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“He will be a hard act to follow”: Social Ventures Australia thanks outgoing CEO

CEO, Rob Koczkar, will step down from Social Venture Australia as the organisation launches a search for a replacement

Social Ventures Australia (SVA) has announced it has started the search for a new Chief Executive Officer following the stepping down of current CEO, Rob Koczkar.

Koczkar’s leadership saw SVA grow to a team of 100 over his four years at the helm of the organisation, during which he has overseen major initiatives and projects aimed at strengthening the Australian community.

Koczkar said: “I am proud to have played a part in the positive impact SVA is creating, and in shaping the future direction for the organisation.

“I’ve been humbled by the deep passion and expertise of everyone at SVA and I understand more than ever the incredible change that can be created through strategic and coordinated collaboration across sectors.”

During his time as CEO, Koczkar led the launch of the SVA Fundamentals for Impact and the incubation and growth of venture partnerships, such as Evidence for Learning, the Industry Employment Initiative and First Australians Capital.

SVA Consulting has also broadened its reach and impact, working with government clients on sector-wide reform projects and with leading social purpose organisations, such as House with No Steps and the Tipping Foundation on their recent merger.

On behalf of the Board, SVA Chair, Paul Robertson, said: “Rob has been an invaluable asset to SVA, helping to embed a sustainable and impactful organisational model that has set SVA up for the future.”

“He has led the organisation through a period of significant change and growth and we are very confident SVA is now poised to influence even greater impact because of the work Rob has done,” Robertson added.

Koczkar has overseen growth in SVA’s impact investing work, including with the launch of the Diversified Impact Fund and three new social impact bonds.

Fund managements have grown from $16 million when he joined as CEO to over $115 million today, which includes commitments totalling $70 million from superannuation fund HESTA, signalling a shift in the way institutional investors view impact investing.

“Rob bought a unique set of skills to his role as CEO and challenged the Board, team and SVA’s stakeholders about the role SVA could play in the ecosystem. He will be a hard act to follow,” Robertson said.

Over the last four years, SVA has developed its policy and advocacy capability and has recognised the unique potential for impact through influencing government. This work has included the development of policy perspectives in education, employment, social and affordable housing and reconciliation.

“As I look to SVA’s future, I feel very strongly that there is an opportunity for SVA to play an increasing role in collaborative efforts that drive change at a systems level, so that Australia becomes a place where all people and communities thrive,” Koczkar said. “I hope to stay involved in whatever way I can be most useful.”

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