Karim Harji

Work History

Work History

Fellowship in International Microfinance and Microenterprise

First Microfinance Bank Pakistan / Aga Khan Foundation Canada

The Fellowship in International Microfinance and Microenterprise (IMM) program, sponsored by the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) in collaboration with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), is designed to develop skills and promote learning for outstanding young Canadians who have a desire and an aptitude to work effectively in a global environment. An intensive four-week training program in Canada is followed by an eight-month placement with an organization involved in the microfinance/microenterprise sector in the developing world.

Feb 2008 - Present

Senior Research Associate

Carleton Centre for Community Innovation

The Carleton Centre for Community Innovation (3CI) brings together superior academic research and knowledge dissemination to Canadian communities in ways that promote long-term growth and sustainable development. One of Canada’s leading sources of expertise in social finance, 3CI has also played a leadership role in grant-making, evaluation and policy analysis in the fields of community economic development and social enterprise.

2007 - Present

Social Impact/Metrics Advisor

Canadian Social Entrepreneurship Foundation

The Canadian Social Entrepreneurship Foundation's mission is to educate, innovative and celebrate emerging, and current Canadian social entrepreneurs. The CSEF’s goal is to develop Canadian social entrepreneurs so that they can contribute to the economic and social development of Canada and the world. The key components of our model provide Education, Resources, and a Network for Social Entrepreneurs.

2007 - Present

Emerging Leaders Committee

Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet)

The Emerging Leaders Committee is a group of young people established within the Canadian CED Network, working to increase the number and quality of young practitioners entering CED - with the goal of building a national movement of youth who are passionate about creating better economic opportunities and enhancing environmental and social conditions.

2000 - Present

Partner

Kenyakom

Kenyakom provides effective and affordable web design and web hosting solutions for small businesses and non-profits. We've been designing sites for over seven years, and are committed to designing websites for diverse organizations. We also provide efficient and affordable hosting solutions.

Oct 2008 - Present

Founder

SocialFinance.ca

Socialfinance.ca is an online community for all issues related to social finance in Canada and internationally. It will serve as a central online platform for the community of the people and organizations that are actively trying to advance the development of a social finance marketspace in Canada.

Nov 2008 - Present

Manager, Partnership Development

Social Capital Partners

Social Capital Partners is a venture philanthropy organization that incubates and invests in revenue-generating social enterprises that employ populations outside the economic mainstream in Canada. We work with all types of corporate structures - non profit, charitable, for profit - and the key to accessing our lending capital is the commitment to establish a social hiring program as part of a recruitment strategy.

Feb 2008 - Nov 2008

Associate Consultant

Aperio

Aperio's mission is to inspire, foster and support social entrepreneurship and innovation. We work exclusively with the social sector (associations, charitable organizations, and social purpose companies). Our key consulting areas include strategic and business planning for non-profits, earned income and social enterprise feasibility/business planning, partnerships, and venture philanthropy consulting.

Nov 2007 - Jan 2008

Social Finance Program Officer

Carleton Centre for Community Innovation

The Carleton Centre for Community Innovation (3CI) brings together superior academic research and knowledge dissemination to Canadian communities in ways that promote long-term growth and sustainable development. One of Canada’s leading sources of expertise in social finance, 3CI has also played a leadership role in grant-making, evaluation and policy analysis in the fields of community economic development and social enterprise.

Jan 2006 - Oct 2007

Researcher

Community Economic Development Technical Assistance Program (CEDTAP)

The Community Economic Development Technical Assistance Program (CEDTAP) is Canada’s largest non-profit (non-governmental) granting agency in the field of Community Economic Development (CED). National in scope, this bilingual program serves all provinces and territories in Canada. CEDTAP provides grants to Community-based Organizations (CBOs) and also promotes activities that strengthen the CED sector as a whole.

May 2006 - Jan 2007

Junior Policy Analyst

Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is Canada’s lead agency for development assistance. The Human Rights and Participation Division is responsible for policy analysis and advice in the areas of human rights, children’s rights and participatory development. Key files included human rights measurement, rights-based approach to development, and the links between human rights and poverty.

Education

Education
2005 - 2007

Masters In Public Administration

Carleton University - Faculty of Public Affairs & Management

Focus areas:

  • Evaluation (international development) - microfinance impact assessment, development aid/assistance
  • Evaluation (Canada) - various government frameworks/guidelines
  • Social accounting and social impact assessment
  • International development - economic development, public policy, international trade, human rights
  • Policy analysis - strategic management, public policy

Summary

  • Consulting experience in strategic/business planning, social enterprise, and partnership development for social sector organizations.
  • International work experience across public, private, and non-profit sectors: human rights (Canada/OECD), microfinance (Pakistan), community health (Kenya), strategy/business planning (North America).
  • Research experience in corporate social responsibility (CSR), socially-responsible investment (SRI), blended value assessment, impact assessment and program evaluation.
  • Entrepreneur with a strong educational background in economics, international development, and public policy.

Interest

Strategic Management / Business Planning / Partnership Development Social Enterprise / Social Finance / Microfinance / CED Social Accounting / Blended Value / Social Impact Assessment International Development / Trade / Human Rights Youth / Technology