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Social Investment in Hong Kong: a Fad or the Future?

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Does impact investing have a future in HK? Will VC turn little by little into more "social-oriented" funds or is it just "social/green washing"?

Garage Academy is teaming up with SoInSoGood and HK+Acumen to bring you this follow-on event to the HK+Acumen Impact Investing Forum 2017 as we continue the conversation with a panel of leaders pioneering social investment in Hong Kong and beyond.


About the Panelists

Philo Alto, Founder/CEO, Asia Value Advisors

Philo Alto ( ) is the CEO of Asia Value Advisors (AVA), a mission-driven philanthropy advisory firm based in Hong Kong that seeks to inform, inspire and engage individuals and organizations to create sustainable impacts. He previously co-authored two publications: “Mind the Gap: Lessons and Findings from EngageHK" and "Adopting the London Principles: Policy Considerations to Grow Impact Investing in Hong Kong".

In 2014, AVA convened a Foundation Philanthropy Roundtable in bringing together leading foundation leaders to explore what’s next in creating sustainable value. Last year, the firm has successfully advised the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust on its program curation for its inaugural Philanthropy for Better Cities forum in September 2016 (www.citiesphilanthropy.com). Over 1,300 delegates and 60 speakers participated in this forum. This flagship forum will be convened again in September 2018.

Philo received his MBA and MPA at Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School. He is a director of the Harvard Club of Hong Kong, director of the Harvard Club of Hong Kong Education Fund, and an officer of the HBS Association of Hong Kong.

About Asia Value Advisors: Asia Value Advisors (AVA) is a leading philanthropy advisory firm that seeks to inform, inspire and engage individuals and organisations to create sustainable impacts. At AVA, we envision a future where sustainability is no longer a nice-to-have aspiration. And instead, a competitive and moral imperative that can be objectively measured and valued across economic, social and environmental dimensions of all organisational and human activities.


Lindy Lek, Executive Director, Social Impact Partners

Lindy worked in investment banking in the Hong Kong and Tokyo offices of Goldman Sachs, in the areas of Corporate Finance, Equity Capital Markets and Equity Derivatives. After leaving as an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs, she turned her attention to the philanthropic sector. While resident in Tokyo, Lindy was co-founder of the Tokyo Circle of Friendship Bridge (www.friendshipbridge.org), fundraising for the non-profit focused on microfinance in Guatemala. She was also a founding Board Member of a bilingual volunteer clearinghouse, Hands On Tokyo (www.handsontokyo.org) in 2006, an affiliate of the Hands On Network Points of Light Foundation. She served as a Board Member of Asia Initiatives (www.asiainitiatives.org), a fundraising organization, in support of M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, focusing on microfinance of sustainable village enterprises in India. Lindy graduated with a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from Brown University. She also has a M.A. in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

About Social Impact Partners: Social Impact Partners (SIP) is a Hong Kong-based venture philanthropy firm. Our mission is to enable sustainable change to systemic social issues. As a financing and strategic partner to growth-stage social purpose organisations, we create tailored solutions that help develop the sustainability and scalability that social purpose organisations (SPOs) (non-profit organizations and social enterprises) need to achieve organizational maturity.


Eric Ng, Managing Director, Happiness Capital

Eric oversees Happiness Capital. He is also a Senior VP at the LKK Health Products Group of which Happiness Capital is a member company. Eric leverages his extensive experience as a global entrepreneur to help startups to create successful businesses that make the world a happier place.

Eric was one of the founders of AGENDA which was the largest and most innovative digital agency network in Asia with a significant presence in China. AGENDA was sold to WPP in 2008, the world’s largest communications services group, and became part of WPPs Wunderman network. Prior to joining LKK Health Products Group in 2014, Eric was the Chief Client Officer of Wunderman Asia Pacific. Eric helped many famous clients such as Disneyland, Johnson & Johnson, Walmart, Colgate, etc. to create innovative digital marketing and online commerce initiatives to drive business results.

In the mid 90’s, Eric co-founded his first startup in the US and UK. This was a software product company that focused on applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) and internet technologies in the insurance and healthcare industries. After it was sold to a large US managed care group, Eric joined Cap Gemini US as their Director of e-Business and advised many Fortune 500 companies on how to leapfrog their competitors with digital transformation.

Prior to his journey as an entrepreneur, Eric was a research scientist at University College London in the late 80’s where he focused on the research of applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) to healthcare as part of a European Union initiative. Eric also spent 4 years teaching computer science at a UK university before he started his first startup in the UK and subsequently moved the company to the US to tap into the bigger US market.

About Happiness Capital: Happiness Capital is a continually expanding, global venture capital enterprise based in Hong Kong. We invest in startups that aim to improve the world’s happiness. We have current investments in startups across the US, China and Hong Kong.


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