As the Director of Knowledge and Innovation at The Fred Hollows Foundation, Kirsten leads a team of researchers, health economists and innovators to pioneer ways to end avoidable blindness.

Kirsten launched two impact investment projects in the development sector – the Cameroon Cataract Bond and the Alina Vision social enterprise. Kirsten offers immense insight into the practical considerations and structures that are needed for organisations entering the impact investing market in developing countries. Kirsten is a true leader within the industry, bringing business acumen into international development. Her drive for generating and using data, research and evidence has maximised the positive impact which the Fred Hollows Foundation’s programs have globally.

Kirsten is an advocate for building the impact investing sector for international development and is looking forward to discussing facets of the financing structure. Her achievements have recently led to her being named as one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women for Impact 2019.