PALF was founded in 2012 with $15 million of initial Pearson capital. Based on our track record, in January 2015 we announced Pearson will invest a further $50 million over the next 3 years. This is a testament to Pearson’s commitment to educate children in the developing world and brings our total assets under management to $65m.
Our vision is to help millions of children in the world access a quality education in a cost effective, profitable and scalable manner. In addition we want to demonstrate to governments and donors that private education can help to educate their youngest citizens in an efficient way.
Pearson is the world’s leading education company, operating in more than 70 countries and providing educational materials, technologies, assessments and related services to teachers and students of all ages. Through its products and partnerships, Pearson aims to make a difference in people's lives through learning.
Since 2012, PALF has invested in and manages ten companies, serving over 125,000 children in South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, India and the Philippines. Read more about what impact we've had.
Our work has been praised by the UK's Department for International Development's Permanent Secretary who said: “We are excited about PALF's participation in the LCPS market. We’d like to work with you, particularly in Nigeria”
Our Investment Strategy
PALF was created with the fundamental belief that every learner deserves access to a quality education and that innovation and private providers are critical components to achieving that goal. We back world-class entrepreneurs that are committed to market-based approaches to high-quality, affordable education.
Global Supporting Colleagues
PALF is supported by a global team within Pearson. Read about how who they are and what they do from the link below.
The Investment Committee
PALF is governed by the PALF Investment Committee (IC). PALF IC meet quarterly to make investment decisions, monitor portfolio performance and advise on knowledge capture.
Sir Michael Barber
Chief Education Advisor
SVP Strategic Partnerships and Investments
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Corporate Finance and Development Officer
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer
Chief Executive, Growth Markets