Sam Parker has been working with entrepreneurs and investors for over 20 years. With a background of 16 years in international business, Sam was an early pioneer of market-based approaches to development. During 8 years serving as CEO of Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) and 7 years as CEO of Shell Foundation, Sam coached over 150 entrepreneurs operating in emerging markets, helping them to strengthen governance and find the innovations needed to extend services to previously underserved consumers, delivering both business viability and impact.
Sam has served as adviser and Board member of multiple enterprises and not-for-profit intermediaries which contribute to the SDGs, in 2014 earning a Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship. Sam has worked across sectors, developing a deep understanding of non-for-profit governance and strategy as Organisational Development Manager at the International Save the Children Alliance. As entrepreneur coach, investor and funder, Sam has an extensive knowledge of organisational development and the key factors for success, as well as a track record of building effective alliances between enterprises, civil society and public sector.