About us

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The Skoll Centre is an internationally renowned social impact centre, at the Saïd Business School.

Our goal is to maximise the impact of social entrepreneurship to transform unjust or unsatisfactory systems or practices around the world and address critical social and environmental challenges.

We do this by:

  • developing change leaders of the future through world-class graduate education
  • delivering actionable insights through research
  • bringing together social entrepreneurs, thought leaders and key players in business, government and philanthropy to enhance social impact

Our goal is to maximise the impact of social entrepreneurship to transform unjust or unsatisfactory systems or practices.

Harnessing the power of our networks

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We believe we can have the greatest impact by connecting people and ideas, bridging learning and practice and bringing together communities.

We provide opportunities for our students to engage with, learn from, and support the world’s leading and emerging practitioners in the field.

The Skoll Centre is uniquely situated between two key partners: the University of Oxford and the Skoll Foundation. We draw on the strengths of each and bridge the gap between the academic and practitioner worlds.

Global reach for social entrepreneurship

Our research and community are global in scope, and we use the power of our networks to magnify the work of our researchers, students, and wider community beyond local and national boundaries.

As a student at Saïd Business School, you will automatically have access to the courses, resources and events offered by the Skoll Centre. But there are many other ways in which you can get involved in our activities. 

Get in touch to find out more.

History

The Skoll Centre

Launched in 2003, the Skoll Centre was founded with a generous grant from the Skoll Foundation. The following year, we welcomed the first Skoll Scholars and hosted the first Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship. Run by the Skoll Foundation, this event is held annually at Saïd Business School.

The Skoll Foundation

The Skoll Foundation, founded by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jeff Skoll in 1999, invests in, connects and celebrates social entrepreneurs and the innovators who help them solve the world's most pressing problems. For details visit www.skollfoundation.org.

The Skoll Foundation is a strong partner, advisor and founding investor of the Skoll Centre but the two are separate entities.