Seri Renkin
CEO, Ten20 Foundation


Seri is the CEO of the ten20 Foundation, a catalytic philanthropy organisation which brings inspiration and innovation to early childhood social investment in Australia. The ten20 Foundation catalyses, convenes and supports community led collective impact efforts focused on vulnerable children between the ages 0-8, working alongside system partners to reduce Australia's child vulnerability as per the Australian Early Development Census from 22% to 15%.Seri has over 24 years’ experience working in the corporate, non-profit, philanthropic and government sectors, including holding senior advisory and line roles as well as non-executive board roles. As a management consultant Seri advised clients and led professional service teams in the telecommunications and utilities industries in Australia, the UK, Italy and New Zealand. Her focus was on development of business and change management strategies required for successful transition during times of rapid growth, deregulation and mergers and acquisitions. Seri was the founding Director of the Melbourne office of Social Ventures Australia (SVA), the first venture philanthropy organisation in Australia. In more recent years she has advised social entrepreneurs, assisting them with start up social enterprises or transitioning their early stage proof of concept to sustainable organisations. This included advising the then Australian Federal Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) on social innovation strategies, focusing on a new place based, collective impact model for an Indigenous community in Jabiru, NT. Seri brings a unique perspective in understanding how diverse sectors operate and utilise this knowledge to build cross sector collaborations focussed on social impact. She was named one of the Australian social sector’s most influential people of 2015 being the only philanthropic funder on the list.

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