Impetus appoints Director of Policy and Strategy

Date: 26 Jul 2011


Before joining Impetus, Asheem Singh was deputy director of the ResPublica think tank, where he established himself as a respected writer and speaker on social enterprise, social investment and innovation. He previously specialised in charities, social enterprise and volunteering as a senior researcher for the Shadow Cabinet Office, where he led the research on the initial framework for the Big Society Bank and led research on the influential “Dynamic Benefits” paper for Iain Duncan Smith MP’s Centre for Social Justice.

In appointing Singh, a former corporate lawyer with substantial experience at think tanks and the offices of the Shadow Cabinet and Mayor Boris Johnson, Impetus is reinforcing its expertise in advocacy and public policy. This reflects the organisation’s growing emphasis on informing government policy, improving the capital market for social innovation, and encouraging a national dialogue on transforming the lives of economically disadvantaged people.

Daniela Barone Soares, Chief Executive of Impetus Trust, said, “In our experience of scaling up charities and social enterprises, we have seen the importance of public policy as an enabler or a hindrance to organisations fighting economic disadvantage. The recruitment of Asheem Singh as Impetus Director of Policy and Strategy highlights our commitment to breaking the cycle of economic disadvantage from every angle and thus helping more disadvantaged people gain education, skills and jobs.”

Asheem Singh said, “At a time when government is looking for new ways to increase the size of the social sector, to create innovative, open public services, and to get more bang for their buck, Impetus’s unparalleled expertise in strategic social investment has a huge role to play. It is great to be part of the venture philanthropy community and great to be part of the business of social change.”

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