Online Training

Social Innovation Course

Innovation as a tool for social development
Opening Session by Ray Cazorla, Miriam Ciscar y Ana Lorenzo Morales
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Webinar: social innovation for post-COVID recovery

Webinar Post-Covid

The University of Alcalá, in collaboration with AECID, AEF, ASHOKA, Foro Impacto, NESI, NOVAGOB and Plataforma Tercer Sector, have organized this Webinar:

Initiatives from social innovation for post-COVID recovery: Better experiences and plans for social development from civil society, public and private sector.

Moderated by: Luis Rubalcaba, Fernando Varela and Enrique Martínez Cantero

Panelists: Silverio Agea, Carmen Cabota, Miriam Ciscar, Francisco Rojas, Alexandra Mitjans, José Luis Ruíz de Munain, and Diego Isabel de la Moneda.

Student profile

This program at the University of Alcalá, in collaboration with AECID, SpainNab, Foro NESI (New Economy & Social Innovation), the ASHOKA Foundation and the NovaGob Foundation, is designed for managers, professionals and graduates in search of tools to design and implement social innovation solutions in organizations.

Course Objectives

To offer high-quality training on social innovation economy, management and technology, so that professionals can include social innovation processes in Third Sector organizations (NGOs, foundations, etc.), public entities and private companies, integrating citizens and civil society, in response to new socio-economic challenges, globalization, migration, the inclusion of vulnerable groups, and the ongoing digital revolution.

General Information


  • Social innovation and its framework (ODS-Agenda 2030, new economy and social economy).
  • Circular economy, eco-innovation and sustainability.
  • Co-creation of value and shared value.
  • Innovation at the base of the pyramid, impact investment and social bonds.
  • Best practices in corporate social responsibility.
  • Strategic CSR and social entrepreneurship.
  • Public/private Third Sector innovation networks.
  • Economy and management of the user and customer experience.
  • Emerging technologies for social innovation.
  • Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and BlockChain Technology.
  • Management of social innovation in public services and social projects
  • Innovation financing and Crowfunding.
  • R&D&I policies and their management.
  • Patents and intellectual property rights.
  • Taxation of R&D&I.
  • Participatory techniques: Design Thinking, Lean Startup, Agile concept, Scrum concept.
  • Social entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship Model CANVAS
  • Metrics and evaluation of results and impact of innovation.


The contents are taught through the following courses (each course gives 3 credits):
  • Social economy, social innovation and value co-creation.
  • Eco-innovation and social innovation for sustainability
  • Management of social innovation in the third sector and public services.
  • Emerging technologies and innovation for the Third Sector.
  • Entrepreneurship and social innovation in companies and Corporate Social Responsibility.
  • Key Benefits
  • Professional Opportunities
  • Knowledge to design and apply social innovation strategies.
  • Skills for the management of social innovation, taking into account financial, legal and fiscal issues.
  • Skills to use emerging technologies for social entrepreneurship and Third Sector development.
  • Tools to carry out the digital transformation in non-profit companies and social initiatives.
  • Acquiring skills to promote a culture of innovation in organizations.
  • Managers and managers specializing in innovation, knowledge and technological change
  • Social entrepreneurs.
  • Professional careers in the Third Sector (NGOs, foundations, etc.)
  • Technology and innovation consultants.
  • Careers in international organizations.


Luis Rubalcaba


Professor in the Department of Economics and Business Management at the University of Alcalá (Spain), he is a specialist in business innovation, public innovation and social innovation.

He has worked as a civil servant at the World Bank in Washington DC (2013-2016) and at the European Commission in Brussels (2002-2004). He has also been an external advisor to the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations and the OECD.

Fernando Varela


Director of Social Government, PhD in Industrial Engineering, specialized in economic and social development and sustainability, he has carried out numerous studies and technical assistance for national institutions and international organizations.

Director for 20 years of the Global Division of Institutional, Economic and Social Development at Eptisa. He has worked within the European Union, in the private sector and in civil society.

José Manuel Gómez Pulido

Responsible for the tecnological area

Professor of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Alcalá. PhD in Computer Engineering.

Specialist in computer project management, implementation of Information Systems and application of ICTs to companies and public administrations.

Opening Session

Ray Cazorla

Ray Cazorla

Founder & President HAC, ICLF, New York Summit

Nominated for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, Candidate for the 2020 Princess of Asturias Prize. A renowned social activist who works internationally in various fields with the aim of training leaders of change and generating diverse knowledge transfer platforms.

He has been working for years to promote gender equality by creating an international platform that allows leaders of reference to come together.

Miriam Ciscar

Head of the Department of Sectoral Cooperation of AECID

Expert in gender equality and justice, human rights, she has 17 years of experience in International Cooperation and Humanitarian Response agencies and organizations.

Double Master's degree (i.e., at two different universities concomitantly) in International Development Studies, Cooperation and Gender.

Ana Lorenzo Morales

Director General of Transparency, open goverment & citizen services

A graduate in Journalism, she has been recognised as one of Spain's 100 leading women by the TOP 100 Leading Women in Spain.

She has been responsible for public affairs at IKEA Ibérica (Spain) and has extensive experience in promoting freedom, civil society participation in public policy and corporate social commitment.

Advisory Committee

Enrique Martínez Cantero

Enrique Martínez Cantero

Coordinator, Madrid Assembly and UAH CSR Chair. CSR and Agenda 2030 Area.

Ana Lorenzo Morales

Community of Madrid. Area of Networks for Social Innovation.

Miriam Ciscar

Head of the Department of Sectorial Cooperation of the AECID. Innovation for Cooperation Area.

Silverio Agea Rodriguez

Silverio Agea Rodriguez

General Manager. Spanish Association of Foundations (AEF)

Giuseppe Folloni

Giuseppe Folloni

University of Trento. Social Development Area.

Natalia Peiro

Natalia Peiro Pérez

Secretary General of Cáritas. Vice-president of social impact and internal cohesion of the Third Sector Platform.

José Luis Ruiz de Muniain

José Luis Ruiz de Muniain

Director of Spain NAB and Foro Impacto.

Alexandra Mitjans

Alexandra Mitjans

Director of ASHOKA España.

Diego Isabel de la Moneda

Diego Isabel de la Moneda

Director of the NESI Forum.

  • Beatriz Fernández Olit, Department of Economics and Business Management, Empresa Social, UAH.
  • Christoph Patrick Kiefer, Researcher in eco-innovation and sustainability, CSIC
  • Fernando Crecente, Rector's Delegate for Entrepreneurship, UAH.
  • Fernando Varela, Director of Social Gob, co-director of the course and Doctor of Industrial Engineering.
  • Javier Sota, Consultancy Director, Chávarri Abogados (Law firm).
  • Javier Carrillo, Professor of Business Administration and expert in eco-innovation, UAH.
  • José Carlos Yonte, Red Cross Madrid.
  • Jose Manuel Gómez Pulido, Deputy Master's Degree in Innovation, UAH.
  • Luis Rubalcaba, Professor of Economics and researcher in social innovation, UAH.
  • Óscar Montes, Expert in Innovation in Education, UAH.
  • Vanesa Rodríguez, Director of Institutional Relations, Global Compact.

  • Ana Lorenzo, General Director of Transparency and Citizen Participation
  • Andrés Dulanto, Expert in Communication, Entrepreneurship and CSR.
  • Carlos Benedicto, Director of GINSO's Centre for Social Innovation.
  • Carlos Guaipatin, Inter-American Development Bank.
  • Clara Bazán, Dirse Mapfre
  • David Lafuente, Ministry of Equality. Former GS for CSR Ministry of Labour.
  • Enrique Martínez Cantero, Madrid Assembly and UAH CSR Chair.
  • Isabel Roser, Founder of DIRSE, President of Hilo Empresarial.
  • Iván Rejón, Director of HR II and CSR Ericks.
  • Javier Cortes, former UN Global Compact Director for Latin America.
  • Javier Gavilanes, Expert in sustainable development.
  • José Carlos Yonte, Red Cross Madrid.
  • Luisa Ahí, Director of Institutional Relations IKEA.
  • Marcos González, editor of Correspondence Editor.
  • Miwi Clavera, General Manager DIRSE.
  • Nita Macías, Director of the National Congress on Social Responsibility.
  • Paco Hevia, former President of DIRSE, Director in Llorente and Cuenca (Spain).
  • Ray A. Cazorla, Founder and President HAC, ICLF, New York Summit.
  • Tomás Marcos, Congressman and Senator. Spokesperson for Disability.
  • Vanesa Rodríguez, Director of Institutional Relations, Global Compact.
  • Víctor Meseguer, Director of the UCAM CSR Chair.

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