Oxford Impact Investing Programme

​Build your investment skills to deliver maximum social return

Start date:


  • 5 days

Time commitment:

  • Short programme


  • Oxford


  • £8,000

About the programme

Impact investing focuses on developing business solutions to the world's most pressing social problems.

On this pioneering programme, you will develop a deep and broad understanding of the impact investment sector and understand how to make more targeted investment decisions.

You will learn how to:

  • work effectively as an impact investment practitioner
  • develop an effective strategy and plan
  • measure and assess your impact.

You will study in a dynamic learning environment, supported by our community of highly experienced academics, guest speakers and partners from all over the world.

On completion, you will have the skills and knowledge to play your role as a key participant in community-based global change and the impact investing profession.

Introduction to the programme


Programme Director Gayle Peterson gives an overview of the programme

Programme outline

Day one – individual and organisational objectives

  • Understanding the impact investing ecosystem
  • Identifying drivers of investment goals and strategy
  • Effective leadership styles for addressing complex collaborations
  • Develop your theory of change and performance measurement
  • Emerging economies (African) case study – impact investing deal and exit

Day two – deal making and impact measurement

  • Deal making and impact measurement
  • How to identify investable propositions and build quality deal flow
  • Financial instruments, fee structures and building the term sheet
  • Due diligence from financial and human security viewpoints – do no harm
  • Emerging economies (Brazil) case study – venture capital impact investing fund

Day three – investment process and the impact on society

  • Measuring impact and communicating triple bottom-line returns
  • Using results to recalibrate investment in programmes and the overall portfolio
  • Creating cultural competency for effective community engagement
  • Case study (UK) – community transport
  • Impact Investing - Brazil
  • Impact Investing - Africa and education

Day four – innovative finance and policy

  • Policy as an accelerator
  • Social impact bonds
  • Success and failures – what can we learn
  • Pioneers in action
  • Impact Investing - Europe
  • Portfolio development
  • Exits

Day five – putting it into action

  • Review innovative programmes from around the world
  • Small group and 1-1 tutorials to put together a personalised action plan and develop an elevator pitch of your future strategy
  • Review latest research and future forecast trends
  • Impact Investing and technology


Lifetime membership of the Oxford Business Alumni Network.


To you

  • Gain the skills to develop an impact investing strategy for your business
  • Understand the sensitivities and nuances of conducting impact investments in different cultural contexts
  • Identify and execute deals that yield financial, social and environmental returns
  • Subscription to ImpactAlpha
  • Lifetime membership of the Oxford Business Alumni Network

To your business

  • Develop a focused, strategic approach to impact investment
  • Deliver financial and social returns from investments targeted to achieve your organisational mission
  • Access to the latest research

What our alumni say

This is the only programme of its kind; it helped us position ourselves as leaders in the field.

Fumi Sugeno

Japan Social Impact Investment Foundation

Joining the programme

Who can apply?

​This programme is for philanthropists, investors, financial executives, wealth managers, consultants and other leaders working in the social finance sector.

How to apply


Programme fee includes all tuition, education materials, all daytime refreshments and evening meals.

Accommodation – this is a non-residential programme. We can book accommodation for you and bill it alongside your programme fee, please indicate requirements on your application form.

Registrations are confirmed on receipt of full payment of the programme fee, and places are allocated in order of receipt of payment.

There are a small number of 50% scholarship places available for people working for and funded by an aid or development agency non-profits, NGO, or other organisations in the not for profit sector. Applications open for these places in September for one month, final places are allocated in October. For more information on how to apply contact Annabelle Richards details below. 

Corporate privileges

Take advantage of our corporate partner rate (15%) if three or more people from your organisation take part.

Further benefits are available for three or more participants to attend Oxford Social Finance Programme, Oxford Impact Finance Innovations Programme or Oxford Impact Measurement Programme within 12 months.

Visa requirements

Once you have a confirmed place on a programme, we suggest you apply for a visa as soon as possible, as it can take up to 100 days to process.

Saïd Business School can provide a letter to support your visa application if required.


Gayle Peterson is the founder of an international philanthropic consultancy. She has extensive experience in market-based change to support innovations in business and social sector strategies to achieve international social change.

Professor Alex Nicholls, the first tenured professor in social entrepreneurship appointed at the University of Oxford.

We also have a variety of guest speakers on the programme.

View videos on Oxford Social Impact Leadership.


Key reports and articles about the state of social finance from leading global thought leaders, as well as thoughts from our alumni who have taken the programme.

Watch our previous webinars.

FT Rankings 2020

Our Open Programmes have risen to number two in the world, and maintained their position as first in the UK for the sixth consecutive year in the 2020 FT Executive Education Rankings.

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