Spotlight: Kai Hockerts

Kai Hockerts

What drives you?

I always knew I wanted to solve social problems. I want to empower more people to understand what social entrepreneurship is so that more of them consider it a path and try it out. Those who do I want to enable to do it more successfully. It’s important to me to change their view from ‘I’m not Yunus, not a Nobel Peace Prize winner’ to ‘I can, and I will do it.’ I want awareness to lead to activities.

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

This year the government introduced a registration mark for social entrepreneurs. As a consequence, public institutions have started showing an interest, which in turn has lead other social economy institutions to use “social economic enterprise” – the Danish term for social Enterprise. More and more organizations jump on board with the concept, but we haven’t really agreed on a definition.


After pursuing his graduate studies in Germany, Kai got his Ph.D. in Management at the University of St Gallen before joining INSEAD Business School as Adjunct and Copenhagen Business School as Professor in Social Entrepreneurship. Among other positions he has worked as a consultant for environmental sustainability and as research assistant in Germany and the UK. Kai’s research in the field has focused on the intentions and behaviors of social entrepreneurs. Follow his blog to learn more.




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