High Impact Webinar Series High impact philanthropy
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 | 10:00am (Singapore/Hong Kong time)
The inaugural episode of our High Impact Webinar Series focused on High Impact Philanthropy and showcased real-life stories of how an individual donor sets into motion a High Impact cycle, involving traditional philanthropy, venture philanthropy and venture capital. The webinar also featured a successful case study on leveraging technology to disrupt the way aid is delivered to end-beneficiaries.
The session was moderated by Ms. Dawn Tan, Vice President, Philanthropy Advisory, Credit Suisse who spoke to three passionate individuals about their high impact investing and philanthropy journeys. Ms. Cherie Nursalim shared her experience as a philanthropist who, through traditional philanthropy, supported the foundation of award-winning tech startup, Duithape. Joining her was Ms. Sara Dhewanto, the founder of Duithape, a mobile payments platform that reaches out to unbanked Indonesians through digital aid distribution. The third speaker was Ms. Virginia Tan, founder of She Loves Tech, a non-profit organization that runs the world’s largest startup competition for women and technology, as well as founding partner of Teja Ventures, the first pan-Asian venture capital fund committed to investing with a gender lens.
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About the speakers
Ms. Cherie Nursalim
Founder of United in Diversity Foundation and Board Member of She Loves Tech
Cherie Nursalim is Vice Chairman of Giti Group, a diversified group with real estate development, manufacturing and consumer lifestyle presence partnering with the world’s renowned brands throughout the Asia Pacific region. She is also a special advisor in the government of the Republic of Indonesia.
Cherie is Vice Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). She is a board member of Publicis Groupe, IMAGINE, the Business and Sustainable Development Commission Global Blended Finance Taskforce, and Partnering for Green Growth (P4G).
She chairs the Southeast Asia Chapter of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and the Tsinghua University Southeast Asia Center, both to be based in Kura Kura Bali. Ms Nursalim has championed the United in Diversity Foundation and Tri Hita Karana Forum with global partners.
Cherie serves on the Asia and International Advisory Boards for MIT Sloan School of Management and Columbia University respectively, and the advisory board of the Research Center for Climate Change for University of Indonesia. She also serves as a board member of the Singapore Science Center, World Green Building Council, Women’s World Banking Southeast Asia Advisory Council, the Global and Asia Philanthropic Circle.
Cherie received her Bachelor in Engineering Science and Economics from Oxford University, her Master in Business Administration from Columbia Business School, and Harvard Kennedy School WEF Young Global Leader alumnus. She earlier worked as a research associate at the Harvard Business School.
Ms. Virginia Tan
Founder of She Loves Tech, Teja Ventures and Lean In China
Virginia Tan is the founding partner of Teja Ventures, the first gender lens VC fund for emerging Asia. As a pioneering thought leader for gender and technology in Asia, she founded She Loves Tech, the world’s largest startup competition for women and technology. Virginia Tan is also the co-founder and former president of Lean In China, one of China’s leading nonprofit platforms for women with over 100,000 members across more than 25 cities and 100 universities in China, which supports the goals and aspirations of Chinese women.
Virginia's background is in law and finance, having worked in Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa and South America for 2 magic circle firms Clifford Chance and Allen and Overy. She specialized in emerging market investments and has covered more than USD 30 billion of transactions in the course of her career. She moved to Beijing in 2013 to work on strategic investments related to the "One Belt One Road" initiative.
Virginia was selected by the Rockefeller Foundation as one of 8 Next Generation Leaders for its Beijing25+ Summit in 2020, named by Fast Company as one of 100 most innovative people in business in China, by Prestige as one of Singapore's 40 under 40 in 2019, and as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum in 2014. Forbes as hailed her as "removing barriers to global womens empowerment and Fast Company has named her "the Hua Mulan of the business world”. Her work has been featured by leading media such as Forbes, Bloomberg, Financial Times, BBC, China Daily, CCTV, Straits Times, VICE etc. She has spoken at some of the world's largest corporations and leading institutions such as Alibaba, Baidu, Bloomberg, Dell, Disney, DSM, General Electric, Google, P&G, HP, Medtronic, Peking University, Tsinghua University, Columbia University, UNICEF, UN Women, World Economic Forum, Milken Institute, etc.
Ms. Sara Dhewanto
Founder & Managing Director, Duithape
Sara Dhewanto is Founder and Managing Director of duithape, a fintech company focusing on e-payments for the unbanked and digital aid distribution. Duithape won first prize at the APEC Global Innovation through Science and Technology Competition in 2019, won Seedstars Best Startup in Indonesia and represented Asia to the Seedstars Global Summit in Switzerland.
Before founding Duithape, Sara was Finance Director at MCA-Indonesia, responsible for managing USD 600 million grant from the US Government to reduce poverty in Indonesia. She had a 10 year career with ExxonMobil, last as Head of Treasurers, and started her career as a management consultant at Booz-Allen & Hamilton.
Sara was top of her MBA class in State University of NY at Buffalo, has a Bachelors from Faculty of Economics University of Indonesia and a Fellowship from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ms. Dawn Tan
Vice President, Philanthropy Advisory, Asia Pacific Private Banking Division, Credit Suisse
Dawn Tan leads the philanthropy advisory team in Credit Suisse’s Private Banking Division in APAC, supporting clients in their charitable giving and long-term plans for social impact.
In her role, Dawn works with individuals, families and corporates to understand their philanthropic aspirations, and helps them to achieve their goals in a structured, sustainable manner. She also advises clients in strategic philanthropy, helping to develop bespoke programs that are aligned with clients’ philanthropic intent and supporting clients in program monitoring and impact assessment.
Through the SymAsia Foundation platform, the philanthropy advisory team supports more than 40 business families and corporations in running their foundations and creating sustainable impact.