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#InvestForGood speaking tour... it's a wrap!

From 23-27 March 2015, Inside Policy, Qantas and Indigenous Business Australia led a series of conversations designed to amplify impact investment efforts in Australia. The #InvestForGood speaking tour featured global impact investment expert and investor Amb. John Simon (ret.) founder of Total Impact Capital.

“In Australia, the gap between the demand for services and what government can provide is estimated to reach US$54 billion or 3% of GDP by 2025.” (Accenture & Oxford Economics, 2012).

Meet global development expert and impact investor Amb. John Simon (ret.), Founder of Total Impact Capital.


In this future, how will social, health & community services be funded? How will the needs of Australia's most vulnerable be met? How will we ensure that people in need do not fall between the cracks and that all Australian's can share in our prosperity?


Impact investment may be a solution.

Amb. Simon is founder and Managing Partner at Total Impact Capital, a world leading impact investment firm who works with investors and enterprises seeking to create positive social impacts as well as strong financial returns. Before Total Impact Capital, Amb Simon was a visiting fellow at the Centre for Global Development, where he co-authored More than Money, a report on impact investing as a development tool. Previously, he held a variety of posts including the

Impact investing is a growing field of investment that intentionally creates positive social or environmental impact as well as a financial return, and measures both.


Amb.Simon often describes impact investments as those that offer more than 0 per cent financial return plus a social and / or environmental impact.

United States Ambassador to the African Union and the Executive Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Ambassador Simon also served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Relief, Stabilization, and Development for the National Security Council at the White House, the first to hold this post.  From 2002 to 2003, Ambassador Simon was Deputy Assistant Administrator at the United States Agency for International Development. Earlier in his career, he served as Director of Business Finance and Strategic Planning at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Executive Office for Administration and Finance in several capacities, including Deputy Director for Research and Development.


Thought-leaders, investors & change-makers connected at the #InvestForGood events.

Rebels, changemakers & disrupters. How social enterprises & impact investors are creating positive social change: A conversation with Amb. John Simon & guests.

Monday, 23 March at Indigenous Digital Excellence in Redfern

Our audience met with Amb. Simon and leading social entrepreneurs - Jack Manning Bancroft, CEO and Founder of Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience and Celia Hodson, CEO of School for Social Entrepreneurs - to discuss how social entrepreneurs and impact investors can work together to create positive change. Our expert panel explored questions such as:

  • What impact investment means for social enterprise?

  • How to attract impact investment?

  • How to work successfully with impact investors?

  • What are examples of successful impact investment?

  • How to measure impact?

Creating positive social change through impact investment: A breakfast with Ambassador John Simon & guests.

Tuesday, 24 March at Qantas in Mascot

This Qantas-hosted event explored impact investment with panelists Executive Director Social Ventures Australia, Ian Learmonth, CEO Foundation for Young Australians, Jan Owen AM  and CEO CareerTrackers, Michael Combs.


Through facilitated discussion by Natalie Walker, Founder of Inside Policy, our expert panel debated why impact investment is important, what specific case studies represent success and how we can address current challenges.


Amb. Simon led the audience through his tried and tested impact investing methodologies.


#InvestForGood ideas, blogs & thought leadership.

Impact Investing Explained

Amb. John Simon (ret.), Founder of Total Impact Capital


Missed the #InvestForGood events? No worries. Learn more about impact investment, different impact investing products and case studies of success through Amb. Simon's presentation on impact investment.


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What is impact investment?


Listen to Amb. Simon's views on what impact investment is and isn't.


#InvestForGood in the media.

Impact Investing Explained

ABC Radio National, 25 March 2015


It's been estimated that the gap between the demand for services and what governments can provide will widen to approximately $68 billion, or 3 per cent of GDP by 2025.


So how will that gap be filled? Could it be by charities and other philanthropic ventures?


They will play a big part - but experts say they won't be able to shoulder all the burden.


There is, however, one potential solution that has emerged in recent years called 'impact investing', which seeks to foster social enterprises that deliver a financial return.


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