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Event Details

Impact Investing: Lunch and Learn

12:00pm - 2:00pm

Member $20
Non Member $40


1 hour

Networking lunch

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Impact investing is a growing field of investment that is helping to finance solutions to many of society’s most pressing challenges.

Impact investments are investments made into organisations, projects or funds with the intention of generating measurable social and environmental outcomes, alongside a financial return.

Join FINSIA at our discussion panel and hear our panelists discuss:
  • What is impact investing and where is it going?
  • Why do we need impact investing?
  • What’s the momentum globally and in Australia?
  • Real life case studies and war stories
  • How the investment is used, how the impact is managed and measured and what it is like to engage investors and intermediaries

Panel includes

  • Allan English, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist & Executive Chairman of Silver Chef
  • Giles Gunesekera SF FIN, Global Impact Initiative
  • Leanne Rutherford, GM for Families and Children - was critical in the SIB negotiations with the QLD government, investor roadshow and the delivery of the bond for Churches of Christ Care.

Sandy Blackburn-Wright
, Managing Director, Social Outcomes

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Speaker Bios

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Allan English, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist & Executive Chairman of Silver Chef
Allan is the Founder and Non-Executive Chairman of Silver Chef Limited, an ASX-listed and B-Corp accredited company.

Recognized by the Australian Financial Review as one of the top 21 True 2017 Leaders who are changing Australia for the better.

In 2010 Allan created the English Family Foundation to support ambitious organisations that have the vision and drive to tackle major social issues.

Allan has been nationally and continually recognized for his untiring work in the philanthropic sector.

Allan currently serves as a Council Member of Philanthropy Australia and sits on the QUT Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies Advisory Board.

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Giles Gunesekera SF FIN, Global Impact Initiative
Giles is the Founder and CEO of Global Impact Initiative. Giles has over 20 years’ experience of building and developing teams, businesses and distribution strategies for global enterprises. Giles has held senior roles in the financial services industry spanning recruiting, training, product, distribution and leadership.

Giles has a unique blend of leadership and business skills gained in the corporate environment married with financial and governance skills gained in the Not for Profit sector. Giles holds numerous Volunteer Not-for-Profit Directorships ranging from Human Rights, Disabilities, Arts and Sports. He is an Advisory Board Member of the Securities and Investments Institute of Asia Pacific and a Director of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) Foundation.

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Leanne Rutherford, GM for Families and Children
Leanne Rutherford is the General Manager – Children, Youth and Families, Churches of Christ Care and has over twenty years experience working in the human services sector. Leanne has extensive management and leadership experience and has been with the organisation since 2002. She has worked in a number of roles including Business Development and Strategy Manager, Operations Manager and front line positions in residential and foster care programs. Her experience in the child protection, domestic violence and youth justice areas includes working for the Queensland Government and in the youth residential system in England. Her formal qualifications include Bachelor of Arts (double major in Psychology and major in Welfare Studies), Diploma of Business and she is currently completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Domestic and Family Violence Practice .  Leanne was one of two lead negotiators for Churches of Christ in Queensland in bringing the Youth CONNECT social benefit bond to life and continues to provide management and leadership oversite of the program.

Sandy Blackburn-Wright
Sandy Blackburn-Wright, Managing Director, Social Outcomes
Experienced thought leader and social innovator, Sandy has worked across all three sectors to create positive change, both locally and internationally over the last 35 years. She is the founder and Managing Director of Social Outcomes, a for purpose business that uses social and financial innovation to create and fund quality outcomes for its partners. Sandy serves on the Australian Advisory Board to the Social Impact Investment Global Steering Group, the advisory board of QUT’s Australian Centre for NFP and Philanthropic Studies, is an industry fellow at Griffith University’s Centre for Sustainable Enterprises and an Adjunct Lecturer in International Development at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She was also a founding Director on the board of the Community Service Industry Alliance.

Sandy has played a leading role in growing the impact investing, shared value and social enterprise sectors in Australia, designing numerous large social innovation projects and co-founding Impact Investing Australia. She has also been heavily involved in the growing opportunity of social impact bonds, having worked on the Benevolent Society Bond in NSW, and most recently, the Youth CONNECT bond in Queensland. The team are now working on a development impact bond in PNG along with other impact investing opportunities in the region. 

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