Speakers Biographies | Welcome Note

Chong Juin Kuan, PhD, is the Vice Dean (Research) at the NUS Business School and the Deputy Director for the Centre for Behavioral Economics. He has experience working with companies in various industries and geographical locations. Some companies he worked with in the past include Samsung, The Nielsen Company, IRI, MasterCard, UOB, Comfort Delgro, Perfect World, Vanke, and Huawei.

Professor Chong focuses on modeling individual and strategic choices using experimental and field data. Some of his projects use massive field data to investigate how taxi drivers drive, how credit card cardholders spend, how luxury product consumers buy, and how online gamers get addicted. His other works use experimental data to look at how people choose among different types of risks as individuals and as partners in joint ventures, how they search for the best deal, and how they decide who and what to trust.

Speakers Biographies | Keynote

Fergus Lyon is a Professor of Enterprise and Organisations in the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research, Middlesex University in London and Deputy Director of the ESRC Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP). In this five year research programme, he is leading research on social enterprise forms, alternative investment and impact measurement.

His research interests include social and sustainable enterprises, impact measurement, alternative investment, enterprise support policy, organisational trust and transdisciplinary research practice. Recent funders include the Economic and Social Research Council, UK Government Departments, International Labour Organisation, and a number of charities. He was the social enterprise lead on the £10m Third Sector Research Centre funded over five years by ESRC and Office for Civil Society. Previously he has carried out research in Ghana, Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Bhutan and Nepal. He has been a trustee/director of a number social enterprises related to preschool education, conservation and farming.

Speakers Biographies | Plenary Session

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Alfie Othman has had a successful banking career of over twelve years in the banking sector. Alongside his private sector work, Alfie has devoted significant time to the public sector and civil society. Alfie is also recognized as a Social Enterprise practitioner within Singapore.

At present, Alfie heads the Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise, raiSE.

raiSE, was set up to raise awareness on social entrepreneurship and raise support for social enterprises (SE) in Singapore. raiSE hopes to strengthen the social enterprise sector in Singapore and encourage the growth of social enterprises as a sustainable way to address social needs.

raiSE has gained support from its multiple stakeholders in the Government, community and corporations. In particular, raiSE has secured up to $30million in funds from multiple stakeholders to grow social entrepreneurship over the next 5 years through programme funding, grants and impact investments.

Since 2016, Alfie has been appointed as a Fellow at SIM University, providing advice on Financial Inclusion and the emerging Fin Tech phenomenon.

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Tina Hung earned her Masters in Public Administration and Social Work at Eastern Washington University, USA. She is the Deputy CEO at the National Council of Social Service. She guides NCSS's efforts in research and advocacy, innovation, and membership development services. She also leads NCSS’s efforts for service planning and development to address service gaps for vulnerable and disadvantaged populations, and sets standards for funding.

She serves on national and inter-ministry committees and panels to conduct national reviews, develop masterplans and coordinate national efforts to address social problems, prototype solutions, create new services and improve service delivery.

Ms Hung is Chairman for the VWOs-Charities Capability Fund Scholarship Panel and the Margaret Mary Wearne Trust Fund. She is also the Vice-Chairman for the Social Work Accreditation and Advisory Board.

She is currently a member of the Disability Enabling Masterplan 3 Steering Committee, the Special Needs Trust Company Board, Advisory Panel for Implementation of Compulsory Education and the Data Protection Advisory Committee, among others.

She volunteers as a member of the Board of Visitors for Prisons since 2004. She received the Pioneer Social Worker Award in 2016.

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Ramandeep Sidhu is a passionate advocate of effective philanthropy and firmly believes in the potential of private wealth and businesses to enable sustainable and just societies. She’s Assistant Director –Philanthropy & Partnerships at NVPC - National Volunteer and Philanthropy center in Singapore. She manages NVPC’s Grants programme and is stewarding NVPC’s new Collective Impact initiative –CoLABS.

Prior to moving to Singapore in 2014 , she was part of the Investment team at Impetus-The Private Equity Foundation, a leading venture philanthropy fund in the UK scaling up innovative charities and social enterprises, working to improve the lives of children and young people. Prior to joining Impetus-PEF, Raman worked on business planning and strategy projects with Laura Ashley, a leading home and fashion retailer and with The National Trust for Scotland, a heritage conservation charity.

She hold an MBA from the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen UK and a BA in Commerce and Accounting from Delhi University India. Over her career, she’s held management roles in not-for-profit, financial service and retail sector in the UK and India.

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Martina Mettgenberg Lemière, PhD, is Head of Insights and Capacity Building at AVPN’s Knowledge Centre. In that role, she recently lead the creation of the 'AVPN Guide to Effective Impact Assessment'.

She builds on over 10 years of experience of leading applied research for businesses and non-profits with a focus on human capital, education and impact. Most recently in Singapore, she led projects at INSEAD and the Human Capital Leadership Institute and concurrently mentored students in entrepreneurship and financial literacy at the micro-business school aidha. Previously, she worked in business research and consulting in India for Evalueserve and other organisations, particularly focusing on banking and financial services. She also taught at the Universities of Manchester and Sussex and worked as an independent consultant for NGOs and investment agencies in London and Manchester in the UK.

She holds a PhD from Manchester Business School and an MSc and BA (Hons) in Anthropology from the University of Sussex and Manchester respectively.

Moderator

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Rashika Ranchan has global experience in social investment and funding, with organisations like the Big Lottery Fund, Big Society Capital and Tote Board. She has pioneered and spearheaded several strategic programmes, policy initiatives, innovative impact investments and multi-sector collaborations.

She is Head of Funding and Partnerships (social) at Tote Board in Singapore, responsible for the portfolio across the social and health sectors. She also helms the development of capacity building initiatives for the non-profit and social enterprise sector.

Prior to this, Rashika worked with the Big Lottery Fund (for a decade) and Big Society Capital in UK. She played a key role in setting up Big Society Capital in 2012 and leading on the initial investments, including social impact bonds.

Additionally, she has worked with Friends of Women’s World Banking to help strengthen the micro-finance sector in India. She serves on the advisory board of TalentTrust and has been a Governor of a school in London.

Opening of Academic Sessions

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Lam Swee Sum is an Associate Professor of Finance at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School. Paper qualifications aside, Swee Sum has had diverse work experience in corporate banking, corporate finance and real estate prior to joining NUS. She holds professional qualifications as a chartered accountant and a chartered financial analyst. She is also the Director of the Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy (ACSEP) at the NUS Business School.

As Director of ACSEP, she re-envisioned ACSEP as an intervention program in the NUS to promote understanding and the impactful practice of social entrepreneurship and philanthropy through research and education. Therefore, ACSEP conducts both basic and applied research and disseminates the knowledge through formal as well as informal learning experiences. In the area of education, Swee Sum has worked to establish scholarships and develop the curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Modules include social entrepreneurship, business with a social conscience, measuring success in philanthropy and impact investing, and field service project. Besides field building, ACSEP also engages in capacity building for socially driven organisations. Swee Sum has partnered with various partner universities and non-profit organisations to develop train-the-trainer programs to foster entrepreneurship for sustainable development in the Philippines and Indonesia.

Chairperson for Academic Session I

speaker Johan Sulaeman is an Associate Professor of Finance at the NUS Business School. He obtained his PhD in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. He received his BSE in computer engineering from the University of Michigan and his masters of financial engineering (MFE) from the Haas School at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining NUS, Dr. Sulaeman was on the faculty of the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. His papers are published or forthcoming at top economics and business journals, including the American Economic Review, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, and Management Science. Dr. Sulaeman's papers have been presented at leading conferences, including the American Finance Association and Western Finance Association annual meetings, and the NBER Summer Institute. He has taught Investment and Options courses in the MBA program, and Business Finance and Advanced Financial Management courses at the undergraduate level.

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Frank Hubers is a Research Fellow for the Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy (ACSEP). His research focus is on the determinants for philanthropic giving and altruistic behaviour. In another aspect of his research, he focusses on the effects of non-profit interventions on society. In the past few years, he coordinated and executed impact evaluations of social projects in the Netherlands, Ghana, Brazil and Bangladesh.

He received his PhD in economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands in 2016 upon completion of his dissertation ‘Essays on the Determinants and Impact of Private Contribution to Public Goods.” He holds a Master in Cultural Anthropology (Utrecht University, the Netherlands) and a Master in Development Sociology (Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands).

Paper Discussants

Fergus Lyon is a Professor of Enterprise and Organisations in the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research, Middlesex University in London and Deputy Director of the ESRC Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP). In this five year research programme, he is leading research on social enterprise forms, alternative investment and impact measurement.

His research interests include social and sustainable enterprises, impact measurement, alternative investment, enterprise support policy, organisational trust and transdisciplinary research practice. Recent funders include the Economic and Social Research Council, UK Government Departments, International Labour Organisation, and a number of charities. He was the social enterprise lead on the £10m Third Sector Research Centre funded over five years by ESRC and Office for Civil Society. Previously he has carried out research in Ghana, Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Bhutan and Nepal. He has been a trustee/director of a number social enterprises related to preschool education, conservation and farming.

speaker Emily Perkin has around 12 years of experience in the social sector as a consultant, staff member, trustee and volunteer. She has been based in Singapore since February 2013 and since then has worked with many charities, social enterprises and donors across the region to provide philanthropy advice and impact assessments. Her wide-ranging practical experience includes conducting large-scale value for money assessments for central government; managing a knowledge network for charities in Japan and Afghanistan; and co-founding an award-winning social enterprise in London. She founded Just Cause in 2015 as a non-profit social enterprise that provides consulting, training and research to promote a greater focus on impact for both charities and donors. Emily has a MA in Japanese Studies from Cambridge University and a Master’s in International Public Policy from Osaka University.

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Jim McLoughlin is Head of the CUBIST Research Group (Socio-Economic Impact & Strategy Research), and a Principal Lecturer in Strategic Management & Economics at the Brighton Business School, University of Brighton. His extensive research and consultancy experience has focused on the social and economic impact of social enterprises, sport, social finance and the cultural heritage sector.

He has undertaken numerous specific impact studies for social enterprises, public sector and private sector organizations. In partnership with Social Enterprise London (SEL), he led the university team that co-developed models and methodologies for measuring the social impact of social enterprises and developed a training programme for over 80 senior managers of social enterprises. He has also been an advisor to several professional impact measurement groups.

His recent research is on network strategy and co-value creation and social performance measurement. He is also involved with developing management tools which integrate strategic decision making with socio-economic impact evaluation for social mission driven organisations.

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Weina Zhang is the Research Director of Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy (ACSEP) and Senior Lecturer of Finance at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School. She obtained her Master of Science and Ph.D. in Finance from Kellogg School of Management at the Northwestern University, USA. She has taught various courses such as Investment Analysis, Corporate Finance, International Financial Management, and Research Methods in Finance etc. Prior to her academic life, she also worked as research associate at Chase Manhattan Bank in the field of Asian fixed income markets. Her current research focuses on fixed income markets, policy risk, social entrepreneurship, and philanthropy. She explores the pricing and economic impact of government policies on financial instruments in emerging economies. She also examines how socially responsible actions of corporates are priced in international financial markets. Her papers have been published in many leading finance and economics journals. She has also published several textbooks and teaching cases. She serves as the reviewer for many premier finance and economics international conferences, academic journals and research grants. She is a recipient of several best paper awards and teaching awards.

At ACSEP, Dr. Zhang has worked on several industry research projects sponsored by National Youth Council of Singapore, Singapore Centre for Social Enterprises, and Tote Board etc. She has presented in several international conferences and workshops on social entrepreneurship and/or philanthropy. She has published applied research papers and reports on these related topics as well. She has also taught in executive training programs on impact assessment for social purpose organizations. She is one of the key organizers for International Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship held by ACSEP at NUS Business School from 2015 to 2017.

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Simon Chadwick currently advises a family office on its private equity investments. He was the first Chief Executive Officer of the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (“AVPN”) based in Singapore from Sep 2011 to Nov 2013 and a director of AVPN until Feb 2017. He is currently planning the start-up a new social purpose organisation in Singapore to promote social value measurement and social impact assessment.

Simon was a partner in a global fund placement business and directly covered the Japanese, Indian and Australian markets for PE fund due diligence and origination.

Simon has an MBA from IMD, an MA from SOAS (University of London) and an MA from Oxford University (following his BA Hons in Mathematics). Simon is a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and a member of the CFA Society of Singapore. He also holds a number of non-executive director appointments including Carmenta Pte. Ltd (Singapore), Zaborin Co., Ltd (Japan) and Chikusei Partners Limited (England).

Chairperson for Academic Session II

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Foo Maw-Der is an Associate Professor at the Department of Industrial Systems Engineering & Management at the Nationality of Singapore. Prior to NUS, he was on the faculty of the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado, Boulder. He has honorary professorships from Nankai University and Jilin University.  He is a Faculty Affiliate at ACSEP, serves as a judge for the DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia, and co-founded Startup@Singapore.  He is interested in fair trading practices and sits on CaseTrust’s advisory council. Maw-Der’s research applies management concepts to understand entrepreneurial processes. He has published in outlets including the Academy of Management Journal, Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Applied Psychology, Management Science, and Strategic Management Journal. He serves as Editor of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice and Field Editor of the Journal of Business Venturing. In addition, he serves on the editorial review boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Perspectives, and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. 

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Barbara Scheck is Professor for Entrepreneurship at Munich Business School in Munich (Germany). Her research focuses on the financing of social enterprises, impact and mission-related investing and impact assessment. She is also co-founder of the digital mentoring platform Volunteer Vision. Prior to joining MBS, Barbara was an Assistant Professor for social investment at Hamburg University. During her Ph.D. she has developed the Social Reporting Standard, guidelines for impact-oriented reporting. Other significant experiences include consulting for a social venture capital fund and projects for development cooperation agencies on social entrepreneurship. She was also a Visiting Fellow at the Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy at NUS National University of Singapore. Barbara furthermore supports the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie (SEA) in Munich in developing novel education programs for societal change. She is a member of the EU’s GECES subgroup on impact measurement in social enterprise, the Impact Measurement Working Group of the Social Impact Investment Task Force established by the G8. Barbara holds a Diplôme de Grande Ecole and MSc from the European School of Management where she studied International Business Administration in Paris, Oxford and Berlin and a PhD from Technical University Munich.

Paper Discussants

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Justin Lee is a Research Fellow in the Society and Identity research cluster at the Institute of Policy Studies.
He has substantive interests in issues relating to disadvantaged populations, and has done research on the social inclusion of people with disabilities, proper end-of-life planning for vulnerable seniors and the re-integration of ex-offenders.

He is also interested in the non-profit sector at large, and has been paying keen attention to the role and strengths of new and untapped resources like game designers, community artists and other social innovators.

In his previous position as Senior Research Fellow at the National Council of Social Service, Justin led needs-assessment projects, helped design programmes and conducted evaluation studies in partnership with various Voluntary Welfare Organisations.

He is also Chairman of ArtsWok Collaborative, a non-profit organisation, which seeks to connect communities by harnessing the power of the arts to create dialogue, invite social participation and build bridges across difference.

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Alfie Othman has had a successful banking career of over twelve years in the banking sector. Alongside his private sector work, Alfie has devoted significant time to the public sector and civil society. Alfie is also recognized as a Social Enterprise practitioner within Singapore.

At present, Alfie heads the Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise, raiSE.

raiSE, was set up to raise awareness on social entrepreneurship and raise support for social enterprises (SE) in Singapore. raiSE hopes to strengthen the social enterprise sector in Singapore and encourage the growth of social enterprises as a sustainable way to address social needs.

raiSE has gained support from its multiple stakeholders in the Government, community and corporations. In particular, raiSE has secured up to $30million in funds from multiple stakeholders to grow social entrepreneurship over the next 5 years through programme funding, grants and impact investments.

Since 2016, Alfie has been appointed as a Fellow at SIM University, providing advice on Financial Inclusion and the emerging Fin Tech phenomenon.

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Karen Maas holds a PhD in Economics (Corporate Social Performance: from output measurement to impact measurement). She is Director of Impact Centre Erasmus (ICE) and Program Director of the Executive CSR program. Karen conducts research in the field of Impact measurement, Sustainability/CSR, Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing. She is an expert in mixed methods approaches and learning impact evaluations for strategy development. Karen works with different for-profit, non-profit and financial organizations to measure their impact. Her work has been published in Journal of Business Ethics, Business & Society, Business Strategy and the Environment, American Journal of Evaluation, Journal of Cleaner Production. Next to that she has written several book chapters and is working on two books now (Business Models for Circulair Economy and Social Entrepreneurship). Karen holds several board memberships and is active in different advisory boards.

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speaker Amy Yi Ou is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management and Organisation at NUS business school. Her research interest includes strategic leadership, organisational culture, and cross-cultural management. Her papers have been published in top-tier management journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Journal of Management. Her research on cross-cultural management won the 2012 Journal of Management Best Paper Award, and her research on humble chief executives received extensive international media coverage including Forbes and USAtoday. She received her doctorate in management from Arizona State University. Dr. Ou has always been interested in practices and research on social enterprises. She was one of the pioneering organizers of Sunshine Program, China’s 1st private Marrow Bank for patients with blood disease. She has been a certified facilitator for the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), a global training program to enable participants to deal with potentially violent situations in new and creative ways.

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Laina Raveendran Greene is a serial entrepreneur and social impact investor, whose passion is female empowerment, and enabling women to be key agents to help alleviate poverty in Asia.

During work travels through 47 countries, Laina became passionate about the potential for technology to change lives for the better, and looked for innovative business and financing models to enable remote and poor communities to access technology. "We needed a different model and I set out to find it. I came across grassroots social entrepreneurship and found it to be a more sustainable to bridge the digital and energy divide. In a way, I was working on social enterprise models long before I’d ever heard of the term ‘social enterprise’!”

An alumna of National University of Singapore, the Graduate Institute and Harvard University, Laina was one of the very first female techpreneurs in Singapore, when she started an e-learning company in 1997. In 2000, she founded Silicon Valley-based consultancy GETIT Inc, focusing on greening the IT and telecom industry and using ICT to help reduce GHG in other industries. She has since co-founded Angels of Impact, a tech platform which connects women-led social entreprises working on alleviating poverty with conscious consumers, funders and corporates.

Laina also serves as Goodwill Ambassador to Unltd Indonesia, as Senior Adjunct Lecturer at National University of Singapore and Associate Director (Community Development) of the Asia Center for Social Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy.