Matt Ripley

Biography

Matt is a specialist advisor in impact management strategies and systems. He has an impressive track record in supporting investors and enterprises to improve their social outcomes, while simultaneously driving core business value.

Matt leads on The Good Economy’s impact measurement services, working with clients to use impact data to drive improved decision-making and reporting. He has a specialist focus on SME funds and businesses. He also leads on our work in emerging and frontier markets.

Matt has a wealth of experience in the ‘profit with purpose’ space, both as a practitioner and thought leader. He has worked with a diverse range of organisations from social enterprises to FTSE100 firms, to various government agencies. Previously, Matt was a chief technical advisor for SME development at the United Nations’ International Labour Organisation (ILO). He also led a UK government-supported agri-business investment fund in Nepal, which pioneered new approaches to developing inclusive rural markets.

Matt has a track record in innovation. Highlights include designing the first shared value strategy for a leading UK supermarket’s banana supply chain; running the first customer insights study for a West African venture fund; and pioneering an approach to enable an emerging market private equity investor to measure the impact of their investments in a way that also gave strategic and operational insights to their investees.

Matt has published influential papers, books and blogs for publications including the Stanford Social Innovation Review, covering areas including responsible investment, sustainable supply chains and stakeholder value.