Dr Wolfgang Spiess-Knafl studied management engineering at the University of Technology in Vienna, PUC Rio de Janeiro and INSA Rouen. He started his career in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley. In 2009, he began to work on his doctoral studies with a focus on social finance at the Chair for Entrepreneurial Finance at the Technische Universität München. From 2012 to 2016 he was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Civil Society Center and the Chair for Strategic Organization and Financing at the Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen focusing on social finance, impact investing and social innovation.
Since 2016 he has worked on the development of the social finance market for the European Commission, conducted studies on social finance for the Association of German Foundations, NEOS Lab and European Liberal Forum among others and co-authored a book on “Impact Investing” published with Palgrave Macmillan at Next Generation Impact. Since 2019 he is part of the European Center for Social Finance at Munich Business School.
Haarich, S., Holstein, F., Spule, S., Galera, G., Franchini, B., Borzaga, C., Chiomento, S., Spiess-Knafl, W., Scheck, B., Salvatori, G. (2020). Impact of the European Commission’s Social Business Initiative (SBI) and its Follow-up Actions. Study for DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission.
Scheck, B., Spiess-Knafl, W. (2020). Impact investing in the framework of business and human rights. Working Paper, European Union, Policy Department, Directorate-General for External Policies. https://doi.org/10.2861/47607
Spiess-Knafl, W., & Scheck, B. (2020). Social Enterprise Finance Market Analysis and Recommendations for Delivery Options. Brussels. European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. https://doi.org/10.2767/238479
Jansen, S., & Spiess-Knafl, W. (2019). Intersektorale Kooperationen und Akquisitionen: Beeinflussungsprozesse und effektives Schnittstellenmanagement. CSR und Social Enterprise. 49-64.
Spiess-Knafl, W. (2018): You had only one job. Transforming social security systems into the digital working age. Study for NEOS Lab & ELF.
Spiess-Knafl, W.; Scheck, B. (2017): Impact Investing: Instruments, Mechanisms and Actors. Palgrave Macmillan.
Spiess-Knafl, W. (2016): Social Finance – Der soziale Kapitalmarkt in Europa mit einem besonderen Fokus auf Österreich. Study for NEOS Lab & ELF.
Fliegauf, M., & Spiess-Knafl, W. (2016). Investition, Innovation, sozialer Fortschritt – Ehernes Gesetz oder Trias der Beliebigkeit? Sozialer Fortschritt 65(1-2). 45-50.
Spiess-Knafl, W.; Mast, C.; Jansen, S. (2015): On the Nature of Social Business Model Innovation. Social Business, 5(2), 113-130.
Spiess-Knafl, W.; Aschari-Lincoln, J. (2015): Understanding mechanisms in the social investment market: what are venture philanthropy funds financing and how? Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment. 5(3), 103-120.
Scheck, B., Spiess-Knafl, W. (2014). Die Besonderheiten von Sozialunternehmen hinsichtlich Finanzierung und Reporting. In K. Bock, M. Dörr, H. G. Homfeldt, J. S. Krüdener, W. Thole (Eds.), Grundlagen der sozialen Arbeit, Band 34: Sozialunternehmertum (pp. 139-152).
Achleitner, A.-K.; Heister, P.; Spiess-Knafl, W. (2014): What Really Matters - Building a Model for the Assessment of Social Enterprises. In P. Phan, J. Kickul, M. Nordqvist & S. Bacq (Eds.), Theory and Empirical Research in Social Entrepreneurship (pp. 154-173). Northampton: JHU Research Series on Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Edward Elgar.
Achleitner, A.-K.; Spiess-Knafl, W.; Volk, S. (2014): The financing structure of social enterprises: conflicts and implications. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, 6(1), 85-99.
Spiess-Knafl, W.; Jansen, S. A. (2013): Imperfections in the social investment market and options on how to address them. Ex-Ante Evaluation for the European Commission.