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Taiwan: AVPN Capacity Building Workshop held on 9 Dec 2015

By Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)


Taipei SE-DBS Hub
Bade Road, Section 2, 174 Xiang
No.28, Zhongshan District


Pan Asia

Date & time

09 December 2015



09 December 2015


About this event

Capacity Building Workshop Taiwan

Capacity Building is fundamentally about channelling resources to improve an organisation’s effectiveness. AVPN has curated a series of case studies on how resource providers have applied and supported capacity building efforts across Asia, bringing a multi-faceted view to how resources can be catalysed and leveraged to deliver greater social impact.
To this end, this workshop offers participants the possibility to step out of their daily practice, reflect on other practices, interact with their peers and enhance their own strategy. More details on the workshop structure can be found HERE.Who Should Attend?

  • Grant maker – your work requires you to provide both funding and value-added services to grow social organisations. How can you give more than money and start building capacities?
  • CSR manager – you’re tasked with overseeing skills-based volunteering opportunities for your colleagues, how can you match them with social initiatives for maximum value?
  • Portfolio manager in an impact investment fund – how can you justify funding capacity building overheads of your investees?
  • Incubator manager – capacity building is already core to your work; come and participate in the discussion and learn about alternative models.
  • Social investor – you’ve funded several social impact incubators. You would like to learn about alternative models in this space.

Key Takeaways:
By the end of the session, participants will have:

  • Discussed different ways of capacity building in various  contexts using case studies and literature
  • Reflected on common issues along the example of other thought leaders in this space and begun to map out solutions to their issues
  • Enhanced their capacity building strategy


  • NT$ 500 (AVPN Members)
  • NT$ 1,000 (Non-Members)
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Main Speakers:

Francis Ngai is the Founder and CEO of Social Ventures Hong Kong(www.sv-hk.org), a non-profit venture philanthropy organization dedicated to support and nurture social innovation in Hong Kong since 2007. Portfolio social enterprises include Diamond Cab, Green Monday, LightBe affordable housing, RunOurCity, CookConnect and Playtao Education etc.

Prior to this, Francis was Head of Strategy in a listed technology conglomerate. He is now also a visiting lecturer at university, a column writer and board member of Asia Venture Philanthropy Network. As an ultra- running veteran, he finished North Pole Marathon 2013 and an ultra-marathon challenge of 250km race at Gobi desert in 2012.

He obtained a bachelor degree from City University of Hong Kong and was awarded as Honorary Fellow in 2013. He was selected as Ten Outstanding Young Persons Hong Kong 2011 and Young Global Leader of World Economic Forum 2012.

As the Head of DBS Foundation, Patsian Low drives the focus on championing social entrepreneurship in Asia.  The Foundation is an endeavor from DBS Bank to make an even greater impact in addressing Asia’s evolving social needs.

Patsian was the former Director of the Philanthropy division in the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) to provide programmes that promote and engage philanthropy from different donor sectors in Singapore.  Some initiatives include the online philanthropy platform – SG Gives, independent charity analyst reports from the ICAn programme, bi-yearly Philanthropy In Asia Summit in 2012 and 2014 Funders Roundtable, among others.  Patsian regularly facilitated a module on Assessing Social Impact in the executive course for nonprofit leaders, iLEAP, at the Lien Centre for Social Innovation.

Patsian sits on the Boards of Social Venture Partners (Singapore), a venture philanthropy society, the Microfinance Society (Singapore), Singapore’s first microfinance interest group, Forum For The Future SE Asia and was previously a Governor with Banking With The Poor Network.

Patsian has senior-level financial sector experience in U.S., Hong Kong and Singapore within various global institutions like Bankers Trust, Deutsche Bank and State Street.  She holds an MBA (Marketing) from New York University’s Leonard N Stern School of Business, and a B.Sc. in Finance from Binghamton University (State University of New York).

Martina Mettgenberg Lemiere is Assistant Director of AVPN’s Knowledge Centre and she leads the creation of knowledge about Venture Philanthropy practices to increase the flow of financial and human capital dedicated to solving social issues in Asia and globally.

Martina builds on over seven years experience of leading applied research for businesses and non-profits with a focus on human capital, education and impact. Most recently in Singapore, she led projects at INSEAD and the Human Capital Leadership Institute. Concurrently, she mentors students in entrepreneurship and financial literacy at the micro-business school aidha. Previously, she worked in business research and consulting in India for Evalueserve and other organisations, particularly focusing on banking and financial services. She also taught at the Universities of Manchester and Sussex and worked as an independent consultant for NGOs and investment agencies in London and Manchester in the UK.

She holds a PhD from Manchester Business School and an MSc and BA (Hons) in Anthropology from the University of Sussex and Manchester respectively.

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