All supervisors have practical or academic experience in the field of social impact, and experience working with students. Many of the projects also have an adviser who is an expert in the specific field – some of these advisors are listed below or on our consultants page.
Jessica is the Founder and Director of the Social Impact Hub. She credits her experience at Harvard as the inspiration for the Social Impact Hub. Harvard Law School (HLS) has the largest clinical programs offering of any law school in the United States. At HLS, Jessica worked on the launch of a new business and human rights non-profit organisation, MSI Integrity. She studied social entrepreneurship at HLS and philanthropy, social enterprise and impact investing at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Jessica has researched and written about clinical legal education, and served as a member of the Clinical Programs Student Advisory Committee at HLS. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer at UNSW Law School.
Jessica is also the Impact Strategist for Blue River Group, an independent impact investment services firm. She opened the Sydney office of Impact Investment Group and then served as a member of the Investment Committee. Previously, Jessica 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. She 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 HLS, and was the recipient of the R.G. Menzies Scholarship to Harvard.
Kylie is the Learning and Student Experience Manager at the Social Impact Hub. Kylie is a human rights lawyer, campaigner and trainer, and social entrepreneur. She is passionate about supporting and empowering people and communities to ‘be the change’, and achieve creative and transformative forms of impact.
She is also the founder of Empathy Nation, a social and cultural enterprise dedicated to nurturing a culture of empathy in Australia through experiential campaigning, education and conversation. Kylie has completed a social enterprise incubator program at the School for Social Entrepreneurs.
Kylie has extensive global human rights and social impact experience, as a former research consultant with the United Nations Independent Expert on Human Rights and International Solidarity, the UN Special Rapporteur on Global Poverty and Human Rights, and with the UN Human Rights Office in Geneva. She has also lived and led community social change projects in Timor-Leste and Fiji.
Kylie holds Bachelor degrees in Law (with First Class Honours) and International Studies from the University of New South Wales, and a Master of Laws degree from Columbia Law School.
As the Collaboration Manager at the Social Impact Hub, Mia believes in the power of social business and social investment to tackle society’s big issues. As a social entrepreneur, teacher, lawyer, and non-profit manager, Mia’s focus is always on how to inspire the change-maker within, through storytelling, connecting, and collaborating.
As co-founder of social enterprise Little Green Tribe, she is bringing the joys and benefits of nature connection to urban children, and operating in a space far removed from her background in legal practice at Minter Ellison. Her more recent experiences in management at The Australian Charities Fund, and KidsXpress, and her studies at the Centre for Social Impact, have honed her skills at partnership and collaboration building in projects to create, build, and demonstrate social impact.
Recently relocated to Sydney from the UK, Matt has had a long career advising SMEs, charities and social enterprises on the operational issues of how to scale-up. Before founding consultancy Eastside Primetimers eleven years ago, Matt had a ten-year spell working with enterprise agencies and venture capitalists, as an investment trouble-shooter for early-stage growth businesses.
Matt has been at the sharp end of social investment in the UK for over a decade having originally developed “ Spark”, one of the first investment ready programs in partnership with DCLG, PwC and British Telecom. He has since led the sector’s development of bidding consortia models, charity mergers and new investment models such as Social Impact Bonds. He has delivered programs for Cabinet Office, DCLG and Big Lottery and managed over 150 projects a year for some of the best social venture organisations in the UK. Eastside Primetimers has been the largest provider of investment ready services to the UK Government’s ICRF and Big Potential programs.
Matt has particular expertise in charity mergers developed over the last 7 years, through managing almost 60 merger related projects and having facilitated the quarterly merger roundtable for Chief Executives and Board members as well as publishing, The Good Merger Guide. Matt speaks regularly at board away days and conferences on the challenges, best practice and current market trends for mergers and other collaborative strategies.
Matt served as a founding Board Director of national award winning social enterprise Bikeworks for 9 years. He has just finished a term on the board of Trident Social Investment Group, a UK based housing association and also served as the Interim Chair of Reach, a £15m health and social care charity within the group with 750 staff.
Fanny is the Administration and Community Manager at the Social Impact Hub. As part of her Master’s degree in languages and cross-cultural studies, she did an internship with the City of Sydney council and Taste Cultural Food Tours. This experience has sparked a passion for social justice and creating impact for diverse communities. It has also strengthened her desire to work with community organisations and social enterprises.
Fanny is particularly interested in people, learning about their stories and exploring ideas together to build a more harmonious society. She also likes travelling, discovering the world and attending creative events. In her spare time she participates in Taste’s management committees.
Michael is a Marketing Coordinator at the Social Impact Hub. Studying Commerce at UNSW with a double major in Finance and Marketing, he has gained insights in developing effective marketing strategies as well as the financial basis for many marketing activities. He is particularly passionate about digital design and how perceptions can influence decisions; as well as leveraging technology to measure, analyse and refine those perceptions.
Within the social impact space, Michael has a great interest in poverty alleviation and education. In his spare time, he volunteers as a Cultural Mentor at UNSW to assist international students in their transition to university and life in Australia.
Charlotte is a Marketing Coordinator at the Social Impact Hub. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Commerce/Science double degree at UNSW, majoring in Marketing and Psychology. Charlotte is particularly passionate about applying her knowledge of the psychology behind human behaviour to affect empathy and action by the public on various social issues.
With previous experience in the UBS Young Womens Academy and the GSDO Leadership Program, Charlottes aspires to encourage young people to be proactively engaged as leaders in areas of social entrepreneurship.
Lydia spends her time as an enabler of pioneering ideas – helping organisations and changemakers to bring game-changing visions to life. With a background in early stage startups and social enterprise Lydia loves to help entrepreneurs ‘know what they don’t know’ and plot concrete steps forward in environments of high change and ambiguity. Lydia has designed anddelivered capacity building programs for impact entrepreneurs, primary-aged children, unemployed women and the Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship, South Africa. For four years Lydia drove the growth of social enterprise Club Kidpreneur from a pilot of 40 schools to running entrepreneurship education programs with 10,000 primary-aged children in Australia and New Zealand. Lydia then entered the world of startups through developing investment readiness programs for early stage investment company, Investible. With degrees in
Commerce, Sociology and Social Innovation, Lydia thrives at the intersection of profit and purpose, so it wasn’t long before she transitioned back into the world of social impact where she has since supported the development of impact entrepreneurs across Australia and New Zealand focusing on disability, social procurement, financial exclusion and women’s entrepreneurship. Lydia comes alive when designing experiences that empower individuals to transform societies at a systems level – something she is currently focused on as Program Manager for the Impact Investment Summit Asia Pacific and Project Manager at the Social Impact Hub.
Sarah is a Sustainability Consultant for Allianz and in addition to supervising projects, Sarah has also acted as the Social Impact Hub’s Collaboration Manager.
She has extensive business development and project management experience having led teams on national and international initiatives for tier one professional services firms including Allens, Allen & Overy and Clayton Utz. She has also worked in public relations and marketing roles at Singapore Airlines and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia where she was part of a working group running social initiatives.
While living in New York, Sarah undertook volunteer work mentoring and supporting young adults connected to a supported housing program. This reflects her passion for social justice issues in particular business and human rights and how businesses can create shared value. This led to Sarah undertaking a Masters degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at Sydney University. Her research has focused on conflict within communities and peace business, in particular what motivates organisations to engage in social impact projects and how this affect outcomes.
Sarah is a nationally accredited mediator and holds bachelor degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Western Australia.
Adam McCurdie is the Co-founder and CEO of Humanitix, a social enterprise which aims to transform every event into an opportunity for philanthropy by providing a ticketing service which donates all profits to charities across health, environment and education.
Adam is also a founding director and board member of Ripple Capital, which provides refugees and asylum seekers with access to capital and other services to help them realise their business aspirations.
Previously, Adam has worked in the communications, media and technology consulting arm of Accenture, leading entire end-to-end delivery of large-scale analytics and cloud platforms for businesses in the Asia-Pacific region. He has also lectured and tutored at the University of Sydney Business School.
Adam holds degrees in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics from UNSW and is currently completing a Masters of Agriculture at the University of Sydney.
Jacqui Courtney has been an impact investor since the early 2000s when she was a founding board member of the Ethical investment Association, now known at the Responsible Investment Association Australia.
She is inspired by her great desire for a healthy and diverse planet for her children and a deep belief that businesses of all sizes must earn their social license to operate.
Jacqui has two decades of experience in business and marketing strategy, global equities valuation and portfolio management, environmental impact measurement and evaluation. She has strong ties in the impact investment, conservation and renewable energy sectors.
Jacqui holds a Business degree along with a Graduate Diploma in Marketing and Applied Finance. She loves most activities that take her to beautiful places in the natural world. Jacqui is currently a board member of the Impact Investment Club and is actively involved with Bush Heritage Australia.
Angela is a business owner, lawyer and entrepreneur based in Sydney, currently focusing on entrepreneurial interests in real estate, social enterprise, education, technology, startups and philanthropy. She recently returned to Australia after ten years working and living throughout Asia and the US as a corporate executive, lawyer and business advisor. She has diverse legal and commercial experience in the Asia-Pacific region including practicing as an international finance lawyer in Sydney and Hong Kong with Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King and Wood Mallesons) and various senior in-house roles in Hong Kong and China. Most recently, Angela was the inaugural General Counsel for AVIAGE Systems, a US$2billion civil avionics joint venture between General Electric and the Chinese State Owned Enterprise China Aviation Systems, based in Shanghai. Angela is passionate about start up businesses, innovation and entrepreneurship in Australia and Asia. She is an advisor to several early stage enterprises and is actively involved in the start up community. She is the co-founder of Catalyser, a social enterprise to activate and increase workplace giving through a digital platform so that staff can change the world from their workplace and organisations can more effectively manage and report on their social impact. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney and obtained her Masters of Laws from Harvard University.
Sarah comes to the Social Impact Hub with a broad set of skills and experience from within the private and public sectors. Her most recent experience has been within research and policy centres hosted by UNSW: the Centre for International Finance and Regulation and the Centre for Social Impact. Sarah oversaw the outreach and communication programs and key stakeholder relationships with governing boards, funding organisations, industry sponsors and academic experts. Prior to this Sarah spent eleven years working as a marketing professional for large organisations including Telstra, Woolworths and AMP and advertising agencies M&C Saatchi, Leo Burnett and Grey International. The career shift was inspired by twelve months volunteering with African Impact, a community development organisation in Mozambique, South Africa and Malawi. She participated in programs including teaching English, managing orphanages, providing sports education and HIV awareness programs. Sarah developed an acute awareness of global poverty, the challenges of grass roots community development and the importance of capacity building. Following her African experiences Sarah completed a double Master of Arts International Relations and Development Studies (UNSW 2010) with a thesis titled “Making Corporate Social Responsibility a Global Norm: The Role of the Business Actor.” During this program she took part in an internship with the Centre for Refugee Research where she joined the Australian delegation to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees NGO Consultation in Geneva in 2009. Sarah also holds a Bachelor of Economics (Syd Uni 1994) and a Grad Dip in Marketing and Communications (CIM UK 1998). Sarah volunteers for Primary Ethics to teach ethics in primary schools.
Past Staff Members
Gavin worked as a Marketing and Communications Manager at the Social Impact Hub. He is a brand and communications professional with 15 years’ experience across both private and public sectors. He’s worked for organisations such as Qantas Airways and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, as well as an ‘eco-preneurial’ start-up business. Gavin holds a Bachelor of Visual Communication degree and started his career as a graphic designer. He is passionate about creative solutions and social justice. In his spare time he enjoys volunteering for not-for-profit organisations such as the House of Welcome and is currently a novice gardener at his local community garden.
Daniel worked as a Project Coordinator at the Social Impact Hub. He is currently completing an undergraduate double degree in Renewable Energy Engineering and Commerce at the University of New South Wales. Daniel is an international fellow of the Pollinate Energy program. He spent a month in Bengaluru, India, gaining hands on experience working on projects that supported the operations and expansion of Pollinate Energy. It was during this time that he learnt about the field of social enterprise and the potential it had to affect real change. He is passionate about the economics of sustainability, and how the spread of sustainable technologies can help us in transitioning to a cleaner future.
Daniel was also the recipient of a New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant, where he participated in the UNSW Island Innovation Lab program which allowed students to experience and understand the challenges facing the people of Kiribati with respect to human-induced climate change. The team engaged with local communities to develop innovative and multidisciplinary responses to these issues.
Daniel has a particular interest in how the private sector can play a role in creating social impact, with a particular focus on incentives, certification, consulting services, impact investing and social impact bonds.
Evelyn worked as a Project Officer at the Social Impact Hub. Based on her work experience and her research at the University of NSW, she undertook a case study programme aimed at proving that Workplace Giving, as a means of engendering better employee engagement, directly translates to quantifiably better outcomes for organisations that host Workplace Giving Programs. Previously as the youngest manager for a fast growing international luxury brands retailer, she produced several innovative reports on e-commerce, Gen Y employee training methods and efficiency improvements. Evelyn holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney, and she is a Master of Commerce of graduate from UNSW Business School.
Hannah worked as a Project Manager at the Social Impact Hub. She completed an undergraduate degree in Commerce at the University of Technology, Sydney. During university, Hannah undertook the 40K Program and applied her skillset to solve complex issues in rural India. This experience sparked her interest in social enterprise, impact investing, and the powerful role that blended value institutions have in solving problems.
She is keen to contribute and help shape the social enterprise environment in Australia. At the Social Impact Hub, she managed projects in the health, and impact investing sectors. She brought a range of experience across different business areas such as accounting, corporate restructuring, and investment banking.
Suji helped the Social Impact Hub research and design an Enterprise Development Program. Suji has worked in the social enterprise space for over a decade supporting entrepreneurs as well as working on sectoral development. She served on the Board of Social Enterprises Sydney and also supported students at the School for Social Entrepreneurs including in a mentoring capacity.
Prior to embarking into the social enterprise field, Suji worked in the international development assistance space for around 7 years for German Technical Corporation and World University Services of Canada. She set up and operated her own consultancy firm to offer services in market research, project planning/management and impact monitoring and evaluation for aid agencies operating in the fields of education, vocational training, entrepreneurship development and economic and rural development.
She is the founder and Executive Director of Conscious Traveller, a social business which organizes trips to Sri Lanka which are conscious of communities, animals and the planet. A keen traveler and meditator herself, she combined these interests to come up with Conscious Traveller.
Suji holds an MBA in International Business and a Bachelors in Economics (Cum Laude).
The Social Impact Hub is grateful to the many project advisers who assist the students and improve the quality of the projects. Some are listed below, and some are listed on our consultants page.
- Kylie Charlton, Managing Director and Co-Founder, Unitus Capital
- Lisa George, Head, Macquarie Group Foundation
- Paul Steele, CEO, Donkey Wheel Foundation
- David Rickards, Managing Director, SEFA
- Caroline Vu, Impact Investing Manager, Philanthropy Australia
- Will Richardson, Impact Investment Group