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AVPN Asia Policy Forum: Innovative Partnerships: Leveraging Malaysia’s Unique Capital Streams

By Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)


Sunway Innovation Labs (Sunway iLabs), Sunway City



Date & time

01 November 2018



01 November 2018


About this event

AVPN’s recent report “The Continuum of Capital in Asia“, highlighted that social investors are broadening their commitment to impact using capital tools with greater sophistication. Engaging innovative, blended finance can break down silos and catalyse collaboration across sectors for common social outcomes. Given the sophistication of Malaysia’s financial infrastructure, much potential exists for impact investment as a way to deepen the synergies between capital tools such as PE/VC, government funds, corporate funds and more recently, Islamic Finance.

In this fireside chat, practitioners of social and impact investment from different sectors will share experiences of how to engage a diversity of capital for greater impact. We can learn about collaboration opportunities with non-traditional partners to achieve common impact objectives. From different vantage points, we can explore the pre-conditions needed for various capital forms and funder types to “reach across the aisle” and forge innovative partnerships.

Key Takeaways:

  • Knowledge of how different forms of capital complement or blend with each other for innovative financing.
  • Explore the unique opportunities for Islamic finance in social investing.
  • Connect with member practitioners that have integrated impact investment strategies into mainstream finance.

Please contact [email protected] for registration and/or questions.


Hafizuddin Sulaiman
Director, Finance, Khazanah Nasional Berhad

Hafiz was instrumental in the issuance of Sukuk Ihsan in 2015. Sukuk Ihsan was Malaysia’s first Sustainable and Responsible Investment (SRI) Sukuk issued by Khazanah whereby the proceeds were used to finance the education initiative under Yayasan AMIR’s Trust School Programme. In 2017, Hafiz and his team successfully listed the 2nd tranche of Sukuk Ihsan on Bursa Malaysia’s making it the first retail SRI sukuk.Hafiz believes Ihsan Sukuk’s unique pay-for-success structure offers an additional solution to impact financing and have been actively sharing Khazanah’s experience on Ihsan sukuk with parties interested to replicate its structure to address issues from humanitarian financing to affordable housing.

Kevin Tan
Founder, Third Sector Asia

Kevin Tan leads Third Sector’s Asia-Pacific work. In his work with Third Sector in the US, Kevin led multiple Social Impact Bond engagements in the public health, youth workforce, early childhood, homelessness, and criminal justice issue areas, including the first “SIBPortfolio” project in Salt Lake County. Prior to Third Sector, he helped advise on the feasibility of SIBs in Israel and Singapore. He has been an invited speaker on adapting SIBs to the Asian context at the Harvard Business School (Boston), Slush Asia (Singapore), the Nippon Foundation (Japan), and Centre for Global Philanthropy Institute (China).

Venue Host

Jeffrey Cheah Foundation

Jeffrey Cheah Foundation is a unique, first-of-its-kind structure in Malaysia within the field of private higher education. To date, the Foundation retains ownership and equity of 16 learning institutions, including Sunway University, Monash University Malaysia, Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Sunway Colleges, Sunway TES Centre for Accountancy Excellence and Sunway International School, valued at more than RM720 million (now in excess of RM1 billion), making it the largest education-focused social enterprise in Malaysia.


iLabs is a unique, not-for-profit concept where Sunway University, Sunway Group, and Sunway Ventures (Sunway’s Corporate Venture Capital arm) work closely together in a collaborative space to foster entrepreneurship and stimulate market-driven innovation. We are also syncing with the wider start-up ecosystem in Malaysia and abroad through collaborations and strategic partnerships, to enable entrepreneurs to scale their business faster. Sunway University is owned and governed by the not-for-profit Jeffrey Cheah Foundation.

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