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!

AVPN Conference 2016 in Hong Kong!

The AVPN 2016 Conference will be travelling to Hong Kong, so please save the date on your calendar for 24th to 25th May 2016! For members, we will be continuing the Members’ Day on 23rd May so please reserve that day for fruitful sessions of sharing and knowledge transfer.
Members’ Day: 23rd May 2016
Main Conference: 24 – 25 May 2016
Venue: Block Z, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hunghom, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Highlights of the conference:
– Investment Showcase is the one place where you get to meet outstanding and promising social organisations which are already invested by other AVPN members. Next year, it will double in size to 40 organisations! Hear from social enterprises and non-profits from across Asia!
– Key themes:
Poverty Alleviation & Social Inclusion
Member tickets will be available for redemption from 15 December 2015! Look out for the notice when registration opens!
If you would like to discuss speaking roles at the conference, ping us at conference2016@avpn.asia