Louise Savell

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International team

Senior leadership team

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Louise is co-founder of Social Finance and jointly leads our International team. 

She advises governments, philanthropies and service providers on the design and delivery of social development programmes.

Louise is passionate about driving social impact through rigorous analysis, efficient structures and effective cross-sector partnerships. She has particular expertise in outcomes-based approaches and social investment structures. She co-developed the impact bond approach in 2008.

Louise specialises in the development and delivery of new initiatives and has led work in health, education, nutrition, homelessness, financial inclusion and infrastructure in the UK and internationally. Before starting Social Finance, Louise led the Eastern European programmes of the UK-based philanthropic foundation, Ark, where she worked with government and service providers to accelerate the reform of child welfare systems towards family-based care in Bulgaria and Romania.

Louise was a Government Outcomes (GO) Lab Fellow of Practice in 2018. She was appointed a Visiting Fellow of Practice at the Blavatnik School of Government in 2020.

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