As social investment network AVPN turns 10, its first Asian boss explains how she's translating the foreign concept of venture philanthropy, why the “cloak of joint decision-making” is so powerful – and why she was an unlikely candidate for CEO.
New research collates evidence from seven countries and territories in South East Asia. It reveals that a diverse range of social enterprises are trading across all sectors of economy and that women and young people are taking the lead.
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Has the UK lost its leadership position on impact investing? Does it actually matter? If the new Impact Investing Institute is to retake the lead for the UK, it will first need to establish the direction it wants to lead in, points out our columnist.
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