About Us

SociaLab was launched by Brad Michaels in 2000 from an incubator at Edinburgh University (UK).

We first began working with financial and other companies taking on e-business strategies and social responsibility initiatives. We moved to Italy in 2003 to work with leading companies there (like FIAT) to benchmark best practices on social performance. We have been based in San Francisco since 2005, working with Mission-driven companies and enterprising non-profits.

Brad Michaels (1)

“My personal by-line is: “bringing impact”. I most enjoy working with entrepreneurs, globally, and working across cultures for shared experience. I get motivated by collaborating with a community of people who commit their energies to making the world a better place.”

– Brad Michaels, Founder, SociaLab

Brad Michaels achieves his vision by launching ventures that help people who have been marginalized.

Expertise and Achievements

  • 30-years’ experience in over 25 countries across Asia and Latin America & Caribbean, including 6 years in Europe and 5 years in Africa.
  • Expertise in scaling access to finance and business training, and to safe water and health care to millions of people.
  • Driving achievement of Social Development Goals by launching initiatives, building strategic partnerships, and overseeing business planning and investment in Social Ventures.
  • Skilled in managing implementation with diverse global teams in challenging environments that require continuously devising new solutions for achieving the Masterplan.
  • Track record with organizations ranging from RSF Social Finance to startup companies, to CARE International, the UN & World Bank.
  • Masters degrees in Business Administration and in Public Health

International Work Experience


Comoros Islands, Ethiopia, Kenya (3 years), Malawi (2 years), Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania


Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guyana, Jamaica, México, Nicaragua, Perú


Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam


Italy (3 years), Scotland (3 years)