Stephen Blakeley


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Stephen is interested in aid effectiveness, research impact, impact investing and corporate sustainability. He is a Director of Agulhas Applied Knowledge where he works with donors, investors, grant-holders, universities and companies to develop and implement impact strategies and to assess, measure, address and report wide range of international development and corporate sustainability issues. He is senior advisor to the Independent Commission for Aid Impact, the UK’s Aid Watchdog.

Stephen was an Impact Assessor in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework for the Higher Education Funding Council for England. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has a Master’s degree in Human Rights Law from Birkbeck, University of London. Before joining Agulhas in 2015, Stephen spent 15 years at KPMG based in the UK and US, where he managed global sustainability assurance programmes, established and led KPMG UK’s grant assurance services and represented KPMG globally at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. From 2013 to 2015, Stephen managed Braced, DFID’s flagship climate resilience programme, where he was responsible for the selection and oversight of £100 million of grants across 13 countries in the Sahel, East Africa and Asia aiming to directly help 5 million vulnerable people to become more resilient to climate extremes and disasters and to promote integration of disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation methods into development approaches.

Stephen is a non-executive director of Cambridge Prosthetics, a social enterprise developing a new generation of prosthetic limbs that are more versatile, reliable, affordable and available worldwide.

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