Past Program


The most significant challenges facing society today are complex and interdisciplinary, requiring long-term solutions, collaborations, and bold new ideas. Planetary health and climate change, rapidly advancing technologies, massive demographic shifts, economic inequality and poverty, fast-growing urban communities, and changes to our systems of education and employment necessitate new investments by public and private sector groups working together. As transnational challenges multiply, philanthropy and investment are at an important crossroads.

Philanthropists, impact investors, and social investors are already working with government policymakers, the corporate sector, and civil society groups around the world to better understand how to shift capital flows for radically more effective social impact, developing new approaches to philanthropy that combine innovations and approaches from across sectors and investment models. As innovative social investing approaches continue to emerge, there are new opportunities to understand global trends; enhance cross border, collaborative exchange; and compare philanthropic and impact investing models across disciplines and institutions. 

As an increasing number of foundations move beyond traditional grant making and experiment with innovations in social investing, including social impact bonds, collaborative philanthropy, and impact investment funds, the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network and Salzburg Global Seminar will convene a globally diverse group of foundations and social investors to exchange strategies for addressing global challenges, enhancing collaboration, exploring effective talent management approaches, and offering greater opportunities for investments that offer longer-term and deeper opportunities for impact. The program will include individuals and organizations from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and North America, and will be designed to highlight new approaches to generate impact in line with achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. 

The program – part of the long-running Salzburg Global series on Philanthropy and Social Investment – will combine plenary discussions and small-group workshops to inspire, equip, and enable participants to develop commitments to action, take back practical lessons and toolkits, and apply them to their own organizations.


Brij Bali
Senior Corporate Advisor, Emirates Foundation, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Silke Breimaier
Senior Manager, Board of Management, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Germany
Ada Chirapaisarnkul
Founder and Managing Director, Thai Young Philanthropist Network (TYPN), Thailand
Patricia Chu
Greater China Director, AVPN, Singapore
Dimitry Dikman
Member, Board of Trustees, Rybakov Foundation, USA
Vincent Faber
Executive Director, Trafigura Foundation, France
Ludwig Forrest
Philanthropy Advisor, King Baudouin Foundation, Belgium
Helena Geefay
Talent Development Officer, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Menlo Park, CA, USA
Heather Grady
Vice President, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, USA
Christopher Grygo
Director of Talent Development, Ford Foundation, USA
Nadine Hack
CEO, beCause Global Consulting, Switzerland
Minsu Kim
Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Impact Square, Republic of Korea
Annette Kleinbrod
Advisor for International Cooperation, Association of German Foundations, Germany
Siddhi Lad
Assistant Vice President of CSR and Chief Operating Officer of DHFL Changing Lives Foundation, DHFL, India
Tat Lam
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Shanzhai City, Hong Kong SAR, China
Lina Lim
Managing Director, Tempus Adventus Advisory, Australia
Min Liu
Chairperson, Global Chinese Benevolent Foundation, China
Ruel Maranan
President, Ayala Foundation, Inc., Philippines
Matt Reed
Chief Executive Officer, Aga Khan Foundation, USA
Florencia Roitstein
Founder and Director, ELLAS, Women and Philanthropy, Argentina
Ekaterina Rybakova
Co-founder and President, Rybakov Foundation, Russia
Alyson Sattler
Alyson Sattler, Vice President, Corporate Charitable Giving, Capital Group, USA
Shabnam Sinha
Lead Education Specialist, India, World Bank, India
Ashima Suri
Operations Senior Manager, AVPN, India
Naina Subberwal Batra
Chief Executive Officer, AVPN, Singapore
Silvia Traunwieser
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Economy, University of Salzburg, Austria
Frances Ukabiala
Director, Corporate Services, Centre for Values in Leadership, Lagos, Nigeria
Pat Utomi
Founder and CEO, Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL), Nigeria
Margreet van Doodewaard
Principal Strategist, Hivos, Netherlands
Amitav Virmani
Founder and CEO, The Education Alliance, India
Jason Wang
Managing Partner, Cypress River Advisors, USA
Limei Wang
Council Secretary, Beautiful Gardener Education Foundation, China
Qinghong Wang
Deputy Chief Development Officer and Director of the Global Philanthropy Leaders Program, China Global Philanthropy Institute (CGPI), China
Xiaomeng Wang
Vice Chairman, Jiamusi Public Transport Co., Ltd., China
Zhen Wang
Managing Director, Zhifei Impact Communications Consultancy, China
Clare Woodcraft
Founder and Executive Director, Woodcraft Associates Inc., France
Celine Yvon
Head of Programs, Trafigura Foundation, Switzerland
Jufang Zhang
Chief Executive Officer, Capacity Building and Assessment Centre, Beijing, China
Rui Zhang
Executive Director, CGPI International Philanthropic Innovation Center (CGPI-IPIC), China





The Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) is a membership-based funders’ network committed to building a vibrant and high-impact social investment ecosystem across Asia from philanthropy to impact investing. With 490+ members, AVPN is a platform, advocate and capacity builder working across sectors and borders to catalyze a more strategic and collaborative approach to social investing. Members include foundations and trusts, corporations, impact funds, government agencies, universities and research organizations as well as intermediaries. AVPN’s Annual Conference is the largest gathering of social investors in Asia - engaging a diverse group of stakeholders to address key trends and innovations in Asia. For more information, please visit: