Matt Robinson 

Chief of Staff at CDC, former Head of Strategy and Market Development at Big Society Capital

Matt recently joined CDC group, the UK's Development Finance Institution, to help develop investment strategies with other DFIs and high-impact partners. Previously he was Head of Strategy at Big Society Capital, the UK’s social investment bank, which Matt helped to build from inception in 2012. Matt was responsible for overall strategy-setting and major initiatives including securing a new UK social investment tax relief, setting-up the Access Foundation for blended capital, and the Business Impact Challenge. Matt was a member of Big Society Capital’s management committee and its investment committee that approved over £250m across 40 deals in the first four years of operations. He sits on the board of two social investment bond projects.

Matt’s early career included 5 years as Deputy Director in the Cabinet Office, where he led the social investment team and was part of the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, and 6 years as a development economist working across Asia and Africa, including several years living in Malawi. Matt holds an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and an MSc in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies.