Daniela Papi-Thornton

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Daniela Papi-Thornton

When Daniela became a Skoll Scholar, in 2011, she had just finished working in Asia for a decade. In Cambodia, she founded and grew a hybrid social venture: a non-profit youth leadership organisation, PEPY; a for-profit development education travel company, PEPY Tours and an advocacy organisation, Learning Service. In 2018, Learning Service, a book she co-authored, was published by Red Press.

After her MBA, Daniela worked at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford’s Saïd Business School and was also part of the Clore Social Leadership Program. Through support from Clore, she wrote a report called Tackling Heropreneurship and designed a tool called the Impact Gaps Canvas, which helps people understand and map the systems around the challenges they are working to address. As the Deputy Director at the Skoll Centre, Daniela helped turn that Canvas into a global competition, and still works as a consultant to the Skoll team in supporting the global Map the System competition (now offered at 40 university and partners organizations around the world). At the Skoll Centre she also designed and directed the Leading for Impact Programme, a personal development program for students interested in social impact careers, co-founded the LAUNCH Social Impact Careers Conference and was on the MBA teaching team.

Currently, Daniela is based in Boulder, Colorado. She has been a Lecturer at Watson Institute and Yale School of Management, and is on the teaching team for a scaling impact course at Chicago Booth. She continues to work as an educator and consultant to a range of social impact organisations.

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