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The Baillet Latour Chair in Philanthropy and Social Investment
Centre for Social Economy - University of Liege
The Baillet Latour Chair in Philanthropy and Social Investment (www.chaire-philanthropie.be) was born from a partnership between the InBev-Baillet Latour Fund and HEC Management School of the University of Liege.
The Baillet Latour Chair aims to study and understand the various forms of philanthropy, in Belgium and in Europe in particular, but also to valorize and teach philanthropy. The Chair currently develops a research programme focusing on Belgian foundations and new philanthropic practices. It offers various courses on philanthropy and social investment within the University of Liege, as well as many activities open to all and which help professionals and the general public to know philanthropic action better.
Virginie Xhauflair is an Assistant Professor at HEC-Management School, University of Liege, holding the Baillet Latour Chair in Social Investment and Philanthropy. She is visiting professor at University Paris Dauphine and Montpellier University. She teaches specific courses related to Philanthropy and Impact Investing, and general courses in Business Ethics, HRM and Organization Theory. She holds a PhD in Management and Economics from the Sorbonne Graduate Business School (University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) and from HEC-Management School of the University of Liege. In 2011 and 2012, she was a visiting fellow at Centre for Business Research at the Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge.
After ten years as an action-researcher at LENTIC, she joined the Centre for Social Economy in 2013. As Baillet Latour Chair holder, she is now managing a research programme focusing on the Belgian philanthropic sector, addressing two main issues: (1) strategies and governance practices of Belgian philanthropic foundations (2) emerging philanthropy practices.
PhD and research fellow
Amélie Mernier is currently undertaking a PhD in Management Sciences at the University of Liège in the framework of the Baillet-Latour Chair in Philanthropy and Social Investment, under the co-supervision of Sybille Mertens and Anne-Claire Pache. She is Associate Research Fellow at the ESSEC chair in Philanthropy. Amélie holds a Master in Actuarial Science (2007) and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a major in Economics (2005) from the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Belgium.
Her research focuses on the strategies of philanthropic organizations in Belgium (PhD thesis) and also on the governance of foundations and issues relating to the public interest.
Before starting her doctoral studies in 2012, Amélie Mernier worked for several years in the finance industry. As an actuary, she has accumulated various experiences in the field of non-life insurance, asset-liability management as well as consulting in risk management.
Research Institute for Work and Society - KU LEUVEN
HIVA Research Institute for Work and Society is a multidisciplinary research institute of KU Leuven. HIVA specialises in academic and policy-oriented research that can provide a very specific response to current policy issues. We carry out research that works! Bringing together experts from different disciplines and our specialisation in policy-oriented research on work and society give HIVA a unique position within KU Leuven and outside the university.
Applied and policy-oriented research is our core activity. Our research should lead to practical applications in society. This is achieved through the many publications, organizing numerous training initiatives such as seminars, conferences and workshops and providing advice and ‘individually tailored’ expertise.
Johan Wets is a research manager at the HIVA Poverty, Social Integration and Migration Research Group – KU Leuven.