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Billions of people are still excluded from decent work, opportunities, goods and services. We’re proud to help scale new business models that are solving some of society’s toughest challenges.

Jessie Coates

EY Global Impact Entrepreneurship Leader

Passionate about using business as a force for good. Long-suffering Arsenal football fan. Activist. Feminist. Dreamer.

Working with small and growing businesses globally to help scale new technologies and business models that purposefully drive progress toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Jessie is the EY Global Impact Entrepreneurship Leader.

A chartered accountant by trade, she began her career in corporate finance before working with clients spanning the social, private and public sectors within the EY UK&I advisory services. Since 2017, Jessie has focused on supporting impact entrepreneurs in overcoming barriers to growth, primarily in emerging market contexts. She also serves on the board of several local and international impact enterprises and non-profits.

Jessie holds a BA and MA in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge, graduating with a First Class Honors, and is an alumnus of the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Program.

How Jessie is building a better working world

"I have the great privilege of working with pioneering entrepreneurs who are using the power of the market to innovate solutions to some of society’s toughest challenges. They are accelerating quality job creation, enabling women and underrepresented groups to participate in the economy, bringing access to vital goods and services and restoring the environment. Their technologies and business models have the potential to disrupt entire industries and create transformative social impact.

By extending EY professionals’ skills, knowledge and experience on a not-for-profit basis, we are helping these life-changing enterprises to improve their resilience, productivity and capacity for sustainable growth. When these businesses work better, the world works better."

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