CEO, Impact Investing Australia
Co-chair, Program Advisory Panel
Daniel began his role as CEO of Impact Investing Australia in October 2014. He is a strategic thinker, people leader and experienced finance professional. Before joining Impact Investing Australia, Dan spent 12 years at JBWere across a range of different roles including as an Investment Advisor, Head of NSW, Chief Operating Officer and most recently, Acting CEO. After leaving the corporate space Dan went in search of an intersection between his experience in financial markets and his passion for contributing to social change and found this in the nascent field of impact investing.
Daniel’s work with the Foundation for Young Australians and mentoring roles with young social entrepreneurs has provided a strong understanding of how capital can help translate the energy of individuals and organisations in the community and social enterprise sector into positive social outcomes. Dan is particularly interested in issues affecting young people and lends his experience to a number of youth focused organisations. He also sits on the board of ShareGift Australia and Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation.
Founder & Director, Social Impact Hub
Impact Strategist, Blue River Group
Co-chair, Program Advisory Panel
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.
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.
Executive Director, Impact Investing, Social Ventures Australia
Ian joined SVA in 2011 to establish its Impact Investing team. He has worked alongside State and Federal Governments, trusts and foundations and superannuation funds on innovative ways to deploy capital to address pressing social needs – including a $30m impact investment trust with HESTA and Australia’s first social impact bond, the Newpin SBB with the NSW government. Ian was formerly an Executive Director of Macquarie Bank for 12 years and has over 20 years of investment banking experience in Sydney, Hong Kong and London.
He has been involved in establishing and leading a number of businesses including asset finance, principal investment (including in carbon and renewable energy) as well as corporate advice in the infrastructure sector. Ian has degrees in Law and Commerce from the University of Queensland is a director of Australian Affordable Housing Securities, Sydney’s Belvoir theatre and sits on the Clean Energy Finance Corporation’s investment committee.
CEO, Small Giants
Daniel Almagor is CEO of Small Giants, a company he started with Berry Liberman (who is also his wife) to effect social and environmental change through business, and Australia's first B Corporation. Some of the Small Giants businesses include Dumbo Feather, Tom Organic, The School of Life, The Commons, Pots n Pans (in Vietnam) and the Impact Investment Group. He was the inaugural Social Entrepreneur in Residence at RMIT, the founder and former CEO of Engineers Without Borders Australia, and has served on numerous non-profit boards, currently serving on the boards of Stand Up, B Labs Australia and the Australian Jewish Funders.
Daniel loves to read, talk about philosophy, garden, travel and jump on the trampoline with his kids.
Venture Partner, Giant Leap Fund
Adam is an active impact investor and has built a portfolio of investments across a wide range of industries and asset classes that align profit with purpose.
Adam has a proven track record in consumer marketing, ecommerce and innovation. He has deep ties to philanthropy, social enterprise and impact investing.
Adam is VP of Giant Leap Fund which has been established by IIG as the first Australian VC Fund 100% committed to making early-stage investments with positive impact.
DR JOHN MCKINNON
McKinnon Family Foundation
Dr John McKinnon began his career in the finance industry. After holding several positions in funds management, asset consulting and superannuation consulting, John co-founded the Australian office of Grantham Mayo van Otterloo LLC in 1995. For the subsequent ten years he was responsible for GMOA’s Australian equity investments, which grew to approximately AUD 6 billion. Post 1997, John was the senior partner of the business, which, when he left in 2005, had over $10b in total funds under management, 23 staff, and revenues in excess of $40m. In 2005 John joined overseas aid and development charity TEAR Australia, where he managed first the NSW office and then TEAR’s Australian operations. During this time John completed his PhD in social enterprise and development, investigating the intersection of finance and poverty alleviation.
Since 2012 John, together with his wife Sue, has managed the McKinnon Family Foundation, a private ancillary fund that focuses on support for the environment, poverty alleviation and social enterprise development. Both John and Sue are keen to maximise use of their assets, which means investing the corpus as much as possible in line with their values and the mission of the foundation. Hence they have been at the forefront of impact investing. John sits on a number of boards including the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network and The Australia Institute.
Senior Investment Analyst - Unlisted Assets, HESTA
Josephine joined HESTA in 2014 as part of the investment strategy team. Josephine works across manager selection, co-investment review and mandate relationships of HESTA’s unlisted investments.
Since joining HESTA, Josephine has championed Impact Investment by developing HESTA’s impact investment strategy. For her work in impact investment and ESG integration across unlisted assets, she was award the 2016 Michael O-Sullivan ESG Rising Star Award. Prior to joining HESTA, Josephine worked at The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, one of the UK’s largest independent grant-making foundations and impact investors, and prior was an investment advisor at Perpetual.
Josephine has a Masters of Applied Finance and earned a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Science from The University of Melbourne.
Director, Capital Financing group, National Australia Bank
Mr Waddell is a Director with the Capital Financing group of National Australia Bank, the leading Australasian Debt Markets house.
James has been involved in raising funds for Australasian governments, trusts and companies in both the domestic and US capital markets and is currently responsible for the Social Impact Investing business with in the Capital Financing group.