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 Roth

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 Marks

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.

Mia Sturrock

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.

Suji Upasena

Suji is the Enterprise Development Manager at the Social Impact Hub. 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).

Hannah Zhang

Hannah is a Project Manager at the Social Impact Hub. She has just 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. Since starting at the Social Impact Hub, she has managed projects in the health, and impact investing sectors. She brings a range of experience across different business areas such as accounting, corporate restructuring, and investment banking

Fanny Fontaine

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 Samy

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 Owen

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.

Project Supervisors
Lydia Hascott

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 Patience

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

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

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 Kwan

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 Uther

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 Tong

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 Ngo

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 Liu

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.

Project Advisers

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.

The Social Impact Hub is very grateful to the Advisory Committee of experts assisting us with the Field Guide to Impact Investing for Charitable Trusts and Foundations:

  • 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
Alastair is a screenwriter and filmmaker, recently returned to Australia after ten years of working in the United Kingdom and Middle East, predominantly as a History, Politics and Critical Thinking secondary school teacher. During his time as an educator, Alastair continued pursuing his interest in filmmaking. This culminated in 2013 in a move to full-time screenwriting under the guidance of British born novelist and screenwriter John Collee with whom he continues to collaborate. As a writer and creative person, Alastair has collaborated on projects with the Australian Defence Force, the Sharjah Art Foundation, the King’s School Group, the Dubai International Film Festival, the Middle East Film and Comic Con, HiBrow Entertainment, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), SeePictures, Backseat Rebel, DeWinter Snow, Hopscotch Features/eOne Australia, and several other independent/freelance filmmakers around the globe. He has won screenwriting and filmmaking awards in various film festivals and his photographic work has been featured in art galleries and publications such as National Geographic and Time Out. Alastair holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of New South Wales and a Post Graduate Teaching Diploma from Monash University.
Paul Redmond was made an Emeritus Professor of the University of New South Wales in 2006 after serial appointments as lecturer, senior lecturer, associate dean, associate professor and professor in the Faculty of Law. He also served as Dean of the Faculty from 1996 to 2002. In 2006 he was appointed the inaugural Sir Gerard Brennan Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology, Sydney. Professor Redmond has been a member of a number of professional bodies concerned with corporate law reform and development, including the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. Professor Redmond is a member of the Editorial Committee of International Corporate Law (United Kingdom) and the Australian Journal of Corporate Law. While his principal research interests are in corporate and securities law, Professor Redmond also has a research and professional interest in legal education, professional responsibility and in the application of human rights standards to business. He is Chair of the Diplomacy Training Program a regional human rights training body, was a founding member of National Pro Bono Resource Centre and has participated in a number of national and international initiatives in legal education. He was Chair of the Council of Australian Law Deans from 1997-1999 and is a foundation member of the Australian Law Schools Standards Committee established by the Council in 2011. In 2001, Professor Redmond co-authored a significant report on the reform of legal education and training in Hong Kong. He has been an Honorary Visiting Professor in the School of Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2013 for significant service to the law through contributions to legal education and professional bodies, and to the community.
Tyler Giannini is a Clinical Professor of Law and Co-Director of Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program and its International Human Rights Clinic. Giannini’s work focuses on Alien Tort Statute (ATS) litigation, business and human rights, human rights and the environment as well as communities and human rights. He has extensive experience with Myanmar and South Africa and a strong interest in social entrepreneurship and clinical pedagogy in the human rights context. Prior to joining Harvard Law School, he was a founder and director of EarthRights International, an organization at the forefront of efforts to link human rights and environmental protection. After receiving an Echoing Green fellowship to start EarthRights in 1995, Giannini spent a decade in Thailand with the organization conducting fact-finding investigations and groundbreaking corporate accountability litigation. He served as co-counsel in the landmark Doe v. Unocal case, a precedent-setting corporate ATS suit about the Yadana gas pipeline in Myanmar, which successfully settled in 2005. He is currently co-counsel in In re South African Apartheid Litigation, a major ATS case that seeks to hold multinationals liable for their support of human rights violations committed by the apartheid state. He is also co-counsel in Mamani v. Sánchez de Lozada, which brings claims against the former Bolivian president and defense minister related to a 2003 civilian massacre. Giannini has authored numerous amicus curiae briefs including to the United States Supreme Court in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co.Samantar v. Yousuf, and Presbyterian Church of Sudan v. Talisman. He has written about and advocated on many issues, including international crimes; harmful effects of large dams; transitional justice; abuses related to the mining industry; multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs); and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. He has undertaken investigations and advocacy efforts in many countries, including Bolivia, Canada, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, and the United States. Giannini takes a particular interest in mentoring the next generation of advocates for social justice. He serves as a special advisor for the HLS Public Service Venture Fund. At the International Human Rights Clinic, he helped incubate a new business and human rights non-profit, the Institute for Multi-Stakeholder Integrity. A recipient of a Harvard President’s Innovation Fund for Faculty Grant for his clinical work on Burma, Giannini also concentrates attention on clinical pedagogy in the human rights context. He is currently working on an exchange with practitioners and academics in South Africa. Giannini holds graduate degrees in law and foreign policy from the University of Virginia where he was a member of the law review. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar and speaks Thai.
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