LeapFrog Investments adds three to Global Advisory Council
LeapFrog Investments today has Julia Gillard, Simon Israel and Jaime A Zobel de Ayala to its Global Leadership Council. Members of the Council provide strategic insight and global networks to support LeapFrog’s goal to reach 1 billion people with essential services by 2030.
LeapFrog’s companies currently reach 188 million people with healthcare or financial tools. The firm’s new and record-breaking USD743 million impact investing fund presents the strategic opportunity to expand this impact while generating strong returns for investors – guided by the Council.
Gillard is the former Prime Minister of Australia, who successfully oversaw the world’s twelfth largest economy following the Global Financial Crisis; she chairs organisations including the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College, London, and is a board director of industry-leading businesses.
Simon Israel is Chairman of Singtel, the largest and leading Asian telecommunications firm reaching 750 million customers, and former President of Temasek, the global investment company headquartered in Singapore.
Zobel de Ayala is Chairman and CEO of Ayala Corporation, the oldest and largest conglomerate of the Philippines, with leading positions in banking, telecommunications, water, power, real estate, industrial technologies, infrastructure, healthcare and education sectors.
They join Henri De Castries, former Chairman and CEO of AXA, the inaugural member of the Council.
Dr Andrew Kuper, founder and CEO of LeapFrog investments, says: “Today we welcome three of the most substantive and connected cross-sector leaders in the world, who deeply share our Profit with Purpose vision and methodology.”
“These three global leaders bring distinctive experience at the highest levels of financial services, healthcare, telecommunications, digital disruption and government relations – especially in Asia. Their insights and networks will be invaluable as LeapFrog continues to grow dozens of purpose-driven companies that are reshaping industries, countries and millions of lives.”
Since its launch in 2008, LeapFrog companies have grown on average at 35 per cent a year. Several have been acquired by industry leaders including Prudential PLC, Allianz, AXA XL, Standard Chartered and Fidelity.
The experience and relationships of Global Leadership Council members help to accelerate and share the firm’s method and success. Each member of the Council has driven the use of digital technologies to serve customers or constituents, with particular strength in mobile innovation. All have championed long-term thinking and sustainable impact in government, business and financial markets.