AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


Breaking down silos to drive Asia’s green and gender-equitable recovery

By Harvard Business School Association of Hong Kong


Online and Hong Kong SAR China

Date & time

19 January 2021



19 January 2021


About this event

Breaking down silos to drive Asia’s green
and gender-equitable recovery

A Conversation with Naina Subberwal Batra,
Chief Executive of AVPN

Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Time: 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm [HK/SG time]
Format: Zoom
Registration: https://bit.ly/3gpXxfd
Remarks: The event is free of charge but registration is required.

‘Build back better’; ‘Resiliency‘; ‘The new normal‘. While these catchphrases are fast becoming overused, they have opened a window of opportunity to forge lasting mindset changes – if we do not lose the momentum.

Against this backdrop, we are seeing more integrated efforts towards gender equality and climate action in Asia. In fact, adopting a gender and/or green lens in business  and investing decisions, grantmaking strategies, and policymaking is no longer just an option; it is now an imperative for sustainable development. Yet, important questions arise: how do we build an investment track record for incorporating a gender and/or green lens? How can corporates deploy their resources to drive inclusivity and sustainability through their core business activities? Furthermore, are there collaborative opportunities that integrate the often siloed pillars of gender and climate?

Join us for our first virtual event in 2021 with a conversation with Naina Subberwal Batra, CEO and Chairperson of AVPN, a leading social investment network and ecosystem builder in Asia. Naina will share her perspectives on how capital providers can leverage their resources for good and mobilise them effectively. With over 600 diverse members, AVPN breaks down silos across foundations, investors, corporates, policymakers, research institutes, and more, to leverage the full continuum of capital towards impact. The session will be moderated by HBSAHK Officer Philo Alto (HBS MBA/MPA 2000).

The conversation will tackle topics such as:

  • Key impact capital trends and flows in Asia, with a focus on gender and green financing
  • Successful cross-sector collaborative approaches that have driven enduring change
  • High-impact opportunities that align your values and the work that you do

Guest Speaker:

Naina Subberwal Batra
CEO and Chairperson, AVPN

Naina Subberwal Batra joined AVPN as CEO in 2013 and was appointed Chairperson in May, 2018. Over the last seven years, under Naina’s leadership, AVPN’s membership has tripled. The organization’s focus has expanded from focusing only on Venture Philanthropy to supporting the entire ecosystem of Social Funders from philanthropists to impact investors and committed private sector partners. In 2019, she was appointed one of Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen by CSRWorks.

Prior to joining AVPN, Naina was a member of the senior leadership team of a purpose driven unit of The Monitor Group, a leading global strategy consulting firm, aimed at catalysing markets for social change. Naina was also partner and Co-Founder of Group Fifty Private Ltd, curating contemporary Indian art with a view to provide a medium for up and coming and established Indian artists to showcase their work directly to a large and diverse audience.

Remarks: This is a private event, and participants are requested to respect the confidentiality of the views and opinions expressed. For enquiry, please email us at [email protected]

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