Impact Investing at the Crossroads
Exploring the Trends, Opportunities, and Risks of Financing for Social and Environmental Impact
An interactive workshop designed to explore trends, opportunities, and risks, drawing on perspectives from different regions and sectors. The workshop will also discuss the roles that foundations, civil society, government, financial institutions, corporations, and social enterprises can play. It’s a unique opportunity to learn, network, and contribute to this dynamic field.
- High-level overview of the impact investment industry
- Applications of impact investing to different types of organizations
- Review and discussions on the opportunities and risks around the field of financing for social environment
- Networking with new and established actors in impact investing
Suitable for: Professionals working in the finance, NGO or consultancy industry and looking to shift into the Social Impact (Impact Investing/Social Finance) space
Karim is a practitioner, educator, and researcher in impact measurement and impact investing at Saïd Business School, the Business school of Oxford University. He has worked with prominent private, public, and social sector organizations on evaluating the impacts of grant-making and impact investment strategies of individual programs, complex portfolios and ecosystem-level initiatives in developed and emerging markets.
Karim was the Co-Chair of the Impact Measurement Task Force convened by the Government of Ontario, and a member of the Impact Measurement Working Group of the G8 Social Impact Investment Task Force. He was previously Advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation on social impact measurement, and he co-founded the Topical Interest Group on Social Impact Measurement at the American Evaluation Association. Karim also brings substantive experience as a practitioner in impact investing. He was a co-founder of Purpose Capital (now Rally Assets), the leading impact investment advisory firm in Canada, where he established and led its Impact Advisory practice.
Karim advised investors on the design and implementation of impact investment strategies, and authored widely-cited reports on the trends, challenges, and opportunities in this field.
In addition to his roles at Oxford, he is a senior fellow with the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, leading capacity development programming for nonprofits and charities on impact measurement.
He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Carleton University, and a BA Honours in Economics from McMaster University.