AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


The Promise of Social Finance: How Social Finance has Evolved and the Unique Ways in Which it Catalyses Social Impact

By Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)


Online and Singapore

Date & time

04 August 2021



04 August 2021


About this event

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Join us for the inaugural live online learning session of the AVPN Academy’s Social Finance Centre, as we unpack what social finance is, how it has evolved over time, and where it is headed in the decade to come.

In this session you will:

  • Hear from our panel of experts Aditya Natraj, Kevin Tan, and Gautam Chakraborty, as they narrate their roles as stakeholders in the social finance ecosystem and explain how they utilise social finance as a tool to advance social good across impact areas and geographies
  • Learn from Dhun Davar as she describes how social finance evolved and scaled over time and where it is headed next
  • Find out what motivated Sir Ronald Cohen and Phyllis Costanza to dedicate their careers towards driving positive social impact and what excites them about social finance today (pre-recorded conversation)

Should you have any questions, please reach out to [email protected].

Aditya Natraj
Piramal Foundation

Aditya is the CEO of Piramal Foundation. Aditya is a qualified chartered accountant, holds a master’s in economics and has an MBA from INSEAD. Aditya started his career working with KPMG for 5 years and then joined the start-up team of an internet company in Europe for 2 years. For the last 18 years, he has worked in the Development sector – first with Pratham in Gujarat for 5 years and the Piramal Foundation for the last 13 years. Aditya is an Ashoka Fellow, an Echoing Green Fellow and an Aspen India Fellow.

Aditya also serves on the governing board of the Quality Council of India, the Akanksha Foundation and BridgeSpan India. Aditya was awarded the Times Now Amazing Indian award in the Education category.He was previously the founder and director of Kaivalya Education Foundation (KEF) and the Piramal School of Leadership.
Dhun Davar
Global Head of Social Finance and India Head,
UBS Optimus Foundation

Dhun is Head of Social Finance at UBS Optimus Foundation and India Head for UBS Optimus Foundation and Philanthropy Services leading the foundation’s growth in-country. She joined the foundation in 2017 as Program Director for Education and Early Childhood Development.

Dhun has expertise in program design, management and impact measurement having worked across Europe, India and Sub-Saharan Africa. She applies her global and grass-roots experience to improve the lives of children and youth by developing innovative and results based approaches to fund social programs and drive greater impact.

Dhun was previously COO at Hand in Hand Switzerland, and before that CEO at Apnalaya in India. She has also worked at GiveIndia and the Monze Mission Hospital through VSO Zambia. Her interests and expertise include education, early childhood development, maternal and newborn health and innovative development finance. Dhun serves on the board of the Innovation Edge in South Africa. She holds a degree in Economics, and a master’s in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.
Gautam Chakraborty
Development Assistance Specialist (Health Finance),
USAID India | Health Office

Gautam is the Innovative Health Financing lead at USAID/India since 2016. In the India Mission he manages the USAID’s first Development Impact Bond on Maternal Health. He manages Health loan-portfolio guarantees with banks and financial institutions. He is also involved with a blended finance facility to respond to India’s COVID needs.

He obtained his MBA degree in 1995, with a specialization in Finance and has over two decades of experience working on health systems in India. Before joining USAID had been involved in financial planning and budgeting for a major Government of India program, called the National Urban Health Mission (NUHM). He has also contributed in improving a major pan-India public-private partnership on Emergency Response System (ERS). Currently in USAID, he is exploring innovative financing options like blended finance and impact bonds, to leverage private capital for primary healthcare in India.
Kevin Tan
Tri-Sector Associates

Kevin is the Founder/CEO of Tri-Sector Associates, a Singapore social enterprise supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board that helps to create new models for the public, private, and people sectors to work together for impact across Asia. Tri-Sector has helped to launch the first Social Impact Bond in Hong Kong, the first recyclable grant fund in Singapore, and the first Social Impact Guarantee in the world.

Prior to founding Tri-Sector, Kevin worked in Boston at Third Sector Capital Partners, a leading US Social Impact Bond advisor, where he launched Social Impact Bonds in areas such as homeless and criminal justice.

He holds an MPP (Business and Government) from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a BA (First Class Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford. In 2019, he was listed by Forbes Asia as one of its 30 under 30 social entrepreneurs.

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