Lisa van Eck is a Programme Associate for the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) South Africa (SA) chapter where she has led much of the chapter’s programming to support and capacitate members supporting small & growing businesses (SGBs) to achieve greater impact. She is also the staff lead for the ANDE SA Metrics Learning Lab focused on building local impact measurement capacity, has led chapter research including mapping the SA entrepreneurial ecosystem and has facilitated and spoken at numerous convenings to foster dialogue and collaboration in the sector. Her passion for South Africa’s socio-economic development motivated her to pursue an academic background in economics and politics, obtaining an MSc in Economics from the University of Siena in Italy, after being awarded an Erasmus Mundus scholarship. Her academic research centered on development alternatives for South Africa, and comparative case studies included Brazil and the East Asian ‘tiger’ economies. Her focus on social enterprise during an internship at Genesis Analytics, a leading African consultancy has been complementary to ANDE’s efforts to strengthen the SGB ecosystem in South Africa.