Jonathan Kneebone

Jonathan is currently Senior Manager of Policy, Advocacy and Strategic Projects, Strategy and Innovation at Indigenous Business Australia.

My social change proposal is focused on the role of finance as a tool for social change and redistributive and to establish better links, mechanisms and incentives to mobilise private capital to flow to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service providers, enterprises, projects and ventures.’

Jonathan has had a career spanning legal, policy strategy, investor relations and commercial roles, having spent over a decade working for indigenous organisations including the Northern Land Council and Native Title Services Victoria as Managing Lawyer before shifting to the commercially-focused Indigenous Business Australia. There he saw the potential for impact investing to fund Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ventures, to grow the potential for social entrepreneurship to create solutions, and to shift reliance from government and grant sources of funding..

‘My work over close to 15 years with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people has made it abundantly clear that communities, groups and individuals desire self-determination and freedom of choice to improve their lives and livelihoods.’