Co-chair, Program Advisory Panel
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.
Co-chair, Program Advisory Panel
Daniel has spent the past 15 years working in finance and investment markets. He spent 12 years at one of Australia's leading investment houses, JB Were (and Goldman Sachs JBWere) where he worked across a range of different roles including Investment Advisor, Head of New South Wales, Chief Operating Officer and Acting CEO.
In 2014 Daniel joined Impact Investing Australia as the inaugural CEO and led the organisation until March 2017. Impact Investing Australia is a non-profit organisation focused on supporting the development of impact investing as a market, a field and an ecosystem.
Daniel now spends his time working on a range of projects and businesses that use enterprise and finance as vehicles for social change. He is the Chairman of YGAP (Y Generation Against Poverty) and a Non-Executive Director of Impact Investing Australia, Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation and Impact Capital Australia. Daniel also sits on advisory boards at Melbourne Accelerator Program and Foundation for Young Australians.
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.
Chief Impact Officer, Impact Investment Group (IIG)
Caroline joined IIG and its co-owner, Small Giants, in 2015, and has a decade of professional experience in the commercial, government and non-profit sectors. As Chief Impact Officer, Caroline is responsible for delivering deep social and environmental impact across IIG’s portfolio, from origination and impact design through to execution and measurement.
Caroline began her career as a commercial lawyer with Pigott Stinson. Shen then founded the New Generation of Giving program, an Australian-first developing leaders in philanthropy. Caroline has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Technology, Sydney and was admitted to practice in 2007. She is a delegate of the inaugural Australia Vietnam Youth Dialogue, an alum of Sydney Leadership’s 2012 program, member of the 2016 Nexus Australia Youth Summit Committee, and former board member of Information & Cultural Exchange.
Executive Director of Economic Strategy, NSW Treasury
Ben Gales is the Executive Director of Economic Strategy at NSW Treasury, where his responsibilities include the NSW Office of Social Impact Investment. Ben has a wealth of experience in social finance. Before returning to NSW Treasury, he was the CEO of Social Enterprise Finance Australia and in his previous stint in the NSW Government he was involved in the development of the first Social Benefit Bonds (Social Impact Bonds) in Australia. Ben was also involved in early sector development work in the UK in the late 1990’s. In between his roles in government and the social sector, Ben was a venture capitalist in the UK and the US. In addition to this, he was a member of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership between 2014 and 2016.
General Manager, Unlisted Assets, HESTA
Andrew Major is the General Manager, Unlisted Assets at HESTA, an industry superannuation fund with over $40 billion under management. He leads a team responsible for managing HESTA’s equity and debt investments in the Infrastructure, Private Equity, Property and other alternative investment strategies, including Impact Investments.
Andrew represents HESTA on various Fund Advisory Boards and advocacy groups, including as the representative of the Investor Group on Climate Change on the Climate Bonds Standards Board. Andrew is also a Board member of AVCAL, the industry body representing the private equity and venture capital sectors in Australia, and Co-Chair of the UN PRI Infrastructure Advisory Committee.
Prior to joining HESTA, Andrew worked in private legal practice and for the Macquarie Group in its Investment Banking Division. He has undergraduate degrees in Economics and Law (both with Honors) and a Masters in Applied Finance.
Director, Impact Investing - Social Ventures Australia
Alex joined SVA’s Impact Investing team in 2013 and is responsible for investing SVA’s $9m Social Impact Fund and the $30m HESTA/SVA Social Impact Investment Trust.
Alex helped establish and is a founding director of Purpose Enterprises Ltd (trading as Vanguard Laundry Services) – a leading Australian social enterprise.
Alex is also a member of the Advisory Committee for the Social Enterprise World Forum.
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.
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.