An AVPN Australia Discussion on Driving Healthcare Initiatives in Asia-Pacific

By Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)



Date & time

19 April 2018



19 April 2018


About this event

Join us to learn more about AVPN members’ new healthcare program initiatives that are creating social impact in the Asia-Pacific region.

The discussion will be followed by light refreshments and the opportunity to network and learn more about the AVPN network, members and their work.

To enquire further, please contact
Caroline McLaughlin at or Ruth Jones at

The discussion will include speakers from:

Kirsten Armstrong
Director of Knowledge & Innovation, The Fred Hollows Foundation

In 2016, the Fred Hollows Foundation, one of Australia’s largest and most innovative international development organisations, worked with partners to deliver more than a million eye operations and treatments, and treated over 18 million people with antibiotics for trachoma. Kirsten’s team drive innovation across The Foundation’s work and create opportunities for social impact investors to engage in eye health. Last year, she led The Foundation’s launch of Alina Vision, a new social enterprise, supported by social impact investors, to roll out eye surgi-centres across Asia, and successfully launched the Cameroon Cataract Bond, the world’s fourth development impact bond.

Sylvia Cadena
Head of Programs, APNIC Foundation

After ten years managing the Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF Asia) at APNIC, Sylvia was appointed Head of Programs at the APNIC Foundation in 2016. She works on the management, design and implementation of collaborative programs to expand APNIC’s capacity-building efforts and its overall Development Program. At ISIF Asia, Sylvia leads a grants and awards program that  empowers communities in Asia Pacific to research, design and implement Internet-based solutions for their own needs.

Sylvia also leads APNIC’s engagement with the Seed Alliance that supports Internet development across the global south.

Tim Regan
Chief Operating Officer, The George Institute for Global Health

Tim has extensive experience in the health, property and services industries, including as former COO of top 50 ASX-listed Mirvac Group, CEO of TJS Services, Commercial Manager for the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, and Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Tim is currently a Director (and former President) of Financial Executives Institute of Australia and a former Director of Thomas & Coffey and Vice-Chair of the Australian Theatre for Young People.

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