What a month!
The sizzling weeks have whirled by, starting off with the inaugural FT Investing for Good event in HK at the beginning of the month, and wrapping up with the China Social Enterprise and Investment Forum in Shenzhen tomorrow.
In this month's newsletter I have some exciting news to share, and will follow with some observations from the events:
Welcoming Eugenia to OurConservatory
It is our honour to welcome Eugenia onboard as an Advisor to our humble startup.
Before she moved into the social sector in 2015, Eugenia was a senior executive in Business Advisory Services, and in the past 2 years she has amassed a powerful network as well as hands-on experience through her work with multiple NGOs.
In this capacity, she has gained invaluable insights into the pain points and development needs within the space. She also has an acute understanding of the power, as well as limits, of applying business principles in the sector.
We are grateful to receive Eugenia's support and guidance as we continue to grow.
OurConservatory is growing.
We are looking for an intern, with a potential to transition into a full-time position based on performance. If you are interested or have someone to recommend, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updates this month:
The heavy networking schedule this month has brought me, time and time again, into discussions about the state of social enterprises (especially those in HK). In this blog post, I share some basic thoughts & observations - as well as how I hope to help.
It was so interesting to hear from Ma Weihua on the development of impact investing in Chinaat the FT conference this month. By the sounds of it, he basically went on a fact-finding tour in the US in July 2017 and swiftly catalysed a forum in 4Q, resulting in the Futian district government publishing the nation's first report on Social Impact Investment in Dec 2017. Albeit starting from a low base, this just goes to show how much the sector can benefit from cross sector alliances (and having a powerful sponsor).
With the EU leading the charge on a potential plastics ban, can Hong Kong leverage on its excellent infrastructure for a more proactive policy solution?
A happy deal for the sector with the announcement of Sow Asia's investment into Happy Retired! This is a noteworthy development precisely because Happy Retired is not a trendy, snazzy tech-driven startup - over the past 4 years, they have provided a hands-on service to engage middle aged citizens through activities, community knowledge share and volunteer opportunities to prepare them for active retirement. Encouraging news :)
I am truly grateful for the continued support from everyone I have met in the industry, as well as my ever-present friends & family!
I am looking forward to June, which brings me to Singapore for the annual AVPN conference - the largest philanthropy conference in Asia - as well as London to meet old friends & new!
Enjoy the sunshine!