Shawn Smith

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Shawn Smith

Before Oxford, Shawn spent several years building social innovation incubator Global Agents for Change (GAFC). GAFC worked on global poverty through initiatives including crowdfunding scholarships in low income countries, impact investment and venture support in East Africa, and a cycle touring and youth leadership enterprise that saw participants cycle more than 500,000km in 18 countries.

Currently, Shawn is the Co-Founder and Director of RADIUS, a leading social innovation hub based at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser Universityin Vancouver, Canada. Built around mutually reinforcing Education Training and Social Innovation Lab portfolios, RADIUS works to build the capacity, networks and solutions needed to build a more sustainable, inclusive, dynamic and resilient economy. Partnering with dozens of government, private sector and community organizations, they have worked with hundreds of students, innovators and systems influencers across areas including inner-city economic development, refugee livelihoods, chronic disease prevention, Indigenous entrepreneurship and the future of work.

Shawn is also is a co-founder of IMPAQTO, an incubator and co-working space with multiple locations around Quito, helping accelerate Ecuador’s impact entrepreneurship community.

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