AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


Revolutionising Education Systems in a Post COVID-19 Future

By Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)


Online and Singapore

Date & time

30 July 2020



30 July 2020


About this event

Revolutionising Education Systems in a Post COVID-19 Future

Thursday, 30 July
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm (GMT +8)

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The COVID-19 pandemic has upended routines we once considered normal. Overnight, education systems around the world are forced to digitise education as students move towards home-based learning. It is a historic moment in education as we are being made to confront difficult questions and challenge the traditional methods used in the formal schooling experience. While technology has facilitated this leap in education, the crisis situation has also exposed wide underlying gaps in areas such as accessibility to information and communication tools, competency and training in operating educational technology, last-mile digital connectivity, and readily available data to aid coordinated and effective mobilisation of resources on the ground.

This 1.5-hour online session will comprise of a case presentation showcasing China’s unique experiences, followed by a multi-sectoral and cross-regional panel discussion. It will dive deeper into the current revolution in education with perspectives from grantmakers, private sector investors, academia, and non-state partners to policy programmes in China and Malaysia.

This webinar will:

  • Glean from China and Malaysia’s unique experiences as they share how they have navigated learning in this post-lockdown phase
  • Identify innovative approaches adopted by education practitioners, investors and key stakeholders to ensure continued learning in the short, mid and long-term
  • Discuss the potential and impact of EdTech in light of CV19, outlining the challenges of transitioning to online learning in different communities across the region

Jaff Shen
Leping Social Entrepreneur Foundation

Jaff Shen is a social entrepreneur and social innovation catalyst. Over the past decade, Jaff has incubated five social enterprises.

In 2013, he introduced SVP, a venture philanthropy model, to China. It seeks to introduce innovative ways to strengthen financial markets, energize the talent market, and enhance thought leadership in the field of social innovation. Most recently, Jaff has become the Chinese publisher of the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) and has been Editor in Chief since 2017.

In 2014, Jaff was honored as Youth Leader of the Year by Southern People Weekly Magazine.

Cheryl Ann Fernando
Global School Leaders, Pemimpin, Malaysia

Cheryl Ann Fernando is Director of Pemimpin GSL in Malaysia. Cheryl was recently appointed to the National Education Policy Review Committee formed by the Ministry of Education. She formerly served as the Director of Education and Learning at EduNation Malaysia, a non profit organization focused on creating online videos to help Malaysian students excel in their studies. Previously, Cheryl served as a Teach for Malaysia fellow for three years where she taught English in a rural school in Sungai Petani, Kedah. Prior to Teach for Malaysia, she worked a a PR consultant for four years.

Cheryl graduated with a degree in Mass Communications and a Master in Management. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Education. Cheryl was actively involved in the production of ‘Adiwiraku’ (My Superheroes), one of the first  education-related movies in Malaysia, which was made based on Cheryl’s experiences as a teacher.

Veronica Zhou 周爽
Blue Elephant Capital

Veronica Zhou is a Chartered Business Valuator (CBV), a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and a designated CPA in China, Canada, U.K and Hong Kong. She has 14 years of Finance and Investment Management experience from eight countries covering tech startups, sovereign wealth funds, and public companies, and does research on Strategy for Technology Innovations in both Silicon Valley and China.

Veronica Zhou is a PADI Rescue Diver, an Ironman 140.6 competitor. She also mentors young entrepreneurs at the University of Victoria, Tsinghua X-lab, and Hundun University.

Dr. Xiaoyan Wang
Sichuan Normal University, China

Dr. Xiaoyan Wang has recently completed her post doctoral research at Beijing Normal University, focusing on the application of the Internet technology in the primary education. She graduated from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Her research direction is communication and social development, focusing on children’s rights and media literacy education for children.She is currently a researcher at Sichuan Normal University. Her research integrates media literacy education for children with the Internet-based education as well as the impact of family education on children.

Donny Li
21st Century Education Research Institute, China

Donny Li is a graduate from Stanford University with backgrounds in both Education and Mechanical Engineering. Through his teaching and leadership experience in schools that serve a diverse range of contexts, he has developed an acute understanding on the inner-workings of schools. He now leads 21CERI’s center on rural education and advocates for Full-Service Schools, a model of school development that emphasizes holistically care for children’s physical, socioemotional and intellectual needs. He believes it is crucial that our system of school administration could be transformed to adopt a children-centered mindset and allow adequate room for schools to exercise their own agency in response to diverse local conditions.

Shahnaz Al-Sadat
LeapEd Services

Shahnaz is an independent advocate and promoter of education, talent development and social enterprising reforms in the interest of Malaysia and community at large. She is currently the Chairperson and significant shareholder of LeapEd Services Sdn Bhd (“LeapEd”), a social enterprise set-up to undertake the development and delivery of holistic schools transformation to support education systems’ reform. Shahnaz is also the co-founder and majority shareholder of arise Asia Sdn Bhd (‘arise”), a social enterprise that she founded with the intention to help any persons or institutions to implement initiatives that will alleviate social disparities.

Shahnaz has deep implementation and transformation expertise both from financial and talent development aspects. She has 20 years of corporate experience including a decade in the Government-linked companies specifically through the Sovereign Wealth Fund, Khazanah Nasional. In the last 10 years, Shahnaz turned social entrepreneur and one of her largest win is the successful demonstration and expansion of Government Schools’ Transformation Programme through the Public-Private Partnership between Ministry of Education Malaysia, Yayasan AMIR and LeapEd.

Shahnaz holds a LLB (Hons.) degree from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland. She is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

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