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Tessa Hebb Ottawa, Ontario

Dr. Hebb is a Senior Research Fellow and past Director of the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation, Carleton University, Canada. She is also Vice President of Hebb, Knight and Associates. Her research focuses on Responsible Investment, Impact Investment, and Impact Measurement. This work has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Government of Canada. Dr. Hebb received her Doctorate from University of Oxford and was the recipient of the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities' William E. Taylor Fellowship for outstanding doctoral candidate (2002-2003). She also received a Clarendon Fellowship from University of Oxford. She received her Master in Public Administration from Harvard University.

Dr. Hebb is the past chair of the steering committee of the UN- backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Academic Network. She also serves on the boards of the the Responsible Investment Association (Canada), the Impact Investing Policy Collaborative, the Heartland Network, and the Centre for Innovative Social Enterprise Development. She is a frequent guest speaker on impact investment, responsible investment and impact measurement issues. She has published many books and articles on responsible investing and impact investing including the volumes The Routledge Handbook of Responsible Investment, SRI in the 21st Century: Does it make a Difference to Society; Working Capital: the Power of Labor’s Pensions; No Small Change: Pension Fund Corporate Engagement; and The Next Generation of Responsible Investing.

Dr. Hebb brings a deep understanding of impact measurement to her work. She and her team at Carleton University have conducted several Social Return on Investment (SROI) studies for clients over the past six years. She teaches, researches, and writes on this emerging field. In 2014 she was asked by the US Conference Board to produce A Beginner’s Guide to Measuring Social Value and serves on the Advisory Board of the US Conference Board’s Initiative on Corporate Philanthropy. She has produced research on impact measurement for ESDC, Government of Canada. She played an influential role in developing an on line impact measurement tool kit with Social Asset Measurement (now Sametrica).

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