“The social and environmental imperatives today require leaders to frame some choices differently, and to make some different choices. Every company and every Board will have to confidently confront this changing context – responding to their employees, customers, investors, and regulators – and progressively strengthen the evidence behind their commitments and claims to delivering positive impacts on society. ”
Karim is a leader in shaping impact markets and practice for over 15 years – as a practitioner, educator, and Board member. He has pioneered executive education in impact measurement at the University of Oxford, and is an adviser to leading impact investors and networks.
As Managing Director of Evalysis, he has advised asset owners, asset managers, corporates, and networks to intentionally integrate impact considerations in strategy, governance, talent development, investment processes, and reporting. These include the Rockefeller, MasterCard, and MacArthur foundations; PayPal; Zalando; Working Capital Fund; and a range of impact funds and family offices.
As the founding Programme Director of the Oxford Impact Measurement Programme at the Said Business School, he established a new executive programme designed to critically examine issues and practices across private, public, and social sectors. He also co-led executive courses in impact measurement for impact investing at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town.
He has been an active contributor to the fields of impact measurement and impact investing. He was the Co-Chair of the Impact Measurement Task Force convened by the Government of Ontario; Member of the Impact Measurement Working Group of the G8 Social Impact Investment Task Force; Advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation on social impact measurement; and Co-Founder of the Social Impact Measurement TIG at the American Evaluation Association. He has also been a Senior Fellow with the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, and a Fellow with the Impact Management Project.
He builds on deep experience across a range of sectors and markets, including North America, Europe, and Africa. He has authored a range of influential publications and guides, such as the global review of the impact investing field commissioned by the Rockefeller Foundation, Accelerating Impact: Achievements, Challenges and What’s Next in Building the Impact Investing Industry. He was previously a co-founder and Director at Purpose Capital, where he established and led its Impact Investment Advisory practice to design, implement, and evaluate impact investing strategies.
Karim currently serves as an independent non-executive director for the Arisaig Next Generation Fund (Irish domiciled), and a Member of Supervisory Board of Impact-Linked Finance Fund Foundation (Dutch domiciled). He previously served as a Board Director for the Responsible Investment Association (Canada’s trade association for responsible and impact investing), CanadaHelps (Canada’s pre-eminent charity and donor platform), the Small Change Fund, and Canada Forum for Impact Investment and Development.