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AVPN and The Rockefeller Foundation Launch the Asian Impact Leaders Network

Bringing Together Government, Private and NGO Sectors to Drive Systemic Change
  • The world cannot achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals without Asian voices taking centre stage
  • AILN brings Asian experience to the forefront to address biggest challenges facing the region
  • AILN will have a network of leaders to build a more sustainable, just and equitable future

Singapore | June 21st, 2022 — AVPN, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, launched The Asian Impact Leaders Network (AILN) to bring together Asian leaders from government, private sector actors and NGOs to use their influence, knowledge and capital to drive Asian nations faster and further towards achieving their SDG goals. Building on the core strength of AVPN’s experience as the world’s largest network of Social Investors in Asia, the AILN will convene and connect leaders from across the region and provide a platform for them to act collectively to maximize their impact.

With the pandemic putting Asia further behind on its commitments, AVPN recognizes that there is no hope of reaching the SDG goals unless the government and private sector work together to amplify individual efforts, share best practices and cascade the latest ideas to achieve systemic change and to turn the tide towards SDG progress.

“If we really want to see change and impact, we have to work across private, government, and NGO sectors to solve Asian issues,” said Naina Batra, CEO of AVPN. “The Asian Impact Leaders Network will bring Asian voices together to collaborate, co-invest and co-create Asian models to address the biggest challenges facing our region.”

Each of the members is a high-profile leader with deep knowledge of the greatest issues facing the region, and the contacts and connections to make things happen.

Some of the leaders involved in the network include Dr. Arunabha Ghosh, Climate Expert and CEO of Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) in India; Rupa Chanda, Director, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, UNESCAP in Thailand; Chea Serey, Assistant Governor and Director General, Central Banking of the National Bank of Cambodia; and Ng Boon Heong, CEO of Temasek Foundation in Singapore.

The network will focus on the core areas of sustainable finance; youth livelihoods; climate/energy; and private sector innovation.

Deepali Khanna, Vice President, Asia, The Rockefeller Foundation said: “The G20 is a rare, opportune moment to bring together impactful leaders from Asia. We see our role as using catalytic philanthropic capital and leveraging the power of partnerships to help create the Asian Impact Leaders Network as a platform where people have the opportunity to collaborate on bold and big for Asia.”

With the G20 taking place in Bali in 2022 and India in 2023, there is a global recognition that without Asia achieving its SDG goals, the whole world will fall behind. 63% of the world’s population and 42% of the world’s wealth is in Asia, so it’s time for Asian leaders to take a more active role in social investment.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, AVPN has identified some of the most powerful leaders in Asia who have proven expertise in addressing social issues. As a collective, these champions of change will be able to have even greater impact.

For a full list of the Asian Impact Leaders visit:

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Communications Lead, AVPN
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Press Relations, AVPN
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