The Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing (AAB) is a founding member of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG). The AAB is uniquely positioned with multi-sector leadership and global influence to drive development forward in and from Australia. A proactive national advisory board – or NAB – is a requirement for a seat at the global table and the board has commitments as part of the global movement to continue to drive a catalytic agenda.
Rosemary Addis founded the AAB as Australia’s representative to the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce in 2013 and led its agenda and breakthrough strategies to catalyse and scale impact investment in and from Australia as Chair until July 2019. She remains an Ambassador of the AAB and its endorsed nominee for the GSG Board of Trustees.
The AAB is one of 23 such national advisory board members of the GSG, and one of the first established. It has been a leader in catalysing engagement and market building leadership well beyond Australia. Like its peers, it brings legitimacy to the field, laid the ground for field definition and mapping, led policy engagement and ecosystem development and played a key role in awareness raising, outreach and intelligence gathering. The AAB does this within a framework of leadership, action and policy that framed its 2014 breakthrough Strategy, Delivering on Impact and its strategy, implementation and operating capacity is provided by Impact Investing Australia.
In 2018, the Australian Government announced a partnership to scale impact investment in and from Australia and the AAB mapped out a platform for distributed leadership for the next evolution in market building strategy, Scaling Impact: a blueprint for collective action to scale impact investment in and from Australia.