Exploring how to generate and sustain measurable social impacts for people, places, and systems.

Karim Harji works with investors and ventures to describe, measure, and improve their social impact. He is the Programme Director of the Oxford Impact Measurement Programme at the Said Business School, University of Oxford; General Partner at Possibilian Ventures, which backs companies that increase well-being, prosperity, and sustainability; and Managing Director at Evalysis, an impact measurement and management consultancy.

Karim was previously a co-founder and Director at Purpose Capital (now, Rally Assets), where he established and led its Impact Investment Advisory practice. He was the Co-Chair of the Impact Measurement Task Force convened by the Government of Ontario, Member of the Impact Measurement Working Group of the G8 Social Impact Investment Task Force, and an Advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation on social impact measurement.

Programme Director, Oxford Impact Measurement Programme

2017 - present

The Oxford Impact Measurement Programme has been designed to bring clarity to core concepts and issues related to impact measurement in the private, public, and social sectors; navigate the landscape of tools and approaches; and critically examine emerging issues and practices.

General Partner, Possibilian Ventures

2021 - present

Possibilian backs thoughtful founders who leverage technology to unlock societal innovations that increase wellbeing, sustainability, and prosperity. Combining VC, founder, and impact experience we offer unique support to our portfolio, co-investors, and community. The best ventures will define our future. We help that happen.

Managing Director, Evalysis Inc

2015 - present

Advise impact investors and grantmakers on impact measurement strategy and approaches; led summative and developmental evaluations; customized frameworks and tools for grantees and investees; and facilitated strategy development and learning reviews. Clients include the Rockefeller Foundation, MasterCard Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, NESTA, Impact Management Project, and Humanity United.

Senior Fellow, The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation

2018 - 2020

The McConnell Foundation is a private Canadian foundation. Provided strategic and technical advice on impact measurement, strategic learning and evaluation. Led the development of the Innoweave Impact Measurement module, helping to strengthen impact measurement approaches and capacity for nonprofits, charities and social enterprises.

Co-Founder and Director, Purpose Capital

2010 - 2017

Co-founded Canada’s leading impact investment advisory firm, Purpose Capital (now Rally Assets). Established and led the Impact Advisory Practice, acting as a trusted advisor to Boards, Investment Committees and Executives at foundations, financial institutions, government agencies, and social finance intermediaries. Published market research and commentary that have been cited as reference materials for the impact investing sector in Canada.

Senior Manager, Social Capital Partners

2008 - 2011

Managed and scaled innovative workforce development and job creation programs across industries and regions. Initiated, developed and managed relationships with social enterprise and franchise portfolio investees across Canada. Acted as principal contact for 30+ private sector employers and 100+ non-profit employment agencies.

CAFIID (2017 – 2019)
The Canada Forum for Impact Investment and Development (CAFIID) is a platform for members to learn, share, collaborate and act as a collective voice to strengthen the value and the volume of impact investment in developing countries.

Responsible Investment Association (2012 – 2018)
RIA is Canada’s membership association for Responsible Investment. Our members believe that the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into the selection and management of investments can provide superior risk adjusted returns and positive societal impact.

CanadaHelps (2012 – 2018)
For more than 18 years, CanadaHelps has been the trusted charity, informing, inspiring and connecting charities and donors, with the causes they care about. Canadians can donate to every charity in Canada – over 86,000 charities. Almost 2 million people have donated more than $1 billion.

Small Change Fund (2011 – 2016)
Small Change Fund empowers you to make big change with small change. We provide a place for you to discover, share, connect with, and support amazing grassroots projects in communities across the country – projects that need just a small amount of money to make a real and significant impact in the world.

Co-Chair – Impact Measurement Task Force
Convened by the Government of Ontario

Member – Impact Measurement Working Group
G8 Social Impact Investing Task Force

Co-Founder – TIG on Social Impact Measurement
American Evaluation Association

Member – Widening & Deepening Impact Investing Market
WG of the Global Steering Group on Impact Investing

Programme Director – Oxford Impact Measurement Programme
Said Business School, University of Oxford

Guest Faculty – Oxford Impact Investing Programme
Said Business School, University of Oxford

Associate Fellow
Said Business School, University of Oxford

Co-Convenor – Impact Measurement and Management for Investors
Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town

Co-Convenor – Impact Investing in Africa
Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town

Senior Research Associate
Carleton Centre for Community Innovation, Carleton University