Andy Bakonyi

Andy Bakonyi

Andy Bakonyi

Director abfinance

Presenter Biography

Andrew is the founder of abfinance which combines head and heart to find competitive home loans that make a positive change in the world.

He studied accounting and international business at Sydney University, but spent the first half of his career working overseas in environmentally focused non-profits. His worldview is shaped by managing a reforestation project in post-earthquake Haiti, researching insect-based alternative livestock feeds in Jamaica and running the youth development program at the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx.

Now living in Hobart, he spends time helping the Bob Brown Foundation with their finances and the Tarkine campaign. As well as tinkering with "abprojects" which focuses on high-level changes to the way we do housing in Australia. This includes co-housing, micro shacks, energy efficiency and green mortgage products. 

Passionate about spreading the environmental message to young professionals that typically fall outside the reach of traditional activist and environmental organisations. Andrew's parody group 'Hipsters for Healthy Habitats' held Stop Adani rooftop film screenings and art exhibits in trendy pubs as experiments to engage this demographic.