Karim Harji is a Co-Founder at Purpose Capital, an impact investment advisory firm. He established and led the Impact Advisory practice, which works with a range of organizations – foundations, financial institutions, family offices, governments, and social finance intermediaries – to design, implement and evaluate impact investment strategies. Karim brings deep experience working across responsible and impact investing with Boards, investment committees, and management teams.
Karim co-authored the strategic assessment of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Impact Investing Initiative, which evaluated the $40M global program to catalyze the field of impact investing. He also co-authored the comprehensive market review, “Accelerating Impact: Achievements, Challenges and What’s Next in Building the Impact Investing Industry”. He has made significant contributions to the Canadian social finance sector, including as lead author of “State of the Nation: Impact Investing in Canada”, co-founder of SocialFinance.ca, and Board member at the Canadian Responsible Investment Association. He was previously the Senior Manager for Partnerships & Social Impact at Social Capital Partners, where he led workforce development and social finance initiatives.
Karim was the Co-Chair of the Impact Measurement Task Force convened by the Government of Ontario, the Canadian representative on the Impact Measurement Working Group of the G8 Social Impact Investment Task Force, and an Advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation on social impact measurement. He is a PhD candidate at Kellogg College, University of Oxford, where his research focuses on impact measurement for impact investing. He is a Fellow with The Impact Management Project, Senior Research Associate at the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation, Board Member at CanadaHelps, and teaches in the Oxford Impact Investing Executive Education Programme.