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

Peter F. Hinton

Senior Advisor

Peter provides advisory support to Optimizer Foundation, especially as regards sector views and insights on education and health, but also with general advice on impact and strategy. Peter is an Associate Fellow of Saïd Business School

Carl-Johan Hedström

Tech Advisor

Carl Johan Hedstrom (CJ) is a Senior Advisor to Optimizer Foundation and provides support across their portfolio on product and technology. CJ is currently the Chief Product Officer at AxPay, and serves as an advisor, board member and angel investor to a handful of tech startups. He has over 15 years of experience in IT/Telecoms space.

Bianca J. Samuelsson

Project Coordinator

With a background in Business and Tourism, and many years of experience in business and office management, Bianca brings an unprecendented level of organisation and structure to our daily operations

Deepening Our East African Presence

We are deepening our East African presence through hiring Investment Manager Emily Durfee, to cover the East African region. Emily will be based out of Nairobi, Kenya, and brings with her a wealth of experience from supporting scale up of social businesses across Africa, as well as India. She most recently completed her MBA at Said Business School, Oxford. You …

Release of 2017 Impact Report

We are excited to share our Impact Report for 2017, highlighting the key achievements, and the impact we have created in our markets during 2017. Happy reading! Click here to read the Impact Report

Investing in Health, Education and Youth employment

WHAT WE DO Optimizer Foundation invests in early-stage social ventures. We search for scalable, and system-changing solutions, improving the lives of children and youth. The organizations we support have a specific focus on education and health. We work closely with our investees, providing funding as well as business advisory support, to help our investees to scale. We pull from skills …


Zumi Marketplace

Offering supply chain services supporting micro-businesses in the Kenyan apparel sector


Supporting entrepreneurs through access to business training, markets and capital