AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


Road show – Singapore


SMU Admin Building, Singapore, Singapore



Date & time

12 October 2011



12 October 2011


About this event

  • 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.

Detailed Information:

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

Speaker Bios

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.

Joan YaoJoan Yao is the Investment Manager for Southeast Asia of LGT Venture Philanthropy. Since joining LGT Venture Philanthropy in 2009, Joan has been primarily responsible for sourcing, screening, executing, and managing deals in the SEA region. Previously, Joan worked at the investment banking division of Credit Suisse and equity research division of UBS, Philippines. She holds a degree in Management Engineering with a minor in English Literature from the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.

Ying LockChan Ying Lock recently assumed the COO role at SE Hub Ltd, a social enterprise fund initiated by the Singapore Tote Board, and is general manager at Caring Fleet Services Ltd. He has close to 40 years of experience in the audit field, corporate finance and venture capital. Ying Lock is an accountant by training and a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore. He also holds an MBA from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

Micaela RatiniMicaela Ratini – Prior to co-founding Insitor Fund in 2008, Micaela was a senior manager at the Financial Services practice of strategy consulting firm Bain and Company in Milan. Prior to Bain, Micaela worked at the Management and Business Advisory division of Arthur Andersen in Rome, where she was part of the merger and acquisition team. Micaela holds a master degree in Business Administration from Rome University “La Sapienza”.

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.

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