Daniela has spent more than a decade designing and facilitating social change education programing around the world. Her work has ranged from running a development education travel company offering student and teacher training to designing leadership programs at the University of Oxford. Her work rethinking social entrepreneurship education led to the design of a range of education programs, a tool called the Impact Gaps Canvas, which is now used at universities around the world, a widely read report on Tackling Heropreneurship and this TEDx talk summarizing her perspective on the need for system change leadership.
Daniela conducted research as part of the Clore Social Leadership Programme and uncovered a trend in social entrepreneurship education and funding: more focus on was placed on innovation and social business start-up training than on helping hopeful change makers understand the system of their chosen challenge. She designed the Impact Gaps Canvas as a tool to help these budding change makers think like system change leaders, to learn about and then build upon the landscape of solutions already being tried. She now runs workshops and training programs to help others use this tool and helps people redesign their education and funding programs to align with systems-led leadership goals.
She has taught classes on social entrepreneurship and leadership around the world and worked at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship in Oxford’s Saïd Business School for five years. As the Deputy Director of the Skoll Centre, she designed new student programming initiatives including a Leading for Impact programme, “apprenticing with a problem” funding, and Map the System, which now runs at 30 universities around the world and is based on the Impact Gaps Canvas work. She also taught MBA courses at Oxford including the core Entrepreneurship Project course and a course on high-impact entrepreneurship. Daniela is a graduate of Saïd Business School’s MBA programme and was a Skoll Scholarship recipient.
Her thought leadership on social change education has been featured in many global conferences, and in key articles read by the social sector, including Stanford Social Innovation Review’s third most read article of 2016 on Tackling Heropreneurship. Her report on the same topic continues to be downloaded and, along with her multiple TEDx talks, are used in education programs globally.
Prior to coming to Oxford, Daniela spent six years in Cambodia where she founded and grew a youth leadership organization, PEPY, an educational travel company, PEPY Tours, and an advocacy organisation, Learning Service. Daniela is co-authoring a book advocating for a ‘Learning Service’ approach to philanthropic and volunteer travel.
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