Social Capital Residencies Thinkers (2017-2019)

From 2017 to 2019 the re-invigorated Thinkers in Residence program was hosted by the Foundation. Entitled the Social Capital Residency, the goal was to enable South Australia to lead the country in creating jobs that both contribute to the economy and create social/ environmental impact.

The final Social Capital Residencies report information can be found here.


Dr Guy Turnbull

Thinker in Residence 2018

Guy Turnbull brings his international expertise in co-operatives and social enterprise business models to South Australia. Building on his consultancy with government, the private sector and the Thinkers in Residence partner organisations in July, Guy’s residency will focus on the development of the co-operatives sector across a range of industries in the state, with a focus on the care and social services sector in response to the roll-out of the NDIS.

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Dr Vic Strecher

Thinker in Residence 2017

For over two decades Vic Strecher (PhD, MPH) has been a leader and visionary in the fields of health and well-being, creating new solutions that operate at the intersection of the science of behaviour change and advanced technology. A noted researcher and successful entrepreneur, Vic has cultivated a passion of connecting academic findings to practical applications that translate to meaningful outcomes.
Vic is also a professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health and Director for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship. His research has led to over 100 studies of digital health interventions, with over $45 million in NIH grant funded research.

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Suzi Sosa

Thinker in Residence 2017

Suzi is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Verb, a global corporation specialising in social innovation. Verb produces global social impact competitions like the MetLife Inclusion Plus challenge, and also offers an online leadership training platform that turns corporate employees into purpose-driven leaders.

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Allyson Hewitt

Thinker in Residence 2017 - 2019

As the Vice President, Impact at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto Canada, Allyson has assisted hundreds of social ventures to become economically sustainable and increase their social impact. She firmly believes it is possible to make money and achieve a positive social/environmental outcome at the same time. She has been privileged to help many people and organisations achieve those dual outcomes.

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Dr Ilse Treurnicht

Thinker in Residence 2018 - 2019

Ilse Treurnicht’s career spans scientific research and commercialization, health and cleantech firms, venture and impact capital, and public policy. From 2005-2017 she served as CEO of MaRS Discovery District ( in Toronto, overseeing the development of the organisation from a startup to a leading urban innovation hub.

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