LeapFrog Investments has appointed former prime minister Julia Gillard to its Global Leadership Council (GLC).
The GLC will provide strategic insight and global networks to support LeapFrog’s goal of reaching 1 billion people with essential services – including healthcare and financial tools – by 2030, using the firm’s new $743 million impact fund.
The Honourable Gillard was the first female Prime Minister of Australia and oversaw the country – the 12th largest economy in the world – in the wake of the global financial crisis.
“Our world needs to transition to better forms of capitalism. I am so pleased to join the Global Leadership Council, supporting LeapFrog in building businesses that empower millions of individuals and grow emerging economies,” Ms Gillard said.
“As the impact investing industry scales from the billions to the trillions, the success and authenticity of LeapFrog’s methods and companies will be crucial. Both investors and governments are benefiting from this clear demonstration, across dozens of countries, of how to combine strong financial and social results.”
Also appointed to the GLC were Simon Israel, chairman of Singtel, and Jamie Augusto Zobel de Ayala, chairman of Ayala Corporation.
“These three global leaders bring distinctive experience at the highest levels of financial services, healthcare, telecommunications, digital disruption and government relations – especially in Asia,” said LeapFrog founder and CEO Dr Andrew Kuper.
“Their insights and networks will be invaluable as LeapFrog continues to grow dozens of purpose-driven companies that are reshaping industries, countries and millions of lives.”