Dr Mairi Mackay leads the British Council’s Global Social Enterprise programme, which promotes the development of social enterprise and investment to help address entrenched social and environmental problems, build trust between the UK and other countries, and support more sustainable, inclusive and prosperous societies.
Currently operated in 25 countries and delivered with the support of UK and international partners, the programme provides aspiring and existing social entrepreneurs with skills training, consultancy, and access to funding and investment opportunities. The programme also forges international networks, disseminates bests practice and supports policy leaders to create ecosystems in which social enterprise and social investment can thrive.
Mairi is an economic development professional with over 15 years of experience delivering international projects. Before joining the British Council, she served as Head of Greater China for Scottish Development International (SDI) promoting trade and investment opportunities between Scotland and China. Prior to that she was responsible for developing and leading a Diaspora Network of global CEO’s and influencers committed to supporting Scotland's Economic Development agenda. She holds a PhD from the University of Strathclyde Graduate School of Business in Collaboration and Economic Development.