AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


AVPN Workshop: Collaborative Philanthropy and Pooled Funds in Asia

By Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)


Capella Singapore



Date & time

15 October 2019


17 October 2019

About this event

AVPN Workshop
Collaborative Philanthropy and
Pooled Funds in Asia

15 – 17 October 2019 | Capella Singapore

This is a by-invitation only event.

We look forward to welcoming you at our inaugural Collaborative Philanthropy and Pooled Funds Workshop in Asia. Please find some additional event details below. Please note AVPN will be covering the programme and meal costs of all participants.

About the event

This invite-only, 2.5-day convening will be a gathering of individuals who are leading collaborative philanthropic efforts, specifically across Asia. These individuals include collaborative fund directors, foundation partners, individual high-net-worth donors promoting collaborative philanthropic efforts, and 1-2 implementing partners who have received collaborative investments. With this cross-section of individuals, we hope to understand the current landscape, needs, and opportunities related to collaboratively pooled funds that have the potential for greater impact in and across Asia. Together, we will address the following questions:

  • Which collaborative philanthropic funds have been launched in Asia, and what lessons can they share about launching these funds in an Asian context?
  • What are the key lessons learned and the challenges facing collaborative funds, specifically those driving towards large-scale change in Asia and around the world?
  • What is required to ensure successful collaborative funding efforts across Asia?
  • How could a more efficient ecosystem be built around collaborative funding efforts?
  • What is the current demand in Asia for large-scale collaborative philanthropic funds?

We have provided an overview of the agenda below. A detailed agenda will be distributed in the coming few weeks.

We will host a welcome dinner at the Chef’s Table on the 14th of October, breakfast at The Knolls each morning, and closing dinner at Cassia.

 Monday, 14 Oct  Tuesday, 15 Oct  Wednesday, 16 Oct  Thursday, 17 Oct
Guests arrive throughout the day  Breakfast  Breakfast  Breakfast
 Morning Workshop  Morning Workshop  Morning Workshop
 Lunch  Lunch  Lunch Free & Easy
 Afternoon Workshop  Afternoon Workshop  END
 Welcome Dinner  Dinner TBD  Closing Dinner



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David Janka
Healthcare Designer, Stanford d. school Teaching Faculty, Design Thinking Consultant & Creative Strategist

David Janka, MD is a lecturer, innovation consultant and medical device entrepreneur. He is interested in the intersection of design with healthcare and has worked to instill creative confidence in individuals and organizations all over the world. As a member of the Stanford d.school teaching faculty for the past seven years, David has taught graduate courses on design thinking process and its application to complex systems in the developing world, in healthcare, in public policy and in organization design. Through the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies, he’s worked in Myanmar and Ghana with developing world entrepreneurs and has also taught at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, EGADE Business School in Monterrey, Osaka University and Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Nadia Roumani
Senior Designer, Designing for Social Systems, Stanford d. school Director, Financial Intermediary Philanthropy Initiatives, Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative at Stanford PACS

Nadia works with philanthropists and nonprofit leaders to help them become more strategic, creative and effective. She integrates design thinking, systems thinking, and strategic planning to help organizations better scope the challenges they want to address by engaging end-users, increasing intra-organizational creativity, and incorporating radical collaboration. She has facilitated design thinking strategy workshops for foundations, nonprofit organizations, and businesses around the world, including in the Europe, Middle East, North and East Africa, and across North America.Nadia is a serial social entrepreneur. Over the past two decades she has launched several organizations and initiatives including the Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD) with Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz at Columbia University; the Women Leaders Intercultural Program with Ireland’s former President Mary Robinson; the Building Bridges Program at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; and the Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative at Stanford.

For more information, please contact the AVPN Partnerships Manager, Alicia Maitland, [email protected].

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