As enormous wealth continues to be created in Asia, the region’s ultra-high-net-worth individuals are turning their hand to philanthropy. But their path continues to manifest quite differently from the United States and Western Europe. Drawing upon exclusive interviews with ultra-high-net-worth individuals and case studies of successful social initiatives, this talk will examine why and how Asia’s traditional and newer philanthropists are giving.

Dr. Shapiro is the founder and chief executive of the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society, a nonprofit incorporated in Hong Kong in 2014. In addition to Pragmatic Philanthropy, Dr. Shapiro edited The Real Problem Solvers, a book about social entrepreneurship in America. She is a regular speaker on issues related to Asian philanthropy, social innovation and social entrepreneurship in Asia. Dr. Shapiro holds a doctorate from Stanford University and Masters degrees from Harvard University and George Washington University.


In association with The Asia Society of Northern California

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Dr. Ruth Shapiro
Founder and Chief Executive, The Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society; Author, Pragmatic Philanthropy: Asian Charity Explained
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Dr. Gloria Duffy
President and CEO, The Commonwealth Club — Chair
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Jack Wadsworth
Co-chairman, Asia Society Northern California; Former Chair, Morgan Stanley Asia — Moderator