‘I am passionate about the success of social enterprises as I believe they play a crucial role in solving social issues in a way that is sustainable. As part of the impact investing team, I get to direct capital to these entities which helps them achieve their social mission. I get to be part of the solution!’
Laurie is an Associate Director, Impact Investing at Social Ventures Australia (SVA). Laurie joined Social Ventures Australia’s Impact Investing team in 2018. Her primary focus is on the investment of SVA’s $70 million Social Impact Investment Trust, managed on behalf of HESTA and the investment of a new disability housing fund, the Synergis Fund established by SVA and Federation Asset Management.
Laurie was born and raised in South Africa which is where she began her career in the impact investing field working for GreaterCapital, a non-profit consultancy with a key focus on impact investing. She left consulting to join a pioneering asset management team that sought to bring investments in social enterprises into the mainstream, through the launch of an alternative investments fund.
Laurie holds a Masters Degree in Business Management from the Nelson Mandela University. Her Masters dissertation focused on social enterprises and how the skills of the leadership team impacted on the successful functioning of these enterprises.