AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


AVPN Road Show 2012 – Singapore Seminar: Venture Philanthropy in Practice


National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre ? MPH1 & 2, Singapore, Singapore



Date & time

17 October 2012



17 October 2012


About this event

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 non-members have to pay $30 to secure your place. The seminar will end at 6pm and will be followed by a networking reception.

Programme for the event:

3.30pm Registration
4.00pm Presentations by Ruth Jones & Shaks Ghosh
5.00pm Panel discussion with local leaders
6.30pm Networking Reception
8.00pm 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.

Chris Cusano is the Executive Director of Ashoka Singapore, a branch of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, the world’s leading association of social entrepreneurs. Bringing Ashoka to Singapore has been the latest chapter of Chris’s 20 year career working with social entrepreneurs in Asia. After earning a degree in the study of Asian religions from the University of Rochester, he spent seven years working alongside Burmese refugees developing community programs along the Thailand-Burma border. Chris joined Ashoka in 2000, where he managed the global search-and-selection program for new Ashoka Fellows, introducing him to innovative people and solutions on five continents. Seeing firsthand the rapid growth of the social sector worldwide, Chris set out to develop Ashoka’s presence in Southeast Asia, inspiring him to start Ashoka Singapore as a platform where social entrepreneurs, business people, and philanthropists collaborate for social impact across Asia.

Muhammad Maulana is the Chief Executive Officer of Uno Kapital, an impact investing firm focusing on for-profit social-oriented companies in Indonesia. He is a Board Member of the Indonesian Social Entrepreneurship Association, Chairman of the Board of INOTEK Foundation, an organization that focuses on incubating and mentoring grassroots innovators and also as a Board Member of MRU Foundation, an organization that focuses on educating entrepreneurs in Indonesia. He is active in advocating the issue of entrepreneurship and small medium enterprise in Indonesia. Previously, he was involved in the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry as the Vice Chairman of SME Committee (2008-2009) and served as Chairman of the Information Access Committee for SME (2009- 2011). He holds a degree in Finance with a major in Accounting from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is married with two children and lives in Jakarta.


Joan Yao is the Investment Manager for Southeast Asia of LGT Venture Philanthropy. Since joining LGT Venture Philanthropy in 2009, Joan has been primarily responsible for sourcing, screening, executing, and managing deals in the SEA region. She has worked with teams in Southeast Asia, China, India and Latin America to analyze and execute investments in various for-and non-profit organizations across a wide range of sectors – including water, health, rural distribution, community-based enterprise, and education. Previously, Joan worked at the investment banking division of Credit Suisse and equity research division of UBS, Philippines. She holds a degree in Management Engineering with a minor in English Literature from the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.

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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