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Lisa Van Eck

Regional Chapter Coordinator, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)

Lisa is the Regional Coordinator for the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) South Africa chapter. Her passion for South Africa’s socio-economic development led her to pursue an undergraduate degree in Economics and Politics at Rhodes University in South Africa. She went on to obtain an MSc in Economics from the University of Siena in Italy, after being awarded an Erasmus Mundus scholarship. Her academic research centred on development alternatives for South Africa, and comparative case studies included Brazil and the East Asian ‘tiger’ economies.

During an internship at Genesis Analytics, a leading development economics consultancy in Johannesburg she assisted a team commissioned to design a foundation for a top South African insurer. Her focus on social enterprise has been complementary to ANDE’s efforts to strengthen the Small and Growing Business ecosystem in South Africa. As the Chapter Co-ordinator for ANDE South Africa she works to strengthen and grow the ecosystem for entrepreneurship in South Africa and has led many of ANDE’s local projects in an effort to support and capacitate members to achieve greater impact.