Philanthropic Structuring: An Asian Context

Facilitating Effective and Targeted Giving in the Age of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented social problems. Now, more than ever, there is an urgent need for public private partnerships to step up and meet the needs of the most vulnerable members of society. In Asia, the concept of giving is in no way foreign, however its structure might be less institutionalised, with philanthropy being centered on family inclinations as well as local needs.

The aim of this webinar is to throw the spotlight on the possibility of creating a more structured and institutionalised “culture of giving” in Asia, as well as examining the solutions which are available that may help to ensure sustainability and transparency in Asian philanthropy.

Come join us, where we will also share our research findings from a report jointly issued by Labuan IBFC and the School of Law, Singapore Management University entitled “Philanthropic Structuring: An Asian Context”, and discuss possible solutions towards cultivating a sustainable, structured and institutionalised Asian culture of giving.

Register now and join us at this webinar on Wednesday, 26 August at 4.00PM (GMT +8).

Speakers
  • Farah Jaafar

    Farah is the Chief Executive Officer of Labuan IBFC Incorporated, a wholly owned subsidiary of Labuan Financial Services Authority, the statutory Regulatory Authority for Labuan International Business and Financial Centre, operating under the purview of Ministry of Finance, Malaysia. Labuan IBFC Incorporated serves as the jurisdiction’s official market development agency.

    A seasoned strategic communication, market development and financial services professional, she brings with her experience spanning more than 25 years in wholesale financial services, putting her in good stead to develop Labuan IBFC as Asia’s go-to mid-shore wholesale financial intermediation centre.

    Formerly attached to the Asian Institute of Finance and Bursa Malaysia (Malaysia’s national stock exchange), Farah has served in numerous senior market development and strategic communications roles.

    She has also represented the Association of Stock Broking Companies Malaysia, a nationwide industry led lobby group representing Malaysian stockbrokers during the demutualisation exercise of the national exchange, allowing her a unique hands-on experience surrounding high strategic level issues relating to multiple stakeholder management, eco-system curation and long-term strategic business strategy.

    Passionate about equality, financial inclusion and win-win partnerships, she strongly believes that “a rising tide lifts all boats”. Farah has an LLB (Hons) from Sheffield University, United Kingdom.

  • Tang Hang Wu

    Tang Hang Wu is a Professor and Director of the Centre for Cross-Border Commercial Law in Asia at the School of Law, Singapore Management University. Hang Wu is also a consultant at TSMP Law Corporation where he co-heads the Trusts and Private Wealth desk. His research interests include land law, restitution, equity, trusts, charity and non-profit law. Hang Wu has published widely and his work has been relied on by all levels of the Singapore courts, Federal Court of Malaysia and other Commonwealth countries. He is frequently instructed by other law firms to act as Counsel before the Singapore courts and has advised high net worth individuals, banks, trustees, the U.S Department of Justice and international law firms on complex property and trust issues. Outside his work in academia and practice, he serves on boards and committees of multiple non-profit organisations which includes the Strata Titles Board, Special Needs Trust Company and Community Foundation of Singapore. For his service, he has been presented with awards from the Law Society of Singapore, Ministry of Law, Ministry of National Development and Ministry of Social & Family Affairs. Hang Wu was educated in Petaling Jaya, Singapore and Cambridge.

  • Chan Ee Lin

    Ee Lin provides highly customised family business governance and succession planning advice to enterprise owning families in Asia Pacific. She has over 2 decades of experience in C suite and regional positions with leading private banks as an internationally recognised trust & wealth planner and family business governance advisor to high net worth families in Asia Pacific & Middle East. A fully qualified lawyer admitted to the Singapore Bar and a trained mediator at the Singapore Mediation Centre, she holds adjunct professorships at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Management University (SMU) where she lectures at executive education and Masters programs, Business Families Institute and STEP Masterclass in Family Business Advising. Winner of the SMU Dean’s Teaching Honour List Top Adjunct Faculty award in 2019, Ee Lin is also a frequent speaker at industry events in the region.

    Prior to joining Deloitte, Ee Lin held roles such as Co Founder of a family office services provider with an international law firm, Regional Head of Wealth Planning at Coutts private bank, CEO of Clariden Trust Company (Singapore), Global Chief of Staff & Asia Pacific Head of International Estate Planning at ABN AMRO Private Banking, and Assistant Director at the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

    Ee Lin holds three degrees at Magna Cum Laude level: BA Economics (Stanford University); MBA in International Wealth Management (Carnegie Mellon University) and Doctor of Jurisprudence (SMU). She has been featured in the Citywealth Leader’s List 2019 and 2020, and CityWealth PowerWomen International Financial Centre Top 200 global list since 2014. She has lived and worked in Geneva, Hong Kong, Jersey, Luxembourg, Malaysia and Singapore.

  • Chao Xi

    Chao Xi is Professor and Outstanding Fellow of the Faculty of Law, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is concurrently Associate Dean (Research) and Head of the Graduate Division of Law of the Law Faculty. Professor Xi specializes in comparative corporate law, securities regulation, and financial regulation, with a particular focus on the case of China. He has published extensively in leading peer-reviewed international journals. His research has received significant funding support from the Hong Kong SAR Government Research Grants Council, the PRC Ministry of Education, the Government of India, and the Sumitomo Foundation. Professor Xi is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), UK. He has been regularly engaged by law firms, multinationals, and government departments and agencies as an expert. He has also been involved extensively in the executive training of bank executives, corporate executives, government officials, financial regulators, as well as members of the legal profession and the judiciary.

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