Social Investing India: From Philanthropy to CSR to Impact Investing


Alfred Poon


AVPN India and leading law firm Nishith Desai Associates are hosting a dialogue between leading industrialists from India and global experts and philanthropists to discuss their own journeys in philanthropy. Asia has a huge opportunity to change the world through social investment and venture philanthropy. India with its numerous social challenges and growing wealth needs to be a role model in terms of establishing venture philanthropy for the rest of Asia. The goal is to share experiences of role models in venture philanthropy not just in India but in Asia and the rest of the world. We will be honoured to have Nobel Prize winner Prof. Yunus share his experience of creating a vibrant social business in the form of Grameen Bank which has led to the formation of the microfinance industry. Also joining us will be Paul Carttar, founding president of President Obama’s Social Innovation Fund and Chris West, Director of Shell Foundation.We hope you can join us in this gathering on March 14, 2015 at the Taj Lands End Hotel in Bandra, Mumbai. For more details on the event please visit our website.

Paul CartarrPaul Carttar
Senior Advisor and Co-Founder of the Bridgespan Group


Muhammad YunusMuhammad Yunus
Nobel Laureate Professor


Chris West
Director of Shell Foundation


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

Partnerships Manager, Influencing Gender Norms

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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