AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


AVPN Mekong Members Meet-Up

By Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)


Online and Singapore

Date & time

21 May 2020



21 May 2020


About this event

AVPN Mekong Members Meet-Up

Thursday, 21 May 2020
4:00pm – 5:30pm SGT / 3:00pm – 4:30pm BKK Time

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With COVID-19 changing the way we work and engage with one another, AVPN will be kicking off our first Mekong Meet-up to encourage members to stay connected and positively focused on the vital work of building the region’s social impact ecosystem.

Mekong is a dynamic region and should rebound rapidly after the pandemic subsides, more so if we understand and learn how to maintain or adapt business continuity issues, and learn how to shift focus towards what we can do together rather than what we cannot do.

We want to stimulate thinking about what we can do as an individual, or organization and community to strengthen the relations in our Mekong group, taking advantage of new opportunities that arise from having restrictions imposed & how we can better utilise the free time.

In this interactive virtual convening, we will seek to:

  • Facilitate knowledge sharing to explore how we can conduct business during this unusual period
  • Gain business continuity insights and offer essential skills to improve online communications
  • Apply new insights to your role and take the lead in times of uncertainty.

4:00pm Welcome message + introduction to the speakers + house rules & Zoom etiquette

4:05pm  Innovation within your business during COVID-19 Dr. Kasia Weina, Director, Co-founder, Evergreen Labs

4:25pm  Effective online communication & participation tools (Zoom & Mural) by Mirko Zuerker, Head of Asia, SEED

4:45pm  Small group discussion (experiential activity using Zoom & Mural functionality)

5:00pm  Group presentation/ shared learning

5:10pm  Q&A

5:30pm  Concluding

Mirko Zuerker
Head of Asia, SEED

Based in Bangkok, Mirko is responsible for the programme development of SEED across Asia. He is working with SEED since 2009 and has developed and enhanced its global incubator and accelerator programme positioning its awards and support scheme as the leading schemes in the field of eco-inclusive enterprise development. He helped to connect SEED with donors, investors, foundations and intermediaries making SEED a key player in the space. As lead of its Deal Ready Programme he created matches between Financers and multiple Enterprises and with the creation of the SEED BDS+ Programme he built a training mechanism to enhance the quality of business development service providers across Africa.

Dr. Kasia Weina
Director & Co-founder, Evergreen Labs

Kasia Weina has extensive experience and education in research and project management with a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, masters of science in drug discovery from University College London and a PhD in Molecular Biology with a focus on cancer research from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. After her PhD and a Postdoc period, she co-founded her first startup focused on designing & producing eco-friendly products in Hong Kong. In spring 2016, she co-founded Evergreen Labs, a social and environmental project development company. Kasia is the director and she oversees all pre-incubation projects from idea validation and technology, marketing and design support while simultaneously applying a scientific approach to sustainable business development.

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