- Learn about VP from Europe, US
- Network with peers from India and surrounding countries
- Discuss Issues and best practice of Venture Philanthropy
Join leading venture philanthropy practitioners from the US, Europe and Asia at a special seminar to mark the launch of the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network. Nat Sloane from Impetus Trust and Shruti Sehra from New Profit (see below) will present the latest developments in their markets followed by a panel session and Q&A with Asian based VP leaders.
The seminar is followed by a networking drinks reception for the diverse groups that make up the VP community – to include private equity funds, foundations, family offices, high net worth individuals, the broader financial community, professional service firms and Universities. All will have a chance to meet their peers similarly interested in VP in the Asian context.
There is no charge for these events which are part of a four city Asian VP road show organised by AVPN. Numbers are limited and reservations will be accepted on a first come first served basis. Forward this email to friends and colleagues who want to learn about venture philanthropy in practice.
Seminar: From 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm then 30 minutes networking
Reception: From 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm with AVPN welcome at 7:15 pm
Nat Sloane is the co-founder of Impetus Trust, the pioneer of venture philanthropy in the UK. A successful entrepreneur, venture capitalist, management consultant and social investor, he brings a wealth of experience to the role. Prior to Impetus, Nat was a partner in Accenture, where he also chaired their UK charitable foundation, and was vice chairman of Crime Concern. He is currently the England Committee Chair of the Big Lottery Fund, an independent member of the Bridges Social Enterprise Fund investment Committee and a member of the Social Finance Social Impact Advisory Board. Nat has established three private businesses in the UK and the US.
Shruti Sehra – As a Partner at New Profit, Shruti oversees and manages portfolio-wide performance for the core New Profit Fund, while providing targeted strategic support to Stand for Children and BUILD. Prior to graduate school, Shruti managed a campaign for California State Assembly, worked to start up a nonprofit organization, and held a series of manufacturing quality management positions. Shruti has an SB from MIT, an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School.
Francis Ngai is the founder and CEO of Social Ventures Hong Kong and also a core-organizer of the 30S Group. Prior to this, Francis was Assistant Vice President/Head of Strategy at PCCW. He was a part-time member of the Central Policy Unit, HKSAR Government in 2009/2010 and is now serving in a number of government advisory bodies. He is also a part-time visiting lecturer at The University of Hong Kong and The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He obtained a B.A. (Hon) from City University of Hong Kong and has obtained scholarships for non-profit executive programs at INSEAD and at Harvard Business School.
Cliff Cheung is Chairman & CEO of InterLeader Capital. Prior to founding InterLeader, he was partner, Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of PAMA Group Inc. He is a former Chairman of The Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association and has served on the Listing Committee of the Growth Enterprise Market of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Financial Services Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and Asia‐Pacific Advocacy Committee of the CFA Institute. Cliff is currently a member of the investment committee of QMA Capital. Cliff is co‐founder and chairman of Social Investors Club, founding director of SOW Asia Foundation and has also been a long‐term supporter of Chi Heng Foundation.
Lisa Genasci is the CEO and founder of ADM Capital Foundation (ADMCF), established five years ago for the partners of a Hong Kong-based investment manager. With a staff of eight, ADMCF provides support to some of Asia’s most marginalized children and works to combat intransigent environmental challenges. Before working in the non-profit sector, Lisa spent ten years at the Associated Press, three as a correspondent based in Rio de Janeiro, three on the AP foreign desk in New York and four as a financial reporter. Lisa holds a BA degree with High Honors from Smith College and an LLM in Human Rights Law from Hong Kong University.
Yuan Jia Kai is Executive Deputy Secretary General at YouChange and joined the organization in August of 2010. Mr. Yuan graduated with a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. Before joining YouChange, he was the Strategic Planning Director for the Jet Li One Foundation, responsible for strategic cooperation and exploration in the field of social enterprise, involved in projects including the Dannon Dumex infant food supplement “quick start program”, Climate Organization’s Rural Clean Energy “1,000 Village Plan”, a minority culture assistance program called the “Qiang embroidery assistance plan”, and in coordinating post-disaster reconstruction efforts through the Renren Yijia Volunteers Project. Before joining the One Foundation, he worked in New York at Credit Suisse Investment Banking Firm, responsible for leveraged buyouts and asset restructuring bankruptcy protection, as well as direct investment of non-performing assets. Mr. Yuan also previously worked on several internal consulting projects at Microsoft headquarters in Seattle, and has more than four years of entrepreneurial experience in Toronto, Canada.
His message: together with friends, create a public service platform, with common universal values, to create a philanthropy hurricane.
Impetus Trust is a London-based venture philanthropy fund. Impetus-supported charities and social enterprises were able to help more than 230,000 disadvantaged people in the last year and their average growth in income was 40% (08/09 figures); ten times the sector average. The combination of funding, leveraged by co-investment, pro bono expertise and Impetus investment team support, multiplies the charities’ social impact many fold. For more information see www.impetus.org.uk.
New Profit Inc. is a venture philanthropy fund based in Boston, Massachusetts. With the support of individual donors, and its partner, Monitor Group, New Profit provides multi-year financial and strategic support to a portfolio of social entrepreneurs working in education, youth development, public health, workforce development, and other areas. For more information see www.newprofit.com.
The Asian VenturePhilanthropy Network is a Pan Asian membership association headquartered in Singapore with the mission of promoting VP in the Non Profit and Social Enterprise space. It is focusing on networking, learning and sharing best practices on across Asia. It will open for founder members from November 2011 and formally launch its activities in early 2012. AVPN (www.avpn.asia) is following on from the success of its sister organization the European Venture Philanthropy Association (www.evpa.eu.com) which now has over 130 members from 20 European countries.