Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise Executive Director
Fiona Wilson, D.B.A., is a Clinical Associate Professor of Social Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, and Executive Director of the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise. Her research focuses on how the power of business can be harnessed to help address some of the world’s most pressing social and environmental issues. She focuses on innovative entrepreneurial companies with business models that are good for people, the planet and profits.
Dr. Wilson plays an interdisciplinary connecting and catalyzing role across the UNH campus: she currently serves as a Faculty Research Fellow at UNH’s Sustainability Research Collaboratory, and as Faculty Fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. She also serves as Faculty Advisor to UNH’s student Net Impact organization.
In 2013, Dr. Wilson was the lead creator for the 1st annual New Hampshire Social Business Innovation Challenge, engaging students and the business community in a competition to help find market-based solutions to global environmental and social challenges. Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus was the event’s keynote speaker.
As a former business leader, Dr. Wilson places a strong emphasis on continuing her engagement with the business community. In 2012, she took on the faculty leadership for an annual Program in Corporate Sustainability Leadership, a 3-day program for business executives, organized in partnership between the Paul College, UNH’s Sustainability Institute and New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility. She has recently been engaged with the business community to advance Benefit Corporation legislation in New Hampshire. Learn more...
Social Sector Franchise Initiative Director
William (Bill) Maddocks is the director of the Sustainable Microfinance and Development Program (SMDP) at the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy. Bill has organized training workshops for development finance professionals in seven African countries and the United States and has been a leader in the international Savings Groups field. In 2011, Bill was the lead organizer for the Arusha Savings Groups Summit, the first global gathering of the savings groups movement. As a faculty member of Carsey’s Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice program, he teaches a course on leadership and organizational management.
For seven years, Bill was the director of the Microenterprise and Development Institute at the School of Community Economic Development at Southern New Hampshire University and operated a training program in Africa and the United States. He has also served as the executive director and cofounder of the Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern Massachusetts, the affiliate coordinator for Working Capital peer micro lending program, and the director of development and energy conservation for People Acting in Community Endeavors in New Bedford, Massachusetts. As a trainer and facilitator, his diverse clients include municipalities, community colleges, national and state level microenterprise, and community development finance organizations. Bill holds a master’s degree in community economic development from New Hampshire College and a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Massachusetts University.
In addition, for more than thirty years, Bill has worked with labor, human rights, anti-racism organizations and campaigns, including organizing workers in the electronics and gold mining industries, the United Farm Workers boycott, and in the areas of the environment, safe energy, and drug addiction and treatment.
Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise Program Manager
Faina Bukher is the Program Manager for the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise (CSIE) and provides pivotal support to programs such as the annual New Hampshire Social Venture Innovation Challenge, the annual summer Social Innovation Internship program, the Semester in the City program, as well as other events throughout the year. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Purchase College and an M.A. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Prior to her role as Program Manager, she was the Coordinator of the Social Justice Leadership Project and Assistant Coordinator of the Women’s Studies Program. As part of the Social Justice Educator’s team at UNH, Faina facilitates social justice workshops to faculty, staff and graduate students. She has also taught a number of undergraduate courses through the UNH Women’s Studies Program, including Introduction to Women’s Studies and Leadership for Social Change.
CSIE Master in Public Policy Fellows
Ilona Drew is a student in the Masters of Public Policy program at UNH, focusing on Strategy and Communication. She completed her undergraduate degree at the Paul College with a B.S. in Business Management. Ilona competed in the Social Innovation Challenge in Fall 2014, winning a Judge's Special Prize in the Community Track. Currently, her work with CSIE is focused on the Social Sector Franchising Initiative, helping to compile Living Case Studies of social enterprises employing the franchising methodology to scale their operations in Africa. After graduation, Ilona plans to put her knowledge to work at the nexus of business and public policy to help social ventures improve their efficiency and effectiveness.
CSIE Student Fellows
Rachel Vaz is a senior, majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business and Economics, and a minor is Spanish. She is passionate about social innovation especially in the area of social justice. Rachel has worked for three years with The Freedom Café of Durham, a local non-profit with the mission of creating a world free of human trafficking. Through that organization, she helped coordinate community events to raise awareness of human trafficking, including the United Nations' GIFT Box project hosted both in Durham and Portsmouth, NH. In the summer of 2017, Rachel focused her enthusiasm for fighting injustice through her Social Innovation Internship with the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund (NHCLF)/ROC NH. NHCLF/ROC NH works to create stable homes and resilient communities by equalizing access to opportunities and resources.