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Ending Poverty: A Forum on Innovation Approaches to Asia's Greatest Challenge

September 30, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join Give2Asia for an afternoon exploring the most innovative models for addressing social issues in Asia today. This unique event includes a full lunch and keynote, and three consecutive sessions led by experts working across Asia in partnership with international philanthropists. Seating is limited so be sure to RSVP by September 18.
Session 1: Education & Poverty Reduction
Mr. Ramji Raghavan, Founder & Chairman, Agastya International Foundation
Agastya International is an Indian education trust and non-profit organization based in Bangalore, India that aims to spark curiosity, nurture creativity, and build confidence among economically disadvantaged children and teachers in rural India.
Mr. Peter Mach, Founder, AMA Education Foundation
AMA Education Foundation gives financial support to teachers and prospective teachers in Vietnam, as well as providing them with proper training and development programs. AMA’s goal is to improve the quality of education in Vietnam gradually by inspiring and improving one teacher at a time.
Mr. Saeed Malik, Founder, Bright Star Mobile Library
Bright Star Mobile Library is an organization based in Pakistan that helps develop strong reading habits for children in their most formative years through an interactive library experience. Their program, modeled after the San Francisco Public Library’s mobile library program, aims to teach children to value books and strive for success in school.
Session 2: Locally-Led Disaster Preparedness & Recovery
Ms. Marge de la Cruz, Executive Director, Guiuan Development Foundation, Inc. (GDFI)
GDFI is a Filipino non-profit organization based in Guiuan, Eastern Samar whose mission is to address the unchecked degradation of marine resources in absence of social and financial support, helping build greater community resilience in a disaster prone region of the Philippines.
Mr. Isaac Bekalo, President, International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) (Invited)
IIRR is an international development, research and training organization with over 80 years of grassroots experience working in people-centered, sustainable development in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, with a headquarters in the Philippines to better facilitate south-south learning exchange.
Session 3: Social Impact Investing in China
Mr. Liu Wenkui, Secretary General, China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation
China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) is a non-governmental organization committed to poverty alleviation in China by helping the poor, delivering benevolences, and upholding harmonious social development.
Ms. Wang Ping, Chairperson & Secretary General, YouChange Foundation
The YouChange Foundation (China Social Entrepreneur Foundation) is an innovative private foundation funded by entrepreneurs from the Chinese mainland, Taiwan, and Hong Kong to catalyze philanthropy in China to support development and social innovation.
Mr. Xu Yongguang, Chairman, Narada Foundation
Narada Foundation strives to improve civil society and to promote and develop the philanthropic sector in China by supporting nonprofit programs, cultivating philanthropic leadership in young adults, as well as funding migrant children education and disaster relief programs.
Mr. Zhang Hongyan, Founder & CEO, Venture Avenue
Venture Avenue aims to empower the development of a more effective and efficient philanthropy sector in China, through capability enhancement, effective use of funding, and social impact tracking and evaluation for social ventures, NGOs, and their investors.


September 30, 2015
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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275 Battery St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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