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Paul Ronalds, CEO of Save the Children Global Ventures, on impact investing and unlocking capital

The CEO of Save the Children Global Ventures, Paul Ronalds, joins us to talk about the impact investing side of Save the Children – unlocking capital and backing truly interesting initiatives around health, education, child protection and climate.

Save the Children Global Ventures complements traditional grant-making and philanthropy with an increased use of innovative financing instruments, including loans, guarantees and blended finance funds.

They work with a wide range of start-ups and investors, and are establishing a family of impact funds to crowd-in private sector investment to help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

About Paul Ronalds

Paul Ronalds leads Save the Children Global Ventures, the in-house team at Save the Children responsible for taking innovative finance and new technologies to scale. He brings a unique mix of private sector, government and NGO experience to this initiative.

He started his career as a corporate lawyer with international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills providing advice on capital raising, M&A and private equity transactions. He co-founded, one of Australia’s first e-commerce companies, and has helped establish, fund and lead a number of international and Australian start-ups across multiple sectors.

Paul has served as a senior advisor to two Australian Prime Ministers; was Deputy CEO of World Vision Australia and, for the last nine years, served as CEO of Save the Children Australia. He led the creation of and is a founding director of Save the Children Australia’s impact investment fund.

He has degrees in economics and law with honours from Monash University, a graduate diploma in applied finance and a masters in international relations from Deakin University.

In 2016, he was awarded a Monash University Fellowship in recognition of distinguished service to civil society. In 2022, Paul was awarded the “Individual Outstanding Achievement Award” at the 2022 Australian Impact Investment Awards.


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