History of NEXUS in Asia
NEXUS Asia was founded in 2011 and convened the first NEXUS Summit in 2012 in China. Since then there have been eight country and regional summits. The NEXUS Asia community has grown to include members in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
NEXUS Asia strives to create a supportive community of young leaders challenging the status quo and working towards a sustainable future through family business, impact investing, philanthropy and social entrepreneurship.
Connecting the financial, intellectual, creative and social capital of our generation in an action-oriented, solutions-focused and safe space, the NEXUS Asia aims to inspire learning and collaboration between a uniquely powerful network of peers.
In a region that has undergone incredible transformation and growth NEXUS Asia host frequent salons to discuss how best to deploy wealth and resources to support innovative solutions and meet the challenges facing the region today.
Goals and Actions
- NEXUS Asia hosts regular programming and salons throughout the year
- The 2018 NEXUS Asia convened March 23-25th in Bali, Indonesia
- 2017: 2nd Annual Asia Summit (Phuket, Thailand)
- 2015: Inaugural Asia Summit (Beijing, China)
- 2014: China Summit, Thailand Summit, Singapore Summit
- 2013 – China Summit, Thailand Summit,
- 2012 – China Summit
Organizations we support
Xihan Action: http://www.xihanaction.org/
Foodlink Foundation: http://www.foodlinkfoundation.org/
Synergy Social Ventures: http://www.synergysocialventures.org
PLUS Platform Usaha Sosial: http://usahasosial.com/
Getai Group: https://www.getaigroup.com/
Ishk Tolaram Foundation: https://www.ishktolaram.com/
The Social Co.: http://thesocialco.sg/
Root Capital: http://www.rootcapital.org
Learn Education: http://www.learneducation.co.th
Oxford Thai Foundation: https://www.oxfordthaifoundation.org/
OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
She co-founded Synergy in 2011 to address critical capacity building and financing gaps for early stage social ventures in the region. Abbie serves as advisor or director to many social initiatives/organizations such as the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans, iBoP Asia, iOnPoverty, Philanthropy in Asia Summit and Asian Social Entrepreneurs Summit. She is passionate about developing the culture and practice of innovative and strategic philanthropy in Asia to support both traditional and new social change models (like social entrepreneurship) as a means to creating a more just and sustainable world.
Nophol (NAPS) Techaphangam
In addition to his main responsibility, Naps is also the Sponsorship Manager of the Bangkok Charity Orchestra (BCO), Thailand’s first and only orchestra dedicated to raising funds for charities; a Director of the Thai Young Philanthropist Network (TYPN), a group of over 2,300 young, highly educated professionals in Thailand whose aim is to be a key development agent for the country; and the Secretary of the Boss Association, a group of over 3,000 leading Thai executives whose objective is to make a positive impact on Thailand. Naps, a Cambridge-Thai Foundation Scholar, holds a Post Dip in Economics from Downing College, the University of Cambridge, and a BSc (Hons) in Physics with Theoretical Physics from the University of Manchester. He was given the Model Business Person of the Year Award (Household and Office Goods Sector) from the Foundation of Science and Technology Council of Thailand in 2012.
In February 2018, Rebekah hosted and interviewed several practitioners and experts in the healthcare space in a documentary on the state of healthcare in Singapore, screened on Channel News Asia.
Rebekah was on the committee of the Yellow Ribbon Fund from 2011-2015 and served as a main committee member of Community Chest of Singapore for 2 years before moving to London where she has now taken on an ambassadorial role. She has also been running her family foundation, Jia Foundation since 2013. She was selected to be a Leader of Tomorrow at the 2015 St. Gallen Symposium and was also recently selected as 1 of 18 Young Societal Leaders by the SMU Institute for Societal Leadership and Temasek Connects for the Singapore Summit.
Rebekah graduated from Nanyang Technological University with an honours degree in Business Administration and has completed an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck College, University of London. She is currently pursuing her MSc in Gerontology at King’s College London, has been nominated as an Ambassador for the King’s Global Health Institute and was a speaker at the TedX KCL conference in November 2018. She has also completed the Executive Education program at Singularity University in November 2017.
Viria was named Global Shapers by the World Economic Forum in 2015, selected as a Curator in 2016, and in 2017 represented the global shapers community as a speaker on the topic of Social Entrepreneurs: Agents of Systems Change at the World Economic Forum in Davos. In addition to her work, she is an Advisory Board Member for the Arts and Humanities Research Council for Service Design & Social Innovation, Asia-Pacific and a Program Advisor, Designing for Social Innovation and Leadership program for the UN University of Peace, Faculty Council at School of Global Studies, Thammasat University, and Co-Country Director of NEXUS Thailand. She is interested in working with organizations, both public and private, to greater their social impact/ innovation, and improving the quality of education in Thailand and the region at large.
NEXUS China Snapshot
Over the past few years, NEXUS China has organised many events covering issues that interest the community including the environment, education, women, children, social enterprise, social impact, business for good, family heritage, food safety and many others. Special salons with The Rockefeller Foundation, The Gates Foundation, UN Social Impact Fund and SEE Foundation have helped our members learn about the ideas, experiences and journeys of philanthropic icons. We convened field trips all over China, including in Beijing, Guizhou, Qinghai, Shanghai, and Yunnan so our members can have firsthand experiences with problems we are facing in our country.
The first NEXUS Asia Summit was held in Beijing in 2015 where we discussed ways to create a sustainable future for Asia. Our recent 2018 New Year Forum had inspiring discussions about how the next generation is taking social responsibility, new movement of B Corps in China and being a changemaker in China. We are planning many more exciting activities for 2018. Please contact Yoyo Yan, NEXUS China Program Director for more information about NEXUS China.
What We’re Up To
Culture of Philanthropy
NEXUS Asia is fostering a network of next-gen members committed to using their philanthropy, resources and connections to shape a more sustainable, equitable and prosperous region
Delegations to NEXUS Global
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