AVPN recognized as a Network Organization under the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group (GSG)

Dear AVPN members and friends,

I am delighted to announce that AVPN is now a Network Organization under the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group (GSG), joining hands with other established network organizations such as World Bank, World Economic Forum, OECD, GIIN, B Lab and EVPA.

The Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group (GSG) was established in August 2015 as the successor to the Social Impact Investment Taskforce, established by the G8. The GSG is continuing the work of the Taskforce in catalyzing a global social impact investment market across a wider membership. Its members include 13 countries plus the EU, as well as active observers from government and from leading network organizations supportive of impact investment.

Our invitation to the GSG is a recognition of what AVPN has done and achieved over the past four years to promote venture philanthropy and social investing in Asia. It is also a responsibility, in the coming years, for AVPN to serve its members and the VP/SI sector with better services and content.

I would like to encourage you to attend our annual conference to be held in Hong Kong from 23 to 25 May. This is a great platform to meet more than 500 practitioners including over 100 speakers from the Asian social investing community. We will have in-depth discussions on the latest trends in various countries and a wide range of topics such as collective impact, next-generation philanthropy and social impact bonds will be addressed.

I would also like to invite you to join AVPN during this exciting time if you wish to learn more about VP/SI and meet more like-minded philanthropists and social investors.

Thank you for supporting AVPN over the past four years and we hope to see you soon in Hong Kong or at other AVPN events.

Yours sincerely,


Naina Subberwal Batra

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Naina Subberwal Batra
Naina Subberwal Batra Chairperson and CEO AVPN

Naina joined AVPN as our CEO from September 2013, and has been appointed as Chairperson in May 2018. Naina’s leadership over the past 6 years has grown the AVPN membership by more than 4x and elevated the organization into a truly regional force for good. Under her direction, the organization has grown from focusing only on Venture Philanthropy to supporting the entire ecosystem of Social Funders from philanthropists to impact investors and Corporate CSR professionals. She was instrumental in developing AVPN’s innovative services that connect, empower and educate the now 600+ members of AVPN. In 2019, Naina was awarded one of Asia's Top Sustainability Superwomen.

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.