Rosemary is a global leader and strategist in social innovation and investment. As Executive Director of Impact Strategist she works with business, governments, foundations and strategists globally to find solutions to complex social issues and develop new value creation opportunities. Rosemary established and Chairs Impact Investing Australia and the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing. In 2015 she was recognised for her contributions to innovation as one of the AFR/Westpac 100 Women of Influence.
Rosemary represents Australia on the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group (previously the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce), is a member of the OECD Expert Group on Impact Investment, Bridges Impact + Global Advisory Council and the NSW Government Social Investment Expert Advisory Group.
Rosemary holds a Law Degree with First Class Honours, the New York Bar, is an internationally accredited broker of cross sector partnerships and an experienced Director. Prior to launching Impact Strategist, she was a partner of law firm Allens-Linklaters and recognised as one of the world’s leading lawyers (Chambers Global), established her first business offering shared value advisory in 2003 and held senior executive roles with the Smith Family and the Victorian Premier’s Department and established and led the Australian Government’s first social innovation unit. Rosemary is published widely on social innovation and impact investment.
Published works authored and co-authored by Rosemary:
Benchmarking Impact: The Australian Impact Investment Activity & Performance Report 2016 (launch pending October 2016)
Breaking the Deadlock: Translating the Potential into Practice (launch pending September 2016)
The Role of Governments & Policy in Social Finance (in Social Finance, OUP, 2015);
Blueprint to Market: Impact Capital Australia (2015);
Breaking the Deadlock: A social impact investment lens on reducing the costs of road trauma and unlocking capital for road safety (2015);
The work of the Social Impact Investment Taskforce: Why it Matters & What Comes Next (2014);
Delivering on Impact: the Australian Advisory Board Strategy for Catalysing Impact Investment (2014);
IMPACT-Australia: investment for social and economic benefit (2013);
Inviting Investment in Social Enterprise (2007);
Contributions on property and patent law for Laws of Australia (1998).