Felipe Symmes
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Social Responsibility and Sustainability Corporate Sustainability
Professor at the Department of Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation
"The only creative space that has been granted to us is the one that we do not know"

His work focuses on sustainable development, entrepreneurship, informal markets, creativity, and innovation. He has led consulting processes in the private, public, and civil society sectors in different Latin American countries.

He is currently a Research Professor at EGADE Business School of Tec de Monterrey and Director of Research at VIVA Idea, a think tank focused on sustainable development. He is co-author of the book “Scaling Strategies for Social Entrepreneurs: A Market Approach”, recently published worldwide by Palgrave McMillan Publishing.

Felipe is also a literary writer. In 2016, he published his first book called “Escritos de un hombre libertad”, edited by Penguin Random House, and was selected at the Caligrama Awards as one of the 10 most promising young authors.

    • Ph.D Organizational Studies and Theory of Culture
      University of St. Gallen
    • Master Études du développement
      Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne
    • Ingeniero Comercial
      Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, with a one-year exchange in MBA and Social Sciences at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Impact Scholar Community Mentorship Mentee, 2023-2024 Cohort
  1. Symmes, F. (2021) Una aproximación contextualizada a la inversión de impacto: El caso de IES, VIVA Idea.
  2. Symmes, F.; Ortiz, M. (2021) Reporte de emprendedores sociales que negocian impacto por recursos, VIVA IDEA.
  3. Jäger, U., Symmes, F., & Gutiérrez, R. (2020) The Latin American context: The challenge of managing advocacy and impact inclusion, in the Routledge Companion to Nonprofit Management, edited by Helmut K. Anheier, Stefan Toepler.
  4. Jäger, U., Symmes, F., & Cardoza, G. (2019) Scaling strategies for social entrepreneurs: A market approach, Palgrave MacMillan.
  5. Symmes, F, Jäger, U., & Rodríguez, A. (2016) Moving Latin American social entrepreneurs to scale, Stanford Social Innovation Review blog.