AVPN Myanmar Social Impact Forum

Event details
  • February 27th, 2018, 08:30 AM - 05:30 PM
  • Yangon
  • Country: Myanmar

Missed the Forum? Download the programme booklet here!

Contact Emilie Roell at emilie@avpn.asia

Following the success of last year’s inaugural AVPN Social Impact Forum in Myanmar, the second edition will take place on 27 February 2018, bringing together 250 participants across various sectors.

This year’s theme, “Accelerating Social Impact’, reflects the importance of catalysing synergies across diverse key stakeholders and funding approaches to maximise impact. From companies looking to improve their CSR practice, foundations and high net worth individuals looking to maximise their impact, and incubators/accelerators looking to provide effective support, the AVPN Myanmar Social Impact Forum provides frameworks, connections and tools to empower this approach and create real and lasting change.

Register for Myanmar’s leading gathering of social investors to connect, learn, and lead!

For more information, please contact Emilie Roell at emilie@avpn.asia.

Forum Schedule

08:30 – 09:00


09:00 – 09:45
Opening Speeches
Naina Subberwal BatraCEO, AVPN | View bio
Aung Naing OoDG, Directorate of Investment and Company Administration
Caroline McLaughlinDirector of Partnerships, AVPN | View bio
To present the social investment landscape in Myanmar and the region


09:45 – 10:45
Plenary Panel: Effective Philanthropy, Venture Philanthropy & Impact Investing in the Region & Myanmar – The Status Quo
• Moderator: Caroline McLaughlin
Anil SinhaSouth Asia Advisor, Global Impact Investing Network
Martin PunHead of CSR, Yoma Strategic | View bio
Myo ZinMyanmar Advisor, Omidyar Network
Nikki Kinloch –  CEO, Simply Giving View bio


10:45 – 11:15
Tea Break


11:15 – 13:00
Creating Social Impact – Looking Forward
• Break Out 1: Workshop for Corporates
How to switch to a more strategic, impactful and business oriented corporate social responsibility approach
• Moderator: Nicolas DelangePartner, Yever
1st Round
Min ThuHead of Business Sustainability, Telenor
Htet Htet KhineSustainability Manager, City Mart
Swe Swe MinSustainability Manager, Total Myanmar
2nd Round
Aarti MohanCo-Founder and Head of Knowledge, Sattva Consulting | View bio
Kunal Walia Associate Partner, Dalberg

• Break Out 2: Discussion on Impact Investing in Emerging Markets: Exploring the role impact investing could play in the development of Myanmar and the interplay of official development assistance, philanthropy and commercial investors.
• Moderator: Liz Patterson – Private Sector Development Adviser, DFID Burma
Anil Sinha – South Asia Advisor, Global Impact Investing Network
Alexandra Vanderschelden – Director, Delta Capital Myanmar
David Soukhasing – Head, Angel Investment Network Indonesia (ANGIN) | View Bio
Thura Ko Ko – Managing Director, YGA Capital Limited

• Break Out 3: Policy-making for social entrepreneurship
Policy-making for social entrepreneurship: examples from the region and the way forward in Myanmar.
• Moderator: Tristan AceGlobal Partnerships & Development Lead Social Enterprise, British Council | View bio
Show Ei Ei Tun – Deputy Chief of Party, Nathan Associates – Private Sector Development Activity
Dr. Aung ThuraMyanmar Young Entrepeneurs Association
Peter BrimbleTeam Leader, Dana Facility

• Break Out 4: Dialogue Between Investors, Intermediaries / Capacity Builders & Social Enterprises
Building the ecosystem: priorities and challenges in the collaboration between different actors.
• Moderator: Jasmine ChewDeal Share Manager, AVPN | View bio
Kineret KarinFounder, ImpacTech | View bio
Ye Min AungFounder, Impact Hub

13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:30
Trends & Initiatives in 4 Sectors
• Deep Dive 1: Funding for impact in Micro-finance and Rural Development
How to fund solutions that meet the unique needs of the rural poor in deep and measurable ways?
• Moderator: Klaus OberbauerOrganisational Development Lead, Impact Hub Yangon | View bio
Gaurav Chakraverty Associate Director, Innovations in Digital Financial Services, Grameen Foundation
Soe Htike Lwin Business Operation Manager, Proximity Designs
Nimish Jhaveri Chief of Party Value Chain for Rural Development Project, Win Rock
Lauren SerotaHead of Service Design, Yoma Bank

Deep Dive 2: Collaborations for Inclusive Energy Solutions: The supply of energy for the poor as a viable commercial proposition and collaborations between different types of funders
• Moderator: Matthew SeboniaFounder, Global Climate Capital
Collaboration 1: Myanmar Stoves Campaign
Bhushan TrivediConsultant, Soneva Foundation
Drew JohnsonProgram Director Market Development, Mercy Corps
Ravi KumarSenior Manager, Envirofit
Collaboration 2: Solarhome
Vaishnav SunilCFO, SolarHome
Collaboration 3
Richard Harrison Country Director, PACT

• Deep Dive 3: Collective Impact in Education
The difficulties and benefits of deep collaboration for better education outcomes.
• Moderators: Aarti Mohan and Smita KumarSattva Consulting
Hla Hla Win Co-Founder & CEO, 360ED
Veronica Colondam Founder, YCAB Foundation  | View bio

• Deep Dive 4: Initiatives for Gender Equality & Inclusiveness in Companies
Gender equality on the workfloor and beyond: how to effectively incorporate gender equality in corporate governance as a starting point for gender lens social investments.

• Moderator: Sarah FriendshipBusiness Partnerships Manager, Investing in Women
Ellen Maynes Gender Advisor, IFC
Yu Wai MaungHead of CSR, KBZ Bank | View bio
Sandar HtunCEO, Shwe Taung Real Estate
Carl CrickCFO, City Mart


16:00 – 16:45
Key Insights from Break Outs & Deep Dives
• Moderator: Caroline McLaughlin Director of Partnerships, AVPN


16:45 – 17:30
Closing Remarks
• Moderator: Naina Subberwal BatraCEO, AVPN
Shuichi Ohno President, Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Getting Here

Pan Pacific Yangon, Yangon, Myanmar

Outreach Partner

The European Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar – EuroCham – serves as the voice of European business in Myanmar.
Its mission is to promote the development of trade and investment between Europe and Myanmar, and to assist European companies, in particular SMEs, in doing business in Myanmar.
With a strong growing network of partner organisations in Myanmar and the ASEAN region, EuroCham seeks to offer on the ground assistance to European businesses interested in commercial endeavors in Myanmar – be it in the form of advocacy, services, studies, publications or other related activities.

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