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Investment and Asset Management

FT Investing for Good Asia

New Opportunities for Regional Transformation

Hong Kong |
Speakers include:
Durreen  Shahnaz

Durreen Shahnaz

Impact Investment Exchange (IIX)

John Wood

John Wood

Room to Read

Helene Li

Helene Li

GoImpact

Overview

While Asia's rapid economic development has impressed the world, the region still faces significant social and environmental problems, from lack of basic infrastructure, education and healthcare to poor access to finance for social entrepreneurs. This means Asia’s sustainable and impact investors can direct funds into solutions that can generate positive change. But while appetite for impact investing is growing in Asia – whether from millennials passionate about making a difference or philanthropists looking for alternative means of meeting their goals – the question is how to tap this demand. What will it take to advance this agenda and increase the proportion of global impact investing spending that comes from Asia?

This major event – the latest edition of the FT Investing for Good series, now held in London, New York and Hong Kong – will explore the state of the impact investment market in Asia, the new opportunities opening up for investors, and the potential for innovative and sustainable finance to bring about transformative solutions to some of the region's key challenges.

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fallback Add to my Calendar 04/10/2019 08:15:0004/10/2019 18:10:00trueFT Investing for Good AsiaWhile Asia's rapid economic development has impressed the world, the region still faces significant social and environmental problems, from lack of basic infrastructure, education and healthcare to poor access to finance for social entrepreneurs. This means Asia’s sustainable and impact investors can direct funds into solutions that can generate positive change. But while appetite for impact investing is growing in Asia – whether from millennials passionate about making a difference or philanthropists looking for alternative means of meeting their goals – the question is how to tap this demand. What will it take to advance this agenda and increase the proportion of global impact investing spending that comes from Asia?This major event – the latest edition of the FT Investing for Good series, now held in London, New York and Hong Kong – will explore the state of the impact investment market in Asia, the new opportunities opening up for investors, and the potential for innovative and sustainable finance to bring about transformative solutions to some of the region's key challenges.FT-Investing-for-Good-Asia152ecbd2a618ccb76b9724fab5242f89MM/DD/YYYY

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Durreen  Shahnaz

Durreen Shahnaz

Founder and CEO
Impact Investment Exchange (IIX)

Durreen Shahnaz is Founder and CEO of IIX. Over the past decade, IIX has built the world’s largest crowdfunding platform for impact investing, created innovative financial products such as the Women's Livelihood Bond, operated award-winning enterprise technical assistance programmes, and established an Impact Institute for training and education. To date, IIX and IIX Foundation’s work has spanned 46 countries, unlocked nearly $94m of private sector capital, avoided more than 1m metric tonnes of carbon and impacted over 24m lives. 

Born in Bangladesh, Durreen has built an international track record as a social entrepreneur, banker, media executive and academic at institutions, including Morgan Stanley (New York), Grameen Bank (Bangladesh), Hearst Magazines International (New York) and the National University of Singapore. She founded, grew and sold oneNest, an impact enterprise and online marketplace for handmade goods that created economic opportunity for over a half a million people worldwide.

She is the recipient of the 2017 Oslo Business for Peace Award, often referred to as the ‘Nobel Prize for Business’, the 2017 GSG Honours Impact Market Builder of the Year award, the 2016 Asia Society Asia Game Changer Award, in addition to the prestigious 2014 Joseph Wharton Social Impact Award. She holds a BA from Smith College and a joint degree – an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a MA from the School for Advanced International Studies at John Hopkins University.

John Wood

John Wood

Founder
Room to Read

John Wood is the Founder of Room to Read, which seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. At the age of 35, John left his position as Director of Business Development for Microsoft’s Greater China region to found Room to Read by helping a headmaster in Nepal fill his school’s library. Room to Read now serves more than 30,000 schools and communities.

John is author of the award-winning memoir, Leaving Microsoft to Change the World. In 2018, he released his third book, Purpose, Incorporated: Turning Cause into Your Competitive Advantage. Goldman Sachs named him as one of the world’s 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs, he is a three-time speaker at the Clinton Global Initiative, a five-time winner of Fast Company Magazine’s Social Capitalist Award, and the World Economic Forum selected him as a Young Global Leader.

John holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Colorado, and he has received four honorary PhDs from schools including McGill University and the University of San Francisco. He has served on the advisory board of the Clinton Global Initiative and the Board of Directors for Net Impact and One Acre Fund. He currently serves on the advisory boards of Global Citizen Year, New Story and Possible Health.

Helene Li

Helene Li

Co-Founder
GoImpact

Helene Li is Co-Founder of GoImpact, established to connect social impact investors and stakeholders and to fast-track social and impact investment. Conceived as an online-to-offline ecosystem, GoImpact uses advocacy, education and online investing to bridge market gaps and drive more private capital towards social impact.

A management consultant by training, Helene has held a number of senior management positions in strategic planning and marketing throughout her career, including at Boston Consulting Group and Towers Watson and at global financial institutions such as JP Morgan Private Bank, Lombard Odier, the Swiss wealth and asset management firm, and BNP Paribas Wealth Management. She has worked in the ultra-high-net-worth sector for most of her banking and consulting career, spearheading and curating next-generation family business programmes.

A regular contributor to impact and entrepreneurship research throughout her banking and consulting career, in 2010 Helene partnered with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University to organise the “Creative Capitalism” Forum, which formed a cross-sector platform to drive sustainable family legacy and socially meaningful engagements for ultra-high-net-worth families. Since then, she has built up a closely connected network of impact investment and sustainable finance leaders and practitioners in family businesses, government and the private sector.

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

Michael Barrow

Michael Barrow

Director General, Private Sector Operations
Asian Development Bank

Michael Barrow is Director General for the Asian Development Bank (ADB)’s Private Sector Operations Department, which handles all of the Bank’s private infrastructure and financial institutions investments, lending and guarantees. He is concurrently on the board of Asian Climate Partners, a climate change-focused private equity fund established in Hong Kong. Prior to joining ADB in 2003, Michael worked for the Deutsche Bank group over the course of 15 years in London, Tokyo and Singapore, lastly as Director of both Project Finance and Transportation, with a project finance and PPP focus. He was also previously Senior Vice President in the Structured Finance Department of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp in Singapore, handling project financing. Michael has an MA in Oriental Studies from Oxford University, UK.

Naina Batra

Naina Batra

Chairperson and CEO
AVPN

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.

Lorenzo Bernasconi

Lorenzo Bernasconi

Senior Associate Director, Innovative Finance
The Rockefeller Foundation

Lorenzo Bernasconi joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2013. As Senior Associate Director, he is responsible for the foundation’s innovative finance and impact investing portfolio. His work focuses on identifying and shaping new financing solutions that unlock private sector capital to address the world’s most critical problems with a focus on the foundation’s dual goals of building resilience and promoting inclusive economies. Before joining The Rockefeller Foundation, Lorenzo worked at Dalberg Global Development Advisors, the Boston Consulting Group and in the investment banking division of UBS.

Lorenzo holds dual Ecuadorian and Swiss citizenship. He gained a bachelor’s degree in economics at the London School of Economics, completed a PhD at Cambridge University and a post-doctoral fellowship at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. He sits on the board of Spring Bank, a Bronx-based community bank focused on the underbanked communities of New York City. 

Alexandra  Boakes Tracy

Alexandra Boakes Tracy

President
Hoi Ping Ventures

Alexandra Boakes Tracy is President of Hong Kong-based Hoi Ping Ventures, which she founded to provide research and consulting on sustainable and low-carbon investment in Asian emerging markets. Since 2013, Alexandra has been a member of the Listing Committee of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. She is also the Active Private Sector Observer to the United Nations Green Climate Fund, a director of the UK’s Climate Markets & Investment Association and a member of Hong Kong’s Financial Services Business Council of the European Chamber of Commerce. 

Alexandra began her career as an investment banker in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia, and ran a number of start-up businesses, including a software company and a publishing and information business. Following the sale of the latter, she spent several years as Vice President of Strategy at Hong Kong’s First Eastern Investment Group. From 2009 to 2015, she was non-executive Chairman of the Association for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in Asia, where she was instrumental in establishing the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change. 

She sits on a number of corporate and non-profit boards in Hong Kong, including Tom Hugh Limited, where she is non-executive Chairman, and the Asia Pacific Investors Cooperation. She is also an Advisor to the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology's Asian Family Business Research Centre and to the NDCI.org climate commitment community. She has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and MA degrees from Yale University and Cambridge University.

Sandra  Carlisle

Sandra Carlisle

Head of Responsible Investment Specialists
HSBC Global Asset Management

Sandra Carlisle is Head of Responsible Investment Specialists at HSBC Global Asset Management. Prior to joining HSBC Global Asset Management in 2017, Sandra worked at Newton Investment Management as head of Responsible Investment. 

Before this, she spent several years at F&C Investments and Citi, where she set up and ran the Sustainable and Responsible Investment team in Global Markets and the European Equity sales team respectively. Prior to Citi, Sandra worked for Deutsche Bank in Paris and London as equity specialist and for JPMorgan Chase in London and New York as part of the sovereign debt restructuring team. 

Since 2016, Sandra has been a board member of the Principles for Responsible Investment. She is a visiting business fellow at the Oxford Smith School for the Environment.

Jean-Marc Champagne

Jean-Marc Champagne

Head of Environmental Finance
WWF-Hong Kong

Jean-Marc Champagne is Head of Environmental Finance at WWF-Hong Kong. He advises institutional investors, lenders and underwriters on financial and economic risks and opportunities related to climate change and environmental degradation and aims to shift their financial flows toward sustainable investments. 

He also guides thematic research conducted by a team of former equity analysts. Recent publications include No Middle Road: The Growth of Electric Vehicles and Their Impact on Oil and the Climate Primer for Institutional Investors. The team’s latest report, Shrinking Plastics: Tighter Regulations Threaten the World Plastics Industry, is slated for release in the coming months.

Beyond advocacy, Jean-Marc works on impact-oriented green financial products and initiatives, including the forthcoming Climate Impact Asia Fund.  He aims to originate and arrange commercially viable investments with environmental and conservation impact, either directly or via capital markets, with funding sourced from private as well as public institutions.

Before joining WWF, he spent 17 years in the financial industry advising institutional investors on equities and equity derivatives. He started his investment banking career in 1997 with Merrill Lynch in New York City and has been based in Hong Kong since 2004, working for BNP Paribas and Jefferies. He graduated from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York.

Tzu-Kuan  Chiu

Tzu-Kuan Chiu

Professor of Finance
Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Tzu-Kuan Chiu is Professor of Finance at the Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF) at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. She teaches courses at MBA, EMBA and CEO levels in sustainable finance, impact investing, socially responsible investing (SRI), finance ethics and corporate social responsibility for the financial sector.

Before joining SAIF in 2014, Tzu-Kuan taught at the University of California and Taiwan’s National Central University and worked for corporations in New Jersey. She has been involved in research projects in the field of sustainable finance, impact investing, microfinance, corporate governance and sustainability rating with companies such as Delta Electronics and government agencies such as the Shanghai Stock Exchange. 

She serves on the board of a number of for-profit as well as non-profit organisations, including Compeq, Fubon Securities, the Business Ethics Association in Greater China, the Lida Foundation and the SF Hu Education Foundation. She has authored and edited books in sustainable finance, corporate governance, corporate finance and business ethics, and has published articles in the field of microfinance, corporate governance, and corporate social responsibility in academic journals. In addition, she developed a CSR database for Taiwan, the first in emerging markets.

Rohit Dugar

Rohit Dugar

Founder and CEO
Young Master Brewery

Rohit Dugar is the Founder and CEO Young Master Brewery, Hong Kong’s largest and highest-rated craft beer brewery. Young Master started as a small passion project in a warehouse on the south side of Hong Kong and has since expanded to a larger facility with operations in Hong Kong, Shenzhen and South-East-Asia. Young Master beers use ingredients that are not filtered, pasteurized and without artificial stabilizers or chemicals.

Prior to starting the brewery, Rohit worked as an investment banker for Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch in Hong Kong and New York. He completed his undergraduate studies on full scholarship at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and gained his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Bei  Duoguang

Bei Duoguang

President
Chinese Academy of Financial Inclusion

Bei Duoguang is President of the Chinese Academy of Financial Inclusion. While in the past he led and completed priority research projects sponsored by the State Social Science Foundation, he now focuses on financial inclusion research and the promotion and development of financial inclusion and digital financial inclusion in China. 

During his career, Bei has worked for the Ministry of Finance of the People’s Republic of China, the China Securities Regulatory Commission, China International Capital Corp and JPMorgan. He was also a visiting scholar, studying at UC Berkeley and a visiting fellow at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Publications he has authored include “On Macrofinance” and “An Analysis of the flow of funds in China”. He is a recipient of the Sun Yefang Prize for academic results in economics in China. He obtained a PhD in economics at Renmin University of China in 1988.

Dondi Hananto

Dondi Hananto

Partner
Patamar Capital

Dondi Hananto is an Indonesia-base Partner at Patamar Capital, which makes venture capital investments in high-growth companies that are solving at scale some of the most pervasive problems in South and Southeast Asia. Sectors the firm covers include sectors such as healthcare, education and financial inclusion.

Dondi joined Patamar Capital in 2014 and currently oversees the investment portfolio and activities in Southeast Asia, with a focus on Indonesia and the Philippines. His previous experience was in commercial banking (retail and SME financing) at several banks. He made the transition into early-stage investing in 2011.

Mari Kogiso

Mari Kogiso

Director, Gender Innovation and Investment Division
The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Mari Kogiso is Director of the Gender Innovation and Investment Division of The Sasakawa Peace Foundation. She led the establishment of the Asia Women Impact Fund in 2017, a US$100m impact fund with the objective of catalysing capital to foster opportunities to improve the lives of women and remove gender barriers in Asia. She also leads the foundation’s initiative to increase the number of women and girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths) industries and conducted several surveys to assess the root causes of gender barriers. Before joining The Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Mari held various senior positions at the World Bank Group in Washington DC and Tokyo, including as the representative of the
Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) in Tokyo. She also served as representative of Dalberg Japan, the global management consulting firm focused on creating social impact. Mari holds a BA in Economics from Tokyo University and an MA from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She also serves as an expert advisor on the Japan International Cooperation Agency’s Overseas Investment Review Committee.

Mark Konyn

Mark Konyn

Group Chief Investment Officer
AIA

Mark Konyn is Group Chief Investment Officer for AIA. He is responsible for providing oversight to the management of the investment portfolios of the Group, as well as supervising and supporting the many investment professionals throughout the Group. He is a director of various companies within the Group including Chairman of AIA Investment Management. He joined the Group in September 2015. Dr Konyn joined AIA from Cathay Conning Asset Management, where he was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) responsible for the company’s investment business and strategic expansion in the region. He has held senior positions at Allianz Global Investors (where he was Asia-Pacific CEO for RCM Global Investors), Fidelity Investments and Prudential UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, and holds a Diploma from the London Business School in Investment Management, having previously completed his PhD in Operational Research sponsored by the UK Government.

Grace Lau

Grace Lau

Executive Director (Risk and Compliance); Chief Risk Officer, Exchange Fund Investment Office
Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Grace Lau is Executive Director (Risk and Compliance) at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and Chief Risk Officer at the HKMA’s Exchange Fund Investment Office. She is responsible for the oversight of investment risks and other risk-generating activities across the HKMA.

Grace joined the HKMA as Manager in 1994 and was promoted to the rank of Division Head in 2000. She has worked in various functional areas of the HKMA, including monetary policy, economic and market research, market systems policy, banking development and securities enforcement before taking up her present position in January 2015.

Wander  Meijer

Wander Meijer

Advisory Board Member
EcoMatcher

Wander is an Advisory Board Member atEcoMatcher, a certified B Corporation that helps companies use smart tree planting to become more sustainable and improve their bottom line. He is also Asia Pacific Director for GlobeScan, an insights and strategy firm that serves companies, NGOs and governmental organizations, where he is responsible for enhancing the company’s reputation as a global thought leader on brand, reputation and sustainability.

A senior executive with more than 20 years’ experience in the management consultancy industry, Wander has worked in Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America and has served in advisory roles for strategy, business development and management.

Wander is an Advisor, Board member and Impact Investor at Musoni Kenya, a microfinance institution, OnePlanetCrowd (OPC), a sustainable crowdfunding platform, and Waka Light, a solar power company.

Marcel  Neutel

Marcel Neutel

Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer
Capital 4 Development (C4D) Partners

Marcel Neutel is Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer at Capital 4 Development (C4D) Partners, which he joined in 2013. He oversees the investment teams in the regional offices. He is actively involved in the deal structuring and monitoring and is responsible for the consolidation of the global investment portfolio.

Marcel gained on-the-ground investment experience in Sub-Saharan Africa as Investment Officer at Central Africa Investment, a Private Equity Management Company in Cameroon, where he was responsible for following up on investee projects and was involved in the financial and overall restructuring of companies. Marcel was appointed Interim Director at one of the firm’s portfolio companies in the agricultural sector and successfully turned the company into an EBITDA profitable enterprise. Before working in Cameroon, Marcel set-up several e-health companies in the Netherlands, where he was involved in idea generation, business planning and fundraising. 

Marcel holds an MA in International Economics and Business from the University of Groningen and an MA in Management Consultancy from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam.

Francis  Ngai

Francis Ngai

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Social Ventures Hong Kong

Francis Ngai is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Social Ventures Hong Kong (SVhk), an Impact Purpose Organisation that promotes social change by inventing, incubating and investing in impact ventures. Since its establishment in 2007, it has invented and incubated more than 40 social innovation projects, including Light Be (empowerment housing) and Diamond Cab (a wheelchair-accessible cab service).

Francis is also Founder of Playtao Education, BottLess, HATCH co-working factory and Sonova Institute, and a Co-founder of Green Monday and RunOurCity. In addition, he serves as Deputy Chairman of the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN). Before establishing SVhk, he was the Head of Strategy in a listed technology conglomerate in Hong Kong.

Francis’ recognitions include Honorary Fellow of the Education University of Hong Kong (2018), 100 Asia Pioneers by The Purpose Economy (2014), Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum (2012), and Hong Kong’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons (2011). He graduated from the City University of Hong Kong and was conferred as an Honorary Fellow by the University in 2013.

Josephine Price

Josephine Price

Co-Founder and Managing Director
Anthem Asia

Josephine Price is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Anthem Asia, an independent, women-led investment group focused on investing in small- and medium-sized enterprises in Myanmar. The Anthem Asia Myanmar SME Venture Fund is backed by international development agencies. The fund’s impact goals include promoting Myanmar’s growing SME sector, creating jobs, encouraging diversity and women-led businesses, improving transparency, and raising environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards. 

Josephine currently serves on the investment committees of several private equity groups, social impact funds and family offices. She is a trustee of the Croucher Foundation in Hong Kong and a co-founder and director of the Village People Project, a charity that works in rural areas of China.

Josephine has lived in Asia since 1983, originally working as a lawyer involved in workouts and restructurings, before moving into corporate finance and then private equity. She established and developed CLSA’s pan-Asian growth capital private equity platform from 1995 to 2008.

Eckart  Roth

Eckart Roth

Co-founder and Chief Risk Officer
Peak Re

Eckart Roth is Co-founder and Chief Risk Officer of Peak Re, a global reinsurer based in Hong Kong. Under his leadership and that of Franz Josef Hahn, CEO and co-founder, Peak Re has grown from a start-up in 2012 into a global company with a footprint that reaches beyond Asia to Europe and the Americas. 

Eckart has more than 25 years of experience in the Asia Pacific and international reinsurance markets with a track record in building business as well as establishing comprehensive risk management solutions for global reinsurers. Climate change and the impact of human activities on the environment have been interests of his since his time at United World College. He represents Peak Re on the board of the Principles for Sustainable Insurance. 

Following the 2015 earthquake in Nepal that killed and injured tens of thousands of people, rendered millions more homeless and destroyed monuments in many UNESCO heritage sites, Peak Re came up with the idea of applying modern finance to tap into the capital markets for short-term liquidity injection to help rebuild communities devastated by a major disaster.

Stefen  Shin

Stefen Shin

Senior FI Relationship Officer
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Stefen Shin is Senior FI Relationship Officer at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, where he looks after the debt capital market development mandate, which is part of AIIB’s infrastructure financing vision. Before taking on this role, he held positions at China Financial Futures Exchange in Shanghai, and leading global investment banks, including UBS, Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch. 

Stefen began his career on Wall Street with JPMorgan, and has taught at several leading academic institutions, most recently at Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Columbia University, School of Engineering and Applied Science, in New York City.

Wayne Silby

Wayne Silby

Founding Chair
Calvert Funds

Wayne Silby co-founded Calvert, a $15bn investment management group in Bethesda, Maryland, noted for its leadership in socially responsible investment. Though he is no longer active in the day-to-day business of Calvert, he initiated and supervised its impact investing activities.

Wayne also co-founded Social Venture Network, a group of socially oriented entrepreneurs and investors, and Calvert Social Venture Partners, one of the first impact venture capital funds. He also started the Emerging Europe Fund for Sustainable Investment, a $60m overseas private investment corporation private equity fund focused on Central Europe. Wayne was Founding Chair of ImpactAssets, a $500m donor advised fund, and SynTao, a corporate social responsibility (CSR) consulting firm in Beijing, China. For 15 years, he co-chaired Calvert Impact Capital Foundation.   

He is on the board of the China Association of Social Value Investing and has supervised investments into the China Environment Fund, as well as social enterprises such as ZenFlo, a Beijing based mindfulness neuro-hacking center. Other board memberships have included East-West Institute, BENS (Business Executives for National Security), Ameritas Insurance. He has a BS in economics from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Roy Swan

Roy Swan

Director, Mission Investments
Ford Foundation

Roy Swan leads the Ford Foundation’s Mission Investments team, dedicated to investing $1bn of the foundation’s endowment in opportunities that generate financial and social returns. He oversees Ford’s $280m Program Related Investments initiative and its Impact Investing grants programme.

Before joining Ford, Roy served as Managing Director and Co-Head of Global Sustainable Finance at Morgan Stanley. He was also President and Chief Operating Officer of Morgan Stanley Trust, a federal savings bank subsidiary; Trustee of the Morgan Stanley Foundation; Managing Member of Morgan Stanley Community Investments, which he co-founded in 2012; and CEO of Morgan Stanley Impact Small Business Investment Company (SBIC), which he co-founded in 2015.

Roy was founding Chief Investment Officer of New York City’s Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ), a federal initiative bringing new resources to distressed urban communities. He was CFO at Carver Bancorp, a Harlem-based publicly traded financial institution and the nation’s largest African American managed bank. He worked in corporate law at Skadden Arps, investment banking at The First Boston Corporation, Salomon Brothers, and JPMorgan, and general management/finance at Time Warner.

Roy serves on non-profit boards, including the Dalton School, Enterprise Community Partners, Low Income Investment Fund, and the Partnership for After School Education. He is on the Investment Committee of Morgan Stanley Impact SBIC and the advisory boards of several private equity funds. He has a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a JD from Stanford Law School.

Debra Tan

Debra Tan

Director and Head
China Water Risk

Debra Tan is Director and Head of China Water Risk (CWR), a non-profit think tank that aims to create a world where water and climate risks are embedded in business and finance. Debra built the CWR brand from an idea into a leader in the water risk conversation globally.

For the past eight years, Debra has worked to “mainstream” water risk into financial decision-making and corporate strategies on both macro and micro levels: through the concept of “water-nomics” and the quantification of water risk in credit/equity valuations. Today, CWR works with government-related bodies on both these fronts. She has written reports for and with banks and other financial institutions analysing the in-depth impact of water risks across multiple sectors. One of these led the fashion industry to nominate CWR as a finalist for the Global Leadership Awards in Sustainable Apparel; another is helping to build consensus toward water risk valuation. 

Before venturing into the water world, Debra worked in finance, spending more than a decade as a chartered accountant and investment banker specialising in M&A and strategic advisory.

Christina Tang

Christina Tang

Founder
Blue Sky Energy
Sally Tong

Sally Tong

Managing Director
Dreams Matter Ventures

Sally Tong is Managing Director of Dreams Matter Ventures, founded in 2017 with a mission to empower and impact-invest in the next generation of changemakers. She is also Founder of the Women in Impact Org initiative, which she created in 2018 to help women succeed in education, connection and professional advocacy.

Sally has extensive experience in leadership engagement and communication, strategic partnership, and execution across Asia-Pacific, especially in China. She has served as a mentor at Hong Kong University’s “Success has no gender” initiative, which was organised by a group of students and inspired by the United Nations HeforShe initiative, launched to promote gender equality.

Vanessa Wang

Vanessa Wang

Managing Director, Head of Institutional Business, North Asia
Amundi Hong Kong Limited

Vanessa Wang is a Managing Director at Amundi Hong Kong Limited, the North Asia Regional Headquarter of Amundi Asset Management, the largest European Asset Manager, with over $1.7tn in assets under management. Vanessa has more than 20 years of experience in pension advisory in the US and Asia Pacific.

Based in Hong Kong, Vanessa leads the sales and marketing teams and works with the client servicing team to provide investment solutions to central banks, sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and companies. She is responsible for institutional business for the North Asia region at Amundi, which is manager of the world’s largest green bond fund and is promoting green bonds, low carbon and aqua strategies, as well as real assets linked to renewable energy and energy efficiency production.

Before joining Amundi, Vanessa was a Managing Director and Asia Pacific Head of Pensions in Citigroup since 2010, working across various Citi Markets and Securities Services teams to advance pension fund investments and solutions. She was one of the 50 Citi Women selected globally for the Women Leading Citi programme in 2014-2015. Before joining Citi, she was a Partner and Asia Head of the Retirement, Risk and Finance business in Mercer.

Vanessa was elected as a Chairwoman of the Hong Kong Retirement Schemes Association in 2017-2018. She currently services as a Director and EXCO member of the Association.

Albert Wong

Albert Wong

Public Sector Consulting Director
PwC

Albert Wong is Public Sector Consulting Director at PwC. He has more than 20 years of consulting experience, serving a wide range of local and international clients in both the public and private sector, covering areas such as innovation and technology, health and welfare, education and media and communication. He has extensive experience in policy formulation, feasibility study, financial analysis, regulatory and business impact assessment, options evaluation and public private partnership. 
He directed a number of projects with the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation to assess the local innovation ecosystem, entrepreneurship and capabilities. Albert has also been involved in projects related to the delivery of social services and pay-for-success initiatives. 
Albert holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and was elected a Junior Research Fellowship of Wolfson College, Cambridge. 

Stephen Wong

Stephen Wong

Deputy Executive Director and Head of Public Policy Institute
Our Hong Kong Foundation

Stephen Wong is Deputy Executive Director and Head of Public Policy Institute at Our Hong Kong Foundation. He is also Chairman of the Clean Air Network, Vice Chairman of the Admissions, Budgets & Allocations Committee and Investment Sub-Committee Member of the Community Chest of Hong Kong, Executive Committee Member and Chairman of the Advisory Committee of Social Enterprise and Innovation Platform of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, and Vice President of the Hong Kong Green Finance Association. 

Previously, Stephen worked for a number of global financial institutions, including as an Executive Director at UBS (London) and a Managing Director at RBS. He has held advisory roles appointed by the Hong Kong government, including Board Member of the Financial Services Development Council, Member of Task Force on Land Supply, Sub-committee Co-opt Member of the Sustainable Development Council and Co-opted Member of Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Development Fund Task Force of Commission on Poverty.

Stephen is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Hong Kong University SPACE for the Institute for China Business. He has a BA in Economics from the University of Chicago, Phi Beta Kappa, and an MA in East Asian Studies (Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies) from Yale University.

Christine Yu

Christine Yu

Founder and Managing Partner
Lapidary

Christine Yu is Founder and Managing Partner of Lapidary, a venture focused on impact investments in south-east Asia (Philippines, Thailand and Myanmar) and select Hong Kong opportunities. Lapidary both invests in and incubates early to mid-stage, for-profit and mission-focused companies across a wide spectrum of social and environmental impact mandates, with a key area of focus the consumer sector, particularly within sustainable fashion.

Before founding Lapidary, Christine spent much of her career in the institutional capital markets, in various corporate debt sales roles for HSBC in both Hong Kong and New York. At HSBC, she witnessed the rise of the Asian debt markets in G3, offshore RMB and local Asia currencies, as well as the first Asia G3 currency green bond. Before her credit sales career, she worked for two start-ups.

Christine is also an active angel investor and leads the Hong Kong chapter of AngelVest, a Greater China-focused angel investing group with a network of angels across the region. An advocate for developing women leaders in Hong Kong, she currently serves on the Advisory Committee for the Mentoring Program of The Women’s Foundation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Chicago, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Shouqing  Zhu

Shouqing Zhu

Chief Technical Advisor, SDG Financing Initiative
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Shouqing Zhu is Chief Technical Advisor on the SDG Financing Initiative at the United Nations Development Programme. He organises the advisory and technical committees on SDG financing and leads the development of the SDG Bonds Standard at the UNDP China office. Before joining UNDP, he was a visiting fellow at Centre for Finance and Development of the PBOC School of Finance, where he co-chaired a multi stakeholder taskforce and developed the Green Investment Principles (GIP) for the Belt and Road.

Shouqing has a long career in capacity building, cross-border investment, sustainable finance and economic development. He has worked with multinational corporations, national governments, multilateral institutions and non-profit organisations in Asia, Europe, Australia and North America. He served on the green finance task forces of the People’s Bank of China and the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), and worked with the APEC Business Advisory Council in recommending policies to APEC leaders on financial liberalisation, investment/trade facilitation, and technological cooperation.  

Shouqing holds an MA in World History from Peking University and an M Phil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge. He also pursued doctoral research in international standards implementation at the University of Melbourne.

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Moderators (5)

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.

Ravi Mattu

Ravi Mattu

Deputy Asia News Editor
Financial Times

Ravi Mattu is the Deputy Asia News editor of the Financial Times, helping to drive the paper's coverage across the region. Since joining the FT in 2000, he has held a number of senior positions at the FT including Tech Editor; Editorial Director of commercial department FT2; Business Life editor, overseeing the management section of the paper; Acting Editor and Deputy Editor of the FT Weekend Magazine; and editor of Special Reports (magazines and websites), during which time he edited a number of titles, including Mastering Management, and launched FT Wealth.

Ravi has interviewed leading CEOs, entrepreneurs and politicians, and is a frequent speaker and conference chair.

Elizabeth Knup

Elizabeth Knup

Director and Representative, China
Ford Foundation

Elizabeth Knup is the Ford Foundation's representative in China, overseeing all grantmaking in the country from Ford's Beijing office. Grantmaking in China focuses on supporting partners to increase equity and fairness for people undergoing urbanisation; supporting the development and internationalisation of China’s social sector, including philanthropy; and supporting research and analysis of China’s role as a world actor.

Elizabeth first moved to China in 1998 to be the American Co-Director of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center after 10 years at the National Committee on US-China Relations. She then spent 11 years in the private sector as president of Pearson Education; Chief Representative, Pearson Group; and Managing Director at Kamsky Associates. She joined the Ford Foundation in 2013.

Elizabeth sits on several not-profit boards, including the Institute for Sustainable Communities and the National Committee on US-China Relations. She has served as a member of the board of numerous Chinese non-profits including the Capacity Building and Assessment Center and the Global Environment Institute. She formerly served on the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing.

Elizabeth has a master’s degree from the University of Michigan's Center for Chinese Studies and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Middlebury College.

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.

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Agenda - 10th Apr

  • 8:15am
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:00am
    Welcoming Remarks
  • 9:05am
    Introduction

    Henny Sender, Chief Correspondent, International Finance, Financial Times

  • 9:10am
    Opening Address

    Durreen Shahnaz, Founder, Impact Investment Exchange (IIX)

  • 9:30am
    Panel Discussion: Mobilising Private Capital for Impact

    Changing the way capital markets think about risk in a systemic way could unleash substantial funding flows from pension funds and other institutional investors. While large institutions, such as Japan’s GPIF, are leading the way, what more could be done to engage institutional investors in shifting funds toward long-term investment strategies that could help address big global social and environmental challenges?

    Helene Li, CEO and Co-Founder, GoImpact Capital Partners
    Michael Barrow, Director General, Private Sector Operations Department, Asian Development Bank
    Lorenzo Bernasconi, Senior Associate Director, The Rockefeller Foundation
    Roy Swan, Director, Mission Investments, Ford Foundation

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

  • 10:10am
    Panel Discussion: Regional Focus

    Impact investment leaders from around the region – from China and Vietnam to Indonesia and India – will talk about the evolution of impact investment in their markets. What lessons and best practices can be learned from the different experiences of those working in these markets?

    Josephine Price, Managing Director and Co-founder, Anthem Asia
    Dondi Hananto, Partner, Patamar Capital
    Shouqing Zhu, Chief Technical Advisor, SDG Financing Initiative, United Nations Development Programme

    Moderator: Ravi Mattu, Deputy Asia News Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:50am
    Investment Dialogue

    How a catastrophic bond concept, developed after the Nepal earthquake, could be adapted to structure a financial instrument that would release funds instantaneously after a disaster, helping protect heritage sites across the Himalayan region and beyond.

    Eckart Roth, Chief Risk Officer, Peak Re

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

  • 11:05am
    Networking Break
  • 11:25am
    Keynote Address: How sustainable investing helps achieve financial return and impact objectives

    As investors position their portfolios for the future, the financial relevance of ESG issues is coming into focus. This session will assess what is driving the structural market shift towards sustainable investing and how investors can position themselves to meet both traditional financial return objectives as well as sustainability and impact goals.

    Sandra Carlisle, Head of Responsible Investment, HSBC Global Asset Management

  • 11:45am
    Panel Discussion: Measurement and Evaluation

    Measuring the social and environmental impact of investments is not easy. Yet without robust measurement systems, innovative financing mechanisms cannot attract mainstream investors and take impact investing from talk to action. New systems and technologies are emerging to help investors understand the social and environmental impact of their investments. What more is needed to enable better risk assessments, and to help investors more accurately pick investments that will match their values and goals?

    Wander Meijer, Advisory Board Member,EcoMatcher
    Christine Yu, Managing Partner, Lapidary
    Naina Batra, Chairperson and CEO, AVPN

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

  • 12:25pm
    Lunch
  • 1:30pm
    Panel Discussion: ESG Integration

    As investor’s strategies evolve, they are moving from screening out companies from their portfolios to actively picking stocks because of their positive impact through ESG (environmental, social and governance) or SRI (socially responsible investing). While ESG is well established as a risk management tool, some are starting to see it as a means of increasing positive financial performance. What will it take to advance this agenda?

    Vanessa Wang, Managing Director, Head of Institutional Business, North Asia, Amundi Hong Kong Limited
    Mark Konyn, Group Chief Investment Officer, AIA Group
    Grace Lau, Executive Director (Risk and Compliance); Chief Risk Officer, Exchange Fund Investment Office, Hong Kong Monetary Authority
    Stefen Shin, Senior FI Relationship Officer, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

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

  • 2:10pm
    Panel Discussion: Support for Entrepreneurs

    For impact investing to take root in region, the pipeline of investable entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs needs to expand. This session will look at the forms of support start-ups need, from seed funding to incubation and mentorship, to turn an idea into an enterprise that can work at scale to address social and environmental challenges.

    Albert Wong, Public Sector Consulting Director, PwC
    Christina Tang, Founder, Blue Sky Energy
    Francis Ngai, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Social Ventures Hong Kong
    Rohit Dugar, Founder, Young Master Brewery

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

  • 2:50pm
    Breakout Sessions

    Option A: Impact Investing in China

    As interest in impact investing grows among investors in China, strong themes are emerging. Sustainable finance and investment strategies that follow environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards are gaining momentum. Meanwhile, technological advances and the rise of mobile payments are paving for the way the growth of the microfinance market and increased financial inclusion. This panel will look at the nature of impact investing in China and the strategies that are coming to the fore.

    Bei Duoguang, President, Chinese Academy of Financial Inclusion
    Tzu-Kuan Chiu, Professor of Finance, Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
    Wayne Silby, Founding Chair, Syntao

    Moderator: Elizabeth Knup, Director and Representative, China, Ford Foundation

    Option B: Gender Lens Investing

    For gender lens investors, the prism through which they assess potential investments is how those businesses advance or support women and girls. And it is a type of investing that has been growing rapidly in recent years. From companies promoting women as senior executives to those providing services to women girls in developing countries, what are the opportunities for investors to promote gender equality?

    Mari Kogiso, Director, Gender Innovation and Investment Division, The Saskawa Peace Foundation
    Sally Tong, Managing Director, Dreams Matter Ventures
    Marcel Neutel, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Capital 4 Development (C4D) Partners

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

  • 3:40pm
    Networking Break
  • 4:00pm
    Panel Discussion: Financing Climate Action

    The capital markets can play a key role in promoting everything from renewable energy to carbon capture and storage. Whether through green bonds or debt instruments designed to raise commercial institutional capital for environmental conservation, many argue that the funds generated by these mechanisms could unleash billions of dollars to fund measures that protect the planet from climate change mitigation to forest conservation and biodiversity preservation.

    Stephen Wong, Deputy Executive Director and Head of Public Policy Institute, Our Hong Kong Foundation
    Debra Tan, Director, China Water Risk
    Alexandra Boakes Tracy, President and Founder, Hoi Ping Ventures 
    Jean-Marc Champagne, Head of Environmental Finance, WWF-Hong Kong

    Moderator: Ravi Mattu, Deputy Asia News Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:40pm
    Keynote Presentation

    John Wood, Founder, Room to Read

  • 5:00pm
    Closing Remarks
  • 5:10pm
    Cocktail Reception

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.
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Who Attends?

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

  • For-profit and non-profit impact investors (CEO, Managing Partner, Principal, Director, Board Member)
  • Social entrepreneurs
  • Pension Funds, sovereign wealth funds, life insurance companies and other institutional investors (CEO, CIO, Director of Investments, Head of Responsible Investment)
  • Government agencies, development finance institutions and multilateral organisations
  • Single-Family and Multi-Family Offices (CEO, CIO, Director of Investment Research)

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

A limited number of paying tickets are available for senior representatives from the following sectors:

  • Wealth Management firms and Private banks
  • Asset Management firms
  • Private Equity firms
  • Investment banks
  • Lawyers and Management consultants
  • Rating agencies

To purchase tickets, please click here. 

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Financial Times Live (FT Live) is the global conferences and events division of the Financial Times Group. Chaired by senior journalists from the Financial Times Group, the summits, conferences, awards and strategic forums organised by FT Live gather the world’s brightest minds and most influential decision-makers.

Exclusive on-stage interviews, stimulating presentations and lively panel debates – available on multiple content platforms – provide the cutting-edge insights, unique personalities and peer audience engagement that have the power to transform finance, business, politics, society and culture.

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. In 2016 the FT passed a significant milestone in its digital transformation as digital and services revenues overtook print revenues for the first time. The FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of more than 910,000 and makes 60% of revenues from its journalism.

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)

Bridging the great divide between the talk and action, accelerating the Sustainable Development agenda from intention to implementation – GoImpact means Impact made easy and actionable.  

We are an ecosystem developed to connect the dots and provide action enablers built around 3 key pillars – GoLearn (education); GoNetwork  (structured advocacy); GoInvest (deal flow platform for sustainable investments).  Through our partners network with online-to-offline initiatives, we connect investors with deals relevant to their interests and provide learning opportunities to drive real change by example for everyone who is keen to understand more about the Sustainable Finance agenda.

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About HSBC Global Asset Management

HSBC Global Asset Management is a truly global organisation, with expertise and a local presence in 26countries and territories around the world, and specialist expertise in growth markets. Our purpose is to connect the developed and developing world to unlock sustainable  investment opportunities for individual and institutional investors, using our international expertise in equities, fixed income, multi-asset, liquidity
and alternatives. We manage assets of more than USD455.2 billion2 (at 31 December 2018) through active, passive, factor and smart beta strategies. Our investment process is characterised by structure and discipline, implemented with skill by empowered and accountable teams of portfolio managers and analysts. We have embedded risk management at the heart of our approach and, as we aim to achieve sustainable solutions for investors, we have fully integrated responsible investment within our investment culture and process. Through a long-term commitment to our clients, we deliver solutions to support their financial ambitions.

1. Source: HSBC Global Asset Management as at 31 December 2018
2. Assets under management totaling USD455.2 billion as at 31 December 2018. Any differences are due to rounding.

Impact Partner (1)

The Rockefeller Foundation advances new frontiers of science, data, policy and innovation to solve global challenges related to health, food, power and economic mobility. As a science-driven philanthropy focused on building collaborative relationships with partners and grantees, The Rockefeller Foundation seeks to inspire and foster large-scale human impact that promotes the well-being of humanity throughout the world by identifying and accelerating breakthrough solutions, ideas and conversations. 

Silver Sponsors (2)

Amundi is Europe’s largest asset manager by assets under management and ranks in the top 10 globally. It manages 1.425 trillion euros of assets across six main investment hubs . Amundi offers its clients in Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and the Americas a wealth of market expertise and a full range of capabilities across the active, passive and real assets investment universes. Clients also have access to a complete set of services and tools. Headquartered in Paris, Amundi was listed in November 2015.

Thanks to its unique research capabilities and the skills of close to 4,500 team members and market experts based in 37 countries, Amundi provides retail, institutional and corporate clients with innovative investment strategies and solutions tailored to their needs, targeted outcomes and risk profiles.

PwC - Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau

PwC China, Hong Kong and Macau work together on a collaborative basis, subject to local applicable laws. Collectively, we have over 600 partners and over 17,000 people in total.

We provide organisations with the professional service they need, wherever they may be located. Our highly qualified, experienced professionals listen to different points of view to help organisations solve their business issues and identify and maximise the opportunities they seek. Our industry specialisation allows us to help co-create solutions with our clients for their sector of interest.

We are located in these cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Shenyang, Tianjin, Dalian, Jinan, Qingdao, Zhengzhou, Xi'an, Nanjing, Hefei, Suzhou, Wuhan, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Chongqing, Changsha, Kunming, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Macau, Haikou.

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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 (6)

Asia Value Advisors is a Hong Kong-based philanthropic capital advisory firm. We provide bespoke solutions to inspire thoughtful philanthropy and catalyze the purposeful use of capital towards a more inclusive and sustainable future. 

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. 

AVPN will be holding its 7th annual Conference on 25th – 28 June 2019 at Suntec Singapore, the largest gathering of social investors in Asia. With a diverse group of funders and resource providers from across the globe, our goal is to ensure social investors are best equipped to address key social challenges facing Asia today and in the future. View our agenda.

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China SIF, established in Beijing in 2012, is a non-profit organization that aims to promote the concept of responsible investment, to encourage green finance and to facilitate sustainable development of China’s capital market. Since the establishment, China SIF has invited domestic and foreign experts to share their research results, working experience and cases in over dozens of online and offline theme events. We have also invited professional guest speakers, including practitioners, researchers, investors, financial institutions, listed companies and media to join our discussion.

Hong Kong Green Finance Association creates a platform that offers channels and opportunities to facilitate the development of green finance in Hong Kong. It aims to mobilize private sector resources and talents to assist the government in developing green finance policies and to promote green finance business and product innovation within financial institutions. A specific goal of the Association is to provide greater access and opportunities for Hong Kong’s financial institutions to participate in green financing transactions locally, in Mainland China and in markets along the Belt & Road. This will serve to position Hong Kong as a leading international green finance hub, in line with the global trend of implementing the UN sustainable development goals, and the Paris Agreement. Currently, the Association has members of 100 financial institutions, environmentally-friendly organizations, service providers and other key stakeholders. 

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.'

The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) works with its international network of signatories to put the six Principles for Responsible Investment into practice. Its goals are to understand the investment implications of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and to support signatories in integrating these issues into investment and ownership decisions. The PRI acts in the long-term interests of its signatories, of the financial markets and economies in which they operate and ultimately of the environment and society as a whole.

The six Principles for Responsible Investment are a voluntary and aspirational set of investment principles that offer a menu of possible actions for incorporating ESG issues into investment practice. The Principles were developed by investors, for investors. In implementing them, signatories contribute to developing a more sustainable global financial system.

Venue

Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
8 Finance Street, Central

Hong Kong

Tel: +852 3196 8888

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