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MEET THE PEOPLE CHANGING OUR ECONOMY
Ellen ELLEN DORSEY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, WALLACE GLOBAL FUND, USA
Ellen has served as Executive Director of the Wallace Global Fund since 2008. The foundation focuses on environmental protection, the advancement of democracy and human rights, and corporate accountability. She orchestrated the foundation’s shift to mission-related investing, contributing to a new wave of socially responsible investing in an era of climate change. Ellen also launched Divest Invest Philanthropy, a global network of 130 foundations using their investments, as well as their grants, to address climate change.
CLARE-AINSWORTH-HERSCHELL-website CLARE AINSWORTH HERSCHELL
Clare has 10 years’ experience in development and philanthropy, working with a broad range of NFPs and boards. She is currently Next Generation Development Manager at the Art Gallery of NSW and was a founding member of Philanthropy Australia’s New Generation of Giving. Clare and her husband Tommy are AEGN members with a focus on environment giving and she also lends her skills to various environmental organisations. Clare has tertiary qualifications in music, visual communications and art history and is mother to Betty and Alfie.
 Alexander Austin website.jpeg ALEXANDER AUSTIN, CEO, INFRADEBT
Alexander is founding CEO of Infradebt, a specialist Australian infrastructure debt fund manager which focuses on lending to Australian renewable energy and social infrastructure projects, including finance for grid-scale solar and wind farms, embedded generation, storage, biogas generation as well as school and hospital PPPs. Prior to Infradebt, Alexander was a founding partner of Access Capital Advisers, investors in airports, toll roads, power stations, ports, electricity and gas distribution and transmission networks.
Catherine Brown PNG CATHERINE BROWN, CEO, LORD MAYOR’S CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
Catherine Brown has led LMCF since 2011. She has previously worked in legal and management roles with the MS Society, Wesley Mission and the Brain Foundation Victoria, where she was CEO, and then as an advisor within the not for profit and philanthropic sectors. Catherine is the author of Great Foundations: a 360° guide to building resilient and effective not-for-profit organisations. She has commenced a PhD by practice related research related to philanthropic foundations and innovation at Swinburne University.
Tim Buckley SQUARE TIM BUCKLEY, DIRECTOR OF ENERGY FINANCE STUDIES, IEEFA
Tim has 25 years of financial markets experience, specialising in equity valuation, including as a top-rated analyst and as co-founder and Managing Director of Arkx Investment Management. His role at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) focuses on research and analyses on the financial and economic issues related to energy and the environment. The Institute’s mission is to accelerate the transition to a diverse, sustainable and profitable energy economy.
Richard Cade website RICHARD CASE, MANAGING DIRECTOR, ARTESIAN CAPITAL MANAGEMENT
In 2017 Artesian Capital developed the Clean Energy Seed Fund with the Clean Energy Finance Corporation as its cornerstone investor, and the High Impact Green Bond Fund. Artesian Capital is an alternative investment manager focused on early stage venture capital and fixed interest with offices in New York, London, Singapore, Shanghai, Sydney and Melbourne. Previous to joining Artesian in 2013, Richard was a stockbroker and fund manager of both listed and unlisted equities.
Kylie Charlton png KYLIE CHARLTON, CIO, AUSTRALIAN IMPACT INVESTMENTS
Kylie joined Australian Impact Investments in 2014 and has worked in Australia and internationally at the intersection of mainstream capital markets, impact investment and philanthropy for more than a decade. Kylie is a Venture Partner on the Giant Leap Fund, co-founder of Unitus Capital, member of the investment committee for the DFAT-supported Investing in Women initiative of Patamar Capital, Co-Deputy Chair for RIAA’s Impact Investing Forum and sessional lecturer for impact investment at the University of NSW.
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PETER COSIER, DIRECTOR, WENTWORTH GROUP OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS
Peter Cosier is a founding member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists and has a broad background in science and public policy. He spent six years as a Policy Advisor to the Australian Environment Minister, Senator Robert Hill AC, where he was responsible for overseeing the government’s natural resource management, water reform, biodiversity conservation and international greenhouse policies. He helped establish one of Australia’s first landcare groups, and is on the board of the Tasmanian Land Conservancy.
Jac Courtney JACQUI COURTNEY, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, SEFA
Jacqui joined SEFA in 2016 and prior to this has worked as an equities analyst and Head of Sustainability at Natural Capital Funds Management, as a consultant to the impact investment community including the Social Impact Hub and is on the board of The Impact Club. She was a founding board member of the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) and has worked in different sectors in a marketing and management capacity including the Sustainable Energy Development Authority.
Geoffrey Cousins website GEOFFREY COUSINS
Geoffrey Cousins is an Australian community leader, businessman, environmental activist and writer. He is well known for his successful campaigns to stop the Gunns pulp mill in Tasmania and the proposed Woodside gas hub in the Kimberley. Geoffrey led the George Patterson Company, oversaw the building of the Optus network and has served on many public company boards. He founded the Starlight Children’s Foundation in Australia, was founding chairman of Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art and former director of the Sydney Theatre Company.
AndreavDevAlmieda website ANDREA DE ALMEIDA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, B LAB AUSTRALIA AND NZ
Andrea is deeply passionate about growing the ecosystem of purpose-driven businesses in Australia & New Zealand and enabling the growth and influence of the B Corporation movement. B Corporations are an emerging group of companies that voluntarily verify their higher levels of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. Throughout her career, Andrea has incubated and tested innovative solutions to complex social and environmental problems. Prior to B Lab she was with Social Ventures Australia, KPMG and the Victorian government.
Richard Denniss SQUARE DR RICHARD DENNISS, CHIEF ECONOMIST, THE AUSTRALIA INSTITUTE
Richard is Chief Economist and former Executive Director of The Australia Institute. He was an Associate Professor at the Crawford School of Economics and Government at ANU where he continues to hold an adjunct appointment. Richard has also worked as Strategy Adviser to the Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown and Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Natasha Stott Despoja. His most recent book is Curing Affluenza, a follow up to Affluenza that he co-authored with Dr Clive Hamilton.
H.Ebeling HANNA EBELING, HEAD OF PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT, SEFA
Hanna has a passion for partnering with foundations and using blended capital solutions to leverage impact. Prior to coming to Australia, Hanna ran an early-stage accelerator program for social enterprises on behalf of LGT Impact Ventures and participated in a business plan for affordable bamboo housing with the United Nations and Hilti Foundation in the Philippines. Before moving into impact investing, Hanna worked at HSBC for the chief investment officer of Group Private Banking.
Euan Friday website EUAN FRIDAY, GENERAL MANAGER, WATER, KILTER RURAL
Euan has spent the last ten years working with Kilter Rural, a water investment management business with more than $200M of water assets under management. Kilter Rural’s approach is to generate returns by providing solutions for water users. With the launch of the Murray Darling Balanced Water Fund this now includes the environment. Previously Euan spent ten years with PwC in corporate finance roles followed by seven years with STA Travel as CFO and Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand.
Gilmore png RICH GILMORE, COUNTRY DIRECTOR, THE NATURE CONSERVANCY
Rich has led The Nature Conservancy in Australia since 2014 and played a key role in developing the Murray-Darling Balanced Water Fund which provides returns for the environment, agriculture and investors. Prior to joining TNC, he was the CEO of the Balibó House Trust working on sustainable economic development in Timor-Leste and CEO of Earthwatch Australia. Rich has also worked as a derivatives trader and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Simon Holmes a Court website.jpeg SIMON HOLMES A COURT
Simon began his career as a software engineer in Silicon Valley during the first dotcom wave and shortly after returning to Australia in 2001 built and sold Observant, a precision farm water management company. He helped establish the Australian community energy movement, as founding chair of Hepburn Wind, the country’s first community owned wind farm. Simon is senior advisor to the Energy Transition Hub at Melbourne University and writes regularly about all aspects of Australia’s energy transition.
Katerina Kimmorley KATERINA KIMMORLEY, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, INNOVATION FUND, CEFC
At the CEFC Katerina is a clean-tech start up expert and venture capital specialist across renewable energy, distributed energy, energy efficiency, and ‘the internet of things’ and has led 70% of the direct equity investments for CEFC in Australia in 2017. She was the founding Director of Pollinate Energy, a multiple awarding winning social enterprise, now the largest provider of solar to Indian slums. She was recognised by The Financial Review as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence.
 David Knowles png DAVID KNOWLES, HEAD OF PHILANTHROPY AND SOCIAL CAPITAL, KODA CAPITAL
At Koda Capital, David provides strategic advice to charitable, NFP and philanthropic investors and has also established his own family PAF. Prior to founding Koda Capital, David worked at Coutts and Merrill Lynch UK and held senior leadership positions at Perpetual and JBWere, where he was Managing Director and Head of Philanthropic Services. David is a member of the Centre for Social Impact’s advisory council, Impact Investing Australia’s market building working group, Raise Foundation’s advisory council and director of the charity, BoardConnect.
Vanessa Lesnie colour png VANESSA LESNIE, PRINCIPAL CONSULTANT, SOCIAL OUTCOMES
Prior to joining Social Outcomes, Vanessa was a founding director of Impact Investing Australia. She has worked both in Australia and internationally to tackle complex social issues across the community, government and corporate sectors. Her current work involves the development of three Australian social impact bonds and one in Papua New Guinea; numerous social enterprise design, capacity-building and technical assistance projects; and developing shared value partnerships, impact measurement frameworks and impact investing strategies.
Bruce Lourie png BRUCE LOURIE, PRESIDENT, IVEY FOUNDATION, USA (LIVE VIDEO LINK)
In recent years, the Ivey Foundation has shifted its focus toward the transition of Canada’s economy to a low carbon future, and is working with a group of similarly focused foundations to fulfill this vision. He is a founder of the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network, the Sustainability Network, the Enerquality Corporation, the market transformation consultancy, Summerhill, and was the founding President of the Clean Air Foundation. He is also co-author of the bestselling book, Slow Death by Rubber Duck.
R.Madew ROMILLY MADEW, CEO, GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL
Romilly has led the Green Building Council of Australia since 2006. She sits on the federal government’s Cities Reference Group, is Deputy President of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council and Board and a member of the Sydney Olympic Park Authority board. As board member of the World Green Building Council, Romilly drove the global efforts of over 75 green building councils and has also sat on the federal government Emissions Reduction Fund, National Sustainability Council and National Urban Policy Forum.
 Dan Madhavan IIG headshot png DAN MADHAVAN, CEO, IMPACT INVESTMENT GROUP
Dan joined IIG in 2017 after serving as the founding CEO of Impact Investing Australia, an independent non-profit organisation dedicated to growing and developing impact investing as a field and ecosystem. Previously, he spent 12 years at JB Were and Goldman Sachs JB Were, where he served as Acting CEO, Chief Operating Officer and Head of NSW. Dan is chair of YGAP, a non-profit organization supporting impact entrepreneurs in developing countries, and director of Sanfilippo Childrens Foundation.
Simba Marekera PNG SIMBA MAREKERA, CHIEF RESEARCH OFFICER, BRIGHTLIGHT
Simba has been with Brightlight Advisory and Investment Management as well as Christian Super for five years working across alternatives, fixed income and impact Investment portfolios. He has carried out research and due diligence on an extensive range of impact investment deals across infrastructure, real estate, private equity, credit and private debt in both developed and developing markets.
 Clare Marshall bio pic png CLAIRE MARSHALL, PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR, NEW LABS, CREATIVE CLUSTERS, UTS
Claire Marshall has a love for stories, technology and social good. An award winning creative and experienced speaker and facilitator she has presented at conferences both nationally and internationally on the collaborative economy and how disruptive technologies are changing our world. She has created and presented workshops for UTS in Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality and the Future of Journalism and designed (and co-designed) experiences and games for WWF, Google Creative Labs and the New Economy Conference.
Sue Mathews website SUE MATHEWS, TRUSTEE, MULLUM TRUST
Sue has had a varied career in radio, television and documentary film production. She is currently a director of a family company undertaking innovative sustainable property development. Sue is a trustee of The Mullum Trust, which was established by her mother with her own inheritance. The family chose to continue the work of the Trust, narrowing its focus to environment and becoming a foundation member of the AEGN. Sue has been an active AEGN board member for many years and is co-convenor of the Climate Change and Energy Funder Group.
Sue Mckinnon website SUE MCKINNON, DIRECTOR, MCKINNON FAMILY FOUNDATION
Sue McKinnon, together with her husband John, is a director of the McKinnon Family Foundation which directs much of its funding towards advocacy in the areas of climate change, energy markets and human rights, both here and abroad. A background in finance, small business, teaching and overseas development combined with a commitment to peace and social justice, Sue is not just a funder, but an advocate and mentor who stands on the frontline with communities bearing the brunt of climate change.
Belinda Morrissey website BELINDA MORRISSEY, EXECUTIVE OFFICER, ENGLISH FAMILY FOUNDATION
The English Family Foundation’s vision is to support transformational change in our world through the growth and development of social entrepreneurs and social businesses. Prior to this role, Belinda was with Australian Philanthropic Services. She has also managed both private and public ancillary funds and held a range of leadership roles within NFP organisations. Previously, Belinda had a career in funds management and holds a Bachelor of Economics, is a CPA, and studied Philanthropy and Social Investment at Swinburne University.
Jess Roth JESSICA ROTH, DIRECTOR, SOCIAL IMPACT HUB
Jessica is the founder and Director of the Social Impact Hub. She is also the Impact Strategist for Blue River Group, an impact investment services firm. She studied social entrepreneurship at Harvard Law School and philanthropy, social enterprise and impact investing at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Jessica was a solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons in Sydney and is a sessional lecturer at UNSW Law School. She previously opened the Sydney office of Impact Investment Group and served as a member of its investment committee.
 James Schultz his png JAMES SCHULTZ, CEO, GREENCOLLAR
James is the Chief Executive and co-founder of GreenCollar, one of Australia’s largest environmental markets investors and project developers. He has previously worked at the World Bank, the African Union and the United Nations. James has been at the forefront of the development of the Australian carbon market and is currently working on the development of water quality markets in the Great Barrier Reef.  He has been a board member of the Carbon Markets Institute since 2015.
 Kerry Series website KERRY SERIES, CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER, EIGHT INVESTMENT PARTNERS (8IP)
Kerry founded 8IP in 2010 and launched the Australian Equity Impact Fund in 2017. He is responsible for 8IP’s investment management activity. Prior to 8IP, Kerry co-founded Perennial Investment Partners and has held senior roles with AMP Capital and HSBC Asset Management.
Lenore Taylor PNG LENORE TAYLOR, EDITOR, GUARDIAN AUSTRALIA
Lenore Taylor is the editor of Guardian Australia. She has won two Walkley awards, the first in 2010 for her reporting on the Rudd government’s shelving of an emissions trading scheme. She has twice won the Paul Lyneham award for excellence in press gallery journalism and co-authored a book, Shitstorm, on the Rudd government’s response to the global economic crisis. She has worked at the Canberra Times, Sydney Morning Herald and was Guardian Australia’s first political reporter.
 Trevor Thomas website TREVOR THOMAS, MANAGING DIRECTOR, ETHINVEST
Trevor joined Ethinvest in 1997 having spent six years in South America working in economic development. Prior to that he was employed as an economist with one of Australia’s major banks and AP Dow Jones Telerate. Trevor is a Trustee of the John T Reid Charitable Trusts and the Ross Knowles Foundation and assists charitable trusts and NFPs with their investment strategies. He has a long-standing interest in development and advocacy and until late 2010 he chaired the board of TEAR Australia.
Caroline Vu website CAROLINE VU, CHIEF OF STAFF, IMPACT INVESTMENT GROUP
Caroline has over a decade of commercial, government and non-profit experience. She began her career as a commercial lawyer with Pigott Stinson and founded and ran the New Generation of Giving to develop leaders in philanthropy. She has been a delegate of the Australia Vietnam Youth Leadership Dialogue and a member of Sydney Leadership’s 2012 program.
Oliver Yates website OLIVER YATES, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, UPC RENEWABLES
Oliver concluded his role as the inaugural CEO of the CEFC, Australia’s $10 billion ‘Green Bank’, in April 2017. He has more than 20 years’ global experience in corporate advisory, financial structuring, project finance, equity raising and listings, with extensive experience in clean energy. Oliver was an executive director at Macquarie Bank for more than 10 years and holds a number of part time roles and board positions with Macquarie, UPC Renewables, Rise Renewables, ClimateWorks Australia, the Smart Energy Council and AEMO.