Marie Lisa M. Dacanay, PhD

Marie Lisa M. Dacanay, PhDMarie Lisa M. Dacanay, PhD is the founding President of the Institute for Social Entrepreneurship in Asia (ISEA) and an Adjunct Professor, teaching social entrepreneurship courses, at the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG).  She has more than 25 years of experience in development management and consulting, and is a pioneer in social entrepreneurship research and education in the Asian region.  She has authored a number of books on social entrepreneurship, the latest of which was Social Enterprises and the Poor:  Transforming Wealth (2013), co-published by ISEA, Oxfam, Oikocredit and ASoG.  Under her leadership, ISEA spearheaded the research and crafting of a stakeholder’s version of a proposed legislative measure in the Philippines on Poverty Reduction through Social Entrepreneurship (PRESENT). Dr. Dacanay and ISEA also catalyzed the setting up of the Poverty Reduction through Social Entrepreneurship Coalition in 2012 which is leading lobby efforts to enact the proposed law in both houses of Philippine Congress.  Dr. Dacanay leads the joint ISEA-Oxfam multi-country research on Poverty Reduction and Women Economic Leadership:  Roles, Potentials and Challenges of Social Enterprises in Asia, an input to crafting a Post-2015 Development Agenda for the social enterprise sector in the region. 

Dr. Dacanay holds a Master in Development Management (With Distinction) from the Asian Institute of Management (1996) and a PhD in Organizational and Management Studies from the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark (2012).