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Cathy Clark

Director of CASE i3, Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship


Cathy Clark has been an active pioneer, educator and consultant for 25 years in the fields of impact investing and social entrepreneurship. In 2014, Clark was named one of top 20 women working in philanthropy, social innovation and civic engagement in the USA. As faculty at the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, she founded the CASE i3 Initiative on Impact Investing and co-leads the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD), a USAID-funded global health accelerator. She has coordinated global research across 15 universities using data from $4.5 billion of impact assets under management and from over 11,000 impact entrepreneurs in 29 countries. Clark was the sole academic member invited to David Cameron’s G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce US National Advisory Board, and has worked with the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Engagement to track $2.5 billion in impact investment funding by US-based entities. She is co-author of The Impact Investor: Lessons in Leadership and Strategy for Collaborative Capitalism (2014), which reached #18 in finance textbooks on Amazon, and a new online training series for social entrepreneurs, called CASE Smart Impact Capital. She tweets at @cathyhc.