General Counsel, Save the Children Australia
Speaker: Impact Investment and SDG 16, October 21
Simon has 20 years’ experience with humanitarian NGOs and in commercial practice. He is passionate about the role that NGOs can play in fostering a more compassionate world. In an era of increasing global uncertainty and fragility, the foundations that underpin compassionate and ethical humanitarian action are as important as ever. For more than a decade Simon has worked on a full spectrum of legal matters with humble and inspiring colleagues at World Vision and Save the Children. In recent years Simon has been focused on initiatives to diversify Save the Children’s business model. This has involved: the acquisition of entities with compatible benevolent programs; the acquisition and creation of new social enterprises to generate income and social impact; and, exploring new funding streams including establishing the first impact investment fund wholly operated by a charity. Prior to entering the not-for-profit sector, Simon’s global outlook was influenced by working on the Enron bankruptcy for 3 years at Weil Gotshal & Manges and M&A deals for a similar period with Hogan Lovells in London.