About Innovation Edge.

Established in 2014, Innovation Edge is a grant and investment fund focused on unconventional ideas that find solutions to early childhood care and education challenges in under-resourced communities.

We provide strategic, financial and hands-on assistance from ideation to proof of concept (POC); and support transition to scale for successful POCs that promise large-scale transformative impact.

Find out more about the way we work.

Read our First 1,000 Days Report.


The Innovation Edge Team.

Sonja Giese

Executive Director


Erika Wiese

Portfolio Manager

Nicole Biondi

Marketing & Communications Manager

Lyndsey Petro

Project Coordinator

The Innovation Edge Investment Commitee.

Adam Boros

Social Investment Manager, Tshikululu Social Investments

Carley Furness-Symms

Senior Program Manager, ELMA Philanthropies Services

Colin Almeleh

Executive Director, Ilifa Labantwanta

David Harrison

CEO, DG Murray Trust

Maya Ziswiler

Program Director, Education & ECD, UBS Optimus Foundation

Shikha Goyal

Investment Advisor, Omidyar Network

Vineet Bewtra

Director: Investments, Omidyar Network

The Innovation Edge International Advisory Group.

Ayla Goksel

CEO, Ozyegin Social Investments

Kofi Marfo

Professor & Founding Director, Institute for Human Development, Aga Khan University

Joan Lombardi

Senior Advisor, Bernard van Leer Foundation

Mirjam Schöning

Head of Programme, Learning through Play in Early Childhood, LEGO

Richard Kohl

Founder, Center for Large Scale Social Change LLC

Tamara Hasan Abed

Senior Director, BRAC Enterprises