Shawn A. Cole
John G. McLean Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Shawn Cole is a professor in the Finance Unit at Harvard Business School, where he teaches and conducts research on financial services and social enterprise.
Much of his research examines corporate and household finance in emerging markets, with a focus on insurance, credit, and savings. He has also done extensive work on financial education in the US and emerging markets. His recent research focuses on designing and delivering advice and education over mobile phones, with an emphasis on agricultural and financial management.
Before joining the Harvard Business School, Professor Cole worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in the economic research department. He has served on the Boston Federal Reserve’s Community Development Research Advisory Council, serves as an external advisor to the Gates Foundation, and was the chair of the endowment management committee of the Telluride Association, a non-profit educational organization.
Founding Chair, Impact Investing Australia | Chair, Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing
Rosemary Addis is a leading strategist and recognized global thought leader in social innovation and investment. Chairs the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investment. She is the founder and chair of Impact Investing Australia, is a member of the NSW Government Social Investment Expert Advisory Group and also a Senior Fellow of the Impact Investing Policy Collaborative. She has held senior roles across all sectors including leading National Reform for the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet.
Director, Philanthropic Services, JBWere Australia | Founding Committee member of the Impact100 Sydney | Former Executive Manager of the MLC Community Foundation
Luke Branagan is a Director of Philanthropic Services at JBWere. JBWere currently manage in excess of 440 ‘for purpose’ client accounts, representing Funds Under Management of over .6bn. His responsibilities include the provision of strategic advice to NFP institutions and individuals and their families with an interest in philanthropy. Prior to joining JBWere, Luke was the Executive Manager of the MLC Community Foundation, where he led the evolution of the strategic direction of the Foundation to focus on mental health outcomes. During Luke’s tenure, the Foundation has been awarded as a philanthropic leader in measuring social outcomes, driven by innovative approaches to measurement and impact investment.
General Manager, Digital and Retail | Good Shepherd Microfinance | Board Member, The Difference Incubator (TDi) | Former Head of Community Finance & Development, National Australia Bank (NAB)
Corinne Proske has 20 years’ experience in social responsibility and sustainability consulting and was most recently NAB’s head of community finance and development and Victorian head of government, education and not for profit business banking. Prior to joining NAB, Proske had more than 10 years’ experience with EY and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Her major fields of work have included developing and auditing environmental management systems, greenhouse emissions verification and environmental compliance audits. She was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2009.
Co-Founder and Managing Director Unitus Capital
Abhijit has over 23 years of experience in Investment banking, Financial Services, SME Funding and Development / Impact Investing. He started his career in State Bank of India in 1993 and then moved to SIDBI and served there for over 11 years in various capacities viz., providing loan and grants to MFIs / SMEs, rating of MFI, Capacity need assessment of MFIs etc., in different parts of India He joined Unitus in 2006 to develop capital markets practice, closed 6 guarantee transactions and arranged portal based funding for 2 MFIs. He also led a team in formulating Rural Micro Finance strategy for a new generation Private Bank.
Abhijit is an Economics Graduate and a Certified Associate of IIBF, Mumbai. He attended “Strategic Leadership programme in Microfinance” at Harvard Business School, School of Applied Microfinance (SAM) 2005 in Kenya and Strategic Planning for MFIs in South Africa.
Vice Chair, Supervisory Board of Triodos Bank NV | Founding Non-Executive Director, Big Society Capital | Former Founding Chair, Inspiring Impact Programme Board
David Carrington is Vice Chair of the Supervisory Board of Triodos Bank, Europe’s leading ‘social bank’ and a founding non-executive Director of the social investment funder, Big Society Capital, in the UK. He has been an independent consultant since 2001, specialising in the development of philanthropy and social finance and in the governance of charities and social enterprises. He draws on 25 years’ experience of senior management positions in charities – the last 13 as Chief Executive – and as a Board Member with a wide range of organisations in the UK.