Vanessa Lesnie

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Vanessa has been at the forefront of growing social innovation and impact investing in Australia and the Pacific. As Principal Consultant at Social Outcomes, Vanessa has worked on four domestic social impact bonds and a development impact bond in Papua New Guinea; social enterprise design, capacity-building and technical assistance in Australia and the Pacific; as well as impact measurement frameworks and impact investing strategies targeting domestic and international investors.

Vanessa worked with the Australian Human Rights Commission for 12 years, leading the Human Rights Program and its many national inquiries, the Business and Human Rights Program and the Commission’s strategic and cultural change process. While working for a New York-based NGO, Human Rights First, Vanessa led a range of global human rights projects involving global corporations, development banks, UN bodies, governments and civil society, with a special focus on Cambodia.

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