Tamzin Ractliffe

Tamzin is an award-winning venture catalyst and entrepreneurial leader in charitable and social development, philanthropy and impact investment. She has worked across the public, private and civil society sectors, driving a greater impact in the allocation of capital to the greater good. With foundation degrees in Commerce, Anthropology and Economics, Tamzin spent three years working with ex-political prisoners in South Africa during the release phase in the early 1990s. She subsequently refocused her career to engage the corporate sector for the greater good.

In 1998, Tamzin was the creator of the GreaterGood/GreaterCapital group, working to build a bridge between the financial and the social/ environmental/ philanthropic sectors. Recognised as one of the ten most trusted non-profits in South Africa, Tamzin subsequently established the South African Impact Investing Network (SAIIN) under GreaterCapital’s ambit, laying early foundations for unlisted impact investment and ultimately establishing the world’s first regulated impact investment exchange board in collaboration with the Stock Exchange of Mauritius, in June 2011.

Tamzin completed an MPhil in Climate and Development with ACDI in 2014, focusing on environmental citizenship and sustainable consumption. She is currently completing her PhD at the Centre for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Surrey. Awarded the GIBS Social Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2007 and appointed an Ashoka Fellow in 2008, Tamzin won the Thomson Reuters 2012 TrustLaw Innovation Award for the Impact Exchange and was a finalist in the Buckminster Fuller Award for the design of solutions to address 21st Century challenges in 2009 and 2010 and a Finalist in the Global Development Network Award for the Most Innovative Development Project (2009).