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Board of Directors

Warren Mundine

Warren Mundine is from the First Australian Nations of Bundjalung and Gumbaynggirr people on the north coast of NSW and Chair of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation. Warren is a highly respected and influential businessman, political strategist and Indigenous advocate for empowering First Australians to build a sustained Indigenous economy. His life and career have been shaped by a deep-seated personal commitment to community, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, and he has more than 38 years experience working in the public, private and community sectors. As Chairman of the Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce he provides national leadership for initiatives to help Indigenous people break the welfare cycle, such as the Australian Employment Covenant. In addition to his role as Chair of AIEF, Warren is currently Managing Director of the NyunggaBlack Group and the Chair of the Prime Minister's Indigenous Advisory Council. His former posts include Chairman of GenerationOne, a national organisation that is working to reduce the disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in one generation, and Chief Executive Officer of NTSCORP Ltd, a company in NSW that assists Traditional Owners to achieve social justice and promote economic, environmental and cultural development through Native Title and other avenues. Warren has been recognised for his community, government and business achievements with an Honorary Doctorate from Southern Cross University.

Chair

Rob Coombe

Rob Coombe is a Director of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and Chair of AIEF's Investment Committee. Rob has over 30 years of corporate experience in Australia and Asia including over 10 years in a Chief Executive Officer capacity and he is currently the Chief Executive Officer of QSRH Ltd. Prior to joining QSRH Ltd, he spent two years running Westpac’s Retail, Business and Agricultural banking operations throughout Australia after six years as CEO of BT Financial Group, where he was responsible for all of Westpac’s funds management, financial planning, insurance, private banking, broking, platform and superannuation businesses in Australia. Rob is also Deputy Chairman of Surfing Australia, a member of the Advisory Board to the UTS Faculty of Law and a director of CIMB Group, one of the largest financial services institutions in south-east Asia. Rob holds Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from te University of Technology, Sydney and received the 2011 UTS Chancellor's Award for Excellence in recognition of his achievements in the business and social sectors.

Director

Michael
Lindsay

Michael Lindsay is a Director and Treasurer of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and a member of AIEF’s Investment Committee. Michael is also Director and Group Company Secretary of the Olbia Group. Michael trained as a Mining Engineer and began work in a variety of operational roles in underground and open-cut coal mines with BP Coal in the Hunter Valley. He then completed an MBA at the AGSM before re-joining the mining industry working in a variety of executive roles with Energy Resources of Australia, North Ltd and Resource Finance Corporation, before joining Tenix in 2003. Michael is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, Eng Exec Engineers Australia and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries. Michael is also a Director of the Tenix Foundation.

Director

Carlie Smart

Carlie Smart is a past recipient of an AIEF Scholarship and a proud Gumbaynggirr woman from Bowraville on the north coast of NSW. She completed her secondary education at St Vincent’s College, Potts Point and in 2014 she graduated from the University of New South Wales with degrees in Law and Criminology. Carlie worked throughout her time at university, undertaking roles at AIEF, Allens Linklaters, SBS and the UNSW Faculty of Law. She is currently undertaking her training at the College of Law to qualify as a solicitor in 2015 and she is employed in a graduate role at SBS, focusing on pre-publication advice, contracts and legal research.

Director

Andrew Penfold AM

Andrew Penfold AM is the Executive Director of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and a member of AIEF's Investment Committee. He is also a Member of the Order of Australia, a member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council and a member of the Advisory Council at the Centre for Social Impact, University of New South Wales. Andrew was appointed as the inaugural NSW Human Rights Ambassador in 2013 and in recent years received the UTS Chancellor’s Award for Excellence (2013), the NSW Human Rights Award (2013), an Order of Merit from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2013), the UTS Community Alumni Award (2013) and was a finalist for Australian of the Year (2010). He is a former finance lawyer and investment banker with 20 years experience working in leading international firms in Sydney, London and Hong Kong. In 2004, Andrew left the business world and spent five years working on a full time, voluntary basis as Founder and Chairman of the St Joseph’s College Indigenous Fund and at a range of other non-profit and charitable organisations before establishing AIEF in 2007. He is also a former director of the ANZ Stadium Club at Homebush, a former director of the South-West Inner Sydney Housing Cooperative in Redfern, a former Secretary and Trustee of the Hong Kong Rugby Bali Fund and he has held various other governance roles over the past 10 years.

Executive Director

Investment Committee

Rob Coombe

Rob Coombe is a Director of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and Chair of AIEF's Investment Committee. Rob has over 30 years of corporate experience in Australia and Asia including over 10 years in a Chief Executive Officer capacity and he is currently the Chief Executive Officer of QSRH Ltd. Prior to joining QSRH Ltd, he spent two years running Westpac’s Retail, Business and Agricultural banking operations throughout Australia after six years as CEO of BT Financial Group, where he was responsible for all of Westpac’s funds management, financial planning, insurance, private banking, broking, platform and superannuation businesses in Australia. Rob is also Deputy Chairman of Surfing Australia, a member of the Advisory Board to the UTS Faculty of Law and a director of CIMB Group, one of the largest financial services institutions in south-east Asia. Rob holds Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from te University of Technology, Sydney and received the 2011 UTS Chancellor's Award for Excellence in recognition of his achievements in the business and social sectors.

Investment Committee Chair

Greg Cooper

Greg Cooper is a member of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation’s Investment Committee and an AIEF Ambassador. Greg is the CEO of Schroder Investment Management Australia Ltd. His Investment career commenced in 1992 with Towers Perrin in Sydney and from 1994 to December 1999 he was Head of the Actuarial and Asset Consulting practice for Towers Perrin Asia, based out of Hong Kong. He joined Schroder in 2000 and has held various senior positions prior to being appointed CEO in 2006 including Head of Distribution for South Asia and Head of Product Strategy for Asia Pacific in Singapore; Head of Distribution in Australia; Product Manager for Schroder's Japanese equity product, based in London. Greg has a Bachelor of Economics (Actuarial Studies) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia and the UK.

Investment Committee Member

John Schaffer

John Schaffer is a member of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation’s Investment Committee and an AIEF Ambassador. John graduated with degrees in commerce and law in 1979 at the University of New South Wales and his career has spanned tax consulting (Arthur Andersen, KPMG) corporate finance (Citibank) and financial research (Davey & Associates). In 1989, he co-founded asset consultancy Intech, which grew to become one of Australia's leading institutional investment advisory consultancies. More recently, John founded Catallyst Advisors which provides institutional third-party marketing services.

Investment Committee Member

Michael
Lindsay

Michael Lindsay is a Director and Treasurer of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and a member of AIEF’s Investment Committee. Michael is also Director and Group Company Secretary of the Olbia Group. Michael trained as a Mining Engineer and began work in a variety of operational roles in underground and open-cut coal mines with BP Coal in the Hunter Valley. He then completed an MBA at the AGSM before re-joining the mining industry working in a variety of executive roles with Energy Resources of Australia, North Ltd and Resource Finance Corporation, before joining Tenix in 2003. Michael is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, Eng Exec Engineers Australia and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries. Michael is also a Director of the Tenix Foundation.

Investment Committee Member

Andrew Penfold
AM

Andrew Penfold AM is the Executive Director of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and a member of AIEF's Investment Committee. He is also a Member of the Order of Australia, a member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council and a member of the Advisory Council at the Centre for Social Impact, University of New South Wales. Andrew was appointed as the inaugural NSW Human Rights Ambassador in 2013 and in recent years received the UTS Chancellor’s Award for Excellence (2013), the NSW Human Rights Award (2013), an Order of Merit from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2013), the UTS Community Alumni Award (2013) and was a finalist for Australian of the Year (2010). He is a former finance lawyer and investment banker with 20 years experience working in leading international firms in Sydney, London and Hong Kong. In 2004, Andrew left the business world and spent five years working on a full time, voluntary basis as Founder and Chairman of the St Joseph’s College Indigenous Fund and at a range of other non-profit and charitable organisations before establishing AIEF in 2007. He is also a former director of the ANZ Stadium Club at Homebush, a former director of the South-West Inner Sydney Housing Cooperative in Redfern, a former Secretary and Trustee of the Hong Kong Rugby Bali Fund and he has held various other governance roles over the past 10 years.

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