Release of 2018 Impact Report

We’re excited to share our 2018 Impact Report, which summarizes our progress as an organization, our guiding principles and priorities, and how those goals have shaped our investments. We also present the important impact that our investees have had so far, and how they will change the lives of children and youth in the future. Click here to learn more: …

Svenska tech-miljoner till sociala entreprenörer i Östafrika

Den svenska stiftelsen Optimizer Foundation har i dagarna gjort sin fjärde investering inom socialt entreprenörskap i Östafrika. – Vårt fokus är underfinansierade områden inom utbildning och hälsa. Vi vill gärna satsa på bolag som vi tror kan ha en stor positiv inverkan och lösa ett lokalt problem, säger styrelseordförande Helena Riese Harstad. – Titta, så mycket kraftigare och längre majsen …

Investering i Mensskydd Ska Få Flickor Tillbaka Till Skolan

Svenska Optimizer Foundation investerar 1,3 miljoner kronor i ett rwandiskt e-handelsbolag, som säljer hygienartiklar, mensskydd och preventivmedel via en sms-baserad handelsplattform. Nyligen utökades verksamheten även till Kenya. Optimizer Foundation investerar 150.000 dollar i det det rwandiska bolaget Kasha som säljer hygienartiklar, mensskydd och preventivmedel via en sms-baserad handelsplattform. – I dag är kvinnor tvingade att betala dyra pengar för preventivmedel, HIV-test och …


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Helena Riese Harstad

Chairman & Co-Founder

Helena Riese Harstad is the Co-Founder and working Chairman of Optimizer Foundation. She leads the overall strategic direction of the foundation, including assessment of investment opportunities, and manages donor engagement

Anne Stubert Partridge


Anne Partridge is the COO of Optimizer Foundation. She is responsible for developing and implementing the strategy of the foundation, identifying and evaluating investment opportunities, and managing the portfolio

Marcus Watson


Marcus is a Senior Advisor to Optimizer Foundation and provides support across the portfolio. He is currently a partner and director at KawiSafi Ventures where he leads the team across investments, operations, and portfolio management.

Abdourahmane Diop


Abdourahmane is an investment professional with more than 7 years’ experience in impact investing and innovative financing in agriculture, global health and education. He provides advisory support to Optimizer Foundation, specifically with regards to financial returns analysis and investment pricing strategy