What is the European Event?

This European Event, organized by the European Network of Innovation for Inclusion of Acción contra el Hambre, is an annual date that brings together national and European experts in the field of social innovation. It is an inspiring space in which to learn about European priorities in innovation to generate a more inclusive social and labor ecosystem.

This meeting recognizes and shares best practices in inclusive employment and entrepreneurship from all over Europe and facilitates the meeting of key actors, favoring collaboration and networking.




On this occasion, under the slogan Ten years sharing experiences and trends in innovation for inclusion will take place on the 3rd of November in Madrid with life streaming through our Youtube and Linkedin channels.
The forum will delve into the Spanish and European social innovation ecosystems and key issues to promote inclusive employability in Europe will be shared and discussed, such as approaches that integrate healthy lifestyles, and digitization as a transformative tool and process with great potential for integration and professional development of all people.



Highlights from the X Forum of Inclusive Employment and Entrepreneurship

Cooperation ecosystems and food security as key elements to foster socio-labour inclusion

Members and National Contatc Points of the Network at the X Forum of Inclusive Employment and Entrepreneurship

Last November 3rd, the European Network of Innovation for Inclusion together with Acción contra el Hambre celebrated the X Forum of Inclusive Employment and Entrepreneurship in Madrid. This gathering, in which experts in employment and entrepreneurship participated, highlighted the need to address, through different social spheres, public entities and companies, issues such as the health-employment binomial or the importance of ecosystems to promote cooperation and collaboration in social innovation. These topics were discussed as key elements to improve the impact on vulnerable groups and enhance their access to employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.

The CEO of Acción contra el Hambre, Olivier Longué, emphasized how “the multiple crises we are currently facing underline the need to foster collaboration between entities in order to keep thinking, devising and innovating for social inclusion". Drawing on this idea of interconnectedness and innovation, the General Director of Open Government and Social Innovation at the Government of Aragón, Raúl Oliván, highlighted the importance of placing social innovation “in a pivotal position within the current political system and linking it to the social contract. We must understand that social innovation cannot be a magical seed, but rather a systemic one, and needs long-term involvement of key actors”.

Pilar Martínez, Sustainable Food Programme's Manager at Fundación Daniel y Nina Carasso, together with Claudia Rocío Magaña, researcher at the University of Barcelona, directed the discussion towards new food security approaches and health practices, stressing how “food security goes beyond mere economic access to food products and includes broader aspects such as education or physical access to products”. Additionally, they encouraged all attendees to innovate, think and imagine through the ecological transition process.

During the presentation of her research study “Feeding a sustainable future”, Claudia Magaña put forward some relevant figures, like the fact that 13% of Spanish households experience some type of food insecurity. She also stressed how "understanding why these households cannot access sustainable, adequate and decent food" is the first step that needs to be taken in order to fulfil people’s right to food security. In her speech, she also recalled the value of measurements, since "what cannot be measured is difficult to manage”, and “in order to design effective solutions that tackle food insecurity, we ought to know the scope of the problem”

In a similar vein, Noemi López, Researcher at the Research Group in Nutritional Epidemiology (EPINUT-UCM) at the University Complutense of Madrid, explained the work she undertakes jointly with Acción contra el Hambre in the promotion of the healthy life approach as a driver for employability, entrepreneurship and health. “Job insecurity increases the risk of suffering from food insecurity and, at the same time, health also conditions access to employment. It is a bidirectional relationship between health and employment”, the researcher claimed.

Finally, the event finished with an award ceremony to the winning and finalist entities of the VI Call for Good Practices on Inclusive Employment and Entrepreneurship. The awarded organizations were Monaliiku, Plan International Spain, Ingeus, APID – Imprendirotialià Donna, Cyprus Energy Agency and KMOP.


08:30 AM
09:00 AM
Introduction and moderation by Acción contra el Hambre

Ten years sharing experiences and trends in innovation for inclusion
Olivier Longué, CEO of Acción contra el Hambre
Luís González, Technical Engineering and Social Action Director

09:20 AM


    Raúl Olivan. General Director of Open Government and Social Innovation at the Regional Government of Aragón.
10:30 AM
11:00 AM
    By Pilar Martínez, Sustainable Food Programme's Manager at Fundación Daniel y Nina Carasso.
    By Dra. Claudia Rocío Magaña González, lecturer at Serra Húnter, UFR Escola de Treball Social and Universitat de Barcelona.
    By Noemí López, Researcher at the Research Group in Nutritional Epidemiology (EPINUT-UCM) and professor at the Unit of Physical Anthropology of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)
    By Kati Vertiö. Project Manager in Monaliiku.
12:15 PM
    By Leonie Bultynck. Policy assistant in the Digital Education unit, European Commission Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC)

    By Antonia Caro González. Senior researcher at the Digital Society Technology Unit at the I2Cat Foundation.

    By Serena Bonfanti. Member of the Board of Directors of APID.
01:30 PM
    With the participation of:
    Irene Theodoulou. Researcher and Project manager at CARDET.
    Paolo Montemurro. Director of Materahub.
    Roger Molins. Director of Regional Economic Development Programs at CCBLL 
    Iana Avramova. Transformation Designer, Accredited Life & Executive Coach.
    With the awarded orgnizations:

    APID Imprenditorialitá Donna - Italy
    Monaliiku - Finland
    Plan Internacional - Spain
    Green jobs and entrepreneurship platform - Spain
    Cyprus Energy Agency - Cyprus
02:00 PM


    • Luis González
      Luis González
      Director of Technical Engineering and Social Action in Acción contra el Hambre.

      Luis Gonzalez Muñoz is the Director of Technical Engineering and Social Action in Acción contra el Hambre, leading the strategy of the Social Action and Operations departments of the organization.

      He has a degree in Agricultural Engineering and a Master in European Political Cooperation and Development and counts with wide experience as a consultant specialized in socioeconomic Inclusive Markets.

    • Angela
      Ángela García
      Red2Red Deputy Director

      Graduate in Political Science and Administration (University of Murcia), Master's Degree in Programme and Public Policy Evaluation (Complutense University of Madrid) and expert in impact evaluation (UNED).

      She has extensive work experience combining different types of work in the private sector, third sector and public administration. For the last 12 years she has worked in the strategic consultancy sector, especially in the formulation, design, monitoring, implementation and evaluation of public initiatives and policies, with a special focus on policies funded by the European Union and social impact. She joined Red2Red in 2016 and is currently deputy director.

    • Raul
      Raul Oliván
      Director of Open Government and Social Innovation at the Regional Government of Aragón

      Raúl has over 10 years of experience designing and developing innovation ecosystems and working in the intersection between the public, private, and social spheres. Since 2019 he has been leading the Open Government and Social Innovation Department of the Aragon Regional Government, where he promotes the development of an ecosystem based on citizen participation, innovation and transparency. Some of the projects he is managing are related to youth leadership, rural innovation, feminism, and social education.

      He holds a master's degree in Philosophy of Contemporary Challenges and a Specialization in Future Thinking. He also took part in the US International Visitor Leadership Program, where he got to know several practices on democratic activism that were being implemented across the country.

    • Pilar
      Pilar Martínez
      Policy assistant in the Digital Education unit, European Commission Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC)

      Pilar Martínez holds a PhD in Agricultural Engineering. She began her career in the development cooperation sector working on food security and sustainable water resource management projects at the Tragsa Group.

      Subsequently, she continued her training and professional career in the field of food system sustainability research at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. Specifically, she focused her work on generating knowledge on the interrelations between agriculture and the environment to support policy decisions that promote the efficient use of resources in agriculture and its potential for adaptation and mitigation of climate change.

      Since 2019, she is part of the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation team in Spain in the area of Sustainable Food.

    • claudia
      Claudia Rocío Magaña González
      Lecturer Serra Húnter - UFR Escola de Treball Social - Universitat de Barcelona

      Dr. Claudia Rocío Magaña González is a Social Anthropologist from El Colegio de Michoacán and holds a degree in Psychology from ITESO A.C. in Mexico.

      She is a Serra Hunter Lecturer in Social Work and a member of the research team in vulnerable contexts of Social Work at the University of Barcelona.

      She was a research professor at the University of Guadalajara for 8 years in Mexico. Her lines of research focus on food in vulnerable contexts; struggles for food sovereignty and ethnicities in the global context from a perspective of the Epistemologies of the South and political, ethnic and identity processes in indigenous communities and rural populations and food. She has published several articles and book chapters and presented various communications and papers on these issues, both nationally and internationally. 


    • Noemí
      Noemí López
      Researcher at the Research Group in Nutritional Epidemiology (EPINUT-UCM)

      Ph.D. in Biological Sciences and Masters in Physical Anthropology from the Complutense University of Madrid. She specializes in nutritional anthropology with application to epidemiology and public health. She belongs to the research group in nutritional epidemiology of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (EPINUT-UCM) and she is a member of the international network of researchers on living standards, health, nutrition, and inequality (Niveles de vida, salud, nutrición y desigualdad, NISALDes).

      Her main lines of work focus on the study of child malnutrition in its two extremes, obesity, and undernutrition in humanitarian contexts. For years, it has been participating, together with Acción contra el Hambre, in a study aimed at testing the potential of applying healthy living approaches to employability programs for people at risk of exclusion. 

    • Kati
      Kati Vetiö
      Project manager at Monaliiku

      Kati Vertiö (BA of Social Services, BA in Hospitality Management) is experienced in project work and coordination in health promotion initiatives using sports as a tool within 3rd sector.

      She is specialized in applying women-specific and culturally sensitive approaches and methods combining psycho-social support that promote inclusion and integration of women in grassroot level.

      She has further deepened her knowledge in expert studies during 2021-2022 in multicultural work with University of Turku and DIAKONIA University of Applied Sciences, concentrating in researching swimming in women-specific and safe spaces as a tool to support integration and equality of migrant women. She also gives an input as a volunteer to Finnish African Society in literature and arts project.

    • Leonie Bultynck
      Leonie Bultynck
      Policy assistant in the Digital Education unit, European Commission Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC)

      Leonie joined the European Commission in 2019 and is part of the core team dealing with the Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027. She is in charge of the implementation of Action 13, which is dedicated to enhancing girls and women’s participation in the STEM field. Leonie also supports the work on the dissemination of the Action Plan and the Network of National Advisory Services under the Digital Education Hub.

      Prior to joining the Commission, Leonie had gained experience in other international organisations, including the United Nations and Smithsonian Institution. She has an MSc in History from the University of Ghent and an MSc in Cultural Management of the University of Antwerp.

    • Toñi
      Toñi Caro
      Senior researcher at the Digital Society Technology Unit at the I2Cat Foundation

      Toñi Caro is a senior institutional capacity builder for the implementation of social innovations and stakeholder engagement strategies. She is currently senior researcher at the Digital Society Technology Unit at the I2Cat Foundation, Director of the International Research Project Office at Valencian International University and Founder of the Eoh-for-Good, a think tank and strategy consultancy to promote leading transformation for the common good.

      She is PhD in International and Intercultural Studies and is an accomplished and motivated thought leader with a keen interest in social & digital innovation. She offers broad and extensive experience in academic research, policy analysis, and strategy design. A prolific author of several peer-reviewed publications on various social issues related to internationalisation, higher education, and sustainability. She has been actively promoting social innovation in the Basque, Spanish and European contexts for over a decade now in connection with international peers and collaborating with the European School of Social Innovation-ESSI since its inception. And she is member of the ENoLL Action Oriented Task Force on Social Innovation.

      Recent achievements include a HEurope-EIC project granted, titled INTEGER-3H and 4H models for a European Innovation Ecosystems transition (Feb 2023-Jan 2025) and the publication of a chapter: Caro-Gonzalez, A. Serra, A. & Albala, X. (et al.) (2022), The Three MuskEUteers: Envisaging and pursuing a "One for all, All for one" triple transition: social, green and digital. In Petrevska Nechkoska, R; Manceski G.; Poels, G.; Facilitation in Complexity: From creation to co-creation, from dreaming to co-dreaming, from evolution to co-evolution, Springer Nature. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-031-11065-8


    • Serena
      Serena Bonfanti
      Entrepreneur Flli Bonfanti and API-Torino and APID Advisory Board Member

      After the degree in Political Philosophy and a Masters in Peacekeeping Management, she has worked for 6 years, as Project Manager and then as Project Director of international financed projects. From Project Director, she has been nominated Head of Unit for Companies’ Internationalisation, where she studied and implemented in teams, several new projects, mainly in the food and renewable energies sectors.

      From March 2008 she started to work as entrepreneur. Nowadays, along with her sister Chiara, she represents the third generation of the F.lli Bonfanti company, a family-owned company that is producing in Italy high quality fashion buttons since 1946.

      Serena has been part of the board of Directors of API/Torino (an entrepreneurs’ association that counts approx. 2000 companies only in Piedmont region) and of the API’s Board of the young entrepreneurs. For the last 8 years Serena has also been part of APID’s board of Directors, an SMEs women association that counts approx. 300 women lead companies. Serena is actively involved in APID’s activities being the representative of the association at the European level


    • Alicia
      Alicia García-Madrid
      European social inclusion programs manager at Acción contra el Hambre

      European social inclusion programs manager at Acción contra el Hambre.

      She has a degree in sociology and postgraduate degree in Human Resources.

      She has been working in the fields of education and training as well as in European projects, with a wide experience in designing and managing projects funded by the European Commission.


    • Paolo Montemurro
      Paolo Montemurro
      Director of Materahub - National Contact Point in Italy

      Project manager of EU funded projects since 2008, Paolo works since 2010 on capacity building actions for the Creative and Cultural sector and support to young entrepreneurs and startup in the cultural and social sector. 

      Since 2014, he has worked on cross-fertilization between arts and other sector of economy, society and culture. Actively involved in the process of candidature of Matera 2019 European Capital of Culture particularly on the capacity building process for cultural organizations that developed the artistic and cultural program, he has been working on the topic of internationalization and networking at EU level for the Creative and Cultural sector. 

      Since 2016, he is the person in charge of bringing Materahub in European networks among which the European Creative Business Network, Creative Business Cup Network, European Creative Hubs Network. In this network, he has worked with EC Science HUB JRC on a pilot project to discover how creative hubs can become places to co-design policies to support youth employment through the Creative and Cultural sector. 

      In 2018, he has started a new project focused on supporting faculties of arts & humanities on developing new spaces for innovation, entrepreneurship education for students and academic staff, cross -fertilization with companies. From 2020 is working as expert for EU4Business program under the direction of EuroChambres to support the creative and cultural sector in Eastern Partnership Countries.


    • Irene Theodoulou
      Irene Theodoulou
      Project Manager and Researcher at CARDET - National Contact Point in Cyprus

      Irene Theodoulou is a Project Manager and Researcher at CARDET. Irene holds a Bachelor degree in Social Work from the University of Nicosia in Cyprus. She has obtained her Master Degree in Refugee Care at the University of Essex, in Colchester UK.

      She has successfully completed a specialized training course on migration and children in migration named: “Tree of Life Approach”, by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in London by the co-developer of the course Ncazelo Ncube.

      Irene has also experience as a Social Worker at Migrant Information Center (MIC) in Cyprus working at the front line ok work. The past years, Irene has been working in European projects dealing with migration, integration, social work and social integration of marginalized groups, at both a local and international level.

    • Roger Molins
      Roger Molins
      Director of Regional Economic Development Programs at CCBLL - Member of the Network

      MSc in Public Policy and Human Development by the United Nations University & Maastricht University is currently the Director of Regional Economic Development Programs at Consell Comarcal del Baix Llobregat.

      He is also engaged as an independent expert for the European Commission (EU), the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Rockefeller Foundation and the UNFCCC.

      His 10+ years of experience combine driving portfolios of programs and projects for business and public organizations in Europe, Latin America, and Asia, with a strong emphasis on sustainability, climate change & green economy, fostering regional and sectoral growth, and strategy planning for development, policy, stakeholder governance and change management, for both public and private organizations.

    • Iana Avramova
      Iana Avramova
      Transformation Designer, Accredited Life & Executive Coach - Member of the Network

      Accredited Life & Executive Coach with 10+ years of managerial experience with multidisciplinary teams in Bulgaria and the Netherlands. Author of the European award-winner Transformika Coaching Cards – powerful tool for personal & professional growth.

      Member of the International Institute for Coaching and Mentoring (IICM). Graduated with honors Life & Executive Coaching at Noble Manhattan, UK. Studied International Marketing Management and Communication and Multimedia Design in the Netherlands.


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Madrid. España