The Oxford Impact Investing Programme

The Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford is launching its inaugural Impact Investing programme in 2013. The programme is taking place 13-16 April 2013 at Park End Street in central Oxford immediately following the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship.

This unique executive programme will inform, inspire, and equip executive across disciplines with the skills to succeed in high impact social investments. It will help executives from foundations, financial firms and NGOs to develop their impact investing strategy, to deliver impact and effectively communicate the results. Participants will discuss innovative impact investments from around the world and engage in lively debates on policy and practice with seasoned Oxford faculty and leading experts from across the globe.

We are now 3 months away from the programme start date and would like to invite participants. Here is some information on this new professional development opportunity.

What will you learn?

The programme will begin with an overview of the trends and macroeconomic reasons for the growth of the sector, and quickly progress to policy, theory, and practice. The focus will be on developing useful skills essential to succeed in impact investments, including building effective organisations able to address the rigours of due diligence and supporting effective community-based projects.

The programme will encourage lively debate through small and large group discussion. Students will examine current case materials illustrating innovative impact investments in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. With participants from across sectors and the globe, this will be a valuable opportunity to network and develop on-going professional relationships. There will also be a heavy emphasis on developing the practical skills necessary to implement effective investments that will yield maximum social, environmental, and financial results.

Participants will finish the programme informed, inspired, and equipped to make a positive contribution to community programmes and the global impact investing profession.

  • Learn to build partnerships across diverse community, civil society, philanthropic, private and public sectors
  • Gain deep knowledge of the impact investing field and market
  • Structure high impact deals with multiple bottom-line results
  • Assess funding transactions
  • Complete rigorous due diligence in non-traditional environments
  • Manage and measure impact investments through life-cycle investments and post-closing
  • Understand cultural sensitivities
  • Avoid doing harm
  • Understand political, social,environmental, and financial challenges and opportunities
  • Develop organisational infrastructure and culture to manage high impact investment programmes

Who should attend?

  • Philanthropists and social investors who lead organisations engaged in mission-related or programme-related investments
  • Financial professionals, both those who raise funds for impact investments and those who complete impact investment transactions
  • Principals from impact investment funds
  • Representatives from charitable foundations who are developing an impact investing strategy, or increasing their exposure to impact investing
  • Executives from development finance institutions, research companies, global companies, government bodies, multilateral organisations
  • Advisors to the sector, including lawyers, accountants, senior bankers, philanthropic consultants looking for a comprehensive multiple bottom-line perspective


The fees for the programme are £5,000 and include all teaching materials, lunches and daytime refreshments plus two evening dinners, one of which will be at an historic and beautiful Oxford college.

A limited number of reduced price places will be available to development finance professionals, social entrepreneurs, and non- governmental organisations who cannot support the full fee. A scholarship committee will meet to review eligibility on 31 January 2013 and periodically afterwards if additional scholarship funding becomes available.

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