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
NEXUS Asia has convened and inspired its members through numerous Summits:
- 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
Regional Director of NEXUS Asia
Abbie Jung is the co-founder of Synergy Social Ventures, a nonprofit that supports social entrepreneurship in Asia through financial and non-financial support. She also advises individuals and institutions on philanthropic investment in Asia and promotes philanthropic engagement in young people. Her perspective on social entrepreneurship as a means to sustainable development is shaped by her experiences living and working in
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.
NEXUS China Country Director
Cat Wang has been interested social issues and has wanted to help others since childhood but only took her first independent steps in philanthropy after joining NEXUS China in 2014. She started by visiting rural areas of Henan Province and bringing supplies to local communities. She then donated winter clothing to a Tibetan primary school with more than 300 students. She is now exploring ways to develop a sustainable initiative to provide free eye exams and free prescription
Nophol (NAPS) Techaphangam
NEXUS Thailand Co-Director
Naps is currently the Vice Managing Director of Somphol Bedding and Mattress Industry Co., Ltd. (SPB), his family’s mattress and bedding firm based in Bangkok, Thailand. Carrying on the legacy of his grandfather, who founded the modern mattress and bedding industry in Thailand over 50 years ago, he has since 2005 led the company’s expansion into the AEC and beyond. He has also made sure the company makes a positive impact on
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.
NEXUS Singapore Co-Director
Rebekah is Co-Founder of The Social Co., and since 2014, has successfully launched the 50 For 50 SG, Pledge It Forward Singapore and Samsung’s #PowerToProgress campaigns. The team brought together more than 100 individuals, 90 corporations and more than 250 partners to raise awareness and $5 million for more than 80 lesser-known charities in Singapore. The Social Co. has since decided to focus on serving
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.
NEXUS Singapore Co-Director
Sumitra Aswani is a fourth generation family business member who recently assumed the role of executive director at her family foundation, the Ishk Tolaram Foundation. The newly incorporated foundation focuses on issues related to education, skills training and financial independence in vulnerable groups in Indonesia and Nigeria. Prior to her current appointment, Sumitra trained as a medical doctor in Singapore, where she held both
NEXUS Thailand Country Co-Director
Viria Vichit-Vadakan serves as the Director of New Business Development for Learn Education—a leading Education Technology social enterprise in Asia. She leads the company’s new business unit—serving as a research and innovation arm to create learning products for K-12 students in all types of schools throughout Thailand and the region. Prior to Learn Education, Viria help
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
This March we’re hosting our 3rd annual NEXUS ASIA Summit in Bali Indonesia bringing together exceptional young social entrepreneurs, philanthropists and impact investors to catalyze change
We host regular salons throughout Asia that explore philanthropy, impact investing and social entrepreneurship, family dynamics, strategies for investing and attracting investment, social transformation, and more. These salons meant to inspire learning and collaboration between a uniquely powerful network of peers throughout the continent
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
NEXUS Asia is proud to send yearly delegations to our NEXUS Global Summit in New York to participate in NEXUS Global’s flagship event and network with NEXUS members from around the world
Interested in joining or sponsoring the NEXUS Asia network? Are you an exceptional young social entrepreneur, philanthropist or impact investor based in the region? Interested in using philanthropy and social entrepreneurship to and shape the future of Asia with an unparalleled network of peers? We’d love to hear from you. Please send us a message and we’ll be in touch shortly.