Profile

Rosemary Addis
Executive Director Impact Strategist
Founder & Chair Impact Investing Australia Ltd, Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing

Rosemary is a global strategist in innovation, investment and impact. She is Executive Director of Impact Strategist and established and Chairs the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing and Impact Investing Australia, which have led field building for impact investing in and from Australia since joining the Social Impact Investment Taskforce in 2013.

Rosemary represents Australia at the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG) and in 2018 was elected to the GSG Board of Trustees. She advises on shaping global practice, conventions and evidence through an OECD Expert Group and the Impact Management Project and is a member of the Bridges Impact+ Global Advisory Council.

Over a 30+ year career, Rosemary has held senior roles across sectors, including as an equity partner at Allens-Linklaters, at leading community organisation The Smith Family, in Victorian Government leading national reform and in the Australian Government leading the first social innovation unit (2010-13).  She is widely published on policy, innovation and impact investment.

Rosemary is an experienced Chair and Director with a law degree (First Class Honours), the New York Bar (1995), Australian Institute of Company Directors diploma (2002) and international accreditation as a broker of cross-sector partnerships (2005). She has been recognised as one of the world’s leading lawyers (Chambers Global 2000-2002), for contributions to innovation AFR/Westpac 100 Women of Influence (2015), and was a finalist for Thought Leader of the Year in the Women in Finance Awards (2017).

Rosemary’s published works include The role of governments & policy in social finance (in Nicholls, Paton & Emerson (eds) OUP, pending); Breaking the Deadlock: A social impact investment lens on reducing the costs of road trauma and unlocking capital for road safety (with Social Finance UK & Regina Hill, 2015); Global Snapshot: the work of the Social Impact Investment Taskforce: Why it Matters & What Comes Next (with Anja Koenig, 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) and contributions to Laws of Australia (1998).