“What’s worked for social investing in Asia?” That’s the big question on the mind of philanthropists and impact investors alike these days, and it’s exactly the question Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) aims to tackle at this year’s annual conference in Singapore.
The conference, to be held May 14 – 15, will bring together noted philanthropists and private sector leaders who have turned their business savvy into positive impact for the social sector. In a press release, conference organizers explained that rather than dry, theoretical discussions on social investments, this year’s conference will focus on “honest sharing of lessons learnt and initial failures on the three pillars that drive philanthropy”—financial, human, and intellectual capital.
Doug Miller, AVPN’s founding chairman, particularly emphasized the growing importance of human and intellectual capital.
“Many do not appreciate that it is just as vital, in fact, many times more important, to have the right people with the right business model when we support social purpose organisations. Instead, they are overly focused on raising capital and often overlook these vital factors,” Miller explained via the press release.
What: 2014 AVPN Conference
When: May 14 – 15, 2014
Why: To discuss what works, what hasn’t, and what’s next in Asian social investing
How to attend: Visit the AVPN site for full conference information
Where: Singapore Management University
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Slated to speak at the conference are Sandiaga Uno, Founder of the Indonesian Social Entrepreneur Association and founding partner of Saratoga Investama Sedaya; Amit Chandra, Managing Director of Bain Capital; Victoria Hornby, Director of Grants & Evaluation at the Royal Foundation; and Jonathan Jenkins, CEO of Social Investment Businesses; among others. The APF team will also be present as media sponsors, so come chat with us if you’re there! If you can’t make it, APF will be blogging and live-tweeting the event, just as we did last year, so you won’t miss a beat. (Well, almost.)
Head over to the AVPN website to find out how to get tickets to the event—and don’t delay, as last year’s inaugural conference was sold out 2 months before the event!