AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


Gender Lens Investing Fellowship

AVPN Gender Lens Investing Fellowship

Learn how to use a Gender Lens to advance your investment outcomes across sectors such as climate, healthcare, and more.


Fellowship Benefits

Become a gender lens investing leader

Scale your impact and mitigate risks across your portfolio. Recognising historically overlooked market opportunities through a gender lens can lead to better returns and greater impact-focused solutions.

Grow your network

Build your community of world-class peers and leading practitioners in sustainable finance, gender lens investing, and ESG. Explore collaboration opportunities with the most innovative and forward-thinking professionals in the investment space in Asia and globally.

Be ready for the future of investing

Adopt a dynamic investing vision that will promote the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Asia. Learn from top investors and finance strategists on how tapping into the latest trends and opportunities in finance and gender can strengthen your portfolio while making a positive impact.


Fellowship Agenda

14 Sep, Tuesday, 3.00pm – 4.30pm (GMT +8)

Induction and Kickoff Event

21 Sep, Tuesday, 3.00pm – 6.00pm (GMT +8)

Module 1: Making the Case for Gender Lens Investing in Asia

After Module 1, Fellows will be able to:

Post-session discussion: 28 Sep, Tuesday, 3.00pm – 4.30pm (GMT +8)

12 Oct, Tuesday, 3.00pm – 6.00pm (GMT +8)

Module 2: Developing a Gender Lens Investing Strategy

After Module 2, Fellows will be able to:

Post-session discussion: 19 Oct, Tuesday, 3.00pm – 4.30pm (GMT +8)

16 Nov, Tuesday, 3.00pm – 6.00pm (GMT +8)

Module 3: Deepening your Gender Plus Approach

After Module 3, Fellows will be able to:

Post-session discussion: 23 Nov, Tuesday, 3.00pm – 4.30pm (GMT +8)

7 Dec, Tuesday, 3.00pm – 4.30pm (GMT +8)

Graduation Ceremony

Important note:

All session dates and module details will be finalised in consultation with confirmed Fellows and may be subject to further revision.

The facilitators

Meet the Facilitators

Arnil Paras

Philippine Director

Aparajita Agrawal

Director – Strategy & Development
Value for Women

Rebecca Fries

Chief Executive Officer
Value for Women

Roshini Prakash

Knowledge Director


What is the Fellowship about?

The Fellowship will bring together 20-25 of the most innovative impact investors from across Asia-Pacific who are looking to develop a smarter portfolio for greater financial and social returns in the region through gender lens investing. It aims to equip participants with the know-how to recognise new investment opportunities using gender lens analysis, advocate for GLI within their organisation and investor networks, and to advance participants’ leadership skills by introducing practical guidance for investing with a gender lens. Fellows will accomplish this while being plugged into a global network of the most connected gender-forward financial experts and leaders.


Why is it necessary?

Across the globe, there is a growing awareness that incorporating gender considerations into investment strategy and process is not only the right thing to do, but also the smart thing to do. Applying a gender lens to investment has been proven in every market to create the opportunity to achieve both better financial returns and greater impact outcomes by further realising the potential of women as consumers, entrepreneurs, and employees, enhancing investment risk assessment and management, empowering women in leadership and employment, and expanding economic growth by opening up consumer, supply chain and entrepreneurial opportunities for women.

At the same time, asset owners and wealth managers in Asia-Pacific are lacking the specific tools, examples, knowledge, and community of support that would allow them to take advantage of the latest developments and implement a gender lens in their work.

The AVPN GLI Fellowship addresses investor demand to deepen their understanding of gender as a tool for uncovering business and investment opportunity, and provides pathways for key investors in the region to integrate a gender lens into their investment strategy and process.


Who should apply?

The Fellows will consist of a competitively selected cohort of Family Office Principals/Directors, Private Equity and Venture Capital Fund managers, Foundation Directors, and NextGen Leaders; those who have access to significant capital, or have responsibility for large investment portfolios and are used to managing the assets of high net worth individuals, families or funds.


What’s different about our program?

It offers:

  • Accelerated learning tailored for exceptionally capable and experienced investors
  • Real-world case studies and exercises that focus on practical application of GLI 
  • Access to thought leaders and key investors who will share their experiences in GLI
  • Recognition for participation in the leading program in Asia-Pacific for innovative gender lens investing
  • Access to a unique cohort of peers leading the charge on GLI and on impact and investing in the region

Frequently Asked Questions

Please register online and ensure all required information is accurately and completely provided. An enrollment committee will review all the applications and inform all applicants of the decision via an email. Should the committee have any questions, an AVPN representative will reach out to you.

Registration will close on 31 August 2021. As applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, we encourage you to apply for the Fellowship as early as possible.

The Fellowship costs USD 975 per person, to be paid in full upon acceptance. This cost will grant Fellows full access to highly-curated course materials, direct connections to leading GLI practitioners, and exclusive, closed-door learning experiences where Fellows will be able to interact with peers and experts in GLI.

Participants from an AVPN Member organization are entitled to a discounted price of USD 550 per person.

Yes, a certificate of completion will be issued to all Fellows.

To make the most of your gender lens investing learning journey, we strongly encourage all Fellows to commit to the full programme. The curriculum and schedule will be shared at the start of the programme to encourage Fellows to save the dates, set aside sufficient time to attend the modules and discussions, and complete the required readings and assignments.

Failure to do so may result in an incompletion of the Fellowship and disqualify you from receiving the certificate.

A full refund will be issued to those who cancel 30 days prior to the start of the Fellowship. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the start of the Fellowship or after the Fellowship has started.
Please reach out to Natalie Au, Senior Platforms Associate, at [email protected].


Supported by

Investing in Women
Australian Aid GLIF Partner
Sasakawa Peace Foundation SPF GLIF Partner
Asia Women Impact Fund GLIF Partner


Becoming an impact investing practitioner is a learning journey