AVPN Virtual Conference 2020

The Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) conference has become known for highly relevant and practical learning opportunities as well as unmatched networking amongst the social investment community in Asia. This year, Standard Chartered Private Bank is proud to be the only banking sponsor for the Impact Investing Day on 12 June 2020.

8 - 12 June 2020

Standard Chartered Private Bank is proud to be the Knowledge Partner for the Impact Investing Day on 12 June 2020.

Despite the challenges of having a physical event, the new format made space for learning and connection by harnessing technology to bring the conference to our community virtually. This opportunity allowed us to extend our reach and create dialogues with like-minded members interested in philanthropic endeavours around the world.

This year, there were more than 5,000 registered attendees and the viewership continues to grow with the recordings made available on demand.

Event Highlights

José Viñals Keynote Interview

José talked about the need to drive finance towards a new economic model which has been reinforced by Covid-19. As a bank, we have focused on our people, clients and communities, and ensuring continued resilience and agility. While banks were part of the problem in the 2008 financial crisis, this time he sees banks as part of the solution. Standard Chartered has put USD1 billion towards frontline sectors and also created a fund of USD50 million towards those most hit by the pandemic.

Cooperation and collaboration are more important than ever before. Putting aside competition for the betterment of communities and leveraging networks that have the ability to share knowledge and platforms to build bridges.

José shared that SMEs will require a differentiated approach where banks play an integral role in financing this group in the post-COVID world as they need to be supported.

Read José's blog here.

José Viñals Keynote Interview

Speakers:
- José Viñals, Group Chairperson, Standard Chartered Bank
- Naina Batra, Chairperson & CEO, AVPN

José Viñals Keynote Interview

Speakers:
- José Viñals, Group Chairperson, Standard Chartered Bank
- Naina Batra, Chairperson & CEO, AVPN

AVPN 2020 Session:
Maximising Social Impact within Family Offices

In recent years there has been a significant shift towards impact and ESG. The main drivers have been attractive returns, sustainability threats, regulatory pressures, and investor/consumer demand. With the COVID-19 crisis, there has been a magnification of this trend with an increase in funding towards the UN goals for developing markets.

The panelists believed that blended finance coming from different sectors was critical to meet the capital needed for the SDGs (2.5T annually). This collaboration will also allow for combining expertise, which can create higher impact while minimising risks.

Panelists touted sustainability and technology as continuing trends to look forward to. Today 1 out of every 4USD has some element of ESG or sustainable finance component and this is likely to increase. Meanwhile, the panelists felt that technology would be one of the driving forces allowing for more far reaching impact as it allows for more accessibility than ever before.

AVPN 2020 Session: Maximising Social Impact within Family Offices:

Moderated by Vic Malik, Global of Head Strategic Solutions & Investment Advisory, Standard Chartered Private Bank

Speakers:
-  Tony Yeung, CEO, Peterson Holdings Company Limited
-  Hui Hsing Ma, Co-founder, Blue7 Pte Ltd

AVPN 2020 Session: Maximising Social Impact within Family Offices:

Moderated by Vic Malik, Global of Head Strategic Solutions & Investment Advisory, Standard Chartered Private Bank

Speakers:
-  Tony Yeung, CEO, Peterson Holdings Company Limited
-  Hui Hsing Ma, Co-founder, Blue7 Pte Ltd

AVPN 2020 Panel:
Driving Sustainable Finance towards a New Economic Model

This session highlighted that many see conventional investing and social impact on different poles but in fact asset owners should consider aligning their full portfolio with their values, leveraging various asset classes to achieve different goals. On one side of this spectrum there is conventional public securities using ESG-integration, then there are impact funds that can offer deeper impact with still competitive risk-adjusted returns, and on the other end of the spectrum there is concessionary capital for social enterprises or more impact-first funds and finally philanthropy which of course would focus only on impact returns with no financial return expected.

Panelists discussed tips for family offices starting out in impact investing which included setting clear goals and expectations and identifying where to invest based on where the principles have expertise and can contribute beyond financial capital. The advice was to start small but eventually build out a portfolio of investees and to engage partners and learn from friends. The session also discussed looking at one’s own business operations to make these sustainable too, not just demand this of investees.

With responsible investing, the investment evaluation criteria are largely the same as with conventional investing. Looking for a passion, credibility and grit of the enterprise’s management team tops the list and assessment of the financials with corresponding due diligence remains critical as well.

AVPN 2020 Panel: Driving Sustainable Finance towards a New Economic Model

Moderated by Harvey Koh, Managing Director FSG

Speakers:
-  Daniel Hanna, Global Head of Sustainable Finance, Standard Chartered Bank
-  Jean-Philippe de Schrevel, Founder and Managing Partner, Bamboo Capital Partners
-  Alix Burrell, Principal Investment Specialist, Asian Development Bank

AVPN 2020 Panel: Driving Sustainable Finance towards a New Economic Model

Moderated by Harvey Koh, Managing Director FSG

Speakers:
-  Daniel Hanna, Global Head of Sustainable Finance, Standard Chartered Bank
-  Jean-Philippe de Schrevel, Founder and Managing Partner, Bamboo Capital Partners
-  Alix Burrell, Principal Investment Specialist, Asian Development Bank

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