Philanthropist Audette Exel
As a key sponsor of Philanthropy New Zealand, AMP Capital is sponsoring an event in Auckland which features an address by Audette Exel. I’m excited about attending this event and having the opportunity to hear some of the many experiences and stories from this celebrated philanthropist.
My reading about Audette reveals she grew up in New Zealand, then worked as a lawyer in Australia and Hong Kong, specialising in international finance. She was formerly Managing Director of Bermuda Commercial Bank, one of the youngest women in the world to have a run a publicly-traded bank, and was also Chairman of the Bermuda Stock Exchange.
But what Audette is most well known for is her philanthropic work, using her skills in global finance to help the poor in some of the world’s remotest areas. She is founder of the Adara Group, two corporate advisory businesses whose sole purpose is to support its non-profit international development organisation which works with communities in Nepal and Uganda to deliver essential services.
In recognition of this work, Audette was named NSW Telstra Businesswoman of the Year 2012 and was one of The Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence in 2012. In 2013, she was awarded an honorary Order of Australia for service to humanity and in 2014 was recognised by Forbes as a "Hero of Philanthropy". Most recently Audette was named Leading Philanthropist at Philanthropy Australia’s 2016 Philanthropy Awards ceremony.
What I particularly admire is that instead of using her business acumen for personal gain, Audette chooses to channel her considerable passion and skills towards helping people living in poverty. At the same time she is changing the way people think about the role of business in the world.
Corporate philanthropy is, she believes, the way of the future. Consumers expect modern businesses to be community-minded and not just making money for shareholders.
As a responsible investment manager, this view is consistent with AMP Capital’s own philosophy and I am proud to be associated with the sponsorship of this event.
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