SIR RONNIE COHEN
Author, IMPACT: Reshaping Capitalism to drive real changes

Sir Ronnie, as he prefers to be called, is Chair of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment and The Portland Trust. He is the cofounder of Social Finance UK, USA, and Israel, and the Chair of Bridges Fund Management and Big Society Capital. Considered the father of British venture capital, the cofounder and leader of Apax Partners is also the driving force behind the impact investment movement, having pioneered multiple initiatives globally.
For nearly two decades, Sir Ronald's pioneering initiatives in driving impact investment have catalyzed a number of global efforts, each focused on driving private capital to serve social and environmental good. These efforts are leading the global impact investment movement towards an Impact Revolution. He co-founded and was Executive Chairman of Apax Partners Worldwide LLP (1972-2005). He was a founder director and Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association and a founder director of the European Venture Capital Association.
He is a member of the Board of Dean's Advisors at Harvard Business School and a Vice-Chairman of Ben Gurion University; a former member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers; a former director of the Harvard Management Company and the University of Oxford Investment Committee; a former trustee of the British Museum; and a former trustee of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
He is a graduate of Oxford University, where he was President of the Oxford Union and serves as an Honorary Fellow of Exeter College. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School to which he was awarded a Henry Fellowship.