It was a great shock for us to hear the sad news about the passing of Dr Pamela Hartigan on August 12, 2016. Pamela was the first Managing Director of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and served from 2000 until she left in 2008 to teach at the Saïd Business School and further develop the notion of social entrepreneurship at the Skoll Center in Oxford.
Reflecting the importance of social entrepreneurship for the multi-stakeholder community, she also served as Managing Director of the World Economic Forum. During this time she built a world-class community of social entrepreneurs and tirelessly searched for new ways to support their initiatives and work. Numerous social entrepreneurs owe the advancement of their activities to the commitment and engagement of Pamela.
We will never forget how she made sure to visit social entrepreneurs in the most remote places in the world under sometimes challenging conditions. During her time with us, Pamela succeeded in ensuring that social entrepreneurship was no longer seen as an activity of some idealists but got the recognition it deserved as a mainstream approach for global society to address numerous social challenges in a pragmatic way.
Her death comes much too early, but she will be remembered through her legacy: to have given to humankind a new paradigm in merging entrepreneurship with a commitment to improving the state of the world.
We express our heartfelt condolences to Martin and her children Jesse and Emilie.
Klaus and Hilde Schwab