The Social and Solidarity Economy: From the Margins to the Mainstream


Laurence Kwark

Global Social Economy Forum (GSEF)



Laurence Kwark is the General Secretary of GSEF (Global Social Economy Forum) since Feb 2016, working for the International Recognition & Visibility of Social and Solidarity Economy and the promotion of international exchange and cooperation between local governments and social economic networks. She had worked from 1998 to 2008, as a programme manager for South America and Asia at the “Terre d'avenir & CCFD”, an International Development NGO of France. She had also worked as the General Secretary of the Pax Romana ICMICA (International Catholic Movement for Intellectuals and Cultural Affairs) in Geneva for 2009-2012 then from 2013 till February 2016, as the Representative of Pax Romana to UN in Geneva. She had graduated Sejong University in Seoul in 1983, and got her master degree in Sociology in 1993 from the French Institute of High Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris, France.

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