Conference Materials: Asia Focus

1) Welcome: Walk the Talk: Expectations for 2021. Plenary. Video is available

  • Christoph Stückelberger, Executive Director Geneva Agape Foundation GAF, Geneva
  • Isabel Phiri, Deputy General Secretary World Council of Churches, Geneva
  • Nana Francois, Director Membership, FaithInvest, Bristol/UK
  • Timo Plutschinski, Director WEA Business Coalition, Berlin/Germany

2) Keynotes Plenary (Moderator Christoph Stückelberger). Video is available

Setting the Scene: Impact and Faith-driven Investing in and after the Corona Pandemic

  • Anis Asghar, Investor, UK/Bangladesh, Board Oikosinvest Foundation
  • Needs, risks and opportunities of investing in Corona times. Investor perspective.
  • Mathews George Chunakara, General Secretary, Christian Conference of Asia, Thailand/India: Needs and opportunities of investing in Asian church-related programmes.
  • Baocheng Liu, Professor of Business Ethics, Beijing/China, Advisor to the government on China-Africa-Investments: Social Responsibility in Chinese Outbound Investments.
  • Prune Ansvananda, President of UNIAPAC Asia, Thailand: The Contribution of Christian entrepreneurs (Uniapac members) for Faith-driven Investments, with a focus on Asia

3) Working Session 6 parallel sessions with active interaction of participants.

Faith-driven Project Examples: one successful and one in consideration for investing

  • Health Sector (Moderator Manoj Kurian, India/Geneva, WCC, Public Health Expert. Video to be available soon
  • Agro-food and water sector (Moderator: Athena Peralta, WCC, Philippines/Geneva). Video to be available soon
  • Renewable Energy and Climate sector (Moderator: Timo Plutschinski, WEA, Germany). No video
  • Education sector (Moderator: Asha Singh Kanvar, President Common Wealth of Learning CoL. Video to be available soon
  • Financial and Fintech sector (Moderator: Nana Francois, Faithinvest, UK). Video to be available soon
  • Real Estate / Infrastructure (Moderator: Chris Elisara, WEA Creation Care, SDG Cities). No video

4) Plenary Panel and Discussion (Moderator Nana Francois). Video is available

Loans, Interest Rates, Equities, Grants, Governance: What to consider

  • Nicolas Karambadzakis, ECLOF International, Geneva. Microcredits
  • Mason Tan, Founder Garden Impact Investments, Singapore: Investing in the poor.
  • Jean-Pascal Beyrard, Partner, Lombard Odier Private Bank, Geneva: Impact Investing as a private bank.
  • Nicholas Niggli, Deputy General Secretary Economic Development, State of Geneva, Canton of Geneva, Member Building Bridges Initiative: Asian Investment Bridges.

5) Plenary Panel and Discussion (Moderator Lorna Gold). Video is available

Faiths Invest: Principles and Praxis in Islamic, Hindu and Interfaith Investments.

  • Vivek Mittal, Hindu, CEO AFIDA (Africa Infrastructure Dev. ), India/London.
  • Martin Palmer, CEO FaithInvest: Faith Long-term Plans. The strategy of FaithInvest.
  • Mizue Tsukushi, President & CEO of Good Bankers Japan & Michael Shackleton, FaithInvest Consultant for Asia: Building on traditional values: examples from Japan.

6) Plenary Panel and Discussion (Moderator Christoph Stückelberger). Video is available

Making Investments Work. Three Cases.

  • Nawang Kunphel, Ladak, India: Pennees Row Project
  • Joy Cadangen, Philippines/Geneva, Board Oikosinvest: Affordable Housing
  • Christopher Mbanefo, CEO Oxï-Zen, Global/Geneva: CO2-Conversion Projects

7. Closing remarks, conclusion, follow up. Video is available