Philanthropy Asia Summit 2023

Theme: Partnerships for Action

15 – 18 April 2024

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore | Sands Expo & Convention Centre

All times shown are in Singapore time (GMT +8). You may convert the time here.

(Information is correct as at 1 April 2024)

15 April 2024, Monday

13:30 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:05

  • Lim Seok Hui, CEO, Philanthropy Asia Alliance

14:05 - 14:15

Opening Remarks
  • Lim Boon Heng, Chairman, Philanthropy Asia Alliance; Chairman, Temasek Holdings
  • (Delivered by Desmond Kuek, Executive Director & CEO, Temasek Trust Board Director, Philanthropy Asia Alliance)

14:15 - 14:20

Impact in Action: Solution Showcase Video

14:20 - 14:50

Fireside Chat
  • The Rt Hon Tony Blair, Executive Chairman, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change and Former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Steven Chia, Senior Editor/Presenter, CNA

14:50 - 15:00

Co-Axis Launch / Amplifier Announcement
  • Dawn Chan, Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Impact Investing and Practices (CIIP)

15:00 - 15:05

Impact in Action: Solution Showcase Video

15:05 - 15:20

  • Dr Regina E. Dugan, President and CEO, Wellcome Leap

15:20 - 15:25

Impact in Action: Solution Showcase Video

15:25 - 15:40

  • Solina Chau, Co-Founder, Horizons Ventures; Director, Li Ka Shing Foundation 

15:40 - 16:00

Networking Tea Break​​

16:00 - 16:40

Frontier Philanthropy: Positive Climate Action and Innovation

Trillions of dollars in annual financing are needed to reach net-zero and for the planet to transition to an inclusive climate-and-nature positive future by 2050. COP28 has seen the realisation of past commitments on climate finance and continues to drive momentum to deploy capital at scale. Funders should continue to capitalise on this significant opportunity to accelerate our progress and make systemic shifts to tackle the urgent challenges facing our planet. This session will spotlight opportunities for public, private, and philanthropic stakeholders to accelerate and scale positive climate action through innovative mechanisms for multi-sector collaboration, catalytic financing, and capability-building.

  • Solina Chau, Co-Founder, Horizons Ventures; Director, Li Ka Shing Foundation 
  • Leiming Chen, Chief Sustainability Officer, Ant International and Senior Vice President, Ant Group
  • Iqbal Dhaliwal, Global Executive Director, The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab
  • Elizabeth Yee, Executive Vice President of Program Strategy, The Rockefeller Foundation

  • Neo Gim Huay, Managing Director, Centre for Nature & Climate, World Economic Forum 

16:40 - 16:45

WMI / ACC Announcement​​
  • Foo Mee Har, CEO, Wealth Management Institute

16:45 - 16:50

Impact in Action: Solution Showcase Video

16:50 - 17:30

Making the Impossible Possible: Transforming Health and Education through Philanthropy​​

Amid different global challenges, ranging from healthcare disparities to a lack of access to quality education, the urgency for innovative and holistic solutions to meet the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 has never been more pronounced. Achieving audacious positive impact is undeniably complex. Yet, history has shown that catalytic societal breakthroughs are possible and can significantly alter our common trajectory. The imperative lies in philanthropy embracing a paradigm shift by supporting interventions that address root causes, foster collaborations, and commit to systems thinking for a brighter future.

This session will dive into initiatives driving impactful social change in Asia, real-world examples of systems thinking in action, and explore how leaders are making big, bold philanthropic investments in health and education.

  • Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Chairman, Ayala Corporation
  • Børge Brende, President, World Economic Forum; Board Member, Philanthropy Asia Alliance
  • Ashish Dhawan, Founder-CEO, The Convergence Foundation; Board of Trustees, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Dr Regina E. Dugan, President and CEO, Wellcome Leap
  • Dr Zhang Ya-Qin, Chair Professor and Dean of Institute for AI Industry Research (AIR), Tsinghua University; Board Member, Philanthropy Asia Alliance

  • Jaime Ho, Editor, The Straits Times

17:30 onwards

End of Plenary

16 April 2024, Tuesday

14:00 - 17:30

Concurrent Partner Events:
  • Session 1: A Conversation on the Climate and Health Nexus  
    • Anchored by World Economic Forum
  • Session 2: Driving Action Towards a Climate-positive World 
    • Anchored by Southeast Asia Climate and Nature-based Solutions (SCeNe) Coalition and Philanthropy Asia Alliance;
    • Supported by Conservation International, Jollibee Group Foundation, Sinar Mas and The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab
  • Session 3: Shaping the Future of Education for Children in Asia Pacific to Succeed in a Fast-moving World 
    • Anchored by UNICEF and Asia Philanthropy Circle

17 April 2024, Wednesday

14:00 - 17:30

Concurrent Partner Events:
  • Session 1: The Power of Health Innovation: Future-proofing Infectious Disease Management
    • Anchored by Wellcome Trust;
    • Supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Novo Nordisk Foundation
  • Session 2: Blended Finance for the Low Carbon Transition 
    • Anchored by Clime Capital
  • Session 3: Insights to Impact - Shaping Tomorrow's Solutions with Strategic Philanthropy in Asia
    • Anchored by Wealth Management Institute

18 April 2024, Thursday

10:00 - 11:30

Impact Journey (AM): Sembcorp Tengeh Floating Solar Farm

Embark on a solar-powered boat tour around one of the world’s largest inland floating solar PV systems – the Sembcorp Tengeh Floating Solar Farm. With over 122,000 floating solar panels spanning 45 hectares, this 60MWp solar farm is a significant stride towards quadrupling the nation’s solar energy deployment by 2025. Learn how PUB, Singapore's National Water Agency, leverages solar energy to produce each drop of clean tap water sustainably, making Singapore one of the few countries in the world to have a 100 per cent green waterworks system.

The electricity generated from the solar farm can power about 16,000 four-room HDB flats, equivalent to reducing carbon emissions by about 32 kilotonnes a year or taking 7,000 cars off the roads. The Sembcorp Tengeh Floating Solar Farm was also carefully designed to minimise impact on the reservoir’s water quality, flora and fauna. This immersive experience promises unparalleled insights into the harmonious blend of innovation and environmental responsibility.

16:00 - 20:00

Impact Journey (PM): OceanXplorer

Join us for learning sessions and an evening reception on board the OceanXplorer.

OceanX, an initiative founded by Ray Dalio and Mark Dalio, is combining science, technology, education, and media to explore and raise awareness for our oceans. OceanXplorer is a working research vessel operated by OceanX that houses the most advanced equipment and technology for ocean exploration. State-of-the-art labs enable scientific analysis at sea, and Hollywood-quality media production studio and set design let OceanX tell the ocean’s story to the world. This learning session will introduce audiences to ocean science innovations and ocean conservation trends as OceanX begins a multi-year focus on Southeast Asia. Join leaders across philanthropy, science, government, and business to consider how creative partnerships can transform our approach to ocean challenges in the coming decades.

Panel 1: Impact Generation Panel

This session aims to spotlight how the Impact Generation (iGen) is taking the lead in identifying the philanthropic trends shaping the future and paving the way forward. Speakers will delve into the interconnected areas of climate, health, and education, and the urgent actions needed for humanity to thrive. Gain insights on the innovative strategies and bold initiatives by the iGen to foster philanthropy in their organisations, and what they have done to inspire and mobilise collective action to tackle the urgent challenges confronting us all.

  • Ong Tze Boon, Founder, GoFlow; Chairman, Ong & Ong Pte Ltd
  • Quek Sue Yian, Executive Director, Hong Leong Foundation
  • Cherie Nursalim, Vice Chairman, GITI Group

  • Robert Rosen, Director, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Panel 2 : Oceans Science & Innovation in SEA

This panel will focus on oceans as a vital ecosystem in sustaining life onearth. Centering on Asia, the panel will highlight how science and exploration builds our connectivity and appreciation to the importance of oceans and its related marine and coastal ecosystems. By doing so, the panel will explore transformative solutions to better protect and conserve ocean biodiversity through education and career aspirations.

  • Hannah Jones, CEO, The Earthshot Prize
  • Dr Vincent Pieribone, Co-CEO, OceanX
  • Chavalit Frederick Tsao, Chairman, Tsao Pao Chee (TPC)
  • A/Prof Huang Danwei, Deputy Head, Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, NUS

  • Jennifer Lewis, Lead for Advocacy & Partnerships, Temasek Trust

Programme, speakers and partner events details are subject to changes.