Sally Osberg

Sally Osberg

Associate Fellow

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


As the first President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, Sally Osberg helped to build it into the leading philanthropic organisation in social entrepreneurship. During her tenure, the Foundation supported more than 100 entrepreneurial organisations, driving change on many of the world’s most pressing problems. It also developed innovative platforms for connecting civil society, government and private-sector leaders with societal problem solvers, including the annual Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, the Skoll Centre at Saïd Business School and the Sundance 'Stories of Change' initiative. 

In 2015, Sally and Roger Martin published Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works, which articulates a theoretical framework for social entrepreneurship and distils lessons for practitioners, academics and impact investors. Her writing has appeared in leading journals and books. With Roger Martin, she was honoured by Thinkers 50 for intellectual leadership in the field.

Currently, Sally serves as Chair or as a director of the Camfed US Foundation, More in Common, the Elders, New America, and the Social Progress Imperative.

She received her MA in English and American Literature from the Claremont Graduate School and her BA in English from Scripps College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. 


Sally Osberg has written extensively on social entrepreneurship from the vantage point of a practitioner-researcher. Her thought pieces and book reviews have appeared in a number of journals and other media, including Rotman Management, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, This is Africa, The Huffington Post, and The Atlantic.


During her tenure as CEO of the Skoll Foundation, Sally was a periodic guest lecturer for Saïd Business School, at Duke University and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. 

Most recently, she delivered a segment of the Impact Lab, offered through the Skoll Centre, on social entrepreneurship to students at Saïd Business School. She particularly enjoys the chance to engage students in questions at the intersection of theory and practice.