AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


AVPN Roundtable: Catalyzing Philanthropic Development in China – Trends and Opportunities

By Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)


8/F, South China Building, 1-3 Wyndham Street, Central


Hong Kong SAR China

Date & time

04 March 2019



04 March 2019


About this event

Registration is confirmed only upon receipt of confirmation email.

AVPN has recently conducted research on the state of development across China’s philanthropic sector, drawing insights from influential funders and resource providers active in China.

The research highlights that the Chinese philanthropic sector will continue to grow both domestically and internationally. Philanthropists, in particular, have been playing an instrumental role in funding solutions to a wide range of social and environmental issues in China. According to the 2018 Hurun Philanthropy List, China’s top 100 philanthropists made a total of US$3.3 billion public donations domestically, a 33% increase from the previous year. With a raising awareness of the importance of giving back to society in more sustainable and strategic ways, philanthropists present a significant potential to catalyze the development of the social sector and create lasting environmental and social impact.

The roundtable will convene 15-20 leading philanthropists, foundations and intermediaries that are interested in contributing to the philanthropy ecosystem in China. The roundtable will aim to:

  • Share overview and insights on China’s philanthropic development
  • Discuss challenges and opportunities to engage in philanthropy in China
  • Identify collaboration opportunities for strategic philanthropy

Join us to build a vibrant social investment community across Asia!



James Chen
Founder, Clearly

James Chen is the third generation and Chairman of his family’s enterprise Wahum Group Holdings. He was an early adopter of venture philanthropy with the Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation, and co-founded Bring Me a Book Hong Kong and the Feng ZiKai Chinese Children’s Picture Book Award to promote early childhood literacy.

As an innovative blended value investor, James co-founded the variable power lens technology company Adlens, and he is also the Founder of Vision for a Nation and Clearly, a global campaign to enable access to vision correction for the 2.5 billion people who are deprived of it. Read more.

Xiao Rong
Head of Philanthropy Services, Greater China, UBS AG

Xiao Rong joined UBS AG in Oct 2018 as Head, Philanthropy Services, Greater China. She has committed to philanthropy work over 20 years.

Prior to her current role, she worked with Give2Asia as Vice President and China Chief Representative, building up China program and office, leading grant-making and philanthropy advisory services in China. Rong also served in the Institute of American Studies, China Academy of Social Sciences, and The Asia Foundation. Rong holds her master’s degree in law and bachelor’s degree in law from Peking University; and she is a visiting scholar at George Washington University as Ford Fellow.

Li Libin
Partner, Zhong Lun Law Firm

Li Libin has been committed to providing legal services for public charity, public venture capital, social enterprises /NOG and other fields. Currently, Libin is the legal adviser of the Social Enterprise Certification Platform of Star of Social Innovation Social Enterprise Development Promotion Center in Shenzhen and the 21st Century Education Research Institute. He also provides special public legal advisory services for research institutes to receive donations from overseas charitable organizations and public welfare organizations on cooperation with overseas foundations.

In addition, Libin is mainly responsible for cases about cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity and corporate compliance management. Libin holds his juris doctor degree from Chinese University of Hong Kong; and he was a visiting scholar at New York University as Hauser Global Fellow in 2011.

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