Last, but definitely not least, is Goran Maric, who is responsible for brand building, involvement, sponsoring and strategy.
What are you doing right now? One sentence, short and sweet.
Planning Teach For Austria’s recruitment strategy for next season.
What is one random piece of information about you?
Some people tend to say that I need longer to style my hair than some women do.
How did you first become interested in social entrepreneurship?
I was studying for a finance exam at my university and bit by bit realised the egoism and falseness behind our current economic system and mindsets of many business people.
What is your motivation behind SEF?
Our society needs change and I aim to see the first steps of change happen through SEF. We are stuck in a rat race and have a deep lack of leadership within the business sector. People forgot that doing business isn’t just about making money – it’s about creating value for our society. Profit seems to be the #1 goal for so many businesses. Unfortunately, it is the new the standard. We want to change this attitude and put social impact at #1 again, without neglecting profitability.
How do you envision yourself and social entrepreneurship in the future?
I am still playing with my thoughts. On the one hand, I want to tackle challenges myself, found a business, make it grow and become influential. On the other hand, I find it very attractive and at the same time crucial to enter existing systems, be it the public or private sector, in order to change it from the inside. I believe that both approaches are needed to reach our goal – I am just not sure yet which path it will be for me.
What’s on your bookshelf at the moment?
Die Weltverbesserer – 66 große Denker, die unser Leben verändern by Lisa Nienhaus (engl.: The do-gooders – 66 big thinkers who changed our lives) and The Orphan Master´s Son by Adam Johnson.
One piece of advice to business students?
Develop your personal skills as early as possible, become special and start building your network as soon as you can. Strive to become a better self every day and start not only scrutinising the status quo, but changing it despite the hundreds of people who will keep telling you the opposite. We are facing hard times nowadays with even harder challenges to overcome and are in need of strong individuals who want to lead whole generations into a better future.