The format of Talking Philanthropy, fosters problem-solving and encourages innovation and creative ideas. Speakers and attendees identify challenges and discuss solutions through talks, panels, and Q&A sessions. Talking Philanthropy provides an opportunity for participants to take time to think beyond the day-to-day of their work, reflect on the sector and how it impacts the world.

Our theme for 2021 is “Asia Pacific: Supporting a Philanthropic Ecosystem”, we will look at wealth distribution and the dramatic growth of Ultra High Net Worth Individuals (HNWI) in the Asia/Pacific region, the roles of development organisations, NGOs, governments, philanthropists, and the charity sector in nurturing the philanthropic ecosystem.

Talking Philanthropy 2021 will be a multi-regional, hybrid, virtual event, co-hosted jointly by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore and the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, as well as hosting online participants across the world.

Talking Philanthropy Programme - May 14th, 2021

Welcome Message
1.30 PM SGT | 6.30 AM BST

Education Panel

Tsinghua University PBCSF –
The Philanthropy of Chinese Ultra-High-Net-Worth Families

2.45 PM SGT | 7.45 AM BST

Research presentation from the People’s Bank of China School of Finance at Tsinghua University.
Contextualizing current philanthropy trends in China.

Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society –
Doing Good Index 2020

3.15 PM SGT | 8.15 AM BST

Current research into the trends in philanthropy across Asia-Pacific.

Birdlife International Case Study
3.45 PM SGT | 8.45 AM

Case study on the East Asia/Australasia Flyways by BirdLife International

Environment Panel

Centre for Strategic Philanthropy Presentation –
Philanthropy and COVID-19: Is the North-South Power Balance Finally Shifting?

5 PM SGT | 10 AM BST

The establishment of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy, focus on emerging markets in South East Asia, thoughts on the key challenges and opportunities of philanthropy in these markets.

Professor Louise Richardson interview with Kirsty Lang – Philanthropy for Health Research
5.30 PM SGT | 10.30 AM BST

United Nations Foundation Case Study
5.45 PM SGT | 10.45 AM BST

Case study on the Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund by the United Nations Foundation

Health Panel
6 PM SGT | 11 AM BST

Presentation of the Philanthropy Awards
6.45 SGT | 11.45 AM BST

Presented by the previous winner, Geoff Holt MBE, DL and the President & Group CEO of Global Philanthropic, Ben Morton Wright.

Closing Remarks
7 PM SGT | 12 AM BST

Reflections on the day and closing remarks by Talking Philanthropy co-hosts.


Meet the speakers

To secure your complimentary place, register here for the next Talking Philanthropy event, 14th May 2021.
Registration is via the event host, Global Philanthropic.