Elena Rodríguez Blanco
Elena Rodríguez Blanco is a social entrepreneur: Currently she is the CEO and co-founder of Authenticitys and has co-founded Anoderwold and Bloom Microventures in Vietnam as well as participated in several startups and business development teams for educational projects around the world. All of these organisations address some of the challenges that our society are facing today, and find creative and social oriented ways to solve them. Interested in the why and how organisations emerge, Elena has recently focused on bringing mindfulness in entrepreneurship in her recent TEDx Talk: Mind your Business. She is a researcher at the ESADE Institute for Social Innovation, where she has published several studies, including Innovating for social change: From idea to action (2012) and Learning from social enterprises (2012) and has co-designed and implemented a program for Women Social Innovators at the European level. She is a visiting professor of entrepreneurship at Univesitat Pompeu Fabra, ESADE Business School, the Basque Culinary Centre, European Institute of Design, Universidad de Barcelona and Mondragón Unibertsitatea. Some of her areas of expertise also include start-up process, facilitation and coaching through Design Thinking, Service Design, Art of Hosting, and Team Coaching. She is also a trainer of trainers in a methodology to develop projects called Dragon Dreaming . Elena has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Università Bocconi (exchange in Wharton School), Master in Development Management from The London School of Economics and a Master in Team Coaching Entrepreneurship pedagogy from Team Academy and Partus. Writing and travel are her outlet to life.