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About Us

ImpaXus is a woman-owned global development advisory firm that accelerates impact at the nexus of people, planet, and prosperity. 

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The Impact Nexus Approach

INSIGHT

impaXus harnesses the insight gained through more than 25 years of experience in global development, innovation, and entrepreneurship across more than 20 countries. We know that equitable and sustainable development impact is achieved through a nexus approach: integrated cross-sectoral solutions that satisfy the mutual interests of people and planet. We work seamlessly across diverse stakeholders, sectors, and ecosystems, connecting disparate voices to forge lasting cooperation and formulate sustainable, locally-driven solutions. 

INNOVATION

We work with entrepreneurs and the diverse enablers of innovation-driven entrepreneurship to create catalytic change that unlocks innovation potential and strengthens local ecosystems.  We understand that innovation goes beyond new products and technologies. It involves new systems and ways of thinking; new partnerships among disconnected stakeholders; new forms of financing; new narratives that challenge biases; and new policies that preserve people and planet over profit. Most of all, we know that the best innovation happens at source and is most dynamic when it is inclusive.

IMPACT

Our impact strategy optimizes financial, social and environmental returns.  We work with our partners to enable positive impact through the projects, policies, products, and people they invest in, aligning scalable impact with inclusive growth. We focus on three impact areas that we believe best allow for that alignment: economic opportunity; environmental sustainability; and gender equity and social inclusion. At the core of our work is the relentless drive to build pathways to prosperity for people and the planet. 

Nexus Approach

Meet the Founder

Delila is a global development expert and entrepreneur committed to accelerating positive impact in the world.  Over the past 25+ years she has worked in more than 20 countries driving socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable economic growth across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. A cross-sectoral expert and polymath, Delila excels at designing market-driven solutions that align the interests of diverse sector stakeholders – private, public, informal, and civil society. She has successfully designed and managed multi-million dollar programs for USAID, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UNICEF, and the World Bank. 


Delila has led for-profit and non-profit startups – including the Development Innovations Group and the Center for Global Policy (New Lines Institute) – and, as Impact Partner, helped launch Global Bio Fund (a gender smart investment fund). Drawing on this rich and diverse expertise across the global consulting, foreign policy, and investment domains, Delila founded impaXus in 2020.  

 

Delila continues to marry passion and purpose as a Foundry Fellow with the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT, and a Safer End of Engineered Life Champion for Engineering X at the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering. Delila serves on several boards including: the Center for Security, Race, and Rights at Rutgers University; the Women of Waste Task Force at International Solid Waste Association (ISWA); the Global Advisory Board at Laurel Strategies; and the Baltimore-Luxor-Alexandria Committee at Sister Cities International.

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Founder and Principal

Delila Khaled
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