Assaf Weisz

Assaf Weisz is co-founder and Managing Director of Purpose Capital, a leading impact investment advisory firm that supports financial institutions, foundations and investors on impact investing. At Purpose Capital, Assaf steers the firm’s overall strategy and operations. He led Purpose Capital’s work on revolutionizing post-secondary education through a $10M venture philanthropy fund in Canada, and a similar project under development in the US. He also oversaw the firm’s work with Gordon Brown, former UK prime minister and UN Special Envoy for Education on the future of online education. His work has been featured in Fast Company, the Globe & Mail, National Post, CBC and Business News Network.

Prior to this, he was a founder and Executive Director of the Young Social Entrepreneurs of Canada, a social network for social entrepreneurs that became one of the nation's largest entrepreneurship networks. YSEC originated the country's first social financing program for youth-run social ventures, which was eventually spun out as the Youth Social Innovation Capital Fund, and maintained a repayment rate of 100% in its first portfolio.

He writes and speaks frequently on how the biggest global challenges are also the biggest opportunities, and how business and finance can play key roles in the solutions. Assaf taught a Master’s course on Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto in the Department of Applied Sciences & Engineering. In 2014, Assaf was awarded as a Possibility Thinker, and in 2011 he was named an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow for Social Entrepreneurship. He has further been recognized as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, and as a Canadian Under 30 Who is Changing the Country, by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Assaf is the Chair of the Board of Operation Groundswell, a fast growing social enterprise changing the way the world travels.