Our highly experienced team is passionate about helping social enterprises and mission led organisations achieve their goals.
Sandra Kemp, Acting CEO / Director of Operations
Sandra has worked in the finance industry for 15 years, the last 11 of which were with Macquarie Group in the role of Operations Manager, Macquarie Research. Sandra has extensive project management and operations experience in Australia and internationally. She has worked across the commercial and community/NFP sector and commenced her career with NSW Department of Land & Water Conservation as a Hydrologist. Sandra has been with SEFA since the organisation began and was responsible for setting up the business operations.
David Rickards, Executive
David was formerly the Head of Research and an Executive Director at Macquarie Bank. He coordinated a team based throughout Australia, Asia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom for over 16 years. David is an authority on global equities and capital markets, with particular expertise in strategic analysis and risk assessment. He has retired from working at Macquarie and is now devoting himself to the establishment and growth of SEFA, where he is Head of Investor Relations. Before joining Macquarie he was responsible for establishing the risk management company BARRA International in Australia. Up until recently David was a Director and Treasurer of Bush Heritage Australia.
Hanna Ebeling, Senior Relationship Manager
Hanna works closely with our clients to understand what makes them resilient, and how to structure loans to suit their needs. She has a passion for partnering with foundations and use blended capital solutions to leverage impact. Prior to coming to Australia, Hanna ran an early-stage accelerator program for social enterprises on behalf of LGT Impact Ventures and participated in a business plan for affordable bamboo housing with United Nations and Hilti Foundation in the Philippines. Before moving into impact investing, she built her corporate tool set over six years whilst working at HSBC, lastly for the Chief Investment Officer of Group Private Banking. Hanna enjoys mentoring mission-driven start-ups and volunteers with Wedu, leadership development organization that aims to unlock the leadership potential of women in Asia.
Dick Boddeus, Senior Relationship Manager
Dick joined SEFA in November 2014. After finishing his studies in Management, Economics and Law Dick commenced his career at Rabobank in The Netherlands, working with Small and Medium sized Enterprises. He then moved to Triodos Bank, a European based bank, considered to be a world leader in banking on values. Triodos is one of SEFA’s founding partners and Dick took the opportunity to work on secondment to SEFA for six months in 2012. Dick returned to Australia last month to continue working with the SEFA lending team. Dick believes that it is important, maybe even crucial, to combine both financial returns and social outcomes. Values that he embraces include entrepreneurship, responsibility and optimism.
Miranda Lee, Relationship Manager
Miranda was excited to join SEFA in October 2016. She has over 10 years of experience working in the finance sector in Sydney, London and New York City. For the last 8.5 years she worked in the Commodities & Financial Markets Division at Macquarie Group, designing efficient trading & risk analysis solutions and assisting with setting up new businesses in Frankfurt, the US & Sydney. Miranda enjoys applying rigorous analysis to achieve practical outcomes and teaching new concepts to others to further their development. She is passionate about helping those less fortunate and using innovative means to achieve positive social impact.
Jacqui Courtney, Business Development Manager
Jacqui completed a Bachelor of Business in Melbourne before working for a number of organisations in different sectors in a marketing and management capacity including The Harry M Miller Group, the Australian Olympic Committee (Olympic Communicators Programme Manager), Sustainable Energy Development Authority (Green Power Programme Manager).
As a founding board member of the Ethical Investment Association, now known as RIAA, Jacqui’s interest in investment was piqued and as a result she undertook a Graduate Diploma in Finance and Investments (FINSIA). For the last decade Jacqui has worked as an equities analyst and head of sustainability at Natural Capital Funds Management and as a consultant to the Impact investment community including the Social Impact Hub. Jacqui is also an active private investor and on the Board of The Impact Club. Jacqui is very keen to play an effective role in enabling a social, environmental and cultural Impact lens to be applied to all sectors of investment in the future.
SEFA expands with two new staff
We are very happy to welcome two new team members to the SEFA fold this quarter – Miranda Lee as Relationship Manager and Jacqui Courtney as Business Development Manager. Both bring more than 10 years’ experience and talent with them. SEFA is in an exciting phase of expansion as we build to accommodate the momentum in the business. We have also moved to our new office at The Bulb, and the photo below has Jacqui (L) and Miranda (R) on the rooftop garden next to the chicken coop. It is truly an amazing space to work in.
In October we welcomed Miranda to the SEFA fold as our new Relationship Manager. She comes to us with extensive experience having worked in the finance sector in Sydney, London and New York. For the last eight and half years she has worked with the Commodities & Financial Markets Division at Macquarie Group, designing efficient trading and risk analysis solutions and assisting in establishing new businesses in Frankfurt, the US and Sydney. Of joining SEFA Miranda says, “I enjoy applying rigorous analysis to achieve practical outcomes and teaching new concepts to others to further their development. I’m looking forward to supporting social enterprises and helping them use innovative finance to achieve positive social impact.”
Jacqui Courtney, Business Development Manager
In September we welcomed Jacqui as our new Business Development Manager. For the past 10 years, Jacqui has worked as an Equities Analyst and Head of Sustainability at Natural Capital Funds Management. Prior to that, she worked in different roles and sectors including The Harry M Miller Group, the Australian Olympic Committee, and as Green Power Programme Manager with Sustainable Energy Development Authority. Jacqui is committed to impact investment – she has been a consultant to the Social Impact Hub, and is an active private investor and Board member of The Impact Club. She also is a Founding Board Member of the Ethical Investment Association, now known as Responsible Investment Association Australia. Jacqui says, “I’m very keen to play an effective role in enabling the social, environmental and cultural impact lens find place in all sectors of investment in Australia.”
We welcome them to the team and look forward to learning from their diversity of experience and talents.