Dr Yanto Chandra is Associate Professor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University's Department of Applied Social Sciences, and the Founding Director of the Centre for Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship (CSPSE).
His research focuses on explaining the drivers, processes and outcomes of social and sustainable entrepreneurship and investing as well as digital venturing. Topics he examined include emancipatory social entrepreneurship, success in open social innovation contests, consumers response to social enterprises, adoption of B Corporation certification, evaluation of impact investing opportunities, and e-commerce livestreaming as a new form of digital venturing and works. He is also experimenting with the use of visual arts and computational techniques in entrepreneurship research.
His works has been published in leading journals including those listed in the Financial Times (FT) 50 journals such as “Journal of Business Venturing”, “Journal of International Business Studies”, and “Journal of Business Venturing Insights”. He published the world’s first comic book (graphic novel) on social entrepreneurship and sustainability and the first book on social entrepreneurship in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. He serves as Associate Editors for several important journals related to social entrepreneurship and business ethics and sustainability. He also speaks regularly in various local, regional, and international forums. He is the architect of the Academic Forum of the Hong Kong Social Enterprise Summit since 2018.
Before joining PolyU in 2019, he was a professor at the City University of Hong Kong’s Department of Public Policy and Department of Management, and University of Leeds (UK) and University of Amsterdam (NL) business schools. He obtained his PhD in Entrepreneurship and Master of Commerce at The University of New South Wales, Australia; and was trained as an accountant. Prior to and in between these, he was assistant vice president in HSBC Risk Analytics in Hong Kong, and a consultant at Ruder Finn Asia in Singapore, as well as Lowe Lintas and Ernst & Young in Jakarta.