- 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 4:00 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.
Anuradha Bhavnani has worked with leading global multinationals across more than 12 countries with assignments in marketing, brand and product development. Currently she is a Regional Director at the Shell Foundation, where she has been since 2005. She has been an advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation on their Asian Climate Change and Resilience Program Network. She is currently also the Chairperson on the Board of CottonConnect South Asia.
Aditi Thorat – As Chief Operating Officer of EdelGive Foundation since it was formally set up in 2008, Aditi manages the Foundation’s portfolio of high impact non-profits, while focusing on leveraging the skills of Edelweiss employees for their benefit. Some of the key roles Aditi held previously were Officer on Special Duty to the former Chief Minister of Rajasthan, focusing on stimulating partnerships between government departments and local, national and international NGOs and Program Manager at SPARC, one of the largest Indian NGOs working on urban poverty. Aditi has a Masters from the University of Oxford and was the recipient of the Radhakrishnan-Chevening scholarship for her degree at Oxford.
Vineet Rai has over 17 years of experience in leading innovative interventions in development sector and brings unique understanding of Enterprise-based development approach through his pioneering interventions in Venture Capital, Micro Enterprises and Microfinance Investments and social investment banking. Vineet founded Aavishkaar, the fund advisory company providing advisory support to Aavishkaar I & II Rural investment funds as well as Aavishkaar-Goodwell I & II Microfinance focused funds. Vineet is the Co-founder and Chairman of Intellecap Group of companies and also chairs the board of Intellecash Microfinance Network Company, a subsidiary of Intellecap. Vineet has received numerous awards including the G-20 SME Finance Award, UNDP-IBLF World Business Award on behalf of Aavishkaar. He has also received the Ashoka Fellowship and Honorary Membership of XLRI Alumni Association.
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.