About Us

ICL is PBI certified which is defined by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) as a charitable institution whose main purpose is to provide benevolent relief to people in need. ICL has chosen to exclusively focus their efforts on the indigenous sector.

Formed in 2003 the objectives of the company are to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Peoples to attain self-sufficiency and improve economic development through the creation and growth of Indigenous owned businesses.

ICL has provided real change through economic impact investing, training and mentorship to address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage and reduce dependency on Government funding.

 

Who  We Are

Roger Allen AM

As a result of Roger Allen’s own entrepreneurial background starting in his 20’s and his extensive experience in the technology sector and venture capital, the focus of Indigenous Capital Limited has been to apply these entrepreneurial, technological and finance based skills to assist in addressing indigenous economic development.

Roger Allen is a highly-experienced serial entrepreneur and investor in early-stage growth companies in both in Australia and globally. He grew Computer Power Group (CPG) in the 1970s from a small start-up, to a worldwide group of 3,000 people operating from 50 offices in 12 countries. Taking it public in 1987 before it was acquired in the mid-nineties. He spent considerable time building the USA and EU businesses based in New York and London. In 1996 he co-founded Allen & Buckeridge, the first early-stage venture capital fund in Australia with offices in the Silicon Valley and Australia. Allen & Buckeridge raised over $200m and invested in some 40 early stage companies. He retired from the partnership in 2008 after helping set up two successor Venture Capital (VC) firms (who currently manage over $400m) to concentrate on his own investments and social ventures. He is an active direct investor in over 20 technology companies in Australia, US, UK and EU as well as some 12 International VC funds.

He is particularly committed to social entrepreneurship applying VC principles to social problems. In particular, he has developed an innovative cloud-based model for indigenous economic development and has directly funded several indigenous businesses. Serving on two Prime Ministers’ Science and Technology Councils and Advisory Boards, Mr Allen was also Deputy Chairman of the Australian Government’s international trade organisation Austrade from 1990 to 1997. Currently an adjunct professor in the Business School of the University of Technology Sydney, he has also lectured occasionally at the School of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD. Mr Allen has been awarded the top two lifetime awards in the IT industry – the CSIRO Tony Benson award and the Pearcey Medal for lifetime achievement. He received the Order of Australia Honour for his services to the IT sector through leadership roles, venture capital investment and professional development, and in recognition of his support of the indigenous sector and philanthropic interests.

Maggie Gray

Maggie has extensive experience in Social Policy and Research especially at the Brotherhood of St Laurence, a major Melbourne based social policy research institution in Melbourne and at the Benevolent Society in Sydney. She was one of the founding supporters of the Redfern Community Foundation and co-founded the Virtual Sisters of Mudgingal which funds community projects such as a computer centre and a learning to drive program.

She has worked with Black Business to fund and develop Indigenous Women’s Leadership Programs. Maggie has shaped and directed our Indigenous Arts and Education Scholarship Programs. She also co-commissioned the Sydney Symphony to compose a new work with the leading indigenous didgeridoo player William Barton.

Stan Grant

Professor, journalist and beloved Australian icon, Professor Stan Grant Jnr has recently added a new role as Vice Chancellor's Chair of Australian-Indigenous Belonging at Charles Sturt University.

Prior to this appointment, Professor Grant was Chair of Indigenous Affairs at Charles Sturt since 2016. But this was not the Grant family's only link to the University. Dr Uncle Stan Grant Snr, Professor Grant's father, is a Wiradjuri Elder and coordinator of the University's Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage.

Professor Grant has also worked in Global Affairs at Griffith University and has a highly respectable, 30-year career in journalism, including a former position as ABC's Global Affairs and Indigenous Affairs Analyst.

He is one of Australia's most respected and awarded journalists, with experience across radio, television news and current affairs. With a strong reputation for independence and integrity, one of his most significant positions was as a Senior International Correspondent for CNN in Asia and the Middle East.

Stan has been awarded three Walkley awards, two Peabody awards, four Asia TV awards, an Australian TV Logie award, International Indigenous Trailblazer award, two Australian Academy of Cinema Television awards, an Australian Heritage Literature award and an Association of International Sports Journalists award, among many others.

Professor Grant has also published four critically acclaimed and best selling books on identity and Australian Indigenous history, and in 2019 wrote, and featured in, the full-length documentary film, The Australian Dream. The documentary won the AACTA Award for best feature documentary in 2019.

 
 
 

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