Meet the SEF Team! Up today: Franziska Graf, aka Fran, who is responsible for brand building, visual content and communications. 

What are you doing right now? One sentence, short and sweet.
I am readjusting to Austria after having spent six months in Milan – so far I cut pasta consumption from 4 to 3 times a week. #proud

What are your summer plans?
Working, travelling and also actively taking some time for reflecting. Apart from that, highlights include friends, family and SEF, of course.

What is one random piece of information about you?
I often substitute lunch with gelato. Yes, that picture was taken during my lunch break.

How did you first become interested in social entrepreneurship?
I took a course at WU on the subject that gave me an introduction into the topic as well as the scene in Vienna. I quickly discovered some pretty awesome people with a shared spirit, that made me want to expand my knowledge and get involved.

What is your motivation behind SEF?
For me, SEF is about making change happen and creating a platform for dialogue. My vision is to see SEF become a movement across universities and countries.

How do you envision yourself and social entrepreneurship in the future?
I definitely see social entrepreneurship intertwined with my future, but to be honest I am still figuring out how, with a different idea in my head every day. What I do know is that I want to see purpose in the work I do and further explore how social entrepreneurship can be introduced in already existing businesses.

What’s on your bookshelf at the moment?
I am currently reading The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera and my Lonely Planet about Turkey. 

One piece of advice to business students?
It’s very easy to be pressured into expectations on where and how business students should work, driven by money and career perspectives. We need people that question the status quo and that want to shape a bright future. Use your time as much as possible to explore what really suits your talents. Talk to people. And think big. 

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