The Centre for Social Impact at UNSW Sydney Business School (CSI UNSW) today announced that Michael Traill AM has been awarded the title of Adjunct Professor.
Traill has had a long association with the Centre, serving on its advisory board since CSI’s inception back in 2008, and is a renowned advocate for social investment resulting in positive social change.
Traill founded Social Ventures Australia in 2002, after 15 years as a co-founder and Executive Director of Macquarie Group’s private equity arm, Macquarie Direct Investment. Having stepped down as CEO of Social Ventures in 2014, he currently has a range of primarily social purpose Chair and board roles including Chair of Goodstart Early Learning; Executive Director of For Purpose Investments, a Director of M H Carnegie & Co, Sunsuper and a member of the Council of the National Museum of Australia.
Professor Chris Styles, Dean of UNSW Business School said that the title of Adjunct Professor was awarded as a result of Traill’s outstanding contribution to social leadership, and was a fitting acknowledgment of his expertise and significant achievements throughout his career. “We are very pleased to award the title of Adjunct Professor to such a distinguished leader in social change. Michael has been a longstanding supporter of the work that CSI does, and we are happy to welcome him to be part of UNSW Business School in this way.”
Professor Kristy Muir, CEO, CSI agreed. “It’s no surprise that at CSI we have been huge fans of Michael and his work for many years. He is the embodiment of a social change leader, moving from the world of corporate finance to that of improving the state of disadvantage across Australia. We are thrilled to have him on board in this way and look forward to working together in the future.”
Traill said that he was honoured to receive the title of Adjunct Professor from UNSW Sydney, “This is an immense honour and privilege, and I’m humbled to be acknowledged in this way. I’ve closely watched the evolution of CSI over the years the time is now right for me to have a more meaningful connection with the Centre. I look forward to working with Kristy and the team.”
Traill is the author of ‘Jumping Ship – From the world of corporate Australia to the heart of social investment’ which won the prestigious Ashurst Business Literature Prize. The book reflects on his personal and professional journey and has been a widely acclaimed manifesto for change and action in the social purpose sector.
In 2010 Michael was made a member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his services to non-profit organisations. He holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and an MBA from Harvard University.