Welcome to the 2016 Impact Investment Summit Asia Pacific.

We are excited to present you this year’s program of the Asia Pacific’s largest gathering of impact investors. 

Please note that more speakers will join our stellar lineup - watch this space for updates and news!

The Program may be subject to change due to unforseen circumstances.
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Benson Saulo (Good Shepherd Microfinance)

Good Shepherd Microfinance
Financial Inclusion Action Plan Advisor

Benson Saulo is descendant of the Wemba Wemba and Gundjitmara Australian Aboriginal nations of western Victoria and the New Ireland Provence of Papua New Guinea. Growing up in  the rural town of Tamworth in New South Wales, Benson began working at the ANZ Bank at the age of 15. Benson progressed his career within the bank as an International Officer, Business Banking Manager and Business Analysis at the age of 22.

In 2011, Benson was appointed Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations. Benson undertook a national engagement tour in which he engaged over 6,000 people through face-to-face workshops, events and consultations and a further 21,000 people through online tools and social media. Following the national tour Benson represented Australian Youth at the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly and was based in New York as an accredited member of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

In 2012, Benson became the Founding Director of the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy, which engages young Indigenous people to lead positive change in communities across Australia through youth-led social action initiatives. NIYLA has engaged over 450 Indigenous young people across Australia, and launched 10 youth-led social action campaigns on issues that impact young Australians including climate change, mental health, GBLTI young people and suicide prevention.

In 2014, Benson became the co-founder of Mind Garden Projects; a not-for-profit that supports two schools in New Ireland Provence, Papua New Guinea. Through a crowd-funding campaign, Mind Garden Projects has raised over $3,500 to provide books, teacher and student resources, to ensure teachers have the resources to provide a quality education to their students. Mind Garden Projects continues to grow with the support of in-kind donations.

Benson was a participant in the United States’ State Department International Visitor and Leadership Program, which involved a three week tour of the US focussing on Native American and Minority Groups across various cities and sectors.

Benson also had a short stint as a Senior Consultant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ Indigenous Consulting (PIC). PIC is an unprecedented partnership between a group of Indigenous Australians and PwC, one of the world’s largest professional services firms. PIC’s aim is to help create positive change by providing trusted professional services and advice to government, corporate and community clients on Indigenous matters.