AVPN Appoints Social Capital Markets Leader from India as new CEO


Naina Subberwal Batra, previously of Monitor Inclusive Markets in India, will join AVPN as CEO and replace Simon Chadwick who becomes a non-executive director.  Naina is the second recent senior leadership hire at AVPNfollowing that of Andrew Muirhead, the CEO of Inspiring Scotland, who will be joining AVPN as executive vice chairman.

Tuesday September 10 2013: AVPN today announced that Naina Subberwal Batra, previously of Monitor Inclusive Markets in India, will join as CEO and replace Simon Chadwick who becomes a non-executive director.

Naina is the second recent senior leadership hire at AVPN following that of Andrew Muirhead, the CEO of Inspiring Scotland, who will be joining AVPN as executive vice chairman.

Doug Miller, founder chairman, said: “We are very fortunate to have been able to hire two high-calibre experienced leaders for the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network.  Naina and Andrew have different backgrounds and bring complementary expertise, networks and skills. They will expand AVPN’s reach and depth as we develop more services from the hub in Singapore, create a Knowledge Centre and on-the-ground representation in India and Greater China”.

Naina said: “Monitor Inclusive Markets gave me the opportunity to learn a lot about catalyzing markets for social impact.  I am looking forward to joining AVPN in its journey through the next phase of growth of the venture philanthropy sector across Asia, building upon the fabulous start given by Doug Miller and Simon Chadwick“.

Andrew said: “I am delighted Naina has joined AVPN, it is testimony to her skills that she was selected from such a strong international talent pool. The Venture Philanthropy sector has emerged as a real force for good and our network is addressing some of the most pressing challenges for the people of Asia.  With Naina now on board we look forward to doing even more to support members to accelerate their social impact in the years ahead.”

Russell Reynolds in Singapore provided a pro bono executive search service for AVPN and attracted a wide range of senior candidates from across Asia, Europe and the USA.

Andrew, Naina, Kevin Teo and Stacey Choe will drive forward AVPN’s ambitious next stage growth plans. AVPN continues to roll out more membership services as it promotes and develops the venture philanthropy social investment sector across Asia.

Naina is chief executive officer designate of AVPN and her appointment is subject to AVPN’s full board nominations process and applicable Singapore legal and regulatory requirements.  Naina relocated from India to Singapore earlier this year and is expected to start her new role shortly.

About AVPN

The Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) is developing a vibrant venture philanthropy and social investment community across the Asia Pacific region.  Building on the success of the European Venture Philanthropy Association, AVPN now has more than 130 members from 21 countries.

AVPN undertakes field building activities in Asia and provides a range of networking and learning services to support its members and followers as they deploy financial and human capital to create meaningful social impact.

We envision an Asian philanthropic landscape that responds effectively to the resource needs of high-potential social purpose organisations (SPOs); a landscape where businesses, grant-makers, government funders and universities collaborate to help SPOs deliver maximum social value.

AVPN has created and continues to grow a diverse network of organisations practicing and supporting venture philanthropy in Asia.  This network supports its members through peer learning and promotes venture philanthropy to the wider community, including private equity managers, family offices and other wealth / asset managers, grant-making foundations, professional services firms, impact investors, universities, corporations and government-related entities.

For more information including upcoming events and a list of members visit www.avpn.asiaFor more information contact: Douglas Miller, Chairman [email protected] Subberwal Batra, CEO designate [email protected] Teo, COO [email protected]

About Naina Subberwal Batra

Prior to joining AVPN, Naina was a member of the senior leadership team of a purpose driven unit of The Monitor Group, a leading global strategy consulting firm, aimed at catalyzing markets for social change.

Her experience prior to Monitor encompassed various human resource roles ranging from working with Citibank in Mumbai, to working in KPMG’s consulting practice in Dubai. She has also worked as an HR consultant with Resource Management Technologies, a startup providing HR advice to a wide range of companies.

Naina was also partner and Co-Founder of Group Fifty Private Ltd, curating contemporary Indian art with a view to provide a medium for upcoming and established Indian artists to showcase their work directly to a large and diverse audience.

Naina has a master’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University where she graduated at the top of her class.  She also holds a bachelor degree in Economics and International Relations from Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, USA and a General Course Diploma in economics from The London School of Economics.

Possessing strong leadership skills, Naina is an effective motivator and trainer, merging individual and organizational goals to enhance productivity. She has a strong background in human resources with an abiding interest and experience in the field of social enterprises and impact investing

About Monitor Inclusive Markets

 Monitor Inclusive Markets (MIM) is a specialized business unit 
within Monitor Group.  Since 2006, MIM has focused on using market-based solutions to effect social change. They are focused on identifying, understanding, developing and catalyzing investment in business models that engage the poor in socially beneficial markets. MIM’s aim is to drive knowledge and actions that create meaningful and sustainable impact in society.In January 2013 Deloitte acquired substantially all of the business of the Monitor Group. The new combined practices operate under the Monitor Deloitte brand.



A. Environmental Stewardship
To protect the environment, we organize programmes like mangrove nursery and Reforestation, Coastal and River Clean-Up, Community Based Environmental Solid Waste Management, Environmental IEC Campaign and Eco-Academy

B. Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood
To ensure a sustainable livelihood for the community, eco-tourism include Buhatan River Cruise Visitor Center Buhatan River Mangrove Boardwalk are run by the community. Others include Organic Vegetable and Root crops Farming, Vegetable and Root crops Chips and by-products Processing and establishing a Zero waste store.

C. Empowered Communities
To empower the community, we provide product and Agri-Enterprise Development Training, Immersion and Learnings Exchange Program, Earth Warrior Training and Community Based Social Entrepreneurship Training

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