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Nadia Auch

Associate Director Center for Peace and Commerce

Master of Science, University College London
Bachelor of Arts, The Ohio State University

In 2009, Nadia Auch was hired to start-up the Center for Peace and Commerce, a collaboration between the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies and the School of Business Administration, at the University of San Diego (USD). She co-created and directs the Center’s Social Innovation Challenge (SIC), which in 2014 will award $70,000 in seed money to student ideas for creating new enterprises solving issues of social, environmental or peace and conflict origin. The SIC has awarded $84,000 since its inception in 2011. She also co-created the Idea Labs series, a catalyst for social entrepreneurship and innovation. Furthermore, she designed and developed crowd-funding campaigns and community partnerships for students to accelerate their innovations.

Nadia recently coauthored a chapter for the Johns Hopkins Volume on Social Entrepreneurship published by Edward Elgar Inc., “An Exploratory Study of Social Venture Competitions: Value Creation at the Individual, Venture and Societal Levels” and has presented “How to Grow Your Social Innovation Challenge” at the Ashoka Exchange and Dell Social Innovation Challenge Innovators Studio. She is currently conducting a research study to measure the impact of social innovation challenge on students’ individual growth.

In 2013, Nadia won the San Diego Business Journal’s award for Women Who Mean Business and was featured as a finalist in San Diego Magazine’s Women Who Move the City, for her community leadership. She serves as vice chair for the Foundation of the Children of the Californias, she is an advisory board member for 4 Walls International, and she is a member of the San Diego Corporate Social Responsibility Roundtable.

Prior to joining USD, Nadia Auch worked as a consultant at The Ohio State University, and, she managed the South African tour for the documentary film, Song of the Soul: Stories of Hospice in South Africa. Previously, she served as the director of community programs at the Columbus Council on World Affairs. Nadia began her career working at La Universidad Privada del Norte in Trujillo, Peru, where she taught English and coordinated a social development project.

Nadia Auch holds a Master of Science from University College London in International Public Policy, with a specialization on global civil society, where she was given distinction for her dissertation entitled, “Beyond Advocacy: the Microbicides Effort from a Delphi Technique Perspective.” She has a Bachelor of Arts from The Ohio State University in International Studies and Spanish.


Nadia Auch

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