Simon McKeon, 2011 Australian of the Year
19 Sep 2011
Senior School students heard how business and philanthropy can go hand in hand when 2011 Australian of the Year and social entrepreneur Simon McKeon addressed the Speakers Assembly.
Simon is a prominent investment banker and record breaking yachtsman, but it is his efforts to support multiple Australian and international charities which has earned him great admiration.
While enjoying a successful corporate career, Simon decided he didn’t want to put off serious engagement with the community sector until his most productive years were behind him. So in 1994 he transitioned into a part-time role as Executive Chairman of Macquarie Group’s Melbourne office, enabling him to support a range of causes and organisations, including joining the board of World Vision Australia.
Simon is currently Chairman of the CSIRO and Business for Millennium Development, which encourages business to engage with the developing world. He recently retired as founding chairman of MS Research Australia and founding president of the Federal Government’s Takeover Panel. His association with World Vision International continues and he is involved with the Global Poverty Project and Red Dust Role Models, which works with remote Indigenous communities. A leading social entrepreneur, Simon gives tremendously of his time and energy to many organisations.
Together with crewman Tim Daddo, Simon has held the World Speed Sailing Record for most of the last two decades.
Marcus Triado and Manuela Bregar with 2011 Australian of the Year Simon McKeon