Roundtable in Hong Kong – Mobilising Human Capital


Hong Kong SAR China

Date & time

21 October 2013



21 October 2013


About this event

At a time when global challenges are putting pressure on governments, businesses and non-profit organizations to do more with less, skills-based volunteer programs play a critical role in harnessing the talent of the private sector to help NGOs and communities resolve social, economic and environmental challenges. AVPN would like to invite you to a roundtable in Hong Kong on 21 October 2013 to discuss the key issues that can unlock more human capital towards capacity-building of social purpose organisations (SPOs).Prior to this roundtable, AVPN will conduct a workshop with up to 30 managers and front-line practitioners to review the ground challenges and compose a set of recommendations that will be put forth for strategic review at the round table. Participants to the roundtable will be primarily senior executives from AVPN member and prospect organisations. Participants will look at the recommendations brought forward by the earlier session. Capacity for this roundtable is limited to 20 persons.

This roundtable will be led by Fiona Halton, Chair of Pilotlight UK.

Patsian Low (NVPC), Nancy Yang (Asian Charity Services), Francis Ngai (SVhk) and Ricky Yu (Light Be) will also share their insights from the earlier workshop with the round table participants.”

All participants to the roundtable are by invitation.  Please register your interest to participate via email to Chelsea Chen ( if you would like to join us for the roundtable.

Date: 21 October 2013
Roundtabe Fee: Free
Venue: The Good Lab. L1, The Sparkle, 500 Tung Chau Street, West Kowloon

Roundtable Program
16.00 – 16.30hrs Roundtable registration opens
16.30 – 18.30hrs Roundtable discussion: “How to mobilize human capital effectively to build capacity” – discussion leader: Fiona Halton.Introduction by AVPN and by partner organizationFiona to present Pilotlight model

Fiona and local workshop leaders to share on the following:

  1. How to make a convincing business case to employers?
  2. What SPO needs can be effectively met by skilled volunteers?
  3. How to meet the personal and career development needs of the volunteers?
  4. What engagement structures between skilled volunteers and SPOs work well in Hong Kong and overseas?
  5. Assessing impact – how to produce substantial value for the SPO?

Moderated discussion, Wrap-up

18.30 – 19.30hrs Networking reception

About Fiona Halton

Fiona Halton is Chair of Pilotlight and the creator of Pilotlighting – a unique method that enables business leaders to work effectively with charities so that they increase impact. The model also creates a community of philanthropists. Fiona has a track record in establishing and running new organisations. She set up British Film Year which won the British Sales and Marketing Award and was runner-up for Veuve Cliquot Business Woman of the Year. Fiona was part of the team that ran the first Comic Relief which raised more than £13 million. She was acting director of TimeBank and took it to launch – it is now an established, BBC-supported campaign, inspiring a new generation of volunteers.


About Pilotlight
Pilotlight was set up to address the needs of small charities and social enterprises who have the expertise to support their beneficiaries but do not have, and could not afford to buy, the time and skills to develop their own infrastructure. In a survey of small charities, Pilotlight found that only four per cent said they received effective professional help.  Pilotlight then surveyed leading business people and found various barriers, such as being time-poor, which prevented them from offering their professional help. Pilotlight then trialled several models of professional skills-giving and arrived at one that overcame those barriers. More info at:  

Roadshow Partner
 The National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) is the national body in Singapore that promotes and develops volunteerism and philanthropy, functioning as a first-stop centre, catalyst and networking agency to foster the giving spirit in Singapore, whether of time, money or in kind. The Philanthropy in Asia (PIA) Summit aims to promote and deepen knowledge that advances effective and sustainable philanthropy in Asia’s social space. More info at:


Event Partner
Founded in 2007, SVhk innovates social change by applying a dual-engine model: SVhk Capital and SVhk Foundation. SVhk Capital is the city’s very first venture philanthropy fund dedicated to providing financial and non-financial support to high-impact social ventures in Hong Kong; SVhk Foundation is a charitable organization promoting social innovation culture and incubating innovative social solutions. More info at:

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