AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


AVPN Road Show 2012 – Hong Kong Seminar: Venture Philanthropy in Practice


Social Sciences Chamber, Hong Kong, China


Hong Kong SAR China

Date & time

19 October 2012



19 October 2012


About this event

Venue partner for Hong Kong Seminar:


Join venture philanthropy leaders Shaks Ghosh (CEO, Private Equity Foundation) and Ruth Jones (CEO, Social Venture Partners International) and local VP leaders at the seminar event of the AVPN Road Show 2012, where they will discuss how to put venture philanthropy in practice! This is an opportunity to learn about venture philanthropy in the USA and in Europe as well as closer to home. A networking reception will follow after the seminar where you can meet with other practitioners and leaders in the industry.

Registration is free for AVPN members (limited to 2 tickets per member, and additional tickets can be purchased at the same non-member rates), and non-members have to pay HK$200 to secure your place. The seminar will end at 7pm and will be followed by a networking reception at Rm. 1102-1104, The Jockey Club Tower.

Programme for the event:

2.30pm Registration
3.00pm Presentations by Ruth Jones & Shaks Ghosh
4.00pm Hong Kong Panel discussion  – Ruth Jones, Shaks Ghosh, Abbie Jung and Francis Ngai, moderated by Kevin Teo, COO of AVPN
5.00pm China Panel discussion – Ding Li, Tao Ze, moderated by Doug Miller, Chairman of AVPN and Founding Chairman of EVPA
6.00pm Networking Reception
7.00pm End of Event

Speaker Profile

Shaks Ghosh     

Shaks Ghosh is the first Chief Executive Officer of the Private Equity Foundation. For the previous nine years she was Chief Executive of Crisis, a homelessness charity in the UK. In the ‘80s and ‘90s, Shaks pursued a career in housing and regeneration working at Community Housing Association and the National Housing Federation. She has a Masters degree in Urban Studies. Shaks spent her early years in India, but now lives in London. The Private Equity Foundation’s mission is Full Potential. It is focused on helping disadvantaged young people to develop as learners, workers and good citizens. Our model borrows tools and techniques from the business sector and supports community organizations to increase their scale and impact. We are committed to engaged philanthropy and provide opportunities for our members to make a real difference to the communities and where they do business. The Foundation has 11 trustees drawn from the private equity industry and is supported by over 60 firms who are part of the European private equity community.

Ruth Jones     

Ruth Jones is Chief Executive Officer of Social Venture Partners International (SVPI), the network of Social Venture Partner organizations in North America and Japan (www.svpi.org). Prior to joining SVPI, Ruth was Manager of Operations at Community Foundations of Canada, and General Manager of Philanthropy Australia, the membership association for Australia’s private, family, corporate and community foundations. Social Venture Partners builds powerful relationships among people who want to give back and organizations making change possible. The 2,300 members of the SVP network in 27 cities share a common goal: making a greater impact with their giving; funding and strengthening non-profits; and equipping their community to tackle its greatest social challenges. Since 1997, SVP partners have given collectively $46 million (USD) and tens of thousands of skilled volunteer hours to more than 550 non-profits. If you are out the change the world, SVP’s goal is to connect you with the people and organizations that can make a difference.

Abbie Jung is a Co-Founder of Synergy Social Ventures, a nonprofit that supports the development and growth of social entrepreneurship and philanthropy in Asia to create lasting positive social change.  Her perspective on social entrepreneurship as a means to sustainable development is shaped by her experiences living and working in under-served parts of Asia, Europe and North America with organizations such as Medecins Sans Frontieres/ Doctors Without Borders, PSI, Save the Children, World Bank and World Health Organization. In 2009, as one of the early key staff at a Hong Kong-based venture philanthropy foundation, Abbie was at the forefront of the budding social entrepreneurship and social investment sectors in Asia. She co-founded Synergy in 2011 to address critical capacity building and financing gaps for early stage social ventures in the region. Abbie serves as advisor or director to many social initiatives / organizations such as iBoP Asia, iOnPoverty, Philanthropy in Asia Summit and Asian Social Entrepreneurs Summit. She is passionate about developing the culture and practice of innovative and strategic philanthropy in Asia to support both traditional and new social change models (like social entrepreneurship) as a means to creating a more just and sustainable world.

Ding Li is the Vice President of NPI – one of the leading NGO supporting organizations in China since May, 2008. She is in charge of NPI’s R&D center, responsible for New Program development including Social Entrepreneurs Institute, Venture Philanthropy Fund and Social Innovation Park etc., as well as expanding the network for NPI. Ms Ding has more than 11 years of working experience in multi-national companies and over 7 years in China’s emerging Third Sector. From Apr 2005 to Apr 2008, she was working for Conservation International’s China Program as Business Partnerships Program Officer in charge of engaging top enterprises towards eco-friendly business operation and direct investment on conservation programs. Before that, Ms Ding Li was working for Unilever China as Marketing Controller for 2 years; she also served as Senior Product Manager and Brand Manager for L’Oreal China and Danone Group.  Ms Ding holds a Bachelor’s degree from Literature & Information Management Department, Shanghai University Liberal Arts School.

Francis Ngai is the founder and CEO of Social Ventures Hong Kong. Before fully dedicated to establish SVhk in 2007, Francis was Assistant Vice President/ Head of Strategy of PCCW Group – a listed technology conglomerate in HK, and responsible for the corporate development and strategy in China. He is now serving a number of government advisories, including part-time member of Central Policy Unit, HKSAR Govt 09/10, Enhancing Self-Reliance Fund of Home Affairs Bureau and Sustainable Development Council of Environmental Protection Department. He is also a part-time visiting lecturer in universities, focusing in social innovation and entrepreneurship. He was selected as Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award Hong Kong 2011 and Young Global Leader of World Economic Forum 2012. As a running veteran, he did marathon for 10 years and has just challenged himself by finishing Gobi March – a 250km self-supported ultra-marathon at Gobi desert in 2012.

 TAO Ze is the Co-Founder of China Foundation Center (CFC) and Foundation Transparency Index. In the past two years, he worked on bringing transparency to the Chinese social sector by managing the most comprehensive database of over 2750 of China’s foundations. He started his nonprofit career in Brazil. Before CFC, he was the vice president of New Philanthropy Partners, China’s first venture philanthropy fund founded by McKinsey, Deloitte & Touché, Ogilvy, and other corporations. He helped NPP build a solid network of data for 500 active nonprofit organizations (NPOs) in China, and led over 300 executives to provide pro bono services for 48 high potential grassroots organizations. Before NPP, he was charged with the screening and operation of social enterprises in Brazil supported by Ashoka Foundation and Artemisia Foundation, where he was trained in venture philanthropy and social entrepreneurship. He holds the certificate of Global Entrepreneurial Leadership from Stanford University, the certificate of Non-profits Management Leadership from Harvard University, a Master degree from Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and a Bachelor degree in electronics and business administration from Zhejiang University.


About the AVPN Road Show 2012

The road show visits Mumbai (15th Oct), Singapore (17th Oct), Hong Kong (19th Oct) and Tokyo (22nd Oct) and is an opportunity to learn about venture philanthropy in the USA and in Europe as well as closer to home.  In each city there will be a private roundtable discussion and networking lunch for AVPN members followed by an open seminar and general networking in the afternoon. These events bring together the diverse groups that make up the VP community – including private equity firms, foundations, wealth and asset managers, high net worth individuals, social impact investors, professional service firms and Universities. All participants will have a chance to meet leading venture philanthropy practitioners and interact with like-minded peers. The AVPN Road Show 2011 attracted positive feedback and nearly 400 participants across the same four cities.  We look forward to seeing you again this year as well as many new faces. More information at https://avpn.asia/events/25/save-the-date-avpn-roadshow-mumbai-singapore-hong-kong-tokyo/

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