Spotlight: Jiska Klein


What drives you?

The opportunity to learn new things and to have a positive impact on the world. Thereby I strive to make social entrepreneurship the norm of doing business.

Biggest SocEnt trend have you seen over the last 5 years?

With my background in international and environmental economics, I am really enthusiastic about the trend in fair chain development. This is about taking responsibility, being transparent and internalizing negative externalities. For instance, Fairphone approaches things differently by sourcing conflict-free minerals from the DRC and Tony’s Chocolonely contributes to slave-free chocolate products.

Currently reading

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (a definite must read)


I am very lucky that I can do what I really like and what feels good for me. Such as working with microfinance and social entrepreneurship projects in rural areas of India and my current activities for the supportive program at Social Enterprise NL. It is all about what you are contributing, what drives you and with whom you are surrounded. I come across a broad range of interests and perspectives. In this respect I learned a great deal from my interdisciplinary study Bèta Gamma at the University of Amsterdam, where we were trained to approach challenges from various angles and to use tools from bèta (natural) and gamma (social) sciences. Furthermore I am often inspired by documentaries, by fruitful talks at work and by unexpected meetings with people during hitchhikes through foreign countries.


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