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Peter F. Hinton

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.

Peter’s research interests are impact investing, African development, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and low-cost education in Africa. His DPhil research at Oxford is looking at the role of impact investing in financing non-state, low-cost early year and primary schools in Africa. Peter, as CEO of SDG, works with impact investors and financial institutions in sub-Saharan Africa. Peter is the Senior Advisor on the Cambridge Education managed DEEPEN programme in Lagos.

He is also co-lead of Affordable Education Finance with Capital Plus Exchange of Chicago, USA. He has over 25 years of commercial experience in the UK and has worked for Enterprise Banking Group (Botswana), BancABC (Botswana), CDC, Africa Trading (South Africa), BhS plc and Mazars. Peter is an experienced international speaker, a Board member of Bean There Coffee Company (South Africa), Send a Cow (a UK charity promoting rural livelihoods in Africa) and Hugh Pilkington Charitable Trust (a UK Charity which with Windle Trust runs schools and gives scholarships to African tertiary students).