Este is the Director, Venture Philanthropy at SVA where she leads the selection, investment and support of innovative ventures partners that have the potential to achieve transformative impact in addressing disadvantage.
Este brings a unique and diverse range of business, government and non-profit experience. Previously, Este was a member of the SVA consulting team, where she worked with clients to design and implement processes to measure and improve impact. She also led a pilot programme to achieve better employment outcomes for people with disability. Prior to joining SVA, Este was a lawyer practicing in financial services at top-tier law firms, before moving to the public sector, where she advised the public, private, start-up and non-profit sectors on the design and implementation of new data projects and initiatives, with a particular focus on emerging technologies and big data.
Este holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical)/Law (both 1st class honours) from the University of Melbourne, and was awarded a public service Australia Day Medal in 2013. In 2016 she completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ governance training for non-profit boards. Este is the founding director of a Private Ancillary Fund, and a director of Force Majeure and Beyond Empathy. Este has worked with a number of small non-profits to implement measurement and evaluation frameworks, and to design and build networks of financial support.