Thank you to all of our members, speakers and conference delegates for making this the biggest AVPN Conference yet. Enjoy!

Don‘t Forget to Stay Connected:  

Start your networking early by checking out our AVPN Connector and social media channels. Follow us on Twitter @avpn_asia (tweet using hashtag #avpn2016), “Like” us on Facebook and join our Linkedin Group

10 Days To Go! Important Reminders for AVPN Conference


Conference Program

For the latest program information including session titles, descriptions and speakers, check out our conference program!

23 May 2016: AVPN Members Day (AVPN Members ONLY)

  • 8:00am – 9:00am Registration, Level 2 Foyer

24 May 2016: Conference Day 1 

  • 8:00am – 9:00am Registration, Level 2 Foyer

25 May 2016: Conference Day 2 

  • 8:30am – 9:00am Networking Breakfast

26 May 2016: Fringe Events 

  • Choose from 7 AVPN post-conference events here. 

Conference Dinners 

HongKong Jockey Club

Members’ Day Dinner
23 May 2016
6:00pm- 8:00pm
HKJC Happy Valley- Millions

Transfer to Dinner: Pick up from HKPU Driveway Block Y 5:15pm -6:00pm


Conference Day 1 Dinner
24 May 2016
7:30pm- 9:00pm
Spasso at TST
Registration required

Transfer to Dinner: Pick up from HKPU Driveway Block Y 6:30pm -7:30pm

Getting to the Venue


By Shuttle Bus:

  • Shuttle buses will be provided from various points from Hong Kong Island and Kowloon side. Please refer here for full details.


  • MTR Hung Hom Exit A then follow the signs to Block Z (approx. 10-15 min. walk)

Driving Yourself: 

  • New East Ocean Centre, 9 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East – HKD $16 per hour 

*More ‘Getting to the Venue’ details can be found on our conference website.

Travel Information

There are various accommodation options around Hong Kong. You can refer to Hong Kong Hotels‘s listing or visit websites such as www.tripadvisor.com. We also have corporate rates with the following hotels: Hotel ICONIntercontinentalRegal KowloonNovotel Nathan RoadHarbor Plaza MetropolisKowloon HotelEaton HotelBest Western Grand Hotel, and Park Hotel. For more information, please visit our conference website.

AVPN Conference 2016 SOLD OUT!


The 2016 AVPN Conference is officially sold out! We look forward to seeing you in Hong Kong for the biggest AVPN conference yet. If you missed the chance to register, please email conference2016@avpn.asia to be put on the wait list. For more information, click here.

This year’s conference brings you: 

Still not convinced? Check out our fringe events taking place on 26 May. Stay tuned for more next week!

Special deadline extension for cancellations!

Members who have registered their tickets but are unable to attend can still cancel their tickets (or change the delegate details) until 30 April 2016. Please note that the original deadline was 23 March 2016, after which a penalty of USD750 will be imposed for no-shows. Please click here for more details or email elaine@avpn.asia for ticket updates!

Stay Connected!
Start your networking early by checking out our AVPN Connector and social media channels. Follow us on Twitter @avpn_asia (tweet using hashtag #avpn2016), “Like” us on Facebook and join our Linkedin Group

Looking for high potential impact investing pipelines? Join AVPN Conference in HK!

Meet high potential SPOs in AVPN Conference

The investment showcase is designed as a platform in the AVPN Conference to highlight interesting and successful projects in Asia in order to meet members’ need to identify high quality projects.

The best part? All projects are already supported by other AVPN members! In addition to the live pitching from Social Purpose Organizations (SPOs), AVPN member referrers will also share their experiences on identifying and selecting SPOs.

Sessions Information
Date: 24-May-2016
Time: 11:30am to 1:15pm
Themes (TBC): Environment, Education, Aging/Health, Poverty Alleviation and Social Inclusions.In the next few eDMs, we will introduce all the pitching SPOs to you. For today, we are revealing the first ten organizations!

Get your conference tickets today to build up the pipeline for your grant or impact investing portfolios, and to interact with other AVPN members who share the same interests as yours!

Investment Showcase Partners: 

Ashoka Philanthropy


Transform life through running…

Endorsed by: Social Impact Partners

Established by social enterprise RunOurCity in 2013, Youth.ROC has provided free and professional running programme to inspire and challenge teenagers to systematically train for distance running and achieve their goals while improving health and developing a “can-do” attitude. The trainings have also helped participating teenagers to expand their social circle and understand more about their communities through street-running. Since 2013, we have trained close to 3,000 teenagers including those who come from underprivileged backgrounds and the ethnic minority communities.To nurture fun and compassionate running culture in Hong Kong, RunOurCity also organize STREETATHONS, TOTEM RUNs and other themed running events for over 35,000 participants, and raised over HK$6 Million for Youth.ROC and 14 charities.


To extend affordable, quality and accessible healthcare to rural and disaster hit communities using web and mobile based technology.

Endorsed by: The Asia Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC)

UM Healthcare Trust is a registered non‐profit organization working in Mardan, KP, Pakistan since 2008. It aims to extend sustainable primary healthcare to underprivileged people in disaster‐hit and resource constrained areas of Pakistan. UM Healthcare annually treats more than 50,000 patients (43% female), 90% of whom live below the poverty line.


A global network of doctHERs who can diagnose and treat patients via paramedic-assisted video-consultation.

Endorsed by: The Asia Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC)

doctHERs is a novel, healthcare platform that connects female doctHERs to millions of underserved patients in real-time while leveraging technology. doctHERs circumvents socio-cultural barriers that restrict women professionals to their homes, while correcting two market failures: access to quality healthcare and workforce inclusion for women.


Let’s discuss social issues and creativity through arts… 

Endorsed by: The Happiness Foundation

Weenu promotes up-and-coming artists and talks about social issues through art, while bringing more creativity to the world. It has been implementing various art programs with artists: art education programs held in organizations including Seoul Museum of Art from 2007, and ARTUP FESTIVAL, an environmental art festival started in 2012.


All children learning: Quality early elementary education via  mobile devices

Endorsed by: The Happiness Foundation

Enuma is an education start-up located in Berkeley, CA. Its mission is to deliver exceptional learning tools to empower all children– including those with special needs –to be independent learners.

Its flagship application, Todo Math, is a game-based learning tool that helps 4 to 8-year-old children learn foundational math concepts and practice for fluency. From its launch in July 2014, it’s been downloaded over 2 million times and ranked No. 1 in Apple App Store’s Education Category in 20 countries.


Support future leaders who understand the root causes of inequity and are committed to expanding educational opportunity for underserved children across Asia Pacific. 

Endorsed by: Credit Suisse

At Teach For All, the global network for expanding educational opportunity, we believe that leadership is the key to transforming education and—ultimately—children’s futures.  Since 2007, Teach For All has fielded more than 75,000 teachers, formed a network of over 49,500 alumni, and reached over 9 million students around the world. In Asia Pacific, Teach For All has fielded more than 3,800 teachers, formed a network of over 1,800 alumni, and reached over 162,000 students. In the last recruitment cycle, we received more than 20,000 applications from the region’s most promising leaders.


Build up capacity of local non-profit organizations via impactful projects we scope, manage and deliver with the help of pro bono resources.

Endorsed by: Simon Chadwick

NEEDeed changes the way organizations and individuals think about helping the non-profit sector in South East Asia by focusing on the organizational capacity of non-profits as the main indicator of their success and sustainability.

It helps increase the organizational capacity of local non-profits by strategically assessing their needs, developing project outlines and then turning to the extensive professional community in Bangkok to resource the projects and realize them in a timely, results-driven way. It builds long-term relationships with the organizations and engages corporate employees, expat spouses and independent professionals to deliver the projects.


World’s first social media and news platform that will revolutionalise the culture of charitable giving.

Endorsed by: Social Capital Venture Development

The Social Factory is an internet startup that believes in changing the world through social media. Our latest mobile app, Givo, is the 21st Century, Instagram-like social media solution that allows charities, foundations, and CSR offices to engage with millions of supporters directly, while allowing users and funders to personally connect with and donate to any organization. This free-of-charge platform will dramatically reduce charities’ old-fashioned fundraising expenses such as street fundraisers, cold calling and posted mail.


A regional hub learning center to educate and engage global citizens to help reduce marine ecosystem threats, preserve the ocean’s vital resources, and to ensure food security for generations to come in sustainable manners.

Endorsed by: Mornington Services

CTC is a locally-based non-profit organization with a regional scope and global impact. It transforms marine resource management and safeguards the future of the Coral Triangle by working closely with local communities, the private sector, governments, and other partners to shape lasting solutions to protect coral reef ecosystems.


Transforming farmers’ lives through innovative organic products with global appeal

Endorsed by:  DBS Foundation

Siam Organic is social business that aims to solve the problem of farmers’ poverty through innovative organic products with global appeal. “Jasberry rice” is a new variety of rice that combines both the delicious taste of the world famous Thai Jasmine rice and the powerful nutritional and antioxidant benefits of berries. Using this special rice breed and innovative farming management, we are currently working with over 1,000 small-scale farmers resulting in over US$1.72mn social benefits.

Upcoming AVPN events:

AVPN March Webinar
Accelerating the transition to a low carbon economy at the BoP- Climate Finance. Click here for further details!

2016 AVPN Annual Conference
Join us in Hong Kong on 23-25 May 2016to explore the social investing landscape in Asia. Get your Early Bird Ticketstoday!

AVPN Capability Development Model
Pre-engagement process case studies. Click here to learn more!

AVPN April Webinar
Investment Readiness – perspectives from both sides of the table. More information can be viewed here.

Find out who’s coming to the AVPN 2016 Conference

In working towards AVPN’s mission of channeling resources effectively into the social impact sector, we have created the AVPNConference Connector to allow members and stakeholders to make meaningful connections efficiently.

The Connector is preloaded with the delegate database for the conference. Within this system, you will find a searchable database on available delegate profiles, annotated with relevant information where available on where they are currently based, their geographic focus areas in Asia, and the beneficiary groups they cater to.


For AVPN members, we’ll be happy to help you with an introduction. In the profile page of the relevant contact, just click on the button that says “Ask AVPN for an introduction” and we’ll take care of the rest!

Access the AVPN Conference Connector today.

You will need to login using the email address associated with your conference registration (i.e. the email address that you’re receiving this notification on). If you need help resetting your password, you can click on this password reset link or simply reply to this email to let us know.

Early Bird Ticket Sales End 29th February: Do you have your tickets yet?

Need another reason to attend? We asked our conference emcees what they are most excited about the conference:
Doris Leung
Doris Leung, CEO, Diamond Cab (HK) Limited

“To see AVPN hold their annual conference at my home city Hong Kong for the first time is exciting! I think we can successfully demonstrate how Hong Kong and Singapore can collaborate to solve the common social issues in these two “rival metropolitan cities”. I’m excited to support and create collaborations, as opposed to competition in the social sector.”

Kevin Moon, Project Manager, BoP Hub
“I’m excited to exchange ideas, innovative solutions and create lasting partnerships at the conference. I’m also excited to encourage and motivate conversations that lead to clusters of collaboration between individuals, organisations, governments and companies.”



From March 1st all tickets will be sold at full price, so get yours asap to ensure your place!

With over 300 conference tickets already sold and over 70 speakers confirmed, the AVPN 2016 conference will carry more exciting content than before.

The speaker list and conference sessions will be released at the end of February.
As this is an invite-only event, please write to conference2016@avpn.asia to request to purchase the tickets if you are involved in Social Investing.

Why Going Digital in Social Investing is a Key Trend This Year


The social sector is known for being a slow starter when it comes to technology, but with huge opportunities for financial returns and breakthroughs in social impact through technology, can we afford to remain in the dark?
For Venture Philanthropists and Social Investors, being able to harness the opportunities this dynamic sector presents us with can be the difference between sorrow and success in 2016.  

The Moderator:Tris Lumley
Tris Lumley leads New Philanthropy Capital’s (NPC) development of new strategies, partnerships and initiatives to help transform the social sector. He also leads NPC’s fundraising activity to support our research and thought leadership.
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The Session: 
Digital transformation is one of the megatrends driving seismic change through every industry, and successive waves of wealth creation over the last twenty years. Its potential has not yet been realised in the social sector, and venture philanthropists and social investors are late to the game in learning the lessons of their peers in the tech sector.
There is a huge opportunity for venture philanthropy and social investment to generate financial returns and breakthroughs in social impact through technology, but what can we do to grasp the opportunity?
Building on NPC’s work on digital transformation in the social sector, this session will explore how VP and social investment can maximise the opportunity through new approaches and vehicles, and accelerate your progress towards a digital future.

Key takeaways:

1. How to develop a strategic approach to identifying opportunities for breakthrough impact through digital technology.
2. Understanding the role of specialist digital funds in investing for maximum impact through digital
3. Identifying approaches to building capacity through VP and social investment in a digital context

Why Building The Capacity of Social Organisations Is The Key To Scaling Impact

Capacity BuildingWhen you hear the words ‘Capacity Building‘, what comes to mind? Costs? Growth? Value? All of the above?
At the heart of venture philanthropy is an engaged approach with the funded organisation. Capacity building of social purpose organisations is one of the key activities that is important in scaling up successful solutions, which is why we are making it one of the plenary topics at our AVPN Conference 2016.
Come and hear from global and Asian leaders on why they invest so much in capacity building, and what they do which makes a difference!

The Moderator:
Paul Carttar

Paul Carttar is senior advisor to and co-founder of The Bridgespan Group and former director of Obama’s Social Innovation Fund. His work has focused on social innovation, enhancing the effectiveness of philanthropy, and scaling solutions that work.


The Speakers:
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Cliff Prior, CEO, Big Society Capital                Elizabeth Riker, Partner, New Profit

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Francis Ngai, CEO, SvHK                              Vidya Shah, CEO, EdelGive Foundation

The Session: 
Capacity building is inherently about improving the effectiveness of social purpose organizations (SPOs) to deliver on social outcomes.  Beyond allocating resources to programs and interventions, more funders are channelling resources towards developing stronger SPOs.  This plenary taps into the deep experience of our speakers to explore the lessons learnt in their respective capacity building journeys and offers an opportunity for audience dialogue on those lessons can be applied meaningfully in Asia.

Key takeaways:
1. Why is capacity building important?
2. What needs are you most qualified to help with?
3. How does this affect your due diligence process?
4. What are the main challenges in the delivery of capacity building over time?

Early Bird Registration now open!

Early Bird Registration for AVPN Conference 2016 is now open!

Yes, our annual conference is going to Hong Kong! After 3 years in Singapore, we are now moving to other Asian cities to tap deeper into the social investing and philanthropy markets there. Get ready for more insight into the development of the market and the potential scale of what we can achieve in Asia together.

Why you should definitely come!

  • Deeper analysis this year into East Asian social investing markets – understand Hong Kong and China from key stakeholders
  • Investment Showcase has grown again – be one of the 30 organisations pitching to a 400+ strong funder audience
  • New country analyses into Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia and the Philippines
  • Compare regional philanthropy trends vs. global data with WINGS
  • Dissect into how philanthropy fits into the new Sustainable Development Goals
  • Involve the Next Gen into the social investing dialogue 

There will be more funders from different sectors for collaboration, deeper insights into tested methodologies, further reach to different markets. AVPN Conference will break new ground again this year by bringing more people together for stronger partnerships and more learning.

Dates: 23 May (Members Day), 2425 May 2016 (Main conference)
Venue: Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Ticket prices: USD750 (Early Bird tickets, ends 29 Feb), USD950 (Standard tickets)

Member organisations get 2 free tickets, which have to be claimed asap as member tickets are limited
For programme and speaker information and other logistics, please go to our conference website: http://2016.avpn.asia/

If you are interested in the social investing sector in Asia and believe that you have something to contribute you can write to us to apply for tickets as tickets to the conference are by-invite only. Please write to conference2016@avpn.asia 

We will be confirming more speakers and adding in more programme details in the next few months so please check back at our conference website regularly! If you are interested in participating in the Investment Showcase, partnering with us on different sessions or in our limited speaking positions, please also write to us to explore further.

Current confirmed speakers include:

From Hong Kong:



John C Tsang
Financial Secretary, Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Bernard Chan



  Bernard Charnwut Chan
 Chairman, Asia Financial Holdings,
 Chairperson of the Hong Kong      Council of Social Service





Kim Salkeld, JP
Head, Efficiency Unit, HKSAR Government
Secretary-General of the SIE Fund Secretariet


Other parts of Asia:
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 Charles Chen Yidan
 Founder, Chen Yidan Foundation


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 Zarina Screwvala
 Founder, Swades Foundation


Other international speakers include:

Elizabeth Riker, Senior Partner, New Profit Inc.
Tris Lumley, Director of Development, New Philanthropy Capital
Jane Arnott, Head of CAF Global Alliance, Charities Aid Foundation

and many more…

AVPN Conference 2016 now open for Member Registration!

Dear AVPN members,

The 2016 Annual Conference, which will fall on 23rd to 25th May 2016, is now open for members’ registration! We are expecting another great event as we travel to Hong Kong from Singapore, to reflect our Asian membership. Please write to us at conference2016@avpn.asia to claim your 2 free tickets, please also refer to Registration page for full details on the conference tickets.

We are still confirming our line-up of speakers, who will include expert practitioners, philanthropists sharing their own journeys, government representatives, and other leaders in the sector continuing our tradition of knowledge sharing and exchanging of experiences and lessons learnt. Our confirmed speakers include:

Cliff Prior, UnLtd UK, & Big Society Capital    Cliff Prior photo

Paul Carttar




 Paul Carttar, Former Director, US Social Innovation Fund


In 2016, we are looking to discuss “How has Social Investing Impacted Asia?” Our conference is now into its 4th year, and we are taking stock of the social investing market in the past years from when it was just a concept in Asia. Has there been real progress? Has the needle really moved? Is there a market here for all stakeholders? What else needs to be done? We will review these questions through our country sharing sessions by members, break-outs on key issues in Asia, and the Investment Showcase that will feature members’ successful investments.

Watch out for the line-up of speakers and updated content as we approach the conference date. Non-member registration will start from 15th January 2016 for Early Bird tickets. In the meantime, please do check back to the conference website or regular updates.

Look forward to see you in Hong Kong!