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From Science to Social Entrepreneurship

  • CUNY SPH 55 West 125th Street New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

Systems Change Series: May Lecture

ROOM 717


What change will you create?

How can we translate research into action?  

What steps and tools are needed to understand the challenge you are tackling, develop potential solutions, build a business model, measure, and grow your impact? 

Social Entrepreneurship is a way to apply entrepreneurial methods to create products, services and methods that benefit society.

Dr. Teresa Chahine will discuss how to help communities solve social problems by applying a scientific methodology to structure, test, and strengthen new and existing solutions.


Dr. Teresa Chahine, ScD, is the author of “Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship,” a 12-step framework to building an impactful venture. A scientist by training, Teresa approaches social entrepreneurship and innovation as the application of the scientific method to solving social problems. After completing her Doctor of Science degree at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Teresa returned to her home country of Lebanon, where she helped launch Alfanar, a venture philanthropy organization. Alfanar provides critical management support and tailored financing to social enterprises serving marginalized populations in the Middle East. Teresa leads the social entrepreneurship program at Harvard School of Public Health and is the author of Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship.

Connect on social media @teresachahine and @AlfanarVP