13 November 2018
Big River Impact Foundation appoints its inaugural CEO
Big River Impact Foundation has appointed Adam Mooney as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer to lead its ongoing growth and development.
The Chair, Josephine Cashman said, ‘Adam Mooney’s innovative approach, capability and experience in community and organisational development will place Big River as a leading social and economic contributor across our region’.
Big River is an innovative not for profit organisation established and led by a Board of Aboriginal women from across Australia with experience and influence across a broad spectrum. Our primary aim is to implement lasting economic strength and independence for people on low incomes, especially Aboriginal and single older women.
Adam comes to Big River from Good Shepherd Microfinance where he was the inaugural CEO for seven years. He established the organisation and it has grown to positively reach over a million people on low incomes. He has developed trusting relationships with governments, corporations and philanthropic partners. He has raised over $300m. Prior to this appointment he was at Reconciliation Australia for four years, both as Acting CEO and Director of the Reconciliation Action Plan program when it commenced, seeing significant engagement in all sectors.
Adam holds a Masters degree in International Development, a Masters degree in Applied Finance and he is an Australian CPA. His recent executive development has included designing programs for inclusive finance and sustainable impact development at the Harvard Business School, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the London School of Economics. He worked with the ANZ Banking Group from 1996 to 2008 where he held senior positions including CFO of its largest business unit. From 2005–2008 he was head of Community Development Finance. He led and developed the ANZ Reconciliation Action Plan, the first ever corporate RAP.
Adam is a Director of Bagan Capital Finance, a microfinance organisation operating in Myanmar. He has recent board experience with other enterprises including PNG Microfinance Limited, Foresters Community Finance, AMK Microfinance in Cambodia and the National Congress of the Australian First Peoples. He is a past Co-Chair of the Australian Indigenous Financial Services network and he has sat on the Australian government’s MoneySmart Advisory Committee.
‘Adam’s extensive commercial experience combined with 15 years of successful leadership in community development organisations in four countries makes him the best choice to lead the Foundation. He has recognised credibility and influence. He has been successful in areas of inclusive economic growth, gender equality, international community development, reconciliation and business’, said the Chair, Josephine Cashman.
His activities will include raising public and private funds to be used for implementing progressive social investment projects for housing, home ownership, income generation, enterprise development, microfinance and asset building. We know that building confidence, establishing hope and working towards strengthening cultural and family identities will be key contributors.
‘Coming to Big River is a highlight of my career. It is a privilege to work alongside progressive, inspiring and value aligned people on the Board, in the team and especially in communities. I am excited to work with people committed to social justice and economic mobility. It is a dream opportunity. I share the collective hope of people who know our lives and relationships are enriched when progress towards realising our aspirations is achieved, however modest or bold.’
‘Big River is clearly committed to finding innovative solutions to connect with, attract and apply the strength of groups and partners in communities across Australia and in our region. This is bound to improve our relationships and our lives by enabling the hope and human connectedness of large numbers of people as well as encourage safe, healthy and valuable home lives, economic strength and wealth creation. I am looking forward to sharing this experience with leading organisations and investors in 2019 and beyond’, Adam Mooney said.
Adam Mooney will commence working with the Foundation on Monday, December 3, 2018. He will join Robyn Lang on the Executive team. Robyn has extensive experience working with community service organisations and governments, in business administration and the banking industry.