AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


AVPN Discussion on Successful Collaborations by and for Corporations

By Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)


Schroders, Level 20, Angel Place 123 Pitt Street



Date & time

13 March 2019



13 March 2019


About this event

Unlock multi-sector partnerships to scale your impact

13 March 2019, Wednesday
3:00pm – 5:30pm
Schroders, Level 20, Angel Place 123 Pitt Street

RSVP by 11 March, Monday to [email protected]

Join AVPN and Schroders for a case-study presentation and discussion on successful collaborations and partnerships developed by and for leading corporations.

Hear from Rebecca Boustead, Senior Director, Corporate Affairs, Kellogg Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, on how Kellogg forged partnerships with organisations representing foundations, research institutions and governments to create the Bright Start Movement. The partnership, launched in India, provides schoolchildren with more breakfast, furthering their corporate mission that no child should go to school hungry.

Gillian Pearl, CEO of Pearl Consulting, has years of professional experience helping organisations, including Microsoft, Visa and Facebook, effectively establish and manage impactful partnerships. She has recently written a chapter for ‘Shaping Sustainable Change: The Role of Partnership Brokering in Optimising Collaborative Action’, and will share key learnings and suggested actions to unlock the transformational potential of cross-sector partnerships.

Helen Maisano, Director – Group Sustainability, Optus, will profile its Future Makers initiative, a capacity building and accelerator program that empowers innovators to use technology to address social issues for vulnerable people.

The AVPN discussion will aim to:

  • Present key learnings from successful case-studies of cross-sector collaborations
  • Explore approaches to find the right partners who can help deliver scalable social impact,
  • Frame the issue you are addressing to develop a collaborative solution
  • Agree on the right metrics to evaluate impact


Rebecca Boustead
Senior Director, Corporate Affairs, Kellogg Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa

Rebecca is accountable for External Communications, Internal Communications, Government Relations, Philanthropy and Sustainability for Kellogg across Asia Pacific and Sub Saharan Africa.She leads a team of Corporate Affairs experts and sits on both the Kellogg Asia Pacific Leadership Team and the Kellogg ANZ leadership team. She is also a board member of the Kellogg Australia Charitable Foundation.Rebecca began her Kellogg career in 1997 as a Nutrition Communications Co-ordinator after training as an exercise physiologist and Dietitian.  Throughout her 20 years with Kellogg she has used her skills learnt as a Dietitian – that of translating complex science into behaviour change messages – to drive innovative communications while adapting to the every changing communication vehicles that are available to use.

Gillian Pearl
CEO, Pearl Consulting

Gillian has 17 years of experience in strategic planning, cross-sector partnership development and program management. Founder of Pearl Consulting, she leads the team to conceptualize and deliver social impact programs and services.Gillian previously chaired the Corporate Citizenship Committee at Singapore’s American Chamber of Commerce, represented Singapore abroad at the UN and has served on nonprofit boards. Gillian and Pearl Consulting were named as finalists in the 2014 Public Affairs Asia “Gold Standard Awards” for NGO Engagement and most recently, Gillian became an accredited partnership broker through the Partnership Brokers Association.

Helen Maisano
Director – Group Sustainability, Optus

Helen leads strategic community investment and sustainability at Optus in her role as Director, Group Sustainability. She is responsible for developing and driving the community and sustainability strategy with a focus on developing shared value partnerships, social innovation and creating a positive impact in communities and the environment where Optus operates, both in Australia and overseas.In 2016, Helen drove the development and launch of Optus Future Makes – an Accelerator and Grants programme for developing innovative tech solutions benefiting the vulnerable and disadvantaged in society. Future Makers us open to NGOs, social enterprises and start-ups and is now also a regional programme for the SingTel Group.

Caroline McLaughlin
Partnerships Director, AVPN

Over the last 3 years, Caroline has led the development of strong multi-sector partnerships for AVPN. She has over 15 years of experience in creating and managing different networks across 5 different countries. She has lived in Sydney, Vienna, London, Istanbul, Dubai, Atlanta and now calls Singapore home.Whilst in Atlanta, she was one of the founders of the Ribbons of Hope, Invest In Women Foundation, which supports women and girls’ organizations. She has also been the chairwoman of International Women of Istanbul and served on the board of PrimeTIme in Singapore. She completed her undergraduate degree in Australia and has an MBA from INSEAD.

This will be a very relevant discussion for corporations and organisations looking to forge partnerships with them. RSVP to [email protected] support your company’s impact journey today!

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