Who is Vanessa?

Vanessa Lesnie is a social change practitioner and strategist with 20 years experience in the community, government and corporate sectors. Vanessa has run several national human rights inquiries and has significant expertise in social project design, management and evaluation; organisational and cultural change; stakeholder engagement and empowerment; and social finance. She is an experienced facilitator, public speaker and writer and serves on a number of boards and committees.

Over her 20-year career Vanessa Lesnie has worked both in Australia and internationally, across the community, government, university and corporate sectors, applying her broad range of skills to tackle complex social issues. Vanessa worked at the United Nations in Geneva and then for a New York-based human rights NGO – Human Rights First – where she led a range of global human rights projects, including the creation of a corporate-community-government partnership developed to improve labor conditions in Cambodian factories supplying garments to major US clothing retailer, Gap Inc. In 2002 Vanessa was appointed to run the Australian Human Rights Commission’s National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention. She then went on to run several other major projects at the Commission over the next 10 years including leading the Commission’s strategic change process over several years. Vanessa led Impact Investing Australia’s stakeholder consultation process designed to inform a breakthrough strategy for building Australia’s impact investing market. She also became Impact Investing Australia’s Partner Relationship Manager, Company Secretary and a founding Director on its Board.

Why Social Outcomes

Vanessa joined Social Outcomes to apply her unique skills and expertise to creation of practical social change initiatives here in Australia and in the region.