CSEIF 2019 Conference: Business for Good, Enabled by Technology and Impact Investing

COUNTRY

China

Date & time

15 October 2019

8:30am

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17 October 2019

5:00pm

About this event

CSEIF 2019 Conference:
Business for Good, Enabled by Technology and Impact Investing

15-17 October 2019 | Chengdu, China

As China’s largest and most influential convening of social entrepreneurs, impact investors, philanthropic foundations, policy advisors, policy makers, academic scholars, and media, CSEIF annual conference has served as a platform to improve cross-sector communications, build consensus, and foster collaborations and cooperation to advance the development of social enterprise and impact investing in China.

CSEIF 2019 will showcase the development of China’s social enterprise and impact investment sector, share insights on technology innovation and impact investing as a force to advocate business for good.

Breakout Session: TRENDS OF IMPACT INVESTING IN ASIA

Impact investing is steadily becoming a recognized and legitimate investment practice amid increasing concerns over climate change, human rights, and social justice dominating the emerging risk landscape.  And yet according to a recent report by AVPN, GIIN and Oliver Wyman, it was identified that Asian impact investors consistently face challenges related to the absence of a common language for impact, hence making it difficult to make a convincing case with mainstream investors.

AVPN will co-organize a session on Trends of Impact Investing in Asia on the October 16th at 2:00pm. This session will seek to address the following key questions:

  1. How do Asian impact investors describe their impact to their board or limited partners?
  2. What has been the experience in connecting their impact thesis into global trends like the Impact Management Project or GIIN’s IRIS+ framework?
  3. What more can be done to mainstream impact investing among local investors?

After the panel discussion, Kevin Teo of AVPN will also run a workshop on impact assessment.

Register for the CSEIF 2019 Conference

SPEAKERS

 

Kevin Teo
COO, AVPN

Kevin Teo is the Chief Operating Officer at AVPN, where he oversees a range of products and services delivered to the AVPN community. Prior to that, he was a Founding Partner of Volans, a Social Innovation company with offices in London and Singapore. Kevin was previously Head of East and Southeast Asia at the Schwab Foundation of Social Entrepreneurship and Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum. Prior to that, Kevin had a nine year stint in the enterprise software arena in Silicon Valley, Irvine and Austin. This included work at two Sequoia Capital startups that were acquired by Sun Microsystems and Symantec respectively.

Fumi Sugeno
Senior Officer, Japan Social Innovation & Investment Foundation

Fumi currently oversees businesses and leads investments in new impact investment funds, products and intermediaries at the Japan Social Impact Investment Foundation (SIIF). Fumi is an investment committee member of an impact investment fund focused on the future of work, childcare and elderly care support, which was established with Shinsei Bank Group and Mizuho Bank. Prior to joining SIIF, Fumi was an ESG analyst and a business consultant at the Japan Research Institute supporting Japanese corporations to initiate impact businesses. She started her career as International NGO staff working for education in rural China. Fumi holds a BA from University of Tokyo and MA in International Affairs from Columbia University.

Job van Schelven 
CFO, 98 Sparks

Job’s passion lies in investing with a meaning and his mission is to have clean water for all. He is devoted to raising capital for investments in groundbreaking innovations that contribute to clean water.Job was born and raised in the Netherlands. He is a CPA and holds an MSc in Accounting. He worked for KPMG for 7 years in Amsterdam and in China since 2007. In 2013, Job joined the 98 Sparks team.

Lehui Liang 
Director, Purpose Capital, Social Ventures Hong Kong

Lehui joined SVhk in January 2015 as a Manager in the Impact Capital team, overseeing the firm’s investments in portfolio social ventures, including each ventures’ fundraising initiatives and social impact measurement. She is also involved in SVhk’s volunteer engagement programmes with external partners.In her spare time, Lehui enjoys hiking and hopes to complete all sections of Hong Kong’s four major trails someday. She also enjoys doing yoga, and looks to definition of a yogi by renowned yoga teacher David Swenson of “one who leaves a place just a little nicer than when they arrived” as a source of motivation for her work with social ventures.

Prior to joining SVhk, Lehui was an investment banker and specialised in equity capital markets in Asia. Lehui has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Wellesley College.

Leon Toh
Executive Director, Damson Capital

Leon Toh is currently the Executive Director of Damson Capital, an impact investment firm in Singapore. Damson Capital invests in Entrepreneurs that the world needs and is dedicated to supporting social entrepreneurs seeking to create sustained positive change through enterprise solutions.

Concurrently, Leon is the Co-founder of Eden and Elie, a Singaporean Social Enterprise Jewellery company, supporting Autistic Adults where they have been featured in the New York Times Style Magazine and Channel News Asia.

Previously, Leon was a management consultant with Accenture Strategy, a Reporter and a Research Assistant with Monash University, studying Coffee Farming Households in Timor Leste.

Leon has served on various Boards of Social Enterprises, Non-Profits and Charities in the areas of Education, Water, Sanitation and Social Enterprises Development in Asia.

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