Best of 2020 Social Investment Insights | Money Meets Mission Podcast Series


Amanda Kee


3 min read

In a challenging year, how have organisations been moving capital towards impact? The pandemic exposed fragilities, blind spots, and systemic failures across Asia. Yet, we have also seen humanity rising to meet the moment, activating communities for action, and walking the talk towards collective impact.

In our new podcast series, Money Meets Mission, we curated insightful conversations and lessons learnt from the network. These topics range from hidden pockets of sustainable finance to successful systems change initiatives to embarking on a unique impact investing journey. The conversations are captured from June 2020, a moment in time when the world was reeling, but determined to tackle covid-19 and it’s long shadow with clear and relevant action.

Collaborating to Achieve the SDGs

We often hear about the importance of collaboration. We know what it means and how to do it. But, collaboration doesn’t come easily to us. In fact, it has taken a global pandemic to jolt us out of our individualistic bubble, and pivot the world towards a new paradigm and way of thinking.

In this episode, Matthew Bishop, author of the best selling book, Philanthrocapitalism, will be speaking with key practitioners who have been leveraging powerful partnerships to create systems change. Tim Hanstad, CEO of Chandler Foundation, Vishnu Swaminathan, Vice President of Ashoka, Debbie Aung Din, Co-Founder of Proximity Designs, and Neelam Chhiber, Co-Founder of Industree Crafts Foundation are an inspiring group of leaders building a more sustainable tomorrow for this region we call home.

Funding Systems Change in Asia: What can Donors & Doers Learn from Each Other?

NGOs, social enterprises, philanthropists, and businesses are fast realising that socio-environmental problems need to be tackled at their root, and not just at the symptomatic level. Yet, how do we ensure what we are doing is right? How much of what we do brings about enduring transformation or a systems change? Some of the most successful changemakers are here today to share their lessons and advice on how to be a catalyst for systemic change.

Moderated by Tim Hanstad, CEO of Chandler Foundation, this episode will hear from Iqbal Dhaliwal, Global Executive Director of J-Pal, Neera Nundy, Partner and Co-Founder of Dasra, James Chen, Chairman of The Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation, and Rukmini Banerji, CEO of Pratham Education Foundation.

Uncovering Hidden Pockets of Climate Finance

The climate crisis is no longer a matter of ‘if’, but ‘when’. Yet, so little has been done to tackle this. One of the biggest barriers for the private sector to undertake climate action is the vast opaqueness of the landscape. There is a lack of conversation, exploration, and understanding of how to support, fund and scale high-impact climate solutions.

Moderated by Yossef Zahar, Climate Finance Advisor at the Stockholm Environment Institute, today’s discussion will unpack how climate financing can be a catalyst to turn a weakening economy around and what it takes for investors and businesses to commit to climate action. Leading practitioners, including Pushkala Lakshmi Ratan, the Asia Climate Finance Lead at the International Finance Corporation, Peiyuan Guo, Chairman of Syntao Green Finance, and Maud Savary Mornet, former Asia-Pacific Director at ResponsAbility, will bring in their perspectives from various sectors.

Maximising Social Impact within Family Offices

In recent years, Asia has seen one of the highest growth rates of high-net worth individuals in the world, with its billionaire population expected to make up one-third of the world’s total by 2023. The region is also seeing second-generation wealth-holders starting to take over fast. This shift in wealth has, in turn, led to a growth and formalisation of philanthropy and family offices in Asia-Pacific. How can this emerging generation of the world’s richest pivot to maximise social impact and move the needle for humanity? How can they translate passion and values into action by integrating impact into their legacy?

In the next hour, hear from Tony Yeung and Hui Hsing Ma on how families from Hong Kong-based Peterson Holdings Company Limited and Singapore-based Blue7 reviewed their investment approaches, and how you can also embark on a worthwhile impact investing journey.

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A. Environmental Stewardship
To protect the environment, we organize programmes like mangrove nursery and Reforestation, Coastal and River Clean-Up, Community Based Environmental Solid Waste Management, Environmental IEC Campaign and Eco-Academy

B. Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood
To ensure a sustainable livelihood for the community, eco-tourism include Buhatan River Cruise Visitor Center Buhatan River Mangrove Boardwalk are run by the community. Others include Organic Vegetable and Root crops Farming, Vegetable and Root crops Chips and by-products Processing and establishing a Zero waste store.

C. Empowered Communities
To empower the community, we provide product and Agri-Enterprise Development Training, Immersion and Learnings Exchange Program, Earth Warrior Training and Community Based Social Entrepreneurship Training


Amanda Kee

Amanda is a Manager in the Capital Mobilisation team at AVPN. She works with grantmakers, corporations, and on-the-ground implementers to bridge knowledge and capital gaps. Most recently, she launched the Asian Youth for Impact (ayPact), in which funders and solutionists looking to scale their impact in youth development can more efficiently find partners, resources, and collaboration opportunities. Previously, Amanda was the Content Marketing Manager at AVPN. She supported the CEO across multiple fronts, including speaking engagements, media relations, and thought leadership. She also led the creation of diverse video, podcast, and blog series to advocate for funders' key social issues. Amanda is an English Literature graduate at the National University of Singapore. She is also the author of local children's book: The Runaway Who Became President, published in 2016. Amanda is a board member at her community schoolhouse, which provides affordable early childhood education for low-income families. In her free time, she provides pro-bono digital marketing and events curation support to foster community building in her hometown in Singapore.

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