Tanya Aritao

Lisa is an authentic East Ender of Polish and Irish descent. Lisa cares deeply about the community and making Tower Hamlets safe and inclusive for everyone, having always lived and worked locally. She started her career as a market trader and from an early age was honing her entrepreneurial skills. Lisa went on to support at-risk young people with legal issues and appeals. As a community volunteer, Lisa has raised substantial funds for education and charitable organisations and has strategically supported many more.

Lisa is a fellow of The School of Social Entrepreneurs, graduating in 2013.

She was also recognised in 2021 by being a winner of the Social Innovation Prize. This is is awarded annually by Trinity Hall College Cambridge, and the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation based at  University of Cambridge Judge Business School. It is given to a few chosen individuals for their achievement to date and for their ambitious plans for the future.

As the founder of Social Ark, Lisa helps grassroots social entrepreneurs, whom she describes as ‘hidden gems’, to use their lived experience to develop social businesses and to create a better life for themselves and the community around them.

Interdisiciplinary social impact and innovation professional with over ten years experience in leading and facilitating strategic interventions to address global social challenges: economic empowerment for survivors of exploitation, financial inclusion, 
online safeguarding, and worker wellbeing.

Through people-centered programs, I lift up leaders, communities, and organizations, so they can live and lead beyond their expectations.

Leaders and organizations all reach a point where they feel stuck, run out of steam, or need a guiding presence through a time of opportunity or change. I understand how challenging it can be to reach this point in the journey.

For over thirteen years now, I have served vulnerable communities and mission-driven organizations during these key moments of development or opportunity. I have worked on programs for capacity building, leadership training, strategy, operations, community engagement and program delivery. I have also worked on innovative interventions for children at risk, sustainable livelihood for survivors of sex trafficking, efforts to fight the online sexual exploitation of children, and programs for financial inclusion.

I have a lifelong commitment to social impact and believe that business and entrepreneurship have powerful roles to play in the pursuit of social justice.

I bring to every opportunity and challenge my interdisciplinary way of thinking, working, and solving problems – as an artist, facilitator, and innovator. In addition, I draw from the disciplines of systems thinking, human-centered design, and participatory development.

Book a call with me, if you are looking for a creative leader & guide, to help you or your organization thrive in a time of transition, regain your flow of energy, and navigate a time of change with clarity.

Live and lead beyond your expectations.

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