AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


Building Philanthropic Collaboratives around Climate Action

By Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)


Online and Singapore

Date & time

28 July 2020



28 July 2020


About this event

Building Philanthropic Collaboratives
around Climate Action

Interactive Workshop

28 July 2020, Tuesday
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Singapore Time

Register your interest

One of AVPN’s mandates is to build communities around collaboration. This invitation-only virtual workshop brings together funders, philanthropic organisations, policymakers, climate experts, and SPOs to share and discuss collaborative approaches towards climate action and to identify opportunities to come together meaningfully around specific solutions. If you are interested in joining the workshop, kindly register your interest and indicate your area of work and expertise.

During the workshop, we will hear from The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation on the Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub (MCCRH) and the RS Group on HK 2050 is NOW. Both organisations will share about how their collaborative efforts drive solutions that tackle different aspects of climate change.

We will also use the work of Project Drawdown to identify specific opportunities for collaboration during small breakout group discussions.


Our 90-minute agenda will be as follows:

  • Welcome: Purpose and agenda
  • An introduction to Project Drawdown
  • Introduction to Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub (MCCRH)
  • Introduction to HK 2050 is NOW
  • Breakout discussions: Opportunities for collaboration

For more information, please contact Kevin Teo at [email protected].

Annie Chen
Chair, RS Group

Annie Chen is the principal and Chair of RS Group, a mid-sized HK-based family office committed to creating a paradigm shift in people’s values and priorities so that economic growth will support, instead of jeopardize, human development and environmental sustainability. Convinced that sustainability is the defining challenge of our times, Annie believes that one should, and can, “invest in the future one wants to create”.

Dr Catherine Brown OAM
CEO, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation

Catherine is a lawyer with a commitment to community philanthropy and philanthropy’s role supporting innovative solutions to tough environmental and social problems. After several years in commercial law, Catherine worked in legal and management roles with the MS Society, Wesley Mission and the Brain Foundation Victoria, where she was CEO, and then as an advisor within the not for profit and philanthropic sectors. She joined the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation in 2011. Catherine is the author of Great Foundations: A 360° guide to building resilient and effective not-for-profit organisations (ACER Press, 2010).

Daniel Pediaditis
Senior Program Manager Environment & Sustainability, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation

Daniel is an environment and sustainability leader with over 20 years experience across a range of sectors and a broad set of skills very well suited to strategy, program and stakeholder management. A deep understanding of contemporary environmental challenges. Passionate about both social and environmental issues and how the two are inextricably linked.

Simon (Mac) McKenzie
Founding Director of the Bridge Institute and Managing Director Bridge Asia-Pacific

The Bridge Institute brings the most senior government, business and civil leaders together to solve the pressing societal challenges of our time. Recent programmes have focused on reducing gender-based violence, peacebuilding, water and education reform. One of the flagship programmes he leads is the Kalinga Fellowship , which brings together senior political leaders, police, judiciary, the UN, business leaders and specialist NGO CEOs to determine the leadership and breakthrough strategies that will reduce violence on women and children in Asia.

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