The format of Talking Philanthropy 2021, fosters problem-solving and encourages innovation and creative ideas. Speakers and attendees identify challenges and discuss solutions through research sharing,  interviews, talks and panels. 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 was “Asia Pacific: Supporting a Philanthropic Ecosystem”, we looked at the 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 was our first 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.

Talking Philanthropy Programme - May 14th, 2021

Welcome Messages

Welcome messages from Kirsty Lang, Talking Philanthropy anchor, the President of NUS, Tan Eng Chye, and the Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University, Stephen Toope.

Opening Address

Ban Ki-moon – 8th Secretary General of the United Nations and Chairman of the Ban Ki-moon Foundation for a Better Future

Education Panel

Patrick Hurworth – Head of International School of Beijing (ISB)
Peter Mathieson – Vice Chancellor Edinburgh University, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong
Daisy Liu – President of the Bin Lin and Daisy Liu Foundation
Kathleen Chew – Programme Director of YTL Foundation, Group Legal Counsel, YLT corporation
Nick Jaffer – CEO of Global Philanthropic Asia-Pacific
Harold Kim – CEO of Neo Risk Investment Advisors, Board of Managers Hong Kong International School

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

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

Jiawei Ye – Lead of Family Business Community at the WEF, Senior Research Fellow PBCSF Tsinghua University
Gao Hao – Director of Global Family Business Research Center, Tsinghua University PBC School of Finance
Lei Xu– Research Fellow, Global Family Business Research Center, PBCSF Tsinghua University
Ruixi Hao – Program Officer, Philanthropic Partnerships, Gates Foundation China

Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society – Doing Good Index 2020

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

Ruth Shapiro – Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society (CAPS)

Interview with Kris Putnam-Walkerly

Global context – Attitudes to philanthropy and the response to Covid-19

Kris Putnam-Walkerly – Author of Delusional Altruism: Why Philanthropists Fail To Achieve Change and What They Can Do To Transform Giving
Ben Morton Wright – Founder & Group CEO, Global Philanthropic

Birdlife International Case Study

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

Environment Panel

Patricia Zurita – CEO BirdLife International
Kavita Prakash-Mani – CEO Mandai Nature Fund Singapore
Laurence Lien – Co-founder and CEO, Asia Philanthropy Circle
Benjamin Cashore – Li Ka Shing Professor in Public Management and Co-Director, Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
Pam Davis – President of Europe, Global Philanthropic

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

Introduction by founding Patron Badr Jaffar, on 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.

Clare Woodcraft – Executive Director, Centre for Strategic Philanthropy
Kamal Munir – Academic Director, Centre for Strategic Philanthropy

Community Jameel Case Study

George Richards – Director of Community Jameel

Professor Louise Richardson interview with Kirsty Lang – Philanthropy for Health Research

Louise Richardson – Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford

United Nations Foundation Case Study

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

Kate Dodson – Vice President, Global Health Strategy, United Nations Foundation
Rajesh Mirchandani – Chief Communications Officer, United Nations Foundation
Robyn Mendez – Vice President, Product Marketing, Tiltify

Health Panel

Narayana Murthy – Founder of Infosys Ltd, Board member United Nations Foundation
Kate Dodson – Vice President for Global Health at the United Nations Foundation
Naina Subberwal Batra – CEO of Asian Venture Philanthropy Network
Kayla Laserson – Deputy Director of Infectious Diseases & Vaccine Delivery, Bill & Melinda Gates India office.
Belinda Tanoto – Board of Trustees, Tanoto Foundation
Melody Song – Consultant, Global Philanthropic

Professor Yap Seng Chong interview with Kirsty Lang – Philanthropy for Health Research

Yap Seng Chong – Dean, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore

Presentation of the Philanthropy Awards

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

Reflections on the day

Iain Rawlinson – Board Director and Chair, Global Philanthropic
Jean Sung – Head of the Philanthropy Centre, Asia, J.P. Morgan Private Bank

Closing Remarks

Ben Morton Wright – Founder & Group CEO Global Philanthropic
Clare Woodcraft – Executive Director Centre for Strategic Philanthropy
Danny Quah – Dean and Li Ka Shing Professor in Economics, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

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