Rosemary is a global leader and strategist in social innovation and investment. As Executive Director of Impact Strategist brings visionary fresh thinking and new models to complex issues, creating lasting impact and value for leading corporates, governments, foundations and strategists globally. Rosemary established and Chairs the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing and Impact Investing Australia. In 2015 she was recognised for her contributions to innovation as one of the AFR/Westpac 100 Women of Influence.
Rosemary represents Australia on the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group (previously the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce), is a member of the OECD Expert Group on Impact Investment, Bridges Impact + Global Advisory Council. From 2010-2017 she was a member of the NSW Government Social Investment Expert Advisory Group.
Rosemary holds a Law Degree with First Class Honours, the New York Bar, is an internationally accredited broker of cross sector partnerships and an experienced Director. Prior to launching Impact Strategist, she was a partner of law firm Allens-Linklaters and recognised as one of the world’s leading lawyers (Chambers Global), established her first business offering shared value advisory in 2003; Rosemary held senior executive roles with the Smith Family and the Victorian Premier’s Department and established and led the Australian Government’s first social innovation unit. Rosemary is published widely on social innovation and impact investment.
Published works authored and co-authored by Rosemary include:
Benchmarking Impact: The Australian Impact Investment Activity & Performance Report 2016 (2016)
Investing to Save Lives: An impact investment case for prevention of road trauma (2016)
The Role of Governments & Policy in Social Finance (in Social Finance, OUP, 2015);
Blueprint to Market: Impact Capital Australia (2015);
Breaking the Deadlock: A social impact investment lens on reducing the costs of road trauma and unlocking capital for road safety (2015);
The work of the Social Impact Investment Taskforce: Why it Matters & What Comes Next (2014);
Delivering on Impact: the Australian Advisory Board Strategy for Catalysing Impact Investment (2014);
IMPACT-Australia: investment for social and economic benefit (2013);
Inviting Investment in Social Enterprise (2007);
Contributions on property and patent law for Laws of Australia (1998).
Executive Director and CEO
Sally has led Impact Investing Australia as Executive Director and CEO since April 2017. She has extensive experience in finance, funds management and strategy, and has spent many years working in and understanding Asia Pacific markets. Her experiences in both the domestic and Asian contexts have compelled Sally to be more actively involved in trying to affect better social outcomes. Sally first joined the team in May 2015 to manage the strategic development and implementation of a new financial institution to scale impact investing in Australia, Impact Capital Australia. Sally is also a non-executive director of Indigenous Business Australia Asset Management, and two National Australia Bank securitisation companies. She is also a member of the AHURI inquiry panel into social impact investment for housing and homelessness outcomes and a member of the QBE Social impact classification committee. Prior to her return to Australia in 2015, Sally worked for Accenture Strategy in Singapore in an APAC regional role managing a team identifying key strategic sources of value for Accenture’s clients across a number of sectors including healthcare, financial services, and telecommunications. Sally’s previous roles include Director and fund manager at Legg Mason Asset Management and Senior Industrial Analyst at UBS Securities.
Christopher Thorn AM
Christopher Thorn AM is a Partner at EY working in the Climate Change and Sustainability practice, where he leads the Impact Investment and Social Finance practice. Prior to taking up this role he has been a Partner at Evans & Partners, GoldmanSachsJBWere and JBWere where he worked in Private Wealth, Institutional Equities, and Research Sales positions in Australia and New York. He also held senior strategy and management roles in these markets.
Since establishing the Philanthropic Services division at JBWere in 2002, Christopher has developed a national profile raising awareness of philanthropic issues. More recently he has been recognised as a leader in the emergence of social finance and impact investment markets, advising governments, public and private companies, not for profit organisations, endowment investors, family offices and individuals investors and philanthropists.
Christopher is a Director of Impact Investing Australia, and member of the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing. His external involvements have included being the Council Member of Philanthropy Australia, Founding Chair of the JBWere Charitable Endowment Fund, Founding Board Member of Giving West, Founder and Chairman of ShareGift Australia, Founding Chair of StreetSmart Australia, President of the Camberwell Grammar Foundation, member of the Centre for Social Impact Advisory Council and Chair of the MLC Community Foundation Advisory Committee.
Daniel Madhavan is a Board Member of Impact Investing Australia, where he was Chief Executive Officer for over two years until March 2017. He holds non-Executive Director roles with Impact Capital Australia, Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation and Y Generation Against Poverty (YGAP). He is also Chair of the Impact Investment Ready Grants Committee and sits on the Advisory Board of Melbourne Accelerator Program. Prior to joining Impact Investing Australia as inaugural CEO, Daniel spent 12 years in various roles at JBWere, including Chief Operating Officer and Acting CEO. Daniel is passionate about the social enterprise sector and is interested in how capital can support individuals and organisations to translate their entrepreneurial energy into positive impact.
Lead Partner – Strategy, A.T. Kearney
Peter is a Partner at A.T. Kearney, as well as APAC Head for Strategy, Marketing and Sales, and a Member of the Global Board of Directors Peter has over 25 years of management consulting experience, specialising in corporate strategy and operations transformation. He has consulted to clients in Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Asia, primarily in the Financial Services, Communications and Media and Utilities sectors.