Giles Gunesekera

Giles is the Founder and CEO of Global Impact Initiative (GII). The business creates Impact Investments with the dual purpose of generating positive financial returns and creating social impact. GII is globally recognised as one of only thirty-six (36) Global Compact LEAD companies, recognised for their high levels of engagement in the United Nations Global Compact. Giles has over 25 years’ experience of building and developing teams and businesses for global enterprises.

Giles has received an Outstanding Alumnus award from Oxford for creating an innovative, sustainable business that generates positive social impact. He is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia, Fellow of the School of Social Entrepreneurs, Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders, and Member of the Australian Institute of Training and Development.

Giles has a unique blend of leadership and business skills gained in the corporate environment married with financial and governance skills gained in the Not for Profit sector. He holds numerous Volunteer Not-for-Profit Directorships ranging from International Aid, Human Rights, Disabilities, Education, Arts and Sports. Giles is on Advisory Boards for the United Nations for Climate & Health and Sustainable Finance. He is an Advisory Board Member of the Securities and Investments Institute of Asia Pacific and an Industry Fellow at the Business School of the University of Technology, Sydney.

Giles has formal academic qualifications from Melbourne University, Monash University, Financial Services Institute of Australia and Oxford University.

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