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Throughout the world, capitalism and democracy are being challenged with great force. We are facing huge social and environmental problems. The world must change, but we cannot change it by throwing money at old ideas that no longer work. We must adjust our approach. To change the world, we must change how we do business, starting with where and how we invest our money.
In IMPACT, Sir Ronald Cohen shows that a solution is within our grasp. He calls it the Impact Revolution.
Sir Ronald Cohen, Chair, Global Steering Group for Impact Investment
Sir Ronald Cohen is a pioneering philanthropist, venture capitalist, private equity investor, and social innovator, who is driving forward the global Impact Revolution. For nearly two decades, his ground-breaking initiatives have catalyzed global efforts to drive private capital to serve social and environmental good. He serves as Chairman of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment and The Portland Trust. He is a co-founder of Social Finance UK, USA, and Israel; and co-founder Chair of Bridges Fund Management and former co-founding Chair of Big Society Capital. He chaired the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce (2013-2015), the UK Social Investment Task Force (2000-2010) and the UK’s Commission on Unclaimed Assets (2005-2007). In 2012 he received the Rockefeller Foundation’s Innovation Award for Social Finance.
He was a co-founder and Executive Chairman of Apax Partners Worldwide LLP (1972-2005), a global private equity firm. He was a co-founder and Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association and a co-founder of the European Venture Capital Association. He is a member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School; a former director of the Harvard Management Company; and formerly a member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers and the University of Oxford Investment Committee. He graduated from Oxford University, where he was President of the Oxford Union. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School to which he was awarded a Henry Fellowship. Sir Ronald was born in Egypt and left as a refugee at the age of 11, when his family came to the UK.
Philip Newborough, CEO, Bridges Fund ManagementPhilip co-founded Bridges in 2002, alongside Michele Giddens and Sir Ronald Cohen, and oversees Bridges’ investment activity across all its strategies and geographies.
Philip chairs the Investment Committee and has overall responsibility for Bridges’ portfolio and exit strategy. He has personally led Bridges’ successful investments in The Gym Group, The Office Group, The Hoxton, Simply Switch and Viva Gym, among others. As co-CEO, Philip also focuses on leading and developing Bridges’ internal team, and directing the firm’s strategic growth. He is a regular speaker about investing for impact and the value of purpose in business. Prior to Bridges, Philip joined Apax Partners after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co. Over the next 15 years he was CEO of two private equity-backed businesses and a substantial pan-European business.
Philip has a BA Honours in Economics from York University.
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