Founder & Director, Social Impact Hub
Impact Strategist, Blue River Group
Jessica is the Founder and Director of the Social Impact Hub. The Social Impact Hub brings university students together with industry, social enterprises, not-for-profits and foundations to develop and conduct a variety of applied projects in different areas of social impact. The Hub is also a dynamic co-working space, educating and empowering a courageous community of change makers. Jessica is the Impact Strategist for Blue River Group, an Australian impact investment services firm. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer at UNSW Law School.
Previously, Jessica established the Sydney office of Impact Investment Group and was a Solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons in Sydney. She has also worked at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and the Australian Human Rights Commission and has served as a Director of a number of not-for-profit organisations.
She holds a B.A. and LL.B. (with First Class Honours) from UNSW and a LL.M. from Harvard Law School, and was the recipient of the R.G. Menzies Scholarship to Harvard. At Harvard, she studied social entrepreneurship, impact investing, philanthropy as well as business and human rights.
Rosemary is a global strategist, thought leader and practitioner driving innovation and investment for impact at scale. She is an experienced Chair, Director and trusted adviser.
Rosemary offers unique cross-sector leadership, is a recognised innovator and global expert on role of government and policy in social innovation & investment, with a strong track record as a field catalyst, innovator and thought leader, with established global expertise, experience and networks.
Currently Rosemary holds the following positions:
Executive Director, Impact Strategist
Chair, Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing
Executive Board Member & Council of National Advisory Board Chairs, Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (previously the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce)
Founding Chair, Impact Investing Australia
Member OECD Expert Group on Impact Investment
Member Bridges Impact + Global Advisory Council
Rosemary is a former equity partner Allens-Linklaters, recognised as one of the world’s leading lawyers (Chambers Global 2000-2002), she established the first business in Australia offering shared value advisory in 2003. Other senior executive roles include the Smith Family Victorian State Manager; Victorian Premier’s Department National Reform & COAG; Social Innovation Strategist, Australian Government’s first social innovation unit.
Rosemary has published widely on innovation and investment, she holds a Law Degree (First Class Honours), New York Bar and holds international accreditation as broker of cross sector partnerships and has an AICD Company Directors' Diploma (2002).
Dr Erin Castellas
Chief Impact Officer, Impact Investment Group
Dr Castellas is a leading researcher and experienced project manager in practice-based areas at the interface between economic, social and environmental outcomes, including expertise in how values and value intersect. She works on innovative projects that draw on her background in environment, finance, community development, public policy consulting and education. She has extensive experience in delivering high quality commissioned research and evaluation to a variety of clients, including: Impact Investing Australia, the Australian Government reporting to the Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate, Pacific Corporate Group Asset Management, the Victorian Government and the Nevada Small Business Development Centre.
Associate Director, National Australia Bank
Katherine coordinates the strategy development and financing initiatives within NAB to support the growth of the Australian impact investment market. Her interest is in driving sustainable business outcomes while solving social and environmental issues, collaborating extensively across corporate, government and community sectors to drive system change. These activities include establishing the Impact Investment Ready Growth Grant and Discovery Grant, with Impact Investing Australia and Philanthropy Australia respectively, to develop the impact investment ecosystem; contributing to Responsible Investment Association Australasia's Impact Investment Forum; and participating in UNEP's Finance Initiative working group to contribute to more consistent impact measurement and reporting.
Prior to joining NAB, Katherine worked for KPMG, EY and other large multinational corporations specialising first in Small and Medium Business then Corporate Finance. Her passion for making a positive impact extends into her personal life where she co-founded the Environmental Film Festival Australia (EFFA), using film as a medium for storytelling to inform, engage and inspire Australians about a variety of environmental issues.
Director, Impact Investing, Social Ventures Australia
Alex joined SVA’s Impact Investing team in 2013 and is currently responsible for leading the $15M SVA Diversified Impact Fund. In addition to this, he leads SVA's work helping social enterprises win and deliver large social procurement contracts - a potential game changer.
Previously, Alex managed SVA's $9m Social Impact Fund and established the $30m HESTA/SVA Social Impact Investment Trust. Alex also helped establish and is a founding director of Purpose Enterprises Ltd (trading as Vanguard Laundry Services) – a leading Australian social enterprise.
Prior to SVA, Alex worked as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co. across Australia, Asia and Europe, specialising in due diligence for major mergers and acquisitions. Alex holds a dual BA/LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and is a CFA charterholder.
Chief Investment Officer, Australian Impact Investments Co-founder and Managing Director, Unitus Capital
Kylie has worked at the intersection of mainstream capital markets, impact investment and philanthropy since 2004 when she joined Unitus Labs in Seattle to lead their capital markets initiative. In 2008, Kylie co-founded Unitus Capital on the basis of this work and a commitment to mobilising capital to enable the success of businesses providing innovative market based solutions to environmental and social challenges. Since its launch, Unitus Capital has arranged more than US$1 .4 billion for businesses benefiting low-income populations in India and SE Asia.
Kylie is the Chief Investment Officer for Australian Impact Investments, a financial advisory group specialised in designing, implementing and managing impact investment portfolios for wholesale investors. She also serves as a venture partner to the Giant Leap Fund and investment committee member of the Indigeneous Real Estate Investment Trust, as well as lecturing on impact investment for the University of New South Wales and University of Western Australia. Outside of these roles her work includes: authoring submissions and participating in roundtables for commissioned studies of the Australian Government in regard to the development of the market for impact investment; consulting to and serving as an ex-officio committee member for the Australian Government in regard to Social Enterprise Development and Investment Fund (SEDIF); and co-authoring the feasibility assessment study and surveying investor appetite for the NSW Social Benefit Bonds (also referred to as social impact bonds). Prior to transitioning her career to impact investment,
Kylie graduated in Commerce (Banking and Finance) at University of Canberra and has an MBA from the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford in England.
Cross-sector Social Impact Consultant
Lydia is a cross-sector social impact consultant helping individuals and organisations to understand their role within the broader social change system.
At the individual level Lydia helps individuals to better understand themselves as systems change leaders. She provides one-on-one coaching, designs and facilitates development programmes, convenes communities of practice and curates social change events. Individuals worked with include: private, public and community sector professionals, entrepreneurs, impact investors, students and those in career transition.
At the institutional level, Lydia helps to embed social impact into the heart of organisations. She focuses on impact strategy consulting, impact measurement, collaboration processes, capacity building and culture change.
Continually drawn to the systems level, Lydia also works across organisations and sectors on systems mapping efforts, collective impact projects, research and thought leadership. Lydia always works in partnership with existing organisations. She thrives on maintaining a diverse cross-sector network so she can pull together connections and resources that generate transformation for social change.
Prior to re-locating to the UK, Lydia was the Program Manager for the 2017 Summit.