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Impact & Innovation

Join the conversation as social entrepreneurs from around the world come to Yale SOM to share the challenges they are grappling with and the insights they are gaining in the field. From rural India and Kenya to the inner cities of the U.S., from the environment to nutrition to maternal child health, this series cuts across sectors to examine the convergence of business and society. Take a peek inside the classroom of Dr. Teresa Chahine as she examines the latest trends and pitfalls in social innovation, funding, and impact.

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Teresa Chahine

Sheila and Ron ’92 Marcelo Senior Lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship
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Teresa Chahine is the inaugural Sheila and Ron ’92 B.A. Marcelo Lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship. She is the author of Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship, a twelve-step framework for building impactful ventures in new and existing organizations. Dr. Chahine’s research focuses on developing tools to characterize and advance social and environmental determinants of health. She launched the first social entrepreneurship program in the context of public health, at Harvard University. She was also responsible for launching the first venture philanthropy organization in her home country of Lebanon, providing tailored financing and critical management support to social enterprises serving marginalized populations through education and job creation for youth and women.

Dr. Chahine has published widely on financing, measuring, and scaling social impact. She has worked on social innovation and sustainable development within corporate, governmental, academic and non-profit organizations. Among these are the United States Environmental Protection Agency, United Nations Populations Fund, Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs, Malaysian Directors Academy, Sichuan University, Kazakhstan School of Public Health, and Amani Institute in Brazil. She was the recipient of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative's inaugural Elizabeth T. Weintz humanitarian research award in 2016 and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health's emerging leader in public health award in 2017.


  • Podcast
    Episode 30
    Duration 24:03

    Design Justice

    Ashlee Wisdom, Founder and CEO of Health in Her Hue, navigates venture capital and the tech start up world, to provide culturally relevant health care for Black women.

  • Podcast
    Episode 29
    Duration 19:02

    Social Entrepreneurs Providing Primary Health Care

    Lutfi Lokman, founder of Hospitals Beyond Boundaries, mobilizes resources for access to health care among the Cham population in Cambodia.

  • Podcast
    Episode 28
    Duration 26:05

    Design Thinking for Global Mental Health

    Daisy Rosales, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Brio, co-designs global mental health programs with community partners.

  • Podcast
    Episode 27
    Duration 37:10

    Regenerative Capitalism

    Vincent Stanley, Director of Philosophy at Patagonia, shares the "8 Philosophies of Regenerative Capitalism."

  • Podcast
    Episode 26
    Duration 27:04

    Measuring Social Change

    Veronica Olazabal, Chief Impact and Evaluation Officer for BHP Foundation and President of the American Evaluation Association, talks about measuring the bottom line of social entrepreneurship: social change.
  • Podcast
    Duration 38:51

    Collective Power

    Catering Passoni, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Havenly, goes beyond job training and placement to build community and collective power among refugee and migrant women. 
  • Podcast
    Duration 29:13

    A Workforce to Fight Climate Change

    Neil Yeoh, Founder and CEO of OnePointFive, mobilizes talent to keep global warming below 1.5'C by connecting businesses with expertise and technology to solve their sustainability challenges. 
  • Podcast
    Episode 23
    Duration 26:54

    IDEAS Generation

    Danny Egol, Co-Founder of IDEAS Generation (IG), is building community and collaboration among next generation leaders working on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Social justice (IDEAS).
  • Podcast
    Episode 22
    Duration 17:29

    Hustle Like a New Havener

    Ben Young, Co-Founder of Hugo & Hoby, makes sustainable furniture accessible to corporate customers with their network of local fabrication shops and their partnership with community forestry initiatives. 

  • Podcast
    Episode 21
    Duration 21:13

    No Matter How Unlikely

    Greg Grinberg, CEO of ActualFood, fights chronic disease using technology and behavioral science, by building an online grocery system that nudges consumers to make healthy choices.