AVPN Team

Alfred Poon

Alfred Poon is Technology Lead of AVPN's Knowledge Centre.

He is a geek by nature, adman by passion, and holds a Masters in Nonprofit Communications from Indiana University. Alfred spends his time building communications infrastructure that brings people together. Prior to joining AVPN, Alfred has consulted for Social Purpose Organisations in over thirty countries, bringing his unconventional mix of nimble technology to enable data driven communications.

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Allison Hollowell

Allison is Director of Marketing and Communications at AVPN. She has over 10 years of corporate marketing and brand management experience and a passion for social impact.

Allison previously worked in consumer brand management for Mondelez International (Nabisco Portfolio) and has been a brand strategy consultant for numerous social enterprises. Prior to that, she spent 6 years in the luxury watch and
jewellery industry at Richemont and Roberto Coin.

Allison has an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a BA in Communications from Villanova University.

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Anh Nguyen

Anh Nguyen is Knowledge Manager at AVPN. She brings into the role her passion for inclusive and sustainable economic growth and diverse experience in finance, academia and non-profit. Most recently, Anh was a Research Fellow at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (NUS), where she co-authored two books on competitiveness analysis for ASEAN economies, a journal paper on economic development models for Singapore and Malaysia and an editorial opinion on Vietnam for the Strait Times. Prior to that, Anh worked as a Research Intern at the Mekong Institute in Khon Kaen, Thailand, an intergovernmental organization that implements capacity building programs for countries in the Greater Mekong Sub-region. In addition, she had worked at Bloomberg L.P., OCBC and DBS.

Anh holds an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a BA (Hons) in Economics from Nanyang Technological University.

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Ashima Suri

Ashima Suri is the Membership Services Manager at AVPN. She has over 8 years of experience across the Corporate and the Development Sector in diverse roles such as Investor Relations, Business Development, Strategy, Sustainability and Donor Relations.

In her last role, she was the Resource Development Manager at Habitat for Humanity, Hong Kong, where she was responsible for developing and implementing effective fundraising strategies across multiple funding channels. Ashima also has experience across various community based organisations with a focus on Education and Livelihoods. She has worked at The Akanksha Foundation in Mumbai, an NGO committed to provide a high quality education to children from underserved communities.

Ashima has an MBA from XLRI School of Business & Human Resources. She is passionate about photography and has studied at the London School of Photography, with a diverse portfolio across India, Hong Kong and Singapore.

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Binali Suhandani

Binali Suhandani is CEO of AVPN India.

She has over 19 years of experience in not for profit sector in India and UK. Her last seven year stint as a Country head was with Akshaya Patra Foundation. Prior to this, she helped Sense International, UK set up its base in India and with the Women’s World Bank working in the area of Micro finance for women.

She has been a speaker and trainer on Indian and International forums on Resource Mobilization and Strategic Planning. She is also a consultative member on the United Nation’s SUN Group headed by UN Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Food Security and Nutrition, Mr. David Nabbaro.

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Caroline McLaughlin

Caroline McLaughlin is in charge of Partnerships for AVPN.

She has over 15 years of experience in creating and managing different networks across 5 different countries. She has lived in Sydney, Vienna, London, Istanbul, Dubai, Atlanta and now calls Singapore home. Whilst in Atlanta, she was one of the founders of the Ribbons of Hope, Invest In Women Foundation, which supports women and girls’ organizations. She has also been the chairwoman of International Women of Istanbul and served on the board of PrimeTIme in Singapore. She completed her undergraduate degree in Australia and has an MBA from INSEAD.

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Clara Feng

Clara Feng is AVPN's Membership Services Manager. She is dually qualified as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore and as a solicitor in England & Wales. A former litigator and corporate lawyer, Clara also taught law and managed programmes relating to rule of law and access to justice. She has extensive experience in human rights research, regional advocacy, education, and training in Southeast and South Asia.

Prior to joining AVPN, Clara was with ActionAid Myanmar as a programme advisor focusing on human rights based approach application for over 2 years and also helped established International Bridges to Justice's Myanmar country training programme. She was educated at the National University of Singapore, Tufts University and University of Pennsylvania.

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Clive YE

Clive Ye is AVPN’s Membership Services Manager. Prior to AVPN, Clive has spent a year running a regional social enterprise incubator program with Singapore International Foundation. Before that, he worked in PwC Consulting as a management consultant and specialized in Supply Chain and Finance. Clive also co-founded a tech startup in Seattle after graduation and his company was selected among other ten finalist companies globally into Microsoft Kinect Accelerator, powered by Techstars.

Clive is a Chinese national. He obtained MSc in Management from Singapore Management University with full scholarship and also holds a BEng in Electrical Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology, China.

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Debasree Chatterjee

She has an extensive experience of working both in the corporate and social sector in the field of market research and social research. She worked with AC Nielsen Research Services and handled their Data Management Systems at Kolkata, India. Besides her ability for database management and records, she has worked with organizations’ and managed office administration, secondary online research, HR and accounts. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Arts from Calcutta University, India.

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Dona Patel

She has an experience of working both in the corporate and social sector in the field of Marketing & PR. In her various assignments with both corporate and NGO sector, her responsibilities included new client acquisition & relationship management. In the social sector organisations, she was successful in acquiring new donors & maintaining end to end donor relationship. She is a marketing enthusiast with a keen interest in. She has worked with the Times Group and handled their Advertising Sales & managed their key accounts.

Dona is an alumnus of ICFAI Business School, where she pursued her MBA in Marketing and Human Resource. Prior to MBA, she graduated in B.Sc. (Resource Management) from Jadavpur University.

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Elaine Khoo

Elaine is AVPN's Office Manager. She runs the operations of the Singapore office with her extensive experience from both the academic and corporate worlds.

Prior to joining AVPN, Elaine has worked with various local and international organisations in Malaysia and was heading the HR, Administration and Quality departments of a systems integration company. She also led the company into achieving its ISO 9001 certification.

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Emilie Röell

Emilie Röell is AVPN’s representative on the ground in Myanmar. She has been based in Myanmar since early 2013 as a social entrepreneur and development consultant working on heritage and nature conservation. She is the founder of Doh Eain (“Our Home”) a social enterprise aimed at helping heritage home owners unlock and preserve the value of their properties, and of Yangon City Growers, an urban farming initiative aimed at stimulating local and organic food production. As a consultant she is working/has worked for the EU, UNDP, WWF, IUCN and a number of other INGOs and local civil society groups in Myanmar, as well as in the Pacific and Tanzania. Prior to moving overseas she worked with the National Ombudsman of the Netherlands, and was a member of the National ThinkTank of the Netherlands.

Emilie studied at Leiden University, the University of California at Berkeley and at University College Utrecht and holds three Master degrees in Cultural Anthropology & Development Sociology, Political Philosophy (Cum Laude) and Religion Studies (Cum Laude), and a Bachelor degree in Development Studies (Honors).

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Jasmine Chew

Jasmine manages the Deal Share Platform at AVPN, which connects AVPN members with social purpose organisations to enable collaborations by leveraging financial, intellectual and human capital towards greater social impact.

As former head of Good Business at the Singapore International Foundation (SIF), Jasmine oversaw the strategic growth of SIF’s flagship global social enterprise incubator, the Young Social Entrepreneurs Programme. She has experience in engaging multinational stakeholders and establishing tri-sector partnerships.

Previously, Jasmine worked with City Developments Limited’s Chief Sustainability Officer to launch the Singapore Sustainability Academy and managed strategic operations and global logistics for Maersk Line. In her free time she consults for start-ups, attempts to cook and tries to overcome her tone-deafness.

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Ken Ito

Ken Ito works for AVPN as Regional Head (East Asia). He has a bachelor degree in economics and MBA in International Management from The American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in the United States. Ken spent ten years in the private sector, with his last position at GE Capital. He subsequently joined the Institute for Strategic Leadership (ISL) to launch the Center for Social Innovation, to promote social innovation through its leadership training programs.

Ken joined government committee on social impact measurement which is organized by Cabinet Office as chairperson. He has been leading Japanese government committee under METI to promote SIB as a chairperson. He has been involved in the design of three SIB pilot programs in Japan in 2015.

Ken had been a partner at Social Venture Partners Tokyo from 2005 to 2012, running its venture philanthropy fund to support and nurture local social entrepreneurs. He is visiting senior researcher at SFC Research Institute at Keio University since 2007. Ken teaches at Graduate School of Media and Governance as Lecturer and conduct research programs as Project Assistant Professor from April 2016.

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Kevin Teo

Kevin Teo is Managing Director of AVPN’s Knowledge Centre. Prior to that, he was a Co-Founder of Volans, a Social Innovation company with offices in London and Singapore. Kevin was previously Head of East and Southeast Asia at the Schwab Foundation of Social Entrepreneurship and Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum. Prior to that, Kevin had a nine year stint in the enterprise software arena in Silicon Valley, Irvine and Austin. This included work at two Sequoia Capital startups that were acquired by Sun Microsystems and Symantec respectively.

Kevin is a Trustee of the Southeast Asian Service Leadership Network (SEALNet), a non-profit he co-founded in 2004 and sits on the evaluation panel of the Ministry of Social and Family Development’s ComCare Social Enterprise fund.

Kevin graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with an MS in Information Networking, and holds a BEng with Honors in Computing from Imperial College, London.

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Martina Mettgenberg-Lemiere

Martina Mettgenberg Lemiere is Head of Insights and Capacity Building at AVPN’s Knowledge Centre.

She builds on over 10 years of experience of leading applied research for businesses and non-profits with a focus on human capital, education and impact. Most recently in Singapore, she led projects at INSEAD and the Human Capital Leadership Institute and concurrently mentored students in entrepreneurship and financial literacy at the micro-business school aidha. Previously, she worked in business research and consulting in India for Evalueserve and other organisations, particularly focusing on banking and financial services. She also taught at the Universities of Manchester and Sussex and worked as an independent consultant for NGOs and investment agencies in London and Manchester in the UK.

She holds a PhD from Manchester Business School and an MSc and BA (Hons) in Anthropology from the University of Sussex and Manchester respectively.

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Moushumi Banerjee

With over 20 years of experience in the field of social research and development, her strengths lies in strategic partnerships, relationship management and impact assessments.

In her last assignment with The Akshaya Patra Foundation, she was responsible for the development and implementation of fundraising strategies, acquire and manage partnerships and getting in long term and high value partnerships to maximize income growth and strategic alliance formation. She has worked with reputed not for profits in India and social research organizations’.

She has done her MBA, Marketing and holds a certificate in Leadership Communications from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

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Naina Batra

Naina Subberwal Batra joined AVPN as our new CEO from September 2013. Prior to joining AVPN, Naina was a member of the senior leadership team of a purpose driven unit of The Monitor Group, a leading global strategy consulting firm, aimed at catalyzing markets for social change.

Naina was also partner and Co-Founder of Group Fifty Private Ltd, curating contemporary Indian art with a view to provide a medium for upcoming and established Indian artists to showcase their work directly to a large and diverse audience.

Naina has a master’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University where she graduated at the top of her class. She also holds a bachelor degree in Economics and International Relations from Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, USA and a General Course Diploma in economics from The London School of Economics.

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Patsian Low

Patsian is the Director for the Asia Policy Dialogue and brings with her over 20 years of work experience from private and civic sectors, crossing the fields of social finance, social entrepreneurship, impact philanthropy and non-profit leadership. She is committed to building APD into a platform for Asia’s policymakers to identify how they can build stronger social impact funding ecosystems.

Patsian recently ended her tenure as Senior Vice President in DBS Bank, where she was head of DBS Foundation and DBS CSR, leading their work in championing social entrepreneurship. Prior to this, Patsian was the Director of the Philanthropy division in Singapore's National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC), which promotes and engages philanthropy from different donor sectors. Patsian had previously started her own social incubation business, after she left a 14-year banking career spanning New York, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Patsian has also has conducted training across Asia in Social Entrepreneurship, Assessing Social Impact, New Social Trends, Microfinance, and Human Capital Development. She has contributed to and co-written research papers and case studies on the same topics. She also serves on the board of several small but growing non-profit organisations.

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Patti Chu

Patti Chu is AVPN’s Membership Services Director. Patti has over ten years of experience working on international development issues with particular focus in the areas of financial inclusion, microfinance, education and sustainability.

Patti started her career in New York with the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi and has also worked with the International Finance Corporation and Citigroup in Latin America and Asia. In the last few years, Patti has been providing consulting services to various foundations around strategy, program evaluation and impact assessment.

Patti is a native of Argentina and has working experience in Latin America, the United States, Asia and Europe. She has a B.A. in Business Administration and a Master’s in International Development and Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She speaks Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese and Danish.

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Steven Yang

Steven C.Y. Yang received his Ph.D. in economics from Iowa State University in 2000, and had since worked for more than a decade as a research fellow and policy consultant in Taiwan. His research interest covered the areas of industrial innovation system, SMEs, and knowledge services.

In recent years he has joined the impact investment circle for putting in practice his academic findings in the hope for more actively contributing to the development of economic inclusiveness and a better society.

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Sunkyung Han

Sunkyung HAN is a co-founder of C.(Cdot) which is the organization to promote social innovation through connecting people and knowledge. Based on convictions that the connectivity can intensify the flow of social innovation across the world, it provides training program for field activists and consulting services for social innovation organizations and social business groups that want to set up the strategy for international exchange and replicate themselves in Asia regions.

She has been working as a network catalyst and connector with the belief that building a friendship beyond borders and collaborating together can bring about social change.

Before founding the C.,she coordinated research projects related to community issues and urban regeneration as well as social innovation in general while she worked in the Hope Institute. She was also in charge of international projects, creating a platform for Asian Social Innovators, ANIS(Asia NGO Innovation Summit, 2010-2012) and organizing several international conferences in terms of social innovation.

She also is working as a member of inaugural committee 'GSEA(Global Social Economy Association) and a Asia Region Coordinator. In addition, she also helps organizations and local governments as an adviser in terms of introducing and bringing global initiatives in and outside Korea.

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