OnImpact profiles David Knowles, Partner and Head of Philanthropy & Social Capital at Koda Capital; Chair, Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife.
What was your first job?
Working on a market stall in the UK. I went from selling novelty hats to working for Coutts & Co., the Royal Family’s private banker. In some ways, I learnt more at the market.
When did you first discover the concept of Impact Investing?
In 2010, when I was at JBWere and we invited Michael Traill to speak to clients about Goodstart Early Learning’s acquisition of ABC Learning Centres.
What is your vision or what do you wish for?
The big theme in my career over the last 20-odd years has been helping people and organisations shift their thinking and their capital towards things that generate social and environmental benefit and as long as I do that responsibly, I’m happy.
What’s one exciting initiative or development you and your team have in the pipeline?
At the time of writing, we’re conducting a major responsible/impact investing survey to identify barriers and opportunities facing non-profit, charitable and philanthropic investors. By amplifying their voices, we can share valuable insights for the benefit of everyone involved in the process of allocating precious community assets.
Is there anything that annoys you?
Name one high impact company (local or globally) that investors should keep their eye on?
Pollination. Creating building blocks and connections for the transition to a net zero, nature positive future.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to do this work?
Work out if you’re genuinely committed or just following the trend.
Koda Capital – kodacapital.com
Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife – fnpw.org.au