Lisa George

Global Head, Macquarie Group Foundation

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Lisa George is the Global Head of the Macquarie Group Foundation.  The Foundation is Macquarie Group’s philanthropic arm and is one of the largest corporate benefactors in Australia.

Macquarie staff engagement in their local communities is the founding principle of the Foundation. Since inception in 1985, the Foundation has donated more than $300 million to charities around the world.  The Foundation also believes in the importance of capacity building and innovation within the sector to increase its effectiveness.

Prior to this role she worked for Social Ventures Australia in the consulting arm providing strategic support to nonprofit organisations. She is currently on the Board of SYC Ltd and Chair of the Harvard Club of Australia Nonprofit Fellowship, which awards 2 scholarships annually to Australian nonprofit CEOs to study at Harvard Business School.  Lisa holds a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University.

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