Foundation Board


The Macquarie Group Foundation Board consists of senior executives who bring specific areas of expertise and experience to the Board. The Macquarie Group Foundation Board approves strategic grants, reviews the Foundation's activities and sets and monitors strategy.

Foundation management

Lisa George, Head, Macquarie Group Foundation
Lisa joined the Macquarie Group Foundation in 2010 as the Australian Partnerships Director before being appointed Foundation Head in 2012. She has worked in a range of not-for-profit roles, including with Social Ventures Australia and Be the Change (USA), and is a director of YWCA NSW and a councillor of the Harvard Club of Australia. She has a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

Foundation Board members

David Bennett David Bennett
David was an Executive Director and Group Treasurer of Macquarie until August 2013. David joined Macquarie in 1999 following the acquisition of Bankers Trust. He has a BCom (UNSW) and many years experience in investment advisory.
Tanya Branwhite
Tanya is joint head of Macquarie Securities' Australian equity strategy research team and is an Executive Director. She joined Macquarie in 2004 having held roles in both broking and funds management in the Australian market over many years. She holds a Master of Finance (UTS) and a second Masters of Finance degree from INSEAD (France). Tanya has demonstrated strong support for not-for-profit organisations, in both a professional and personal capacity, during her employment with Macquarie.
David Fass David Fass
David joined Macquarie in 2011 as CEO for Europe, Middle East and Africa. He is also the Head of Macquarie Capital for Europe. He has spent many years in a variety of senior management and client facing roles in both London and New York, including in corporate finance and debt and equity markets. David is also active in several philanthropic endeavours.
Chris Green Chris Green
Chris is the global head of Macquarie Capital's Real Estate team. He joined Macquarie in 2002, and is now responsible for Macquarie’s real estate investment banking business which he has grown significantly since joining. Chris helped establish and chairs the Bread and Butter Project, a social enterprise providing baker training and employment pathways for refugees in Sydney. He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting / Computer Science) and Law (Honours) from Sydney University.
Alex Harvey Alex Harvey
Alex is the CEO of Macquarie in Asia. He joined Macquarie in 1999 and has considerable experience in the financial services industry having led equity, debt and advisory transactions in Australia, Asia, Europe and the United States. Alex supports a range of charitable organisations, both personally and professionally.
Michael McLaughlin
Michael has a BS from Villanova University and an MBA from Pennsylvania State University. He is head of Macquarie's Credit Trading Division and an Executive Director based in New York. He is responsible for managing Macquarie's sales and trading activity in corporate debt, securitised debt, and credit derivative markets. Prior to joining Macquarie in 2008, Michael worked for over 14 years at Banc of America Securities, including leading the structured credit products business and the European asset securitisation business.
Tim Mulvihill Tim Mulvihill
Tim is an Executive Director and is Head of Shared Services in the Corporate Operations Group. Tim joined Macquarie in 2005 and has held a number of roles in operations management. Tim has 25 years experience in financial services and for the last 17 years has lived in Asia. He is currently the head of the Manila office, which has very active staff engagement in charitable activities.
Kris Neill Kris Neill
Kris is the Global Head of Macquarie's Corporate Communications and Investor Relations division. A former journalist and senior political adviser, Kris has more than 25 years of media and issues management experience and currently manages teams covering investor and government relations, media, brand and marketing, digital, internal communications, sustainability and environment, the Macquarie Group Foundation and administration of Macquarie Group’s Art Collection. Kris is a director of Women’s Community Shelters, a member of The Big Issue Sydney Advisory Group and also chairs the Macquarie Group Art Collection Committee. 
Elizabeth O'Leary Elizabeth O’Leary
Elizabeth joined Macquarie in 2002 and after spending time in both London and Hong Kong, returned to Sydney in 2010 as the Global Head of Human Resources. She is responsible for the overall provision of Human Resources services, policies, programs and advice for Macquarie Group in all major areas of HR management including recruitment, talent management, remuneration and benefits, employee relations and compliance. Elizabeth has led significant redesign and transition programs across the Human Resources function, and has oversight globally of all people related aspects of major mergers and acquisitions, organisational change programs and workforce transitions.
Sheryl Weil Sheryl Weil
Sheryl Weil is Head of Service and Operations for Macquarie Adviser Services. With considerable experience in financial services and a national team, Sheryl is kept aware of the philanthropic priorities of Macquarie staff at many levels in the community. Sheryl oversees the management of the client service provision in Macquarie's Banking and Financial Services Group and her program of continuous client service improvements in those operations has introduced a level of excellence and changed the way that an entire division does business.
Shemara Wikramanyake Shemara Wikramanyake
Shemara is the Chair of the Foundation. She joined Macquarie Group in 1987 and is now a member of Macquarie’s Executive Committee and the Global Head of Macquarie Funds Group. In her time at Macquarie, Shemara has worked in  corporate advisory, principal investment and funds management roles in eight Macquarie offices around the world. She has also been actively involved with many philanthropic initiatives. Shemara has a BCom and LLB (UNSW) and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.


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