Karim Harji


Karim Harji is a Co-Founder at Purpose Capital, an impact investment advisory firm. He advises a range of investors – including foundations, financial institutions, family offices and social finance intermediaries – to design, implement and evaluate impact investment strategies.

He brings experience working across the spectrum of responsible and impact investing with Boards, investment committees and management teams. He is a Board member at the Responsible Investment Association, the trade association for Canada’s responsible investment industry, and was previously the Senior Manager for Partnerships & Social Impact at Social Capital Partners, where he led workforce development and social finance initiatives that provided innovative growth financing and advisory services to franchises and large corporations.

Karim is an Advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation’s Evaluation Office on social impact measurement, and previously co-authored the strategic assessment of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Impact Investing Initiative, and the global landscape review, Accelerating Impact: Achievements, Challenges and What’s Next in Building the Impact Investing Industry. He 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.

Karim holds a Masters in Public Administration from Carleton University, and an Honours BA in Economics from McMaster University. He is currently a DPhil (PhD) candidate at Kellogg College, University of Oxford, where his research focuses on the development and use of impact measurement frameworks for impact investing. He is a Fellow with The Impact Management Project hosted by Bridges Fund Management, a Senior Research Associate at the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation, and teaches in the Oxford Impact Investing Programme.


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