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SuperReturn Africa
5 - 7 December 2022
The Westin Cape TownCape Town

Corina Gardner
CEO at IDP Foundation


Corina Gardner is the CEO of IDP Foundation, which was co-founded by Irene Pritzker and Liesel Pritzker Simmons, who also co-founded Blue Haven Initiative, one of the first family offices created with impact investing as its focus. Through its work funding low-fee private schools in Ghana, IDP Foundation has positioned itself as an example of how charities can be innovative impact investors both through Program Related Investments (PRIs) alongside a grant giving budget and through a fully impact invested endowment.

As CEO, Corina is responsible for expanding the foundation’s work funding partner organizations who strengthen and advocate for the affordable non-state education sector as a contributor to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 4–inclusive and equitable quality education for all. Before joining the Foundation in 2020, Corina served as Director of Global Strategy for the Nike Foundation's Girl Effect, which built youth brands and mobile research tools to empower girls. Working directly with the CEO, she guided offices in Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria, and Rwanda and facilitated strategic partnerships with multinationals and nonprofits such as Unilever and UNICEF.

Earlier, Gardner worked with GSM Association, a global trade association for mobile network operators and their strategic partners. During her time at GSMA, she co-authored publications that explore challenges to blended financing in support of mobile-enabled social enterprises in the developing world. She also brings a wealth of experience from her work on global health within numerous government agencies, including USAID and the U.S. Department of State, where she acted as liaison to the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

Agenda Sessions

  • ESG in Africa: the risk vs return perspective