Humanitarian Entrepreneurship

For effectively react on future emergency situations, a new generation of Disaster Managers is needed with a thorough knowledge about economy, management and political science. In addition, personal mastery and personal development towards awareness and curiosity will be essential to approach such challenges of humanitarian crises.

While leadership is essential for the success of disaster response operations and development cooperations, entrepreneurship to involve private sector to improve and develop civil society are substantial elements to support the humanitarian continuum from a pre-disaster situation to a emerging economy.

Lecturing at St. Gallen University, Switzerland

Leadership in Humanitarian Crisis

Spring Semester for Bachelor Students

  1. Understanding and being able to act as a humble and careful leader in an emergency situation based on proper knowledge about emergency situations, risks, potential solutions and approaches.
  2. Being able to develop meaningful and realistic plans (plan of action) based on given situations to guide teams and professionals to provide necessary services.
  3. Being able to analyse emergency situations in terms of their immediate risks as well as potentials for future improvements.
  4. Develop focused leadership creativity within given and realistic challenges and limitations.

IDEPI – Impact Driven Entrepreneurship and Public Innovation

New Competence Centre at University of St. Gallen

The vision of IDEPI is to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs by leveraging impact-driven
entrepreneurship and public innovation. Our mission is to help people and organizations to develop a common mindset and work more effectively towards impact, by increasing their knowhow and capabilities for collaboration and bridging rationalities (impact-driven entrepreneurship). We develop, test, and iterate upon formats that generate public value in new ways (public innovation). Our approach is open and collaborative, bringing together a range of stakeholders, including public sector entities, the private sector and civil society organizations. The core activities of IDEPI include teaching, research, executive education, innovation, community and dissemination. The integrative approach across core activities and focus of IDEPI is key to IDEPI’s impact and unique in the Swiss academic arena.

Together with my colleague Dr. Urs Heierli (msd consulting GmbH) and Prof. Dirk Lehmkuhl from the HSG, I was a key-initiator of this activity at the University of St. Gallen since 2014, which today in 2019 receives support from the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) and has two PhD students starting up research activities. Already a number of Master and Bachelor Students have contributed with thier theses towards these goals over the last 5 to 10 years.