Rosemary Addis

Chair, Impact Investing Australia Trustee, Global Steering Group for Impact Investment Senior Advisor, SDG Impact, United Nations Development Programme

Rosemary Addis is a leader who makes an impact, shaping a more sustainable, equitable and prosperous future. She brings fresh insight and cross sector networks to solving complex challenges and creating social and economic benefit: leading, enabling and inspiring impact.

Rosemary is one of the world’s preeminent impact pioneers. She has helped to shape the system to deliver innovation and investment that benefits people and the planet. Her global portfolio includes Trustee of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment, Senior Advisor to the United Nations Development Programme’s SDG Impact and she has been an expert reviewer for impact initiatives of the OECD and World Economic Forum.

Rosemary’s thought leadership is widely published and her work is the subject of numerous international case studies informing the work of a generation of leaders. She was ranked among Australia’s 100 Women of Influence by the AFR for achievements in innovation (2015) and among the top thought leaders in finance as finalist for Women in Finance Thought leader of the Year (2017).

Rosemary’s 30+ years track record spans sectors, disciplines and geographies from a global legal career with Allens-Linklaters and Kirkland & Ellis NY, where she ranked among the world’s leading lawyers, to the first Social Innovation Strategist for the Australian Government and member of the Social Impact Investment Taskforce established under the UK Presidency of the G8 where she was invited to represent Australia as the only participating country from outside the G7 and EU. She was founding Chair of the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing, for which she remains an Ambassador, and is founding Chair of Impact Capital Australia and Impact Investing Australia, Impact Investing Asia Pacific Market Builder of the Year (2018).

Rosemary has a law degree (First Class Honours), the New York Bar, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an internationally accredited broker of cross-sector partnerships. She is an experienced Chair and Director and published widely.