A team of 14 investment professionals with over a century of combined experience, driven by a desire to use capital to positively transform lives.

 
 

LIBBY KLEIN

Non-Executive Director

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Libby sees enormous potential for scaling up impact by utilising private capital. She has a keen interest in impact investing both as a fiduciary investor—as a director of a pension fund engaged in impact investing—and as an academic writer, exploring the law relating to fiduciary investors and responsible investing.

Having spent more than 10 years in financial services and funds management, and another 10 providing legal and governance advice to charities and not-for-profits, Libby is able to speak the language of both sectors. She is the Company Secretary of World Vision; a Director of Christian Super; a Director of Churches of Christ Financial Services, and founding Director of boutique law firm Social Impact Legal. She also serves on the Charity and Not-for-profit Committee of the Law Council of Australia.

 

Samuel Richards

Managing Director

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Samuel was previously the Chief Operating Officer of Goldman Sachs Asset Management in Australia and New Zealand: a $16B fund manager which manages portfolios across a range of asset classes for retail and institutional clients. In his role as COO has was responsible for the strategy development and implementation, connecting the arms and functions of the GSAM Australia business. In all Samuel spent 15 years across the Goldman Sachs and JB Were businesses.

Samuel is also the founder of Project40, a successful cross-sector collaboration and impact fund-of-funds. He is a member of the UNCDF’s SHIFT Investment Committee, which is focused on catalytic funding for gender and financial inclusion initiatives in the CLMV region, and is Chair of Australian charity Hope Ink.

 

Matthew Zschech

Chief Operations Officer

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Matthew has more than 25 years of experience in financial services, asset management and IT outsourcing. He's previously held positions as Portfolio Manager for eight multi-manager funds ($400M FUM), Head of Research and Investment Management ($3.4B FUA) and Responsible Manager for the group's Australian Financial Services License.

Matthew has a keen insight into business operations and corporate governance: holding positions as Non-Executive Director for private, public and NFP entities, and a Trustee Director for an Industry Fund.

He built and developed a financial advice licensee and a securities and derivatives firm servicing clients across Australia, the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific in both wholesale managed accounts and securities products. In addition, Matthew spent 13 years within IBM Global Services in consulting, business operations and project management roles with exposure to outsourcing deals across Asia Pacific and global organisations.

Matthew is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a Masters in Management, Post Graduate Diploma in Technology Management, Diploma of Stockbroking, Diploma in Financial Planning and various RG146 authorisation classes.

 

Tim Macready

Chief Investment Officer

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Tim has more than 15 years of experience in financial services and 10 years of experience in impact investing. As Chief Investment Officer, Tim has designed and implemented the investment strategy for Christian Super’s $1.4bn investment portfolio while building Christians Super’s world-leading Impact Investment capability.

He serves as Chair of the UN PRI Environment & Social Themed Investments Working Group and is involved with various strands of the Global Impact Investing Network, the world’s leading body for Impact Investing. He is frequently sought after to speak and be involved with Impact Investment initiatives, and has been a prominent figure in the development of the responsible investment and impact investment field in Australia.

In addition to sitting on multiple boards across business and the not-for-profit sector, he holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Actuarial Studies and a Maters in Divinity, as well as being a Certified Investment Management Analyst and RG146 compliant in Superannuation.

 

Jessica Liang

Financial Accountant

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Jessica joined Brightlight in 2018 following 10 years spent working with a diverse range of organisations, including professional accounting practices and large-scale FMCG and retail groups.

Jessica has extensive experience in financial advisory and corporate account management. As a dedicated accountant, she works with various stakeholders to prepare financial data analysis, identify productivity improvement opportunities and support senior management's decision making processes on a day-to-day basis. She also provides continuous support to the group's activities, offering timely and creative solutions to problems.

 

Simba MarEkera

Executive Director – Head of Solutions

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Simba has more 12 years’ experience in financial services, including 5 years managing Christian Super’s alternatives, fixed income and impact investment portfolios. He has extensive experience in researching and carrying out due diligence on a broad range of impact investment deals across asset classes including infrastructure real estate private equity and credit/private debt, both in developed and developing markets.

A distinguished Yale University graduate, Simba has a Masters of Applied Finance and a Bachelor of Science. He is also the co-founder and Chair of Ignition Impact: an angel investor network focused on facilitating small private equity and debt investments in SMEs and Social Enterprises in key growth sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Jai Sharma

Executive Director – Head of Partnerships

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Jai is a seasoned social entrepreneur and impact investment specialist, and a founding team member and Executive Director at Brightlight Group. He is also the co-founder of Embassy Property Advisors, an advisory company assisting non-profits redevelop underused land holdings to solve social problems.

Previously Jai was a Co-founder and Managing Director of Thread Harvest (a B Corp Certified, social enterprise fashion retailer); an Impact Investment Analyst with Christian Super, and Head of Impact Strategy for a South Asia Private Equity Fund.

In addition to this, Jai founded a small and pioneering child rescue and rehabilitation NGO in India, and has experience providing research and consulting to clients across the professional and financial services, NFP and government sectors.

As a committed mentor to multiple social enterprises and emerging markets start-ups, he currently holds a number of board and advisory positions within the for-purpose sector with a particular passion for supporting businesses working to end human trafficking. He holds an International Relations degree (ANU), a Masters degree in Professional Ethics (UNSW) and has completed additional study on social enterprise through the Wharton School of Business (University of Pennsylvania).

 

Mark Ingram

Executive Director – Head of Strategy

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Mark has spent close to 25 years in the development of international business. Whether as a Trading Manager for the large Japanese Conglomerate Kanematsu Corporation, or as Trade Commissioner and Consul General for the New Zealand Government, or as founding CEO of the market leading non-profit Business for Development, Mark has catalysed and implemented a wide range of high impact international business investments.

In particular, Mark has spent the last decade building inclusive business enterprises with large corporates in emerging markets, providing him with market leading insights into the global impact investing space. With this knowledge and experience, he has consulted to the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Development Program, the World Economic Forum and the Australian Government. His organisation Business for Development won the Shared Value Australia Project Award in 2016, the World Economic Forum New Vision for Development Award in 2017 and the Victorian Exporter of the Year Award in the services sector in 2018.

 

Meng Lee

Executive Director – Head of Legal

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Meng has more than 10 years of experience in legal practice, with a focus on tax, structuring and corporate advisory. He was a Partner at an established Melbourne law firm leading their impact investing and social finance practice. He has acted for a diverse range clients both domestically and internationally, including family offices, financial institutions and NFPs across a broad range of investments covering funds management, private equity and syndicated facilities.

Meng has also assisted numerous organisations and corporate groups with the establishment and governance of their foundations and philanthropic arms, and has extensive experience in dealing with regulatory bodies including ASIC, the ACNC and the ATO.

He has advised on a range of consultations, including financial inclusion development programs launched by the United Nations Capital Development Fund, the Australian Government's Entrepreneurs Infrastructure Programme and the Treasury on aspects of Australian taxation law.

Meng is a qualified solicitor and obtained his Bachelor degrees in Commerce (Finance) and Law from the University of Melbourne.

 

Roshan Ramoo

Director – Investment Management

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Roshan is an experienced investment professional in the financial services and renewable energy sectors, with expertise in M&A, due diligence, investment management, project development and financial modelling.

Roshan contributes to Brightlight’s growth by offering analytical and strategic decision making across investment management and advisory services. Roshan was most recently a key member of the team at New Energy Solar (ASX: NEW) as a Funds Management Associate, and was responsible for the growth of the fund to A$450M and an ASX listing within two years of its initial capitalisation. Roshan has assessed investment proposals for more than 10GW of renewable and conventional energy opportunities worldwide, including in his capacity as a key member of the International Development team at Origin Energy.

Roshan holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Majoring in Actuarial Studies) and a Bachelor of Law with Honours from Macquarie University.

 

Charles Liu

Director – Investment Solutions

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Charles joined Brightlight in 2016 and has more than 11 years’ combined experience in impact investing, investment management and corporate advisory in Australia and the UK. He established the Brightlight and Investing for Good CIC (UK) partnership and is a Director of the Investment Solutions team. He started his impact investing career in 2008 when he worked for Christian Super on the fund’s formative impact investments.

Prior to Brightlight, Charles was an Associate Director of KPMG Corporate Finance where he led debt advisory and M&A transactions. He helped establish and was Co-Head of KPMG’s Social Impact Investment Community of Practice: spearheading the firm’s work in social benefit bonds, impact investment funds, and housing projects across Australia.

Prior to KPMG, he worked in investment management for Intermediate Capital Group, a $40bn global alternative asset manager of private equity and credit special situation funds. During this time, Charles was responsible for investment due diligence and portfolio monitoring on a number of investments across the Asia Pacific including LBO mezzanine, MBOs, growth capital private equity and credit special situations.

 
 

Linda Stroud

Business Support Manager

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Linda joined the group in February 2017 having previously worked in the education and finance sectors. She brings a much needed business administrative capacity to Brightlight: supporting the team by driving client events, facilitating team coordination and ensuring clear communication. Linda thrives on bringing the administration of the business, the support of our clients and the cultural health of the organisation into alignment. She is a critical piece of the Brightlight puzzle, blending intuition with procedural clarity.

 

Ben Gavazzi

Investment Analyst

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Ben joined Brightlight in 2018 whilst still completing his undergraduate degree at The University of Sydney, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce—majoring in Finance and Business Analytics—in July 2019. He sits within the Investment Solutions team, where he's responsible for the monitoring and management of Brightlight's investment opportunity pipeline, as well as assisting with the formulation of research reports into potential investments. Ben’s role extends to that of a team-wide analyst, assisting with various business needs as and when they arise.

Outside of Brightlight, Ben has completed internships in Macquarie Group’s Financial Management Group and Commonwealth Bank’s Private Bank. Ben is currently a CFA Level I candidate for December 2019.

 

Samuel Ung

Associate

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Sam joined Brightlight as an Associate responsible for the day-to-day operation of our compliance program. His focus is on delivery of compliance services across the business and management of the firm's information barriers.

Sam started his career at KPMG, obtaining government funding to assist local, national and multinational clients with the conduct of some of Australia's most innovative R&D projects. He played an active role in all aspects of client engagement, including: gathering of information and analysis; developing and communicating recommendations; presenting results to client management, and implementing recommendations with client team members.

Previously Sam worked with Christian Super as an Impact Investment Analyst, responsible for the sourcing, analysis and preparation of due diligence reports on impact investment opportunities.