Olivia Prentice

Partner & Head of Impact

Olivia is a partner and Head of Impact, responsible for Bridges’ impact strategy and impact management practice across all funds. Olivia also leads the firm’s research and development efforts to promote the growth of the wider sustainable and impact investment sector.

Previously, Olivia co-founded the Impact Management Project (IMP), an ambitious sector-wide initiative to build market consensus on sustainability and impact management. In its first phase, the IMP developed the five dimensions of impact and impact classes. The IMP concluded in 2021 having achieved the creation of the UN-managed Impact Management Platform, and facilitated the launch of the International Sustainability Standards Board out of the IFRS Foundation. Olivia also led the IMP’s operations and fundraising.

Prior to her secondment to run the IMP, Olivia worked on Bridges’ impact management approach and advised external clients on developing their own practices. She began her career working in emerging market impact investing at CDC (now BII), the UK Development Finance Institution, and with the DFID Impact Fund.

Olivia has extensive experience advising both investors and corporates on designing impact management approaches and investment strategies across diverse geographies and asset classes. She has authored several publications on this topic, and regularly delivers training for global academic institutions and industry networks. Olivia is an Associate Fellow at Said Business School, Oxford and regularly lectures on impact investing, social entrepreneurship and sustainability at other business schools in the UK and US.

Olivia has an MA in International Relations from King’s College London, and a BA in History from Durham University. She has lived and worked in New York and Tanzania and is currently based in London.