Belinda Bell

Programme Director at Cambridge Social Ventures

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Programme Director, Cambridge Social Ventures

Belinda Bell is the Programme Director of Cambridge Social Ventures (formerly known as Social Incubator East). Based within the CJBS Centre for Social Innovation, Cambridge Social Ventures helps support businesses that have positive social or environmental impacts.

Belinda is a social entrepreneur herself, having established a range of social ventures over the last decade including those focusing on finance, ageing and young people. She has acted as a mentor, advisor and supporter to many more social entrepreneurs and as such has developed a broad knowledge of business models for social innovation.

Her specific interest is in the social finance market and leveraging capital for social impact. She was Founder and first Chief Executive of Foundation East, a groundbreaking community finance organisation where she remains a Director. She has also undertaken research at the University of Cambridge focusing on the social finance sector and continues to write on this topic.

Belinda holds a Masters Degree in Community Enterprise from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelors degree in Social Anthropology from Goldsmiths College, University of London.