Melbourne Development Circle’s Game Changer
Financing our Future: Innovative Development Models
Wednesday 6th April, 2022 – 6.00 – 8.30pm (AEST) – Online

We know that poverty and inequality is about more than just economics, but there is no denying that financing is one of the greatest restrictions and limitations we face in the development sector. How many times have you said if only we had more budget we could….?

With the upcoming Federal budget and the global Forum on Financing for Development, April is all about money, money, money. We’ll demystify all the buzz words – from impact investing and impact bonds to social enterprise and microfinance.

Development programs are stepping out of the normal service delivery model and asking questions on how the way money is given can improve development outcomes. And innovative for purpose organisations are shaking up the non-profit landscape, refusing to run on donations and good will alone, working together with business. More than ever before, incentives governing the public and private sectors are aligning. As prioritising people and planet alongside profit becomes harder to ignore as the cost of inaction now exceeds the cost of action.

In this panel we will have industry experts changing the game share their learnings as they explore new frontiers of innovative finance models. We’ll throw an interactive challenge at you to put theory into practice and of course plenty of time to network and feel a part of this incredible community.


Date: Wednesday 6th April 2022
Time: 6.00 – 8.30pm (AEST)
Location: Online, Zoom link will be sent before the
Cost: *$5 + booking fee

*As a voluntary organisation, MDC has ongoing costs, and as such we would greatly appreciate financial contributions in order to keep providing events such as this to the benefit of our community.

Speaker Bios

Paul Ronalds, CEO, Save the Children

Paul has a unique mix of private sector, government and NGO experience. 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 eight 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.

 Adam Mooney, CEO, Grameen Australia

Adam was appointed CEO of Grameen Australia in July 2020 to begin programs all over Australia connecting microentrepreneurs, especially women, to realise livelihoods through small business creation and development. He has considerable experience in social inclusion, financial services and the community development sector, working in Australia, Cambodia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Adam was previously inaugural CEO of Good Shepherd Microfinance, Australia’s largest inclusive finance organisation, from 2012 to 2018 reaching over one million people.  Prior to that Adam worked closely with Aboriginal people and organisations on economic development with Reconciliation Australia from 2008 to 2012.  Adam has worked with Concern Worldwide in Cambodia implementing women’s livelihood and microfinance programs and also spent over a decade in the banking sector with ANZ.

Adam has microfinance governance experience through Board positions over the last 15 years in PNG, Cambodia, Myanmar and Australia and made extensive field visits to Grameen programs in Bangladesh, the USA and elsewhere.  He has a Masters in International Development, a Masters in Applied Finance and is an Australian CPA.

Janice Morris, Fund Executive Director, Impact Investment Partners

Janice is a seasoned investment executive with more than 20 years of global infrastructure and funds management experience. She is passionate about utilising capital to take positive action on environmental and social impacts. Currently, Janice is a founding team member at Impact Investment Partners, establishing the Indigenous infrastructure investment strategy and expanding the advisory business where Impact IP brings the unique ability to combine social positive impact and commercial objectives. At Impact IP, we place country, Indigenous communities and people at the heart of what we do.  

Janice has held senior executive roles and non-executive board directorships for infrastructure companies such as Brisbane Airport Corporation. Prior to Impact IP, Janice was an Executive Director at IFM Investors – a global institutional investment manager.  At IFM Investors, Janice was involved in building the business over a period of 15 years from leading projects and managing infrastructure investments, fundraising, establishing new functions of the business to assisting in the start-up of the London office. She was also previously a Partner at Deloitte. She has advised clients on a broad range of areas including investment business cases, project development to reach investor-ready state, fundraising strategies, risk management frameworks and investment manager selection.  Janice holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne, is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).