Ben Smith

Lead, Impact Investing | Paul Ramsay Foundation | Australia

Ben Smith leads the impact investing activities of Australia’s largest philanthropic foundation, the Paul Ramsay Foundation (PRF). Alongside his role at PRF, Ben is Vice-Chair of the UK’s NatWest Social and Community Capital.
After beginning his career in consultancy, Ben managed UnLtd’s accelerator program, and established and managed UnLtd’s social impact investment department and first impact funds. UnLtd is one of the UK’s largest supporters of early-stage social entrepreneurs.

Ben then moved to Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, one of the UK’s largest and most established social impact investors, as Head of Social and Impact Investing.

Ben’s other previous activities in impact investing include Co-Chairing the UK’s Social Impact Investors Group and lecturing on Social Finance at Cranfield University and the University of Westminster.