UK High Commission hosting Social Finance director in Nairobi

Rob Mills of Social Finance
Rob Mills of Social Finance

Rob Mills, a director of not-for-profit organisation Social Finance, is visiting Kenya to discuss innovative financing tools for scaling social impact with the UK High Commission.

Social Finance is a not for profit organisation that partners with the government, the social sector and the financial community to find better ways of tackling social problems in the UK and around the world.

Since launching in Social Finance has mobilised over £100 million of investment and helped to pioneer a series of programmes, including the Social Impact Bond model, to improve outcomes for individuals with complex needs.

Rob Mills joined Social Finance in October 2016 as a director of its international development practice. He advises aid agencies, social investors and private enterprises on how development finance can more effectively tackle economic development challenges with a particular expertise in energy, infrastructure services and private sector development.

Rob started his career at Oliver Wyman, a leading strategy consulting firm focusing on banking and financial markets. He has a graduate degree in economics from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Oxford.

During eight years at the World Bank, he originated and managed a large portfolio of energy investments in southern Africa. He has also advised governments on policy and regulatory reforms and  following four years at a development finance think-tank in Brussels, worked on international issues at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit.

Immediately prior to Social Finance, Rob held a senior role at Ofgem, the UK’s energy regulator, where he was responsible for the UK’s cross-border infrastructure investment regime, as well as for leading policy work on European energy markets.

You can hear Rob on episode 8 of the Finding Impact podcast.

In the podcast, among other topics, he discusses how feasible it is to look for equity to fund working capital needs, as seen in the off-grid solar market in E. Africa.

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