Jim Knight works in education, medtech and as a legislator. He’s the chief education and external officer at Tes Global Ltd., a news, training, jobs and resource sharing service for teachers, where he’s responsible for Tes resources, communications and public affairs. He founded Tes Institute in 2014, which is now the fifth largest qualifier of teachers in England. Knight is also a founder of XRapid, an innovative business that uses artificial intelligence to power the diagnosis of malaria and asbestos fibres using iPhones. As a UK government minister, his portfolio includes rural affairs, schools, digital and employment. He was a member of former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s cabinet from 2009-2010, before joining the House of Lords after the 2010 general election. He’s also a visiting professor at the Knowledge Lab of the UCL Institute of Education and chair of Whole Education.KEEP READING
Chris serves in advisory and/or governance roles for ANDE, Blue Haven Initiative, the Catalytic Capital Consortium, the Collaborative for Frontier Finance, Social Finance US, the Tipping Point Fund, and the US Alliance for Impact Investing.
Prior to joining the firm, Chris was director of global partnerships at USAID’s Global Development Lab, where his team managed the Global Development Alliance, USAID’s flagship model for building shared value partnerships with the private sector. Chris also oversaw the Lab’s entrepreneurship and impact investing portfolio, including the Partnering to Accelerate Entrepreneurship (PACE) initiative. He also led an effort to create the Scaling Off-Grid Energy – Grand Challenge for Development, a multi-donor partnership focused on scaling the household solar sector in sub-Saharan Africa, in support of President Obama’s Power Africa initiative. Chris previously served as director of global programs for Accenture Development Partnerships (ADP), Accenture’s not-for-profit international development consulting practice, where he oversaw ADP’s global portfolio of work with over 50 NGOs and donor agencies. Additionally, Chris has experience working in Bolivia with the IFC, in Poland with a microfinance network, and with a range of nonprofit organizations across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Chris has a Master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and a B.A. in economics and international studies from Miami University, where he was a Truman Scholar.