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Investment and Asset Management

FT Investing for Good Asia 2018

Innovative Finance as a Force for Global Change

Hong Kong |
Speakers include:
Paul Chan Mo-po

Paul Chan Mo-po

Acting Chief Executive, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Ma Weihua

Ma Weihua

China Global Philanthropy Institute

Norihiro Takahashi

Norihiro Takahashi

Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF)


As countries in Asia work to address social and environmental problems against the backdrop of shrinking government financing, many see potential in private sector financing and impact investing as a means of helping solve global problems such as poverty and climate change. At the same time, appetite is growing among Asian high net worth individuals, donors and investors to use their investment funds to address challenges – ranging from climate change to lack of access to healthcare and education – while also generating a financial return.

FT Investing for Good Asia will bring together leading foundations, institutional investors, wealth managers, social entrepreneurs, advisors and other senior stakeholders for a day-long event focused on the opportunities and challenges that exist at the intersection of philanthropy and for-profit investment.

fallback Add to my Calendar 05/10/2018 08:15:0005/10/2018 18:15:00trueFT Investing for Good Asia 2018As countries in Asia work to address social and environmental problems against the backdrop of shrinking government financing, many see potential in private sector financing and impact investing as a means of helping solve global problems such as poverty and climate change. At the same time, appetite is growing among Asian high net worth individuals, donors and investors to use their investment funds to address challenges – ranging from climate change to lack of access to healthcare and education – while also generating a financial return.FT Investing for Good Asia will bring together leading foundations, institutional investors, wealth managers, social entrepreneurs, advisors and other senior stakeholders for a day-long event focused on the opportunities and challenges that exist at the intersection of philanthropy and for-profit investment.FT-Investing-for-Good-Asia-2018a844484bcad75bb13d103e4527a2ddf4MM/DD/YYYY

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Keynote Speakers (3)

Paul Chan Mo-po

Paul Chan Mo-po

Financial Secretary
Acting Chief Executive, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

The Honourable Paul Chan Mo-po GBM, GBS, MH, JP was appointed Financial Secretary in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government in January 2017.  He was previously Secretary for Development from July 2012. Before joining the Government, Mr Chan held a number of public service positions including member of the Legislative Council, Chairman of the Legal Aid Services Council, Board Member of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, non-official member of the Strategic Development Commission, and Council Member of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Mr Chan is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a former President of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a former Chairman of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Hong Kong. 

Ma Weihua

Ma Weihua

China Global Philanthropy Institute

Ma Weihua was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the China Global Philanthropy Institute (CGPI) in 2015. Founded by five American and Chinese philanthropists, Bill Gates, Ray Dalio, Niu Gensheng, He Qiaonyu and Ye Qingjun, the CGPI is committed to advancing philanthropy in China, fostering international co-operation in philanthropy and promoting reforms in global philanthropy.

Dr Ma is Chairman of the One Foundation. He is a member of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Chairman of the National Fund for Technology Transfer and Commercialization, Chairman of Supervisory Board of Taikang Insurance Group, Chairman of the China Entrepreneur Club and Executive Director of the China Society for Finance.

Formerly, he was Executive Director, Governor and CEO of China Merchants Bank (CMB), Chairman of Wing Lung Bank, Chairman of the Board of Directors for CIGNA & CMB Life Insurance Co and Chairman of China Merchants Fund Management Co. He was Governor of the People's Bank of China, Hainan Branch, and Secretary of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange, Hainan Branch.

He is Chairman of the China Business Initiative of Columbia University, a member of the Advisory Council of the City of London and a member of the Advisory Board of the New York Financial Consulting Committee. He is a professor at several universities, including Peking University and Tsinghua University.

Dr Ma has been included in the “China Philanthropist Personages”, the “iAsk Future Financial Leaders” for advocating social finance in China and the “2017 Top Ten Chinese Social Promoters”. He was named a laureate of the 12th Compassion Award 2017. He holds a PhD in Economics and an Order of the Star of Italy (OSI).

Norihiro Takahashi

Norihiro Takahashi

Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF)

Norihiro Takahashi is the President of the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), a position he has held since  2016. He was previously the Representative Director and President of JA Mitsui Leasing, Ltd. Before that, from 1980 to 2015, Mr Takahashi was Senior Managing Director at the Norinchukin Bank, where he held various leadership positions in the areas of investment and management including General Manager of Credit & Alternative Investment Division, General Manager of Fixed Income Investment Division, Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Division and Deputy General Manager of Financial Planning and Control Division. He also served as General Manager at Nagasaki Branch of the Bank. He holds a Law degree from the University of Tokyo.

Speakers (30)

Andy Ann

Andy Ann

Founder and CEO
NDN Group

Andy Ann is the Founder and CEO of NDN Group, investment group focused on building, acquiring, and growing companies in the digital sector, including mobile ad networks, social networking and data analytics. As an entrepreneur, angel investor, he has founded and funded more than 20 pioneering companies.  

Mr Ann discovers and mentors high-potential entrepreneurs, and has been involved in many local and Silicon Valley incubators, including Google EYE, 500 Startups, Founders Institution, Entrepreneur Organization, KPMG. He is also one of the founding members at the TEDx conferences, focusing on inviting inspirational speakers from the non-governmental sector, social enterprise and Pphilanthropy.

Recently, he joined the organizing committee of Our Hong Kong Foundation, a Hong Kong think tank established in 2014 that conducts research in areas such as land, housing, economic development, innovation and technology and social innovation.

In 2008, he was awarded as Young Entrepreneur Winner of the DHL and SCMP Hong Kong Business Award. In 2013, he was awarded as Young Entrepreneur Winner of Piaget.

Angela Bai

Angela Bai

Secretary General
China Alliance of Social Value Investment (CASVI)

Angela Bai is Secretary General of the China Alliance of Social Value Investment (CASVI). She is the founder of COIN (Cross-Over Innovation Network), and independent director of SWS MU Fund Management and of Grameen China. Ms Bai has more than 23 years’ experience in the finance industry and was head of the ICBC Busan Branch in South Korea. She was the Vice-President of MasterCard Worldwide GKA (HSBC) and Managing Director of AGIC Capital.

Bo Bai

Bo Bai

Chief Executive Officer
U.S.-China Green Fund

Bo Bai is the Chief Executive Officer of U.S.-China Green Fund. Dr Bai is the Chairman of East Low Carbon, Executive Board Member of ECP, and a director of Four Rivers, Zhangjiakou Commercial Bank, Huitongda and AiPark.

From 2009 to 2016, Dr Bai worked for Warburg Pincus. As a Partner and Managing Director, he led its investments in the energy, industrials and business services sectors in Asia. Previously, he worked at First Reserve Corporation and Goldman Sachs. Dr Bai was a director of China Advanced Gas Resources, AAG Energy, Kaifeng Baosteel Gases, Southernpec Storage, Sunnywell, First Green Partner, Titan Group Investment Limited, and Gulf Coast Energy Resources.

Dr Bai holds a BS and an MS in Physics from the University of Science and Technology of China, a certificate from the Sloan School of Management at MIT in the Financial Technology Option and a PhD in Physics from MIT.

Naina Batra

Naina Batra

Chairperson and CEO

Naina Batra is CEO of AVPN, a leading Asian network of philanthropy and social investment funders. She joined AVPN as CEO from September 2013 and was appointed as Chairperson in May 2018. Under her leadership, AVPN’s membership has grown by more than three times and has shifted from focusing only on venture philanthropy to supporting the entire ecosystem of social funders, from philanthropists to impact investors and corporate social responsibility professionals. She was instrumental in developing services that connect, empower and educate the network’s more than 500 members.

Before joining AVPN, Ms Batra was a member of the senior leadership team of the Monitor Group, a leading global strategy consulting firm. Ms Batra was also partner and Co-Founder of Group Fifty Private, where she curated contemporary Indian art with a view to providing a platform to showcase the work of upcoming and established Indian artists.

Ms Batra 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’s 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.

Amit  Bouri

Amit Bouri

CEO and Co-founder
Global Impact Investing Network

Amit Bouri is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of the Global Impact Investing Network (the GIIN). His work in impact investing began when he was a strategy consultant with the Monitor Institute. At Monitor he was part of the team that produced the Investing for Social & Environmental Impact report. He left Monitor to co-found the GIIN in 2009. 

Mr Bouri’s other projects at the Monitor Institute included strategic planning and organizational development work for non-profit organizations and foundations. He previously worked in the private sector as a strategy consultant with Bain & Company. He left Bain to work in global health at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. He also worked in the corporate philanthropy units of Gap Inc and Johnson & Johnson.

Mr Bouri holds an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, an MPA from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College.

Melissa Brown

Melissa Brown

Daobridge Capital

Melissa Brown is a Partner at Daobridge Capital, a private investment advisory firm, where she focuses on opportunities linked to sustainable investments in Asian markets. She also works as a specialist consultant with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis and the Asian Corporate Governance Association.

From 1988, she analysed Asian investments for 15 years as a sell-side equity analyst at Barclays and JPMorgan, and as a Managing Director of Research at Citigroup. She led a range of first-generation Asian ESG research initiatives while serving as the Executive Director of Association for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA). After moving into private investment, she was a Partner at IDFC Capital, where she invested in emerging market private equity funds.

Ms Brown is a Director of Sustainalytics, a global ESG (environmental, social and governance) research provider. She is a government-appointed council member of the Hong Kong Institute of CPAs, a member of the Securities and Futures Commission Takeovers Panel, and served as a member of the HKEX Listing Committee and the UN Principles for Responsible Investment Advisory Council.

Aditi Chadha

Aditi Chadha

Founder and Chief Product Officer

Aditi Chadha is Founder and Chief Product Officer at DAZL, which builds connected devices for women that detects, communicates, documents and deters attacks on women, enhancing their safety and building their confidence. Seeded by Vodafone and the Government of India, in 2017 DAZL participated in HAX, an eight-week boot camp for hardware start-ups based in San Francisco and raised investment from SOS Ventures, the technology hardware venture capital firm.

In 2017, Ms Chadha won a merit scholarship from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for its Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp and was sponsored by the Westerwelle Foundation for the Young Founders Program in Berlin. She delivered a TEDx talk in January 2018.

Ms Chadha spent more than a decade in the US, most recently in the Silicon Valley, where she was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant and worked in Mergers and Acquisitions Advisory (TAS) and financial audits covering technology / semiconductor companies for companies such as Deloitte and Grant Thornton.

Annie Chen

Annie Chen

Founder and Chair
RS Group

Annie Chen is Founder and Chair of RS Group, a Hong Kong-based family office focused on sustainability. Ms Chen works to harness the power of capital and financial markets to combat global challenges such as climate change, resource depletion and environmental degradation.

Ms Chen spent a decade as a tax lawyer before joining her siblings in managing the family office established by their parents. Since founding RS Group in 2009, she has focused on enhancing the development of social entrepreneurship and promoting sustainable finance and impact investing in Hong Kong and Asia.

In recognition of the severity and urgency of global challenges, RS Group has applied its entire capital portfolio towards advancing its mission. It supports Hong Kong’s evolution into a centre for sustainable finance through initiatives that include the release of the RS Group Impact Report in May 2016 and the development of a Sustainable Finance Initiative (SFI) in 2017. SFI’s mission is to mobilise private capital for positive impact, and to drive investor demand to spur development and action across the sustainable finance ecosystem in Hong Kong.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Ms Chen obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Brown University and her Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School. She sits on the board of Civic Exchange, a Hong Kong public policy think tank.

Cheng  Enjiang

Cheng Enjiang

Program Officer
Ford Foundation (China)

Cheng Enjiang is a Program Officer in the Ford Foundation’s Beijing office, where he is developing programming in three areas: impact investing and social finance, inequality and urbanisation, and China’s economic development experience and lessons for global development.

Before joining the foundation in 2016, he was an Associate Professor at the Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia, where he focused on China’s economic structural change, poverty reduction and rural finance. Earlier, he served as Fellow and Chief Research Co-ordinator at the International Poverty Reduction Center of China before spending a year as Vice-President and Senior China Economist at Citibank in China.

Mr Enjiang earned a PhD in agricultural economics from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor’s degree in the same field from China's Nanjing Agricultural University.

Emily Chew

Emily Chew

Global Head of Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance
Manulife Asset Management

Based in Hong Kong, Emily Chew is Global Head of Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) Research and Integration at Manulife Asset Management. As the primary lead on ESG, Ms Chew has oversight over Manulife Asset Management’s ESG research agenda, works to engage with companies and portfolio managers on ESG issues, and sets the strategic direction for ESG investment for the firm.

Before joining Manulife Asset Management, Ms Chew was Head of ESG Research for Asia-Pacific at MSCI, where she led a team of nine ESG analysts across the region, commencing her role in Beijing and later continuing in Hong Kong. Her team had oversight into research quality and issue identification for approximately 1,200 stocks, and under her leadership produced original research on the relevance of ESG to Asian and emerging markets, with a particular emphasis on China. Before that, she was a capital markets lawyer with Baker & McKenzie in Melbourne, Australia, with a focus on funds management, capital raisings, and real estate investment trusts.  

Ms Chew holds an MBA from the University of Oxford, and a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. She is a member of the United Nations-sponsored Principles for Responsible Investment’s Listed Equities Integration Subcommittee, and chairs the Asian Investor Group on Climate Change’s Member Working Group.

Beth Delaney

Beth Delaney

Assistant Secretary Development Economics, Private Sector and Agriculture Branch, Australian
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Beth Delaney leads the Development Economics, Private Sector and Agriculture Branch (PXB) of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). PXB is responsible for broad policy oversight and specialist advice on development economics matters, private sector development and engagement, development financing, extractive resources, food security and agriculture.

Ms Delaney has worked for the Australian Government since 1996 in a range of policy and corporate positions. She was an adviser to the Australian Foreign Minister from 2002 to 2004, an adviser to the Executive Director at the World Bank from 2010 to 2013 and until recently an adviser to Australia’s Director at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. She has held overseas assignments in Beijing, Bougainville and Washington DC.

Ms Delaney holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from Australian National University and recently completed an Executive Masters of Public Administration through the Australian New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG).

Mario  Ferro

Mario Ferro

CEO and Co-founder

Mario Ferro is CEO and Co-founder of Wedu, an award-winning social enterprise that trains women to become leaders in Asia through mentorship and innovative financing for education. Previously, Mr Ferro was the Senior Advisor for Energy Investments at Greenpeace, the Senior Consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Advisory, and an Acumen Global Fellow. With more than 15 years of experience, Mr Wedu has developed expertise in innovative, market-based solutions to achieving social impact.

Mr Ferroo holds an MSc in Development Management from LSE and an MA in Economics and Management from University La Sapienza of Rome. He has studied and worked in Italy, Finland, Ireland, the UK, China, Hong Kong, Haiti, India, the US, Cambodia, Japan and Thailand.

Durrie Hassan

Durrie Hassan

Executive Director
Visible Mission

Durrie Hassan is Executive Director with Visible Mission, the Asia-focused venture philanthropy and impact investment division of a family office. He is a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum, Vice President of UBS 20/20 Social Impact Leaders group and a Governing Board member for Mongolia Needs You, a social enterprise focused on education. 

After graduating with a BSc in Business Management from the University of Surrey, Mr Hassan completed Harvard Business School's HBX Credential of Readiness programme.

Harvey Koh

Harvey Koh

Managing Director

Harvey Koh is a Managing Director at FSG, a mission-driven consulting firm, where he co-leads the Inclusive Markets approach area. Based between Mumbai and London, Mr Koh works to develop and scale up business models that benefit poor and marginalised populations, in a range of sectors including housing, water and healthcare. Mr Koh also leads FSG’s partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation on market system innovation towards inclusive economies. He has also lead-authored reports in the inclusive business and impact investing field including From Blueprint to Scale, which introduced the notion of the “pioneer gap” and called for greater supply of more patient, risk-tolerant capital to bridge it. Until 2011, Mr Koh was the founding Head of Investment and Performance at Private Equity Foundation (now Impetus-PEF), a venture philanthropy fund established in London by leading US and European private equity firms. He was educated at Cambridge University.

Robert Kraybill

Robert Kraybill

Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director of Portfolio Management

Robert Kraybill is Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director of Portfolio Management at IIX, where he leads all of IIX’s portfolio management activities, with the goal to increase global capital toward high-impact enterprises, with a focus on creating the most impact for underserved communities and women. He also oversees the IIX Growth Fund with a target of raising $25m to make growth equity investments in high-impact enterprises in South and Southeast Asia, with a focus on women’s empowerment, sustainable agriculture and clean energy. 

He led the launch of IIX’s Women’s Livelihood Bond Series, and oversees the IIX Growth Fund. He has 20 years in the traditional capital markets as an advisor and investor, most recently as head of Asian private equity for Marathon Asset Management, a $12bn alternative investment manager. Before that, he was head of investment banking, Asia ex-Japan, for Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. Robert began his career at Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse. 

Robert received his BA magna cum laude from Princeton University and his JD summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania.

Joyce Lam

Joyce Lam

SPOTT Manager
Zoological Society of London

Joyce Lam is SPOTT (Sustainability Policy Transparency Toolkit) Manager at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), an international scientific, conservation and educational charity that promotes conservation of animals and their habitats. SPOTT is an online platform supporting sustainable commodity production and trade. In her role as SPOTT Manager, Ms Lam is responsible for the day-to- day oversight of the SPOTT initiative and for managing its strategic expansion, within existing and new commodities.

Before joining ZSL, Joyce spent more than a decade with Proforest, an Oxford-based non-profit working with companies and governments on responsible production and sourcing of agricultural commodities and forest products. She has over 15 years of experience in responsible sourcing in forestry and agricultural commodities, including Chain of Custody auditing skills and supplier assessment and training delivery. She has worked on projects related to Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade in Vietnam and China.

Ms Lam is a technical expert in forestry and agriculture sustainable standards such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and the Sustainable Agricultural Network (SAN). Previously, she worked for the Forest and Trade Network of WWF Hong Kong, generating demand for FSC-certified forest products.
Ms Lam has an MSc with distinction in Forest Ecology and Management from the University of Edinburgh.

Helene Li

Helene Li

Managing Director, Head of Strategic Planning, Brand and Communications Asia Pacific
BNP Paribas Wealth Management

Helene Li is Managing Director, Head of Strategic Planning, Brand and Communications for Asia Pacific at BNP Paribas Wealth Management, a role she has held since 2013. Having worked in the ultra-high-net-worth sector for most of her banking and consulting career, she now works to harness the financial power of these individuals to accelerate social impact. She spearheaded and leads the Next Generation conference program for BNP Paribas Wealth Management, and has been a regular contributor to impact and entrepreneurship research throughout her banking and consulting career.

A management consultant by training, she has held a number of senior management positions in business strategy, marketing and branding throughout her career, including at Boston Consulting Group and Towers Watson and at global financial institutions such as JP Morgan Private Bank, and Lombard Odier, the Swiss wealth and asset management firm.

In 2010, she partnered with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University to organise the “Creative Capitalism” Forum, a cross-sector platform focused on driving sustainable family legacies and socially meaningful engagement for ultra-high-net-worth families. Since then, she has built up a network of pioneers, thought leaders and practitioners in this area across corporate, government and private sectors.

Ms Li graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a First Class Honours degree in English and Economics.

Mai Lu

Mai Lu

Secretary General
China Development Research Foundation

Lu Mai is the Vice Chairman and Secretary General of CDRF, positions he has held since 2017. He has been the Secretary General since 1999. He joined CDRF and served as Deputy Secretary General in 1998. Under his leadership, CDRF completed the China Human Development Report 2005, which received UNDP’s 2007 Human Development Award for Excellence in Policy Analysis and Influence.

Before joining CDRF, Mr Lu worked for a number of research institutions at home and abroad such as the Development Research Center of the State Council of China (DRC), the China Business Centre of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Harvard Institute for International Development, the Department of Government of Harvard University and the Research Center for Rural Development of the State Council of China.

Mr Lu earned his MPA from John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and BA. in economics from Beijing College of Economics. He was a distinguished visiting scholar at MIT in 1999, and a Lulu Chow Wang Senior Visiting Scholar at Columbia Business School in 2010. In 2011, LGOPAD, the Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development (of the State Council), named Mr Lu as one of the “National Pioneers in Poverty Alleviation and Development”.

Angela Mackay

Angela Mackay

Global Publisher, FT Live and Managing Director Asia Pacific
Financial Times

Angela Mackay is Global Publisher of FT Live and Managing Director of FT Asia Pacific. Based in Hong Kong, she is a member of the FT’s global board. In Asia Pacific, Ms Mackay focuses on developing the group’s significant potential across the region. This includes, the mainland's leading foreign-owned, Chinese-language news site, as well as the FT's burgeoning executive education business.

As Global Publisher for FT Live, Ms Mackay leads business and strategy development for events, membership and communities, such as 125 Forum and the Non-Executive Directors (NED) programmes. The FT stages more than 200 events around the world annually. Ms Mackay joined the FT in 2003 on its editorial team, serving as the Asia investment editor for two years.

Before joining the FT, she was Asia editor for Sunday Business from 1998 to 2001. Her previous roles include editor at The Economist Group, supervising producer at CNBC, deputy news editor at The Times in London, and UK correspondent for the Australian Financial Review.

Ms Mackay is a non-executive director of the FT/IE Corporate Learning Alliance, and a board member of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, Asian Youth Orchestra and the Sovereign Art Foundation. She holds a BA in English Literature and an LLB, and was admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales and Victoria, Australia.

Will McGoldrick

Will McGoldrick

Director of Climate Strategy
The Nature Conservancy

Will McGoldrick is Director of Climate Strategy at The Nature Conservancy, the US-based environmental organization that works globally to protect ecologically important lands and waters. He is responsible for coordinating the Conservancy’s efforts to tackle climate change globally, which includes programs in North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific. Mr McGoldrick works to harness the Conservancy’s history of innovation in conservation finance, large-scale demonstration projects and public-private partnerships.

Based in Hong Kong, Mr McGoldrick has more than 15 years’ experience in the climate change field as a practitioner, researcher and policy advocate. His experience cuts across corporate practices, government policies and programs, international negotiations and the non-profit sector, including three years with WWF.  

He has university degrees in international law, science and humanities and has been published in a number of academic journals, including the Journal of World Trade and the Australian International Law Journal.     

Henry Motte-Muñoz

Henry Motte-Muñoz

Founder and CEO

Henry Motte-Muñoz is Founder and CEO of, an online marketplace for higher education services. He created in 2014 to democratise access to higher education for students in the ASEAN region. The platform has already served more than 1,500,000 students, 350 schools, locally and overseas, and has persuaded more than 50 companies, government offices and foundations to advocate for empowering students. In the 2017 FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards, won the prize for Achievement in Sustainable Development, with a focus on Education, Knowledge and Skills.

Mr Motte-Muñoz was recognised in 2017 with the ASEAN Social Entrepreneurship Award, in 2016 in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Social Entrepreneurs list, in 2015 by the Asia Society 21 Young Leaders and in 2012 by the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Institute – Summer Fellow programme. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Economic History from the London School of Economics and took his MBA at the Harvard Business School under a scholarship from Bain Capital, graduating in 2013 with distinction.

Yanni Peng

Yanni Peng

Narada Foundation

Yanni Peng is CEO of the Beijing-based Narada Foundation, a leading grant-making organisation based. With more than 20 years’ experience in non-profit management, social enterprise, social investment and public services to vulnerable groups, Ms Peng helped develop the Narada Foundation’s 2017-2019 strategy and is a member of the strategy committee of its Board of Directors.

From 2011 to 2012, Ms Peng was Executive Director of the United in Diversity China Fund of Giti Group and brought Theory U, MIT’s tri-sector leadership programme, from MIT to China. From 2003 to 2011, she worked for the British Council as Assistant Director Social Development, leading the design and delivery of the Skills for Social Entrepreneurs Project, which promoted the concept and practice of social enterprise in China.

Before joining the British Council, Ms Peng spent six years working for the Ministry of Civil Affairs years focusing on public services to vulnerable children. She sits on the boards of several non-profit organisations, including the China Foundation Center, China Foundation Forum, China Donors Routable, China Social Enterprise and Investment Forum, China Alliance for Fundraising Professionals and New Citizens Center.

Ms Peng holds a Master’s degree in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the Renmin University of China.

Jaff Shen

Jaff Shen

Leping Social Entrepreneur Foundation

Jaff Shen co-founded the Leping Social Entrepreneur Foundation in 2002 after selling his company. The foundation works to promote social innovation and build the market for positive social change in China. Over the subsequent decade he developed a series of five social enterprises and in 2013 he introduced SVP, a venture philanthropy model, to China to foster innovations that strengthen the financial market, energize the talent market and expand thought leadership in the field of social innovation.

Leping has become the umbrella organization for many social innovation ventures and initiatives, managing the largest investment portfolio of social enterprises in China. The SVP model has so far drawn talent and resources in several cities across China to support the growth of high-potential local social purpose organizations. Recent initiatives include the publication of a social innovation book series and the development of a social innovation curriculum. Mr Shen recently led a team to become the Chinese publisher of Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR).

In 2014, Southern People Weekly Magazine honoured Mr Shen as Youth Leader of the Year. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Oriental Studies and a law degree from Peking University.

Rahul Sheth

Rahul Sheth

Executive Director, Capital Markets
Standard Chartered Capital Solutions

Rahul Sheth is an Executive Director in Standard Chartered’s Capital Solutions team, housed within its Capital Markets franchise. Based in Singapore, he heads the global green bonds product and has been responsible for leading green bond transactions for clients across the bank’s operations, including the New Development Bank, Agricultural Bank of China, Bank of China, Axis Bank, the IREDA, National Thermal Power Corporation, IDBI, TSKB .

He maintains active dialogue with investors and regulatory bodies such as the MAS, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the ASEAN Capital Markets Forum and organisations such as the Climate Bonds Initiative and the Green Bond Principles. Standard Chartered was one of two international banks on the People’s Bank of China-led Green Finance Committee, responsible for setting the green bond regulations for Chinese issuers. Before joining Standard Chartered in 2010, Mr Sheth worked with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the Fixed Income Structured Solutions team in Australia and prior to that, with Citibank.

He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad, and is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Nena Stoiljkovic

Nena Stoiljkovic

Vice President for Asia and Pacific
International Finance Corporation

Nena Stoiljkovic is IFC’s Vice President for Asia and Pacific. In this capacity, Ms Stoiljkovic is responsible for all IFC operations in the region. She has global experience in development issues such as climate change, gender, and fragile and conflict-affected situations including through her recent role as Vice President of Blended Finance and Partnerships. Ms Stoiljkovic has a track record of promoting development finance innovation in a variety of leadership roles at IFC. Most recently, she played a key part in the corporation's efforts to build a new architecture for development finance with other institutions, governments, and the private sector. She helped shape the World Bank Group strategy, working with the International Development Association (IDA) on a pioneering private sector window to catalyze greater private investment in low-income and conflict-affected countries. Earlier, Ms Stoiljkovic co-led the establishment of the World Bank Group's Global Practices and Cross-cutting Solutions Areas. In this role, she brought private sector experience into the process of harnessing global expertise to help government clients tackle development challenges. This expertise combined with strong operational experience in IFC’s investment and advisory businesses through her roles as a co-Vice President of IFC Operations, Vice President of Advisory Services, and Director of the Europe and Central Asia region. Ms Stoiljkovic joined IFC in 1995 as an Investment Officer. Prior to that, she worked as a consultant at the Economic Institute of Belgrade. She holds an MBA from the London Business School.

Shuyin Tang

Shuyin Tang

Patamar Capital

Shuyin Tang is a Partner at Patamar Capital, a venture capital firm that targets risk commensurate returns for its investors while seeking to unlock economic opportunities for Asia's low income communities. She is responsible for Patamar's investing activities in the Mekong region and the Philippines. Patamar Capital supports visionary entrepreneurs who are building high-growth companies that help to solve South and Southeast Asia's most pervasive problems at scale.

Ms Tang’s experience spans strategy consulting (Bain & Company), development consulting (TechnoServe) and impact investing (Patamar Capital and LGT Venture Philanthropy), across Australia, India and Southeast Asia. She has also worked in the US Congress and the Australian public service, as well as at The Lowy Institute for International Policy and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

In 2015, Australian Financial Review named Ms Tang one of Australia's “100 Women of Influence” and in 2016 the Asia Society named her an Asia 21 Young Leader. She graduated summa cum laude from the Australian National University, where she was also awarded the University Medal.

KK Tse

KK Tse

Founding Chair
Hong Kong Social Entrepreneurship Forum

KK Tse is Founding Chair of the Hong Kong Social Entrepreneurship Forum and Founding Chair and Chief Education Officer of Education for Good CIC, which offers educational and training programmes on social entrepreneurship and social innovation in Hong Kong and China.Since retiring in 2000, Dr Tse has been promoting social entrepreneurship in Hong Kong. In September 2007, he became is the first member of the Ashoka Support Network in Hong Kong. He is also Co-founder of DiD (HK), a social enterprise. Since 2010, he has been a member of the government-appointed Social Enterprise Advisory Committee. Since 2016, he has lead the B Corp movement in Hong Kong and is the Co-convener of B Market Builder under the auspices of the Hong Kong Social Entrepreneurship Forum.Dr Tse started his business career at the Lam Soon Group as Personnel Manager and Head of Industrial Engineering. Between 1982 and 1992, he worked at the Shui On Group, with his last position as General Manager at Shui On Investment. In 1992, he founded K K Tse & Associates, a management consulting company specialising in Total Quality Management, business process reengineering, and leadership development.He graduated with First Class Honors from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1974, majoring in economics and sociology, and conducted his post-graduate studies at the University of Manchester, UK, where he obtained his MA and PhD. He has an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management.

Haoliang Xu

Haoliang Xu

UN Assistant Secretary-General; Director, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific

Haoliang Xu was appointed UN Assistant Secretary-General; Director, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific,UNDP by the United Nations Secretary-General in 2013. From 2010, Mr Xu was Deputy Regional Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States in New York.

Before this, he was UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Kazakhstan (2007-2010); Country Director in Pakistan (2005-2007); Deputy Resident Representative for Programme, Pakistan (2004-2005); Country Manager and Senior Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP Timor-Leste (2002-2004); Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP Iran (2000-2002); Programme Manager, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, New York (1997-1999); and Programme Officer/Junior Professional Officer, UNDP Kazakhstan (1997-1999).

From 1994 to 1995, Mr Xu was a consultant for the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) working as Associate Project Management Officer in the Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS, New York, and in 1994 a research assistant with the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in New York. Before joining the UN, Mr Xu was a computer-aided design engineer with Louis Berger International in New Jersey and an assistant lecturer at Tongji University in Shanghai, China.

Mr Xu, a Chinese national, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Tongji University in Shanghai and a Masters’ of Science in Management from the Stevens Institute of Technology (USA). He holds a Master’s of International Affairs in Economic Development and Policy Analysis from Columbia University, USA.

Steven Ying

Steven Ying

Founder and Managing Partner
High Impact Capital Advisors

Steven Ying is Founder and Managing Partner of High Impact Capital Advisors. He founded the firm in 2008, with major deals so far including debt and equity investments in CFPA Microfinance, the largest microfinance company in China.

Mr Ying has worked in the private sector for more than 25 years after beginning his career, first as a research scientist at IBM in New York State. He worked for McKinsey & Co in Hong Kong as a management consultant, advising multinational corporations before taking up a role as the Managing Director of Cisco Systems, with responsibility for its Asia Pacific telecoms businesses. Subsequently, Mr Ying joined Microsoft as the General Manager of the company’s Unlimited Potential Group for Greater China.

Mr Ying serves on several corporate boards and chairs the Foundation for Amazing Potentials, a Hong Kong charity dedicated to equality in education and to helping people at the middle and bottom of the socioeconomic pyramid to realize their full potential.

In November 2014, the China Youth Development Foundation presented him with Project Hope’s 25th Anniversary Award for Outstanding Contribution. In 2016, he received the Dayawati Modi Award for his outstanding contribution in the field of philanthropy and education inequality eradication. He graduated from New York University with BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and an MBA in Finance.

Ada Yip

Ada Yip

CEO and Director
Urban Spring and WYNG43 Social Investment

Ada Yip is the CEO at Urban Spring, a purpose-driven start-up with a mission to reduce the consumption of single-use plastic in Hong Kong by building a water refill network. Ms Yip is also a director at WYNG43 Social Investment, which invests financial and human capital in innovative social start-ups.

Previously, she was the Program Director of the i2i (incubation to investment) programme at SOW Asia, a Hong Kong-based impact investor and accelerator. Before joining the impact investing industry, Ms Yip worked at a number of financial institutions in Toronto, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Ms Yip is on the board of the Hong Kong Institute of Social Impact Analysts, Teach4HK and Education For Good. She is a member of the Advisory Committee at the Enhancing Self-Reliance Through District Partnership Programme under the Home Affairs Department of the Hong Kong Government. Ms Yip earned a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.


Moderators (4)

Victor  Mallet

Victor Mallet

Asia News Editor
Financial Times

Victor Mallet is a journalist, commentator and author with three decades of experience in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He is currently Asia News Editor for the Financial Times. Previously he was bureau chief in Madrid and Asia Editor in Hong Kong. From there, he managed the FT’s coverage of the Asia-Pacific and wrote editorials, columns and features on security, politics, economics and business. He twice won the Society of Publishers in Asia award for opinion writing. In India, he was twice awarded the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism as a foreign correspondent, once for a feature about the rise of Narendra Modi and later for a magazine article on the River Ganges.  His highly praised book on the south-east Asian industrial revolution and the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis, The Trouble with Tigers (HarperCollins), was first published in 1999. His new book about the Ganges, River of Life, River of Death: The Ganges and India's Future, was published by Oxford University Press in October 2017.

Henny Sender

Henny Sender

Chief Correspondent, International Finance
Financial Times

Henny Sender joined the Financial Times in 2007. She was previously the Wall Street Journal's Senior Special Writer for the Money & Investing section and covered private equity and hedge funds. Before joining the Journal, Ms Sender worked in Hong Kong for nearly 10 years and covered regional finance for the Wall Street Journal Asia and the Far Eastern Economic Review. Prior to that, she was in Tokyo for five years for Institutional Investor. Ms Sender was part of a team at the Journal that won a Loeb award for coverage of the meltdown of Amaranth, a hedge fund. Her work on the overseas Chinese received a citation from the Overseas Press Club and she was a finalist for the National Magazine Awards. Her book on India, The Kashmiri Pandits, was published by Oxford University Press. Ms Sender holds an MS from the Columbia University School of Journalism. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Graham Macmillan

Graham Macmillan

Senior Program Officer, Mission Investments
Ford Foundation

Graham Macmillan is part of the Mission Investments team, focusing on impact investing and the capital markets. He is responsible for developing the team’s grant-making strategy and coordinating it closely with the foundation’s work on mission investments.

Prior to joining Ford, Graham was Director of Corporate Citizenship Partnerships at Citigroup, working with Citi’s myriad businesses to drive economic and social impact with clients and other key stakeholders while contributing to Citi’s broader citizenship reporting requirements. He has also served as Senior Program Officer for Financial Inclusion at the Citi Foundation, where he managed the foundation’s international grant-making in nearly 90 countries, while also leading investments in innovation, thought leadership, and research. Initially at Citi, he managed the Microfinance and Enterprise Development portfolios.

Prior to joining Citi, Graham was senior director of VisionSpring, a leading social enterprise selling consumer products to promote economic development. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

He received his BA from Colby College, MSc from NYU Wagner, and MBA through a joint programme at NYU Stern, London School of Economics, and HEC Paris School of Management.

Sarah Murray

Sarah Murray

Specialist Writer on Sustainable Development
Financial Times

Sarah Murray is a Specialist Writer on Sustainable Development and a Non-fiction author and editor. A former Financial Times journalist and long-time Financial Times contributor, she also writes for Stanford Social Innovation Review as well as for universities and foundations. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Economist, The Guardian, and the South China Morning Post. She has edited two books on philanthropy and is author of two non-fiction books, Making an Exit: From the Magnificent to the Macabre, How We Dignify the Dead, and Moveable Feasts: From Ancient Rome to the 21st Century, the Incredible Journeys of the Food We Eat.


Agenda - 10th May

  • 8:15am
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:00am
    Welcome Remarks

    Angela Mackay, Global Publisher, FT Live and Managing Director Asia Pacific, Financial Times

  • 9:05am

    Victor Mallet, Asia News Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:10am
    Opening Address

    Paul Chan Mo-po, Financial Secretary, Hong Kong SAR Government

  • 9:30am
    Panel Discussion: The SDGs and Innovative Finance in Asia

    Many are asking whether innovative finance could accelerate progress towards meeting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an ambitious set of objectives aimed at ending poverty by 2030. In Asia, despite economic progress, extreme levels of poverty persist while the region is extremely vulnerable to climate-related risks. While SDG-focused impact investing in the region remains in its infancy, the concept of “SDG alignment” is creating excitement among public market investors, who see the potential to generate both financial returns and impact by allocating capital to environmentally and socially focused investments, such as inclusive finance, renewable energy, clean technology and affordable housing. What is the business case for using the SDGs as a framework for investments?

    Beth Delaney, Assistant Secretary, Development Economics, Private Sector and Agriculture Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Australia
    Rahul Sheth, Executive Director Capital Markets, Standard Chartered
    Nena Stoiljkovic, Vice President for Asia and Pacific, International Finance Corporation (IFC) 
    Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, UNDP 

    Moderator: Victor Mallet, Asia News Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:20am
    Panel Discussion: High Net Worth Individuals Embrace Social Goals

    With large amounts of wealth being amassed by individuals in Asia, the question is how this wealth will be used. One study has found that Asia’s millionaires – particularly in China, Malaysia and Indonesia – are more socially conscious investors than their global peers. For now, much of this investment goes into socially responsible bonds and funds. However, might this appetite for social investment provide fertile ground for the development of a robust impact investment market?

    Andy Ann, Founder and CEO, NDN Group
    Naina Batra, CEO, AVPN
    Durrie Hassan, Executive Director, Visible Mission
    Helene Li, Managing Director, Head of Strategic Planning, Brand & Communications, Asia Pacific, BNP Paribas Weath Management

    Moderator: Sarah Murray, Specialist Writer on Sustainable Development, Financial Times

  • 11:00am
    Networking Break
  • 11:20am
    Keynote Address

    Norihiro Takahashi, President, Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF)

    Moderator: Henny Sender, Chief Correspondent, International Finance, Financial Times

  • 11:50am
    Panel Discussion: Increasing Impact Deal Flow in Mainland China

    While impact investing is still a relatively new concept to investors, interest in making social and environmental impact investments is growing in Mainland China. This panel will examine where those investments are being made and who is making them. It will assess the landscape of promising investable opportunities and the barriers constraining capital flows to impact investments. From social entrepreneurs and impact investors to venture capitalists, professional services firms and policy makers, what will be needed to expand the impact investing industry in Mainland China?

    Cheng Enjiang, Program Officer, Ford Foundation
    Angela Bai, General Secretary, China Alliance of Social Value Investment (CASVI)
    Steven Ying, Founder and Managing Partner, High Impact Capital Advisors
    Lu Mai, Secretary General, China Development Research Foundation

    Moderator: Henny Sender, Chief Correspondent, International Finance, Financial Times

  • 12:30pm
    Entrepreneur Showcase

    This session will showcase an entrepreneur with the capacity to solve a social or environmental problem, scale it up and make returns that will be appealing to investors.

    Henry Motte-Muñoz, Founder and CEO,

    Moderator: Sarah Murray, Specialist Writer on Sustainable Development, Financial Times

  • 12:40pm
  • 1:40pm
    Investment Dialogue

    With an introduction by Amit Bouri, this session will discuss the evolution of the relationship between impact investors and their investees and what more is needed to match impact investors with entrepreneurs who can provide effective and practical market-based solutions to social and environmental challenges.

    Amit Bouri, CEO and Co-founder, The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN)
    KK Tse, Founding Chair, Hong Kong Social Entrepreneurship Forum; Founding Chair and Chief Education Officer, Education for Good CIC
    Ada Yip, CEO, Urban Spring and Director, Wyng 43 Social Investment Company

    Moderator: Sarah Murray, Specialist Writer on Sustainable Development, Financial Times

  • 2:20pm
    Panel Discussion: Funding Climate Action

    Asset managers and institutional investors can play an important role in addressing climate change, with options ranging from investing in green bonds to decarbonizing their public equities portfolios or fixed-income funds. Meanwhile, many parts of Asia are vulnerable to climate risks such as flooding, more frequent and intense typhoons, sea-level rises and increased temperatures. Financing mechanisms such as forest resilience impact bonds and carbon yields that track the environmental effectiveness of green bonds can support the implementation of solutions to these problems. This panel will discuss the range of options for investors wanting to promote action on climate change.

    Melissa Brown, Partner, Daobridge Capital
    Joyce Lam, SPOTT (Sustainability Policy Transparency Toolkit) Manager, The Zoological Society of London
    Will McGoldrick, Director of Climate Strategy, The Nature Conservancy

    Moderator: Victor Mallet, Asia News Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:00pm
    Breakout Sessions

    Option A: Investing in Women and Girls
    Many Asian investors are becoming interested in funding enterprises that are providing services to women and girls in the region. Meanwhile, others are focusing on investing in companies that are promoting women as senior executives. What are the opportunities for so-called “gender lens” investing in the region?

    Aditi Chadha, Founder and Chief Product Officer, DAZL
    Mario Ferro, Co-founder and CEO, Wedu: Investing in Women Leading the Change
    Shuyin Tang, Partner, Patamar Capital

    Moderator: Sarah Murray, Specialist Writer on Sustainable Development, Financial Times

    Option B: Building the Region’s Impact Ecosystem
    When it comes to impact investing and venture philanthropy, a priority for the region is the development of entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship so that the investment community can tap into a growing pipeline of investment opportunities. This session will examine the roadblocks to social entrepreneurs in the region and will look at what a variety of interventions – from funding to incubation and mentorship – could do to increase the supply of viable new enterprises that are addressing social and environmental challenges.

    Harvey Koh, Managing Director, FSG and Co-Leader, FSG Inclusive Markets
    Yanni Peng, Secretary General, Narada Foundation
    Dongshu (Jaff) Shen, CEO, Leping Social Entrepreneur Foundation

    Moderator: Graham Macmillan, Senior Officer for Impact Investing, Ford Foundation

  • 3:40pm
    Networking Break
  • 4:00pm
    Keynote Address: Impact investing and high-quality development in the Chinese economy

    Ma Weihua, Chairman, China Global Philanthropy Institute

  • 4:25pm
    Panel Discussion: From Screens to Impact, An Investment Spectrum

    As sustainable investment strategies evolve, asset owners are moving from screening out stocks on ethical grounds through SRI (socially responsible investing) to new types of screening such as decarbonising and adopting practices such as ESG (environmental, social and governance) integration to enhance their management of risk and return. Meanwhile, through impact investing, funds are flowing into private companies whose primary intention is to create impact. This panel will consider the range of strategies investors are using both to reduce negative impact and avoid risk and to use investment funds to have positive social or environmental impact. Is impact investing an activity separate from other forms of responsible investment or can it be part of a broader portfolio approach?

    Bo Bai, CEO, U.S.-China Green Fund
    Annie Chen, Founder and Chair, RS Group
    Emily Chew, Global Head of Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance, Manulife Asset Management
    Robert Kraybill, Managing Director, Portfolio Manager, IIX

    Moderator: Henny Sender, Chief Correspondent, International Finance, Financial Times

  • 5:05pm
    Closing Remarks
  • 5:15pm
    Cocktail Reception

    A special event about the 2018 FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards

Why Attend?

  • Leave the event understanding the potential for private capital to fill the funding gaps in solving the world’s biggest challenges
  • Hear directly from the policymakers, advisors and investment experts who are pursing new opportunities and developing innovative financing mechanisms at the intersection of philanthropy and investment
  • Meet dynamic leaders from foundations, institutional and individual investors, investment professionals and advisors, fund managers, development finance institutions and policymakers.
  • Learn about the latest financing tools that are available to investors who want to achieve social and environmental impact as well as financial returns.
  • Learn about cutting-edge forms of financing that are currently being developed or experimented with to address global challenges
  • Find out how to take the next steps in developing or offering financial products investors who want to use their investment funds to tackle global challenges.

Who Attends?

The FT Investing for Good Asia is an exclusive invitation only event. 

Complimentary places are available to individuals who meet this criteria. If you would like to apply to attend, please complete the short application form*.

  • Private Investors or Private/Public/Corporate Donors (Principal, CEO, Director, Trustee, Board Member)
  • Social entrepreneurs
  • Pension Funds, Endowments, SWFs, Insurance and other Institutional Investors (CIO, CFO, Director of Investments, Head of Responsible Investment)
  • Development Finance Institutions and other Government Agencies Federal, State and Local policymakers and officials interested in scaling social impact solutions using investor capital Wealth Managers (Head of Philanthropic Services, Senior Philanthropic Advisor, CIO, Managing Director, Head of Investments
  • Asset Managers (Director of Responsible Investment, Director of Sustainability, CIO, Head of Investments)
  • SRI or Impact Investment Fund Managers (CEO, CIO, Senior Investment Manager, Portfolio Manager)
  • Single Family Offices (FOX, CEO, CIO)
  • Multi-Family Offices (CEO, CIO, Director of Investment Research)
  • Foundation CIOs
  • RIAs (CEO, CIO, Director of Investment Research, Head of Wealth Advisory)

*Places are strictly limited and subject to approval by the Publisher.


Asia Founding Partner (1)

The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For more than 80 years it has worked with courageous people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

Knowledge Partner (1)

BNP Paribas Wealth Management is a #1 ranked private bank in the Eurozone. Present in three hubs in Europe, Asia and the US, over 6,800 professionals provide a private investor clientele with solutions for optimizing and managing their assets.  With an Asian heritage spanning over 150 years, BNP Paribas’ award-winning wealth management teams operate in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, China and India (through its branches or other entities in the BNP Paribas Group).  Globally, it has €364 billion worth of assets under management (as at December 2017).
BNP Paribas serves its clients by empowering them with a combination of global expertise and local knowledge, meeting their needs with a broad range of wealth management and banking solutions, as well as putting the long-term relationship at the very heart of its commitment to clients.
Not only do clients benefit from the expertise of their dedicated private bankers, but also all of BNP Paribas Group divisions: European real estate, art advisory, philanthropy advisory, corporate and investment banking, insurance, and asset management.

BNP Paribas Wealth Management celebrates philanthropists and entrepreneurs around the world through several events, prizes and awards.  Over the ten years during which BNP Paribas has been awarding the Individual Philanthropy Prize, the Group has observed and highlighted new, innovative, more collaborative forms of philanthropic activity, as philanthropists are more committed and seek to become increasingly professional in their approach.

Moreover, the exclusive 2017 BNP Paribas Philanthropy Report explores how the Next Generation of Philanthropists is shaping the future of philanthropy, balancing the weight of family legacies through new tools, technologies and strategies. You can read more about the report here.

BNP Paribas Wealth Management in Asia has consistently won accolades by peers and industry.  Last year, it was named as

  • Best Private Bank in Hong Kong for the 4th consecutive year by The Asset
  • Best Overall Asia Private Bank by Wealthbriefing Asia
  • Best UHNWI Offering in Greater China and Best Next Generation Offering by Private Banker International
  • And, Best Private Bank for Advisory Services by Asian Private Banker

For more information, please visit:

Note: BNP Paribas Wealth Management is the business line name for the Wealth Management activity conducted by BNP Paribas

Silver Sponsors (2)

Manulife Financial Corporation (“Manulife”) is a leading international financial services group that provides financial advice, insurance, and wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. As of 30 September 2017, we had over US$806 billion in assets under management and administration. Manulife Asset Management is the global asset management arm of Manulife, specialized in providing comprehensive asset management solutions for investors across a broad range of public and private asset classes, as well as asset allocation solutions.  Our investment solutions include public and private equities and fixed income, timberland, farmland, real estate, power and infrastructure, oil and gas, renewable energy, and mezzanine debt.

Manulife participates in a number of sustainability initiatives related to its corporate objectives, including reporting to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), being a member of the United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and a signatory to the Equator Principles. Manulife Asset Management is a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment and Manulife Asset Management (Japan) Limited is a signatory to the Japan Stewardship Code. Elsewhere, Manulife Asset Management (Europe) Limited has committed to the United Kingdom Stewardship Code.

We are a leading international banking group, with more than a 150-year history in some of the world’s most dynamic markets. Our purpose is to drive commerce and prosperity through our unique diversity, and our heritage and values are expressed in our brand promise, Here for good.

We are present in more than 60 markets, with over 1,000 branches and around 3,000 ATMs. 

Standard Chartered PLC is listed on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges as well as the Bombay and National Stock Exchanges in India. 

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Impact Partner (1)

RS Group is a Hong Kong-based family office whose mission is to advance a paradigm shift in people’s values and priorities, so that economic growth will not jeopardise human development and environmental sustainability. Recognising the severity and urgency of global issues we face today, we have chosen to apply our entire capital portfolio towards advancing our mission. We believe the entire financial system – including insurance, capital markets and institutional investments – should be mobilised, with each asset class having an important role to play in promoting the sustainable transformation of our economy. We are keen to support Hong Kong’s transition towards becoming a center for sustainable finance, and to this end released the RS Group Impact Report in May 2016 (, in the hopes that by sharing our “impact investing” story, others can be inspired and empowered to begin their journeys as well. To further support Hong Kong's transition towards sustainable finance, RS Group also began developing a "Sustainable Finance Initiative" (SFI) in 2017. SFI's mission is to mobilise private capital for positive impact, and drive investor demand to spur development and action across the entire sustainable finance ecosystem in Hong Kong. For more information about SFI, please email or visit

Cocktail Reception Host (1)

IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in the toughest areas of the world. In fiscal year 2018, we delivered more than $23 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit

Development Partner (1)

On the ground in nearly 170 countries and territories, UNDP offers a global perspective, as well as local insights on vital development issues. UNDP supports countries to end extreme poverty, reduce inequality, and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The 2030 Agenda is ambitious and the resources required are enormous. UNDP SDG Innovative Finance (UNSIF) is a major initiative supporting the Financing for Development agenda through innovative ways. UNSIF supports the ecosystem of sustainable finance through a holistic approach of convening policy dialogues for governments, engaging institutional and individual investors, developing investable SDG-aligned pipelines, and exploring how latest technologies could expedite the developments.

Supporting Partners (2)

As the only comprehensive funders' network in Asia, AVPN is a leading ecosystem builder for the social investment sector with 500+ members globally. AVPN’s mission is to catalyse the movement toward a more strategic, collaborative and outcome focused approach to social investing, ensuring that resources are deployed as effectively as possible to address key social challenges facing Asia today and in the future. 

IIX is a global organization transforming the world through a new approach to sustainable peace. Over the past decade, we have built the world’s largest crowdfunding platform for impact investing, Impact Partners, developed a proprietary Impact Assessment, created innovative financial products such as the Women's Livelihood Bond, operated award-winning enterprise technical assistance programs, and established an Impact Institute for training and education. To date, IIX's work has spanned 46 countries, unlocked $94 million of private sector capital, avoided over 1 million metric tons of carbon and impacted nearly 24 million lives. IIX has received numerous awards for its work including the Oslo Business for Peace Award, the ‘Nobel Prize for Business.'


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