Karl is the co-founder of EngagedX, which specialises in providing bespoke consultancy, thought leadership, advocacy and policy work. He works internationally across private, public and social sectors. He is an experienced entrepreneur, leader and executive.
He was recently Head of Research and Knowledge for the UNDP SDG Impact Finance initiative (UNSIF), where he led research to improve the analytical framework for social impact investing; was a member of Groupe d’Experts de la Commission sur l’Entrepreneuriat Social (GECES) appointed by the European Commission to advise on its Social Business Initiative; sits on the OECD expert group on social impact investing; Senior Fellow of the Finance Innovation Lab; Adviser to a select number of organisations.
Karl has been invited by civil society organisations, academia, governments and the media across Europe, Asia and USA to speak on social impact investing. He has guest lectured at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge; advised HM Treasury on EU social investment regulations; was invited to submit evidence for alternative finance to the UK’s Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards; been asked by the UK Cabinet Office to represent the UK on social investment at EU level; was invited by US Secretary of State to be a plenary panelist at the Global Impact Economy Forum in 2012.
In 2011, he co-authored ‘Making Good in Social Impact Investment: Opportunities in an Emerging Asset Class’.
Karl holds an MBA specialising in entrepreneurship and project management, writing his dissertation on data interoperability standards and collaboration principles in the building design industry. He started his career as an architect and project manager for multidisciplinary design teams, and development leader for public and private sector construction projects. Karl was the founding Chair of Friends of the Crystal Palace Subway, which is a community-led initiative to reopen a historic community asset to the public.
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Commissioned by E!Sharp as part of the series “How to spend the EU budget” and published 9 January 2012, orginal article here. Photo: Spiegel online. Lauri Wylie’s 1963 comedy sketch “Dinner for One” has become a cult classic across Europe … Continue reading
Published 1 December 2011, http://www.alliancemagazine.org, orginal article here. Fiscal consolidation within the European Union means that a stronger social economy is required to deliver where the state can no longer. More non-public capital must be attracted for this purpose via … Continue reading
Commissioned by E!Sharp, Brussels based Journal – 23 Oct 2011 Fiscal consolidation within the European Union means that a stronger social economy is required to underpin the creation of socio-economic prosperity where the state no longer has the resources to … Continue reading
Originally published in Portuguese for EXIT Magazine No27 “Change Management in the Third Sector: myth or revolution?”, Jun-Dec 2011, read original on pg 38 in Portuguese here, and English here The world is not ending but the world of finance … Continue reading
Britain and Europe : There’s no need to be down and out in London and Paris (or Brussels for that matter)
Article for the ResPublica Fringe Magazine 2011 “Essays and Articles from selected political party conference partners” (download magazine here, article on pg 17). 2011, Jointly written for ResPublica by: Filippo Adarrii (Euclid Network) & Karl H Richter (JenLi Foundation) & … Continue reading
JP Morgan has heralded impact investment as a distinct asset class – but is there a fly in the ointment?
Published 21 April 2011, http://www.alliancemagazine.org, orginal article here. J P Morgan’s seminal report Impact Investments: An emerging asset class, published in November 2010, is the watershed proclamation that impact investment is going mainstream – so wherein lies the rub?
Originally prepared for Euclid Network, see here. This short paper is intended as an introduction to the broad spectrum of Social Investment Funds, with the purpose of stimulating debate about the characteristics and variation of these funds. There is an … Continue reading