Karim Harji is a co-founder and Director of Research and Impact at Purpose Capital, an impact investment advisory firm that mobilizes all forms of capital — financial, physical, human and social — to accelerate social progress.
Karim advises a range of asset owners and asset managers – including foundations, financial institutions, family offices and social finance intermediaries – to design, implement and evaluate impact investment strategies. He co-authored the strategic assessment of the Rockefeller Foundation’s $40m Impact Investing Initiative, and also co-authored ‘Accelerating Impact: Achievements, Challenges and What’s Next in Building the Impact Investing Industry’ (2012) and ‘Impact Investing in Canada: State of the Nation’ (2014).
Karim also leads the firm’s work in social impact measurement, and brings almost a decade of international experience in monitoring and evaluation with investors and grantmakers to capture, analyze, and communicate the social impact of individual investments and institutional portfolios. He was a member of the Impact Measurement Working Group that informed the Social Impact Investment Taskforce established by the G8.
He was previously the Senior Manager for Partnerships & Social Impact at Social Capital Partners, where he led workforce development initiatives that provided growth financing and advisory services to franchises and large corporations seeking to enhance their social impact. His international work experience includes youth employment and entrepreneurship, microfinance and social enterprise initiatives across sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia.
Karim is a Senior Research Associate at the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation at Carleton University, and has taught social entrepreneurship in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto and the Schulich School of Business at York University. He is the co-founder of SocialFinance.ca, and serves on the Boards of the Responsible Investment Association, Small Change Fund, and CanadaHelps. He holds an Masters in Public Administration from Carleton University, and a BA in Economics from McMaster University.