Actions that make an impact

What have we been up to?

We foster and train positive leadership. We inspire people for societal progress, through knowledge, actionable insights and by joining forces with key partners. Our projects reflect our ambition to make a meaningful impact in each person we reach and society in general. Step by step, we are contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Check out our projects below.

Partners for progress
Joining forces

Partners for progress

We collaborate with different partners in our projects, namely with Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Fundação Amélia de Mello, Fundação "la Caixa", Randstad, and Rui Diniz. The Nova SBE Leadership for Impact Knowledge Center also collaborates with several Nova SBE clubs and associations such as Nova Social Consulting, Nova Junior Consulting, Nova SBE Students' Union, oikos Lisbon, and Nova Marketing Club.

Our Projects

The Inclusive Community Forum (ICF) is a co-creating network and platform that aims to address the inclusion of people with disabilities in Portugal during 5 years. It is developed by a dedicated team of LFI, using our “Wavemaking methodology”, whichfollows a vertical acceleration process, in parallel with a multi-stakeholder approach.

It brings together the target beneficiaries, students, academia, NGOs, corporations and society in general, to co-create new ideas for this social challenge, pilot and scale new solutions, and to develop and communicate best practices. 

Each three semesters, ICF identifies a central theme for the promotion of a more inclusive community. In 2018 the theme was Employment and we are now starting to address Education. 

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The Social Leapfrog program is a reflection and capacitation customized program for hybrid social organizations, taking place for three years, which aims to support organizations in "taking a leap" in terms of impact and sustainability. It has the support of Nova SBE's community (students, alumni, faculty, staff, and partners) through student projects (Master's thesis, student clubs, and pro bono internships), traditional educational training (Master's courses and Nova SBE Executive Education programs), mentoring and coaching programs, workshops with faculty from the school, among others.

The pilot edition started in 2019 with seven social organizations from the Metropolitan Area of ​​Lisbon: A Barragem, Ajuda de Mãe, Alzheimer Portugal, Biovilla, Cercica, Mezze and Semear. The second edition is starting the diagnostic phase with ten pre-selected organizations from different parts of the country: Aria, Arcil, Associação Salvador, CECD, Centro Social de Soutelo, CRESCER, Fundação Dr. José Lourenço Júnior, Just a Change, U.Dream, and Vila com Vida.

This program is part of the Social Equity Initiative, a partnership between Nova SBE, BPI, and the "la Caixa" Foundation, which aims to promote Portugal's social sector with a long-term vision.

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The Academy of Purpose aims to inspire and foster student’s personal development, while promoting direct contact with role models that have a clear sense of purpose and that are able to share their experience, impact and visions of the future. The Academy includes three initiatives:

Purpose Takeovers- Inspirational moments through which Nova SBE’s community gathers to listen to surprising and breathtaking guests that share their meaningful experiences;

Social Impact Talks- Powerful talks by international managers and entrepreneurs who are able to combine progress with performance

Resilient Leaders– Personal interviews to individuals who were able to overcome major challenges or traumatic events and pursue their dreams or a higher purpose

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Nova SBE Impact Experience accounts for the School mission to be a community dedicated to the development of talent and knowledge that impacts the world. It produces the annual Impact Report while engaging its community to foster societal impact, focusing on both impact assessment and impact activation.

It clarifies the strategy of the School in the community, contributing for a stronger engagement and impact aligned with the SDGs, ultimately turning Nova SBE accountable for the impact it generates.

From the perspective of the students, it accounts and integrates all the opportunities in the social area that students can take part in, including classes, social internships, volunteering and social entrepreneurship initiatives.

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The NOVA SBE Impact-Driven Alumni is a network of previous students of Nova SBE who are involved in social impact initiatives or started social enterprises or work for organizations that “do well and do good”.


1. Creating an international network of professionals passionate about creating social impact and working toward a better society, helping them develop their bonds;

2. Sharing impact opportunities such as internships, jobs or volunteering offers that are made available by any type of organization aligned with the group’s values (Social Enterprises, Impact Investors, Non-Profit Organizations, Companies, Public Administrations, International Development Organizations and others);

3. Playing as a platform for the inspiration and development of social impact opportunities of any kind (Local Initiatives, Starting Up of Social Enterprises, etc)

This group gathered face to face for the first time on January 2018, to share inspiring stories with one another, learn more about the social sector and the various initiatives of the Leadership for Impact center.

If you are a Nova SBE Alumni and would like to join this network, please register here.

The Leadership Observatory is a research project that started in 2018/2019 and will identify, interview and study leaders on their views of social, business, personal and human capital nature. 

Under the academic supervision of Professor Miguel Pina e Cunha (PhD) and Professor Filipa Castanheira (PhD), and coordinated by Tomé Salgueiro (PhD student and researcher), this project will highlight leadership best practices and trends in an Annual Report, acting as a beacon for present and future leaders. 

The pilot will focus in C-level agents currently working in Portugal who found professional success and that fostered societal development in its many approaches: diversity and well-being in the work place, environmental care, poverty or different societal concerns. The current pilot also counts with the participation of INSPER (Institute of Education and Research - São Paulo, Brazil) as its first main partner in a research effort that aims to expand internationally, enabling future cross-cultural comparisons.

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The Leadership and Society Annual Forum is one of the many activities promoted by the Fundação Amélia de Mello Chair in Leadership. The annual Forum aims to engage academics, practitioners, and society in general, gathering them in an ambitious discussion focused on the most important and debated topics in the contemporary society. 

In 2018 the event focused in Paradox & Plurality and welcomed as guest speakers Wendy 

Smith, Linda Putnam and Charles Hampden Turner. For the full program click here

In 24thof May of 2019 the topic will be Paradox & Sustainability. Save the date and stay tuned for more information!


Paradigm Shifts Executive Program, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian Chair in Impact Economy
3-day executive training program for participants in C-Level positions, from organizations searching for ways to have a positive social impact. Participants will discuss possible paths that organizations may take to address societal problems.

Social Study Tours (ongoing)
Students from partner universities will come to meet the social entrepreneurship ecosystem of Cascais and Lisbon, learning from the best examples of social innovation in the area.

Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian Chair in Impact Economy to be attributed

Fundação Amélia de Mello Chair in Leadership attributed to Professor Miguel Pina e Cunha

Fundação La Caixa Chair in Impact Intelligence to be attributed

European Network for the Advancement of Business and Landscape Education (ENABLE)
Partnership project cofounded by the EU Erasmus+ program. It focuses on the societal problem of land degradation and develops educational programs and activities in integrated management landscape, based on sustainable business models.

International Security Management Knowledge Alliance (IMS-KA)
Partnership project cofounded by the EU Erasmus+ program. It focuses on the societal problem of security threats and defense and develops educational programs and activities on international security management.

Status: COMPLETED - July 2nd to 11th, 2018  

The Nova SBE Summer School The Lisbon Experience: Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation aims to be an immersion exercise in which students will be able to experience the academic excellence of Nova SBE’s faculty and the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Lisbon and Cascais.

During 10 intensive days, the summer school offers a mix of master classes, field trips and workshops around three themes: entrepreneurship, social innovation, and responsible leadership. Through action learning participants will have classes with Nova SBE’s faculty, meet entrepreneurs and investors, work on real challenges and enjoy the vibrant Lisbon/Cascais summer experience.

Learning goals:

·         Understanding the entrepreneurial process, based on real-life cases;

·         Applying innovation methods to address current social challenges;

·         Realizing student’s own leadership potential as an entrepreneur;

·         Understanding the specific entrepreneurial ecosystem of Lisbon;

·         Making sound choices about their future education and career.


Status: finished in January 2018

CEMS is a Global Alliance of 31 leading business schools, over 70 multinational companies and 7 NGOs that together offer the CEMS MIM, Master's in International Management.

The Responsible Global Leadership Challenge was a two-day seminar that brought together representatives from Corporate and Social partners, CEMS professors and students, for an experiential learning opportunity.

CEMS students had the opportunity to explore personal responsibility in the context of being a future leader/manager, starting to better understand their personal values, their impact on decision making, and how this in turn affects other people and society.

Status: finished in April 2018

This program was developed together with Nova University rectory and had the goal of promoting the training of four African universities in order to better respond to the social and economic challenges of the regions where they operate, promoting local development in a sustainable and inclusive way.

The participants were 32 faculty members from four African partner universities: Universidade Agostinho Neto (Luanda), Universidade Katyavala Bwila (Benguela), a Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (Maputo) and Universidade Lúrio (Nampula) and four knowledge areas: Economics, Social Sciences, Health and Engineering.

Students testimonials:
“The experience in social entrepreneurship has been fantastic, and it will be passed on to my students and colleagues through seminars.”
Fidel Bilika, Universidade Lúrio (2018)