New Directors arrive to join SVA Consulting, lead Queensland Venture Philanthropy

Three new directors have joined Social Ventures Australia since the beginning of the year, bringing with them a diverse range of experience across the government, non-profit and consulting sectors.

Two of those directors, Paul Savage and Maia Ambegaokar join SVA Consulting, while Gayle Evans will work in SVA’s Venture Philanthropy team as an Associate Director.

Savage arrives with a strong expertise in strategy and transformation consulting. During his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, and most recently Capgemini, Savage largely focused on assisting governments with major transformation programs in health, social services, and transport central agencies. Outside work, he’s a leading advocate for LGBTQI rights and inclusion in Australia and internationally.

“By combining deep professional consulting experience, strong empathy and involvement in the not-for-profit sector, my mission is to support impact organisations to make a difference to the lives of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in Australia,” he says.

Ambegaokar has 25-years’ experience in the social sector, working as a management consultant and policy adviser in health, international development and women’s rights at organisations including Planned Parenthood and the World Health Organisation. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo and has worked in over 20 low and middle-income countries in Africa and Asia-Pacific.

“I firmly believe that management matters,” she says.

“Implementation – what some people dismiss as a ‘black box’ – is the essential link between savvy strategy and high-impact outcomes. So, whether I am assisting an organisation to establish its vision or helping to evaluate results, I always have my eye on the practical operations between those two.”

Gayle Evans, joins SVA to lead the Venture Philanthropy work in Queensland. She has held policy roles in government, worked in strategy consulting with Booz Allen Hamilton, and held senior leadership roles at a number of social purpose organisations including Australian Red Cross and YouthInvest.

“The best career advice I had was to find something you’re passionate about and do that,” Evans says.

“At SVA, we bring government, community, business and philanthropic worlds together, giving us all the chance to contribute our respective strengths to our most pressing social issues.

“Our humanity is what brings us together… and by working together, we unlock its power to make a difference.”