Social Capital Markets Leader from India Joins AVPN as New CEO


Alfred Poon


AVPN announced on 10th September 2013 that Naina Subberwal Batra, previously of Monitor Inclusive Markets in India, will join as CEO and replace Simon Chadwick who becomes a non-executive director.

Naina is the second recent senior leadership hire at AVPN following that of Andrew Muirhead, the CEO of Inspiring Scotland, who will be joining AVPN as executive vice chairman.

Doug Miller, founder chairman, said: “We are very fortunate to have been able to hire two high-calibre experienced leaders for the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network. Naina and Andrew have different backgrounds and bring complementary expertise, networks and skills. They will expand AVPN’s reach and depth as we develop more services from the hub in Singapore, create a Knowledge Centre and on-the-ground representation in India and Greater China”.

Naina said: “Monitor Inclusive Markets gave me the opportunity to learn a lot about catalyzing markets for social impact. I am looking forward to joining AVPN in its journey through the next phase of growth of the venture philanthropy sector across Asia, building upon the fabulous start given by Doug Miller and Simon Chadwick“.

Andrew said: “I am delighted Naina has joined AVPN, it is testimony to her skills that she was selected from such a strong international talent pool. The Venture Philanthropy sector has emerged as a real force for good and our network is addressing some of the most pressing challenges for the people of Asia. With Naina now on board we look forward to doing even more to support members to accelerate their social impact in the years ahead.”

Russell Reynolds in Singapore provided a pro bono executive search service for AVPN and attracted a wide range of senior candidates from across Asia, Europe and the USA.

Andrew, Naina, Kevin Teo and Stacey Choe will drive forward AVPN’s ambitious next stage growth plans. AVPN continues to roll out more membership services as it promotes and develops the venture philanthropy social investment sector across Asia.

Naina is chief executive officer designate of AVPN and her appointment is subject to AVPN’s full board nominations process and applicable Singapore legal and regulatory requirements. Naina relocated from India to Singapore earlier this year and is expected to start her new role shortly.

Learn more about the team at AVPN here!


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


Alfred Poon


Alfred Poon is Director of Digital Transformation of AVPN. 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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