About Innovation Edge.

Established in mid-2014, Innovation Edge is an innovation catalyst and investment platform with a social impact agenda.

We support the growth of unconventional ideas that seek to transform early life experiences for young children living in poverty.

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

Founding Director

Erika Wiese

Head of Portfolio Management

Nicole Biondi

Head of Marketing & Communications

Lyndsey Petro

Junior Portfolio Manager

Bulelwa Mkangeli

Office Administrator

Nadanababalwa Hermanus

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

The Innovation Edge Investment Commitee.

Dhun Davar

Program Manager, Social Finance, UBS Optimus Foundation

Maya Ziswiler

Program Director, Education & ECD, UBS Optimus Foundation

David Harrison

CEO, DG Murray Trust

Tess Peacock

Social Investment Specialist, Tshikululu Social Investments

Shikha Goyal

Investment Advisor, Omidyar Network

Carley Furness-Symms

Senior Program Manager, ELMA Philanthropies Services

Colin Almeleh

Executive Director, Ilifa Labantwana

The Innovation Edge International Advisory Group.

Asif Saleh

Senior Director of Strategy, Communications and Empowerment for BRAC and BRAC International

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

Maniza Ntekim

Senior Program Officer, Open Society Early Childhood Program

Anne Healy

Chief Innovation Officer, Evidence Action

Isabelle Irani

Founder, Sumerian Partners