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Why You Need To Be Part of a Must-Attend Event


Wednesday, 5th October 2016 at 8:48 am
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Impact investing is more than a buzzword. It’s a new way of doing business – one that harnesses the power of capital markets to deliver social and environmental change.


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Why You Need To Be Part of a Must-Attend Event
Wednesday, 5th October 2016 at 8:48 am

Impact investing is more than a buzzword. It’s a new way of doing business – one that harnesses the power of capital markets to deliver social and environmental change. 

Between 26 and 28 October, at Doltone House in Sydney, leading investors, heads of foundations and family offices, philanthropists and government will join with global leaders to unpack deals, deep dives and the dynamics of where the impact investment market is heading.

The Impact Investment Summit – Asia Pacific  is a must-attend event for Not for Profits and foundations looking to understand how to structure deals and make strong connections with key players in the market. New South Wales Premier Mike Baird will open the summit.

One of the key speakers Simon Freeman, CEO of the Paul Ramsay Foundation, shares his thoughts on the summit.

  1. What most excites you about the upcoming summit?

 Meeting with some of the great minds working within impact investing. The potential to unlock significant capital not only from philanthropy, but from the mainstream investment community in order to invest in evidence-based solutions to address social issues is a hugely exciting prospect.

  1. Why is this summit a must-be-part-of event?

The summit presents a unique opportunity to hear a fantastic range of both domestic and international speakers. The impact investing community in Australia seems to be rapidly approaching critical mass, with private capital, government, service deliverers and institutional funds all starting to work together towards some common goals. This sort of event can help accelerate what happens next.

  1. What’s an exciting initiative you’re working on today?

We are working on a collective impact strategy looking to disrupt society’s approach to problematic alcohol and drug usage. We will look to convene, catalyse and invest in the best minds across the spectrum of academia, service delivery, politics and the commercial world with the objective of generating better solutions to prevention, treatment and aftercare. 

  1. What’s a quirky trait the audience wouldn’t know about you?

Many years ago (way before I got into philanthropy), I gave up being a marine biologist to become an accountant. I am not exactly sure what that says about me as a person. 

  1. What are you doing this weekend?

Spending some time with my two sons, Cameron, 4, and James, 2, followed by a friend’s 40th. Both events likely to be filled with shouting, laughter, tears and tragedy in equal measure.

If you’re part of a Not for Profit, you’re able to register at the discounted NGO rate of $990 to attend the 2016 Impact Investment Summit.

You can explore the program here and register here.



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