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Jobs for the Poor: Reducing Poverty through Impact Sourcing

Published January 22, 2013

by iris_author

Location: SSB W256, Schulich School of Business
Day: Tuesday, March 19
Time: 7:00-8:00 PM

Guest Speaker: Karim Harji, Co-Founder, Venture Deli, Co-Founder,, Mentor and Instructor, Social Entrepreneurship 

Karim Harji is the co-founder and a Partner at Venture Deli, a firm that builds and capitalizes ventures that matter to the world. Most recently, he was the Senior Manager for Partnerships & Social Impact at Social Capital Partners, where he led initiatives that provided growth financing and advisory services to franchises and large corporations seeking to enhance their social impact.

Karim is a Senior Research Associate at the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation at Carleton University, and teaches social entrepreneurship at York University and the University of Toronto (in the business and engineering faculties, respectively). He is a regular blogger at, the leading website on social finance and impact investing in Canada, which he co-founded in 2008.

Karim was previously a management consultant at Aperio, where he advised social sector organizations on strategy, business planning, and social enterprise. Karim also worked as a researcher and consultant in the areas of corporate social responsibility, community economic development, program evaluation, and social impact assessment. His international work experience includes human rights at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), microfinance in Pakistan, and community health in Kenya.

Karim holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from Carleton University, and an undergraduate degree in Economics from McMaster University. He is on the Board of the Small Change Fund, and previously served on the Boards of the Social Venture Exchange (SVX) and the Canadian Community Investment Network Co-op.

Sustainable Value Creation Speaker Series

This talk is part of an ongoing joint Speaker Series is brought to you by IRIS and Schulich Course Director Dr. Kevin McKague and his MGMT 6500 Sustainable Value Creation course (Business Model Innovation for Poverty Alleviation), which is cross-listed by both the Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business and the Nonprofit Management Leadership specializations at the Schulich School of Business. To see the other planned events, visit the Sustainable Value Creation Speaker Series page.

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