Philanthropy 2017 Forum


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Philanthropists Forum 2017

The 7th Credit Suisse Philanthropists Forum will be taking place in Singapore on November 16, 2017. Inaugurated in 2011, the annual Forum reflects Credit Suisse’s major commitment to facilitate and support philanthropic giving in the Asia Pacific region.

The Forum aims to connect a highly select group of our clients from around the region with global thought leaders and expert practitioners in the philanthropy and non-profit space. A key objective of the Forum is to engage philanthropists who have ambitions to leverage their wealth, experience, and other resources to benefit the wider community and to create opportunity for all. Credit Suisse provides philanthropy advisory services across the world, with Singapore as one of our key hubs.

The theme of this year’s Forum is “Healthcare Giving in Asia”. The Forum will discuss distinctive trends affecting healthcare philanthropy in Asia and how philanthropists can meet the challenges of healthcare systems in the region. Special emphasis will be placed on ‘elder care’, an issue that is especially topical in countries facing an aging population.

We are privileged to have Minister Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Health, Singapore to grace the Forum as the Guest-of-Honor with renowned philanthropists and experts in this field such as Dr Mary Ann Tsao, Anita Fam, Philip Ma, Paul Robertson and Dr Kua Ee Heok among other speakers to share their expertise and knowledge.

Philanthropists Forum 2017




Welcome Remarks

Francesco de Ferrari
, Head of Private Banking Asia Pacific & CEO, Southeast Asia & Frontier Markets


Keynote Address by Guest of Honor

Gan Kim Yong
, Minister for Health, Republic of Singapore


Coffee break


Panel I: Healthcare giving

Healthcare causes are one of the biggest recipients of philanthropic efforts globally, given the universal necessity of access to medical care. With ever increasing costs and needs that are exacerbated by the considerable pressure placed upon medical facilities to curb spending, philanthropy has a vital role to play in supporting healthcare causes. In this panel session, four philanthropists and practitioners who are active in this space will share their views on why supporting healthcare causes is essential, and the importance of furthering access to medical care when tackling poverty and development issues. In addition to insights about healthcare giving, they will also share their personal motivations and philosophies behind their giving strategies and share some of the best practices they have garnered from their philanthropic journey.


Panel Two: Ageing and Opportunities in Eldercare Philanthropy

With many countries facing the onset of the ‘silver tsunami’ and a need for long-term elder care on an unprecedented scale, the challenges faced by societies with rapidly ageing populations are immense. Some of the issues involved include dementia, mental well-being, active ageing, financial security, long-term care and shelter, as well as end-of-life care.
Whilst these present challenges, they also present opportunities for high-impact philanthropic giving as innovative models of care are now being pursued by many countries in the region. In this session, panelists from both the philanthropic and academic realms will highlight some of the greatest needs facing the elderly in the region, as well as some cutting-edge approaches that pioneering philanthropists can invest in and adopt for their own communities.


Lunch and Keynote Interview


Closing Remarks


End of Forum


Optional Workshops

Stream One: Impact Investing
The impact investing workshop highlights how private-sector investment strategies are driving profitable, longterm solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. Drawing on the Asia Impact Investment Fund’s live portfolio of deals across China, Indonesia and the Mekong Region, participants will be able to engage directly with the founders of two investees to explore how they are building businesses to change people’s lives.

Stream Two: Beneficiary due diligence
Engaging participants through presentations, group discussion and case studies, this workshop will explain the principles of beneficiary due diligence as well as provide the basic tools for conducting charity due diligence checks and impact monitoring. New philanthropists and those looking to make deep commitments to their beneficiaries are especially encouraged to attend.


End of Optional Workshops

  1. Philanthropists Forum 2017 Research Report

    Few philanthropists in Southeast Asia have focused on aging in the past. However, the issue is becoming harder and harder to ignore, in particular as Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia all face an increasingly aging population over the coming decades.

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2017 event highlights video

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