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Join the conversation designed to amplify impact investment efforts in Australia. In partnership with Qantas & Indigenous Business Australia, Inside Policy is proud to host an Impact Investment Speaking Tour with Amb. John Simon (ret.) from 23-27 March 2015 in Sydney and Canberra.

“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 our keynote speaker: 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.


A leading global expert in impact investment - 

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

Connect with thought-leaders, investors & change-makers at our Sydney events.

In conversation with Amb. Simon & guests

Engage with a panel of investors, change-makers and disrupters in social enterprise.  The panel will discuss how social enterprises can successfully attract impact investment.

Free. Monday 23 March 6-8pm. Sydney.

Breakfast with Amb. Simon & guests

Join social entrepreneurs, corproate philanthropists, investors and thought-leaders in a conversation about how impact investment can help create positive social change.


Free. Tuesday 24 March 8.30-10.30am. Sydney.

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Amb. John Simon (ret.) - will lead a series of conversations in Sydney and Canberra aimed at increasing the scale of impact investments in Australia.


Amb. Simon will meet with leaders in the Australian government, corporate, investor, philanthropic and not-for-profit communities to explore:

  • successful models of impact investment

  • positive social and financial returns acheived through these models

  • how to make successful impact investments and measure returns

  • how to attract impact investment

  • the role of government policy in supporting impact investment.

Amb. Simon’s impact investment speaking tour commences on 23 March 2015 with a series of events being held in Sydney and Canberra. Register for a selection of these events below.

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.

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