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Ms Libby Ward-Christie

Industry Fellow


Libby is a recognised leader in not for profit and social enterprise strategy and management with specific interest in social enterprise planning, implementation, governance and financing, particularly of charitable social enterprises that address social disadvantage. During her 17+ years in the community and not for profit sectors, Libby has advised scores of social enterprises on their business strategy, governance, capital provision and operations.

Libby joined the Centre for Social Impact Swinburne in August 2017 after nearly eight years at Social Traders, where she was a founding member of the senior leadership team. At Social Traders she led the development of innovative platforms that support social enterprises to access to capital and the develop and implement effective organisational systems, such as Social Traders’ Crunch program and their Social Investment Portfolio.

Libby has an MBA with Dean's Honours from Melbourne Business School and was recognised with their Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award in 2016. She also has a MLArch, a BA and a BSc(Hons) from the University of Melbourne. She is a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has been a director of a large Victorian Social Enterprise for over six years and sits on their Strategy and Audit Committees.

Research interests

Philanthropy and social investment; Social enterprise; Social impact

Teaching areas

Philanthropy and social investment;Social enterprise;Social impact


Also published as: Ward-Christie, Libby; Ward-Christie, L.; Ward-Christie, Elizabeth; Ward-Christie, E.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2023: Financial wellbeing program for jobs-focused SE’s *; White Box Enterprises
  • 2023: Understanding and documenting the cost structures of work integration soclal enterprises (WISE’s) *; SOCIAL ENTERPRISE AUSTRALIA LTD FUND SCHEME
  • 2023: Understanding SENVIC’s Impact and Role in Victoria’s Social Enterprise Ecosystem *; Social Enterprise Network VIC Funding
  • 2023: Vicinity Centres and SEDA: Proposal for partnership scoping and design *; Vicinity
  • 2022: Development and implementation of an evaluation framework for the WISE PBO Pilot *; White Box Enterprises
  • 2022: Measuring impacts and aggregating insights about the Victorian social enterprise sector: a data and evaluation platform *; Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (Vic)
  • 2022: Social Enterprise: Building Blocks for Capital *; Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (Vic)
  • 2020: Informing the Victorian Social Enterprise Ecosystem *; Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (Vic)
  • 2020: Landscape mapping and assessment of social startup support and apex bodies in Australia *; The Paul Ramsay Foundation
  • 2020: Map for Impact Website and Database Maintenance 2019 - October 2021 *; Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (Vic)
  • 2020: Social Enterprise Skills Development Program *; Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (Vic)
  • 2019: The direct and indirect impacts of social procurement on social enterprises and social procurers: An evaluation of Social Traders’ role as an intermediary in social procurement *; Social Traders Ltd
  • 2018: The Swinburne Social Startup Studio *; Equity Trustees
  • 2018: Theory of Change workshop *; Museums Victoria Fund Scheme
  • 2017: What’s your Story? Social entrepreneurship *; City of Port Phillip

* Chief Investigator

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