Assaf Weisz is co-founder and Director of Purpose Capital, a North American impact investment and advisory firm that supports leading financial institutions, foundations and families to integrate impact considerations across their portfolios. Assaf acts as the key contact and spokesperson for Purpose Capital and is responsible for leading the strategic direction of the company as well as oversight on firm-wide activities. Within Purpose Capital, Assaf also serves as the Executive Director for Nexus Canada, part of a global movement to bridge communities of wealth with social entrepreneurship.
He has led Purpose Capital’s work on revolutionizing post-secondary education through funds, MOOCs and industry consortiums, on developing a commercialization vehicle for social-purpose tech, and on assisting leading social enterprises to secure investments.
Prior to this, he was a founder and Executive Director of the Young Social Entrepreneurs of Canada, a social network for social entrepreneurs that grew to become one of the nation’s largest entrepreneurship networks. Assaf is a writer and speaker on using business and finance to move society forward, having written for several publications, including Fast Company. He taught a Master’s course on Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto in the Department of Applied Sciences & Engineering. In 2011, he was named an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow for Social Entrepreneurship. He has further been recognized as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, and as a Canadian Under 30 Who is Changing the Country, by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In 2012, he co-authored Redefining Returns: The State of Social Finance in the Canadian Financial Sector, a report that gauged demand for social finance from within the financial sector. Assaf is also the Chair of the Board of Operation Groundswell, a social enterprise changing the way the world travels.