chris in 2000. Chris is also the co-founder of a new organisation benefiting social entrepreneurs: The Elders Council for Social Entrepreneurs, and has recently been appointed Chair of the Catalyst-2030 Mental Health Collaboration.
Chris is a Skoll Foundation awardee in Social Entrepreneurship, an awardee in Social Entrepreneurship of the Schwab Foundation, and a Senior Fellow of Ashoka, and has been honoured with an MBE by HRH the Queen for his work in disability.
David de Prado
Global Design Manager at IKEA - Food and Financial Services
David Prado has a long career in human-centered Design with a remarkable experience in detecting opportunities and defining products and services that make a difference.
David is convinced in the power of human creativity to tackle the big meaningful challenges our humanity has.
Chief Operating Officer at Stage Six
As chief operating officer at Stage Six, Eric Oetjen is responsible for the global operations of the company. He also serves as a senior business advisor to its clients and strategic partners. He brings more than 30 years of experience to the Stage Six team. His experience and leadership have been focused on developing and delivering innovative business solutions, providing outstanding client service, and driving sustainable revenue growth and mission impact.
Prior to joining the Stage Six team in 2020, Eric served as the CEO of Northern Lights Solutions providing strategy and business advisory services to social enterprises and worked for over 20 years as Senior Vice President for ICF, a recognized management and technology consulting services company, leading a $125M, 700+ person consulting practice focused on the fields of community development, education, social policy, and workforce development.
Sustainability manager IKEA Franchisor Global Expansion
Heléne Davidsson is a curious, down to earth sustainability manager with experience from throughout global IKEA value-chain within development, compliance and integration of sustainability in the business.
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Inter IKEA
- Several years of experience from different part of IKEA, many different assignments and leadership roles such as Communication and Sustainability Manager at IKEA Retail Sweden, Communication Manager and Process Owner for Make IKEA a Great Workplace at Ingka Group and Inter IKEA Group Communication Manager.
- Currently, inspired, and humble taking on a new assignment to lead Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion agenda for Inter IKEA:
"We have taken some important steps forward as an inclusive brand, both as an employer and through our offer. Still, we are just in the beginning. We have a strong vision to create better every-day for the many people on our culture and values make us unique. We will build on our strength and take next step to create long-lasting movements across all IKEA businesses and beyond our own operations”
Director of BM2C – Business Management Consulting
Jefferson Mendes is the Director of BM2C – Business Management Consulting. Acting as a senior consultant, he has a wealth of experience within the forest management sector, advising national and international companies on strategy, market positioning, business planning and development, M&A, timberland appraisals, and operational excellence.
Jefferson started his career in 1982, working for Brazilian forest-based companies. In 1989, he founded Silviconsult, responding for its management until 2010. From 2010 to 2013 was the partner and director of Pöyry Silviconsult. From 2014 to March 2017, Jefferson was Head of Pöyry Management Consulting in Latin America. He also worked as a University professor at PUC (Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná) and UP (University Positivo).
Jefferson holds a BSc. in forestry (UFPR), an MSc. in forest management (UFPR), a post-graduate degree in economics and agricultural politics (SEAB), an MBA in business management (FGV), and executive education in leadership (INSEAD).
Principal director at Accenture, Stockholm
Jennie Perzon is a principal director in Accenture’s strategy practice in Stockholm where she leads innovation and thought leadership.
With 25 years of industry experience and a recent PhD in ecosystems and broader values, Jennie is passionate about sustainable development through innovation and collaboration.
Strategic Communications Manager
Jessica has been working at the frontiers of positive change as a narrative strategist, network leader, curriculum designer, and facilitator for over a decade. She brings experience as a community manager with the RE-AMP Network, a faculty lecturer at the Blekinge Institute of Technology in graduate-level courses focused on systems and complexity theory and leadership, a learning facilitator for the School of Systems Change, and most recently a program manager with the Garfield Foundation.
Jessica is driven to support people in building adaptive leadership skills and collaborative capacities to advance transformative social change.
CEO of Stage Six
Julie McBride has more than 20 years of experience addressing challenges to scaling social impact. In her most recent venture as CEO of Stage Six, Julie manages a team of highly experienced consultants with a wide range of direct experience in scaling enterprises, to help social enterprises and funders develop and execute sustainable scaling strategies.
Her experience includes healthcare, housing, early childhood development, and WASH in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She specializes in applying the principles of franchising to expand suitable social enterprises to multiple countries.
Kaat Van Bosstraeten
Senior Programme Coordinator at King Baudouin Foundation
After 10 years of working in communication in different financial companies, Kaat was looking for a job with more direct social impact. She first worked on poverty and migration for Sensoa, a non-profit organisation and a local government (city of Antwerp).
Since 2020, Kaat has been programme coordinator for poverty and social justice at the Belgian King Baudouin Foundation.
Chief Sustainability Officer, Inter IKEA Group
As Chief Sustainability Officer at Inter IKEA Group - covering the IKEA product and food range, supply, production and franchising:
Lena leads the global IKEA sustainability strategy which includes transforming IKEA into a circular business, becoming climate positive, creating a fair and equal society and enabling healthy and sustainable living.
Psychology, Systems Analyst
Leonardo's academic background includes studies of Systems Analysis, Psychology, Philosophy and Business. He has been an entrepreneur for more than 40 years, developing projects in different industries and countries.
I’m passionate about life, people and nature. I believe in human values, in the look from a child's eyes, in people’s soul, in the honesty of nature, in creating value, in discovering new paths, in growing and seeking personal, group and social fulfilment.
Leonardo wrote a book ViWiSpi, Vision with Wisdom and Spirit, where he explored how to help organisations achieve their full development.
Housing consultant, writer and editor
Mr. McAllister is a consultant, writer, editor and a recognized expert in inclusive housing and finance with over 20 years’ experience working in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. He is a Senior Advisor at Habitat for Humanity’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter and his consulting assignments include the World Bank, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Citi Foundation among others. He speaks English and French and holds Irish and US citizenship.
Mr. McAllister is a graduate of the International Housing Finance Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and holds a master’s degree in Development Studies from University College, Dublin and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin.
Sustainability manager in Purchasing development at IKEA of Sweden
Nadiya Andersson works as Sustainability manager in Purchasing development in IKEA of Sweden. In her previous role, she worked as Category manager responsible for pigment on board category (lacquered furniture). Nadiya also worked for synthetic textiles. She shares:
"I believe that doing sustainable business is a MUST already today and for the future.", Nadiya Andersson
Director at Centre for Responsible Business
Centre for Responsible Business (CRB) is a centre of excellence, facilitating organisational behaviour change towards incorporating responsible business strategies, policies and practices that contribute to harmonious relationships in workplace, organisational productivity and growth.
"We support actors and stakeholders across the value chain - national and transnational brands and buyers, local manufacturers and suppliers (SMEs), national and international organisations, civil society organisations and governments - as they move towards a more sustainable and responsible future."
CEO, TMF Group
Mark Weil is the CEO of TMF Group. Prior to joining TMF in 2018, Mark worked as a consultant for two decade in Europe, North America and Asia. He became a partner at Oliver Wyman, where he ran the global retail banking practice and latterly the EMEA region.
Following this, Mark Weil was appointed Marsh’s CEO, UK and Ireland. During his tenure, it became the largest insurance broker in the UK. He has led work on cyber risk for the UK government.
Managing Director for Inter IKEA Systems Service AB
Currently working as Managing Director for Inter IKEA Systems Service AB and Process Leader for how we set up Sell the offer within IKEA.
Pär Gustafsson has a background working with logistics and the commercial agenda on store at a national and global level.
Consultant Vancouver, BC
Mike Kang is a Consultant with Reos Partners, a global social enterprise that specializes in multi-stakeholder collaboration to solve our world's most important social problems. Mike brings a mix of technical, social, and organizational expertise to help bridge the gaps between different approaches to effecting change.
Through strategy design, writing, coaching, and facilitation, Mike builds teams that have the systemic leverage to achieve transformative outcomes.
Director of the Forced Labor & Human Trafficking team at Humanity United
As the Director of the Forced Labor & Human Trafficking team at Humanity United, Vijay Simhan manages work that touches on issues of worker agency, safer labor migration, and corporate accountability:
This includes initiatives addressing the well being of workers traveling from South Asia to the Gulf, forced labor in the brick sector in Nepal, and labor and sex trafficking in the United States.