GUEST OVERVIEW: Peter Hunt AM co-founded one of Australia’s leading investment banking advisory firms, Caliburn Partnership, in 1999 and was Executive Chairman of the Firm until its sale to Greenhill & Co (an American investment bank listed on the New York Stock Exchange) in 2009. After the sale Peter continued as non-executive Chairman of Greenhill Australia until 2017. As an investment banker Peter advised local and multi‐national companies and governments in Australia for nearly 35 years on mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings, restructurings and strategy. During this period he led some of the largest and most complicated transactions seen in Australia. Over his long career Peter worked in most sectors of the Australian economy and advised both Federal and State Government. Peter was also on the Advisory Panel of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission between 2009 and 2013. Peter is an active philanthropist involved in funding, developing and scaling social sector organisations which seek to create a better and fairer world and has worked full time in the social sector on a pro bono basis since 2009. Peter is Chairman of Mind Medicine Australia, which he established with his wife, Tania de Jong AM, in 2018 to promote the development of regulatory approved and research backed psychedelic assisted therapies in Australia to assist with the treatment of a number of mental illnesses (including depression, PTSD, end of life anxiety and addictions) - see mindmedicineaustralia.org. The high remission rates and safety of psychedelic assisted therapies is supported by extensive research and trials that have been conducted in a number of leading overseas Universities. Peter established Women’s Community Shelters in 2011 to increase shelter capacity in Australia for homeless and at-risk women and to reduce domestic violence – see womenscommunityshelters.org.au. The charity has established a growing network of 9 shelters in New South Wales and outreach programs into schools and businesses by taking an innovative social franchise approach to network expansion and community engagement.
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