Liesel Pritzker Simmons

Liesel Pritzker Simmons is the Co-Founder and Principal of the Blue Haven Initiative, a family office dedicated to deploying different kinds of capital (for- and nonprofit) to solve social problems. She is the Co-Founder of the IDP Foundation, Inc. (www.idpfoundation.org) a private foundation with a mission to mobilize resources and strategic support to increase educational opportunities. Established in 2008, the IDP Foundation has supported and developed a wide range of programs in the education sectors most notably the innovative IDP Rising Schools Program in Ghana, which leverages microfinance networks to empower low cost private schools with trainings and financial services. Liesel is a Co-Founder of Opportunity International's Young Ambassadors for Opportunity (YAO), a global network of young professionals who are passionate about microfinance. She is currently the Chairman of the Board of YAO and Director on the Board of The Synergos Institute. Liesel attended Columbia University, where she studied African History. She has volunteered at schools and microfinance institutions in India and Tanzania, but unfortunately has forgotten most of her Swahili. She lives in New York City with her husband, Ian Simmons.