Skip to main content

About Us

Our mission

Radically change the pace of innovation for children

Let’s exponentially improve children’s lives in the next 10 years. We can do this together.


Save the Children Impact Investments champions start-ups that are radically transforming how we solve issues facing millions of the world’s most vulnerable children. We also work with ecosystem partners and investors who support our mission to ensure every child receives the right to survival, protection, development and participation.

We are part of a global movement and have crowded in private sector investment to help achieve measurable impact and the sustainable development goals. Our first fund, an Australia-based commercial impact fund, was established in 2020.

Our Fund provides loans and equity investments to help mission-aligned startups and social enterprises grow. We then back these enterprises and provide support, from field expertise to creating new stakeholder relationships, in up to 118 countries.

We are most excited about those solutions which we can enable, with the patient capital, to scale and generate competitive financial returns for our investors. Through supporting our innovators and creating bridges for them to formerly inaccessible opportunities, our platform aims to fuel the growth of these organisations.

Our History

100 years of radical innovation for children – to innovating for the next 100

Save the Children helped pioneer the concept of children’s rights, and we believe this innovation needs more. As one of the world’s leading independent organisations for children, we are and have always been at the forefront of saving children’s lives when disasters strike, and creating lasting change for children and their families through our long-term education, health, child protection, livelihoods and climate change adaptation projects.

Children deserve every chance to take on the world. They deserve an education, a healthy start in life and the chance to go further than they ever dreamed possible. Children have always been the heroes of our story, and now we’re finding more heroes to help.

The next 100 years starts with what we do together in the next 10.

Our Investment Team

Drawing on a diversity of backgrounds, our investment team brings a wealth of experience and skills to help our founders. With support from Save the Children Global Ventures (SCGV), our coverage and expertise spans the world.

Paul Ronalds
Managing Director

Paul leads Save the Children Global Ventures, the in-house team at Save the Children responsible for taking innovative finance and new technologies to scale.

For nine years, Paul served as CEO of Save the Children Australia. He led the creation of and is a founding director of Save the Children Australia’s impact investment fund.

He co-founded, one of Australia’s first e-commerce companies, and has helped establish, fund and lead a number of international and Australian start-ups across multiple sectors.

In 2022, Paul was recognised for Outstanding Achievement in the annual Australian Impact Investment Awards.

Julianne Wilkin
Head of Impact Investing

Julianne joined the Save the Children Australia in May 2021 as Legal Counsel, Impact Investment Fund and Social Enterprises. In 2022 she moved into the role as Co-Head of Impact Investing.

Julianne has more than 20 years’ legal and commercial experience.  Julianne spent 15+ years at Macquarie Group where she was General Counsel and Global Head of Legal & Tax for Corporate Asset Finance and advised on finance transactions, new commercial ventures, investment opportunities, acquisitions and divestments.

Julianne began her career in private practice with Corrs Chambers Westgarth, and prior to joining Save the Children Australia was General Counsel at The Fred Hollows Foundation and Alina Vision.

Sophie Coleman
General Counsel

Sophie has more than 15 years’ experience in commercial legal practice and in-house legal, governance and management roles. Sophie leads the legal aspects of fund structuring, due diligence, acquisitions and disposals.

Since joining Save the Children Australia in 2013, Sophie has been involved in assessing and executing a number of mergers and establishing social enterprises and joint ventures in Australia and overseas. Sophie has broad experience in governance, accountability and transparency practices for international aid and development and serves on the boards of two external charities.

Amanda Cosby

Amanda was responsible for leading setup and strategy for several high-profile startups including Malala Fund and The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, a $50 million investment portfolio focused on sustainable economic development following Haiti’s 2010 earthquake.

Preeth Gowdar
Chief Investment Officer (USA)

Most recently Preeth served as a sell-side transaction advisory executive at Palladium Impact Capital, where he led client engagements across capital raising, transaction and fund structuring and strategy development and advised entrepreneurs, fund managers and non-profits. Preeth also co-established Lok Capital, a leading Indian fund manager.

Eve Kerubo Nyang’Wara
Head of Multiplier Fund (Kenya)

Eve brings diverse private sector, government and INGO experience, most recently as an investment manager with World Resources Institute, where she aided viability and investment flows into public-private partnerships and helped establish a Climate Action Investment Fund. Eve has particular expertise identifying and executing African based investment opportunities.

Our Goverance

Our investment team is led by a seasoned Investment Committee and Board.