Simon Kaiser helps companies and corporate foundations to further develop their social engagement. This covers a plethora of strategic issues, for example in the areas of corporate giving, corporate volunteering, social business and impact investing. Since joining Wider Sense in April 2019, he has been involved in analysis and strategy development across a wide range of sectors and issues; from food & beverages to finance, from tackling climate change to promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities.
Before joining Wider Sense, Simon Kaiser gained practical experience at KfW Development Bank and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, among others, learning a lot about the drivers and barriers of systemic change. At the age of 19, he founded a social organisation in South Africa. While at university, he helped build a social startup that enabled vulnerable coastal communities to produce their own life jackets. Through these ventures, he saw the other side: the challenges that committed individuals and social entrepreneurs may face at the local level.
Simon Kaiser completed a double master’s degree in International Affairs at Sciences Po Paris and FU Berlin. In his bachelor’s degree, he studied economics and politics at the University of Bristol, with a stint at Copenhagen Business School. He has long been interested in the interface between business and society: His bachelor’s thesis dealt with the societal impact of the mining industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and his master’s thesis focused on the integration of Corporate Social Responsibility into the business models of French and German corporations.
Why did you choose working for Wider Sense?
I work for Wider Sense because I strive to break down silos and make business more inclusive.
What is a random fact about you?
During my time at university, I hitchhiked the distance between England and Germany 14 times.