Program Manager, The Myer Foundation
Elena is a Program Manager with The Myer Foundation. She has a First Class Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from Latrobe University. Prior to joining The Myer Foundation Elena worked at Monash University, Department of Political and Social Inquiry, researching Asian politics post September 11, democracy and Islam. She has also held a number of research positions with community based organisations. In 2010-11 Elena undertook a six months secondment at the Brotherhood of St Laurence where she worked with the finance strategy department.
Chief Investment Officer, Impact Investment Group
Will Richardson is the Chief Investment Officer of Impact Investment Group (IIG) who manages $100m in assets under management. IIG is a leading Australian impact investment funds manager. Their vision is to advance a new model of business – one that ensures economic, social and environmental prosperity. IIG source and develop investment platforms that generate social and environmental value throughout the investment’s life, as well as delivering financial returns for investors. Will oversees Impact Investment Group’s investment portfolio and investor relations. He has over 10 years’ experience in the private equity, property and corporate finance sectors, and has provided investment advice to organisations, families and high net wealth individuals. Will was previously the Investment Manager and Executive Officer at the CVC Group, after beginning his career at Ernst & Young.
Co-Founder and CEO, STREAT
Rebecca is the co-founder and CEO of STREAT, a social enterprise that provides homeless and disadvantaged youth with a pathway from the street to long-term employment in the hospitality industry. Since starting its first street food cart in Melbourne in 2010 the organisation has now scaled to run six hospitality businesses (four cafes, a coffee roastery and a catering company). Across these businesses, the young people in STREAT's programs have had over 30,000 hours of training and support opportunities, whilst helping serve half a million customers. By 2016 STREAT aims to be helping 250 youth each year and be completely self-funded through its business operations. Before starting STREAT Rebecca was the Vice-President of KOTO, a hospitality training program and social enterprise for street youth in Hanoi. Prior to this she worked for a decade in science communication management at the CSIRO, Australia’s premier science research organisation.
Senior Investment Adviser, Evans and Partners
Christopher Thorn (BCom, FFin, MSAA, MAICD) is a Partner and Head of Philanthropy and Charitable Services at Evans and Partners. Christopher is an accomplished financial services executive who has 30 years experience working across private wealth management, institutional equities, philanthropy and social investment, providing investment advice to a diverse client group with a particular focus on strategy, governance and asset allocation. Christopher commenced a 28 year career with JBWere in 1984 where he worked in Melbourne as a Retail and Institutional Adviser. In 1993 he moved to New York where he provided advice on Australian and New Zealand equities to US Institutional clients. Upon returning to Australia in 1996 he was appointed Manager of the firm's Queensland business, and made a Partner in 1997. On returning to Melbourne in 2001, he held a variety of senior management roles within JBWere's Private Wealth Management business, including business integration and strategy. In 2002, Christopher established the firm's Philanthropic Services division. His primary responsibilities included raising awareness of philanthropic issues and providing advice on investment and capital management to individuals and organisations wishing to implement a philanthropic strategy. In this role he established the JBWere Charitable Endowment Fund. He has developed a particular interest in fostering relationships between interested parties in order to facilitate the giving process including advocating for the development of a Social Capital market in Australia. He retired as a Partner of Goldman Sachs Australia in 2011. Christopher is Chairman of ShareGift Australia, President of the Camberwell Grammar School Foundation, a Director of Impact Investing Australia, a member of the Australian Advisory Board of the Social Impact Investment Taskforce established by the G8 and the Melbourne Advisory Council of the Centre for Social Impact. He was formerly a partner of Goldman Sachs Australia (2003- 2011), Council Member of Philanthropy Australia, Chair of the MLC Community Foundation Advisory Board, founding Chairman of StreetSmart Australia and an inaugural board member of Giving West.
Policy Innovation, Social Policy Branch, Australian Government Department of Employment
Natasha Yemm manages the Social Enterprise Development and Investment Funds (SEDIF) initiative at the Australian Government Department of Employment. Containing $40 million of Australian Government and private capital, the SEDIF funds make loan and equity investments into social enterprises. The SEDIF initiative sits within the area of the department responsible the development of evidence-based policies that promote the social and economic participation of people, particularly those at risk of disadvantage. Natasha’s previous roles have focused on local community economic development and innovative locally focused labour market projects.
Consultant, Philanthropic Services, JB Were
John joined Goldman Sachs JBWere’s Philanthropic Services team on its establishment in 2001 after 16 years in resource equity markets. His primary responsibilities were researching and analysing trends in the philanthropic sector; interpreting the findings to provide valuable insights for clients; and forging relationships between clients with a philanthropic interest and the not-for-profit sector. After retiring as a Principal and Executive Director of Goldman Sachs JBWere, John has been able to devote more time to both his family’s interests in private philanthropy through a Private Ancillary Fund (PAF) established in 2004 and broader education through independent consultancy in the sector while still undertaking research and client advisory work for the Philanthropic Services team at JBWere. John is also the co-author of IMPACT – Australia: Investment for social and economic benefit.