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UBS Philanthropy Forum Asia to focus on latest trends in philanthropy and impact investing

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Singapore, 22 June 2016 – Top philanthropists, eminent business families and influential impact investors will gather in Singapore for the UBS Philanthropy Forum Asia 2016 on 23 and 24 June. Its focus this year will be on how best to harness philanthropy to create a sustainable impact.

The exponential rise in wealth creation in Asia has been accompanied by a surge in interest in philanthropy and impact investing on the part of the wealthy in the region. The average age of an Asian billionaire is 57. It is also the time of life when many may seek to transfer their wealth, so it has the potential to trigger a wave of philanthropic giving.

"Billionaires in Asia are devoting more time to Philanthropy which is always a good sign for the development of the society we operate in. They have a strong emotional bond to their causes and understand the deep responsibility in ensuring that such giving is sustainable and properly measured. In light of this, the Forum is an excellent platform that allows our philanthropists to share insights and find collaborative ways to create greater social impact in the society." said Edmund Koh, Head Wealth Management Asia Pacific at UBS.

"Philanthropy has emerged as a trans-generational force that helps transmit family values, engage the next generation, and establish a lasting family legacy. Many of our clients consider that great wealth has a purpose. By helping others, they express values, foster personal and family identities and leave an imprint for posterity." noted Josef Stadler, Head Global Ultra High Net Worth, UBS Wealth Management.

"The desire to contribute to society is deeply rooted in Asian culture. Over the years, we have witnessed an increase in the number of Asia’s billionaires and wealthiest families embarking on philanthropic initiatives and impact investing. Some come from a philanthropy background and seek new ways to create a social impact, while others have been conventional investors and wish to explore investments that also contribute positively to society." added Mario Marconi, Chairman Philanthropy, UBS Wealth Management.

The UBS Philanthropy Forum Asia in Singapore will once again provide an opportunity for philanthropists to share best practices, exchange ideas and explore opportunities for collaboration in this important area. It will feature a series of engaging presentations and panel discussions on family legacy, next generation philanthropy and impact investing.

Key speakers at the Forum include:

  • His Serene Highness Prince Ottaviano de'Medici di Toscana di Ottajano, Italy
  • Her Royal Highness Princess Carolina de Bourbon de Parme, Spain/Netherlands
  • Bianca Jagger, Founder and Chair, Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, United Kingdom
  • Gabriel Schulze, Founder and CEO, Schulze Global Investments, Singapore
  • Belinda Tanoto, Board of Trustees, Tanoto Foundation, Indonesia
  • Roger King, Founder and Director, Center for Asian Family Business and Entrepreneurship Studies, Hong Kong
  • Sandeep Aneja, Managing Director, Kaizen Private Equity Fund, India
  • Annie Chen, Founder and Chair, RS Group, Hong Kong
  • Dee Dee Chan, Director, Seal of Love Charitable Foundation Limited, Hong Kong
  • Rina Lopez-Bautista, President and Executive Director, Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc., The Philippines
  • Don Mohanlal, President & Chief Executive Officer, Synergos, United States of America

Close to 200 delegates registered to attend the Forum this year. UBS has advised on philanthropy, strategic charitable giving and investing with social impact for more than 10 years. The UBS Philanthropy Advisory team comprises in excess of 40 in-house experts on all aspects of philanthropy including strategic charitable giving and social impact investing. UBS was awarded the "Best private bank globally for Philanthropy" by peer reviewed Euromoney from 2011 to 2016

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About UBS

UBS provides financial advice and solutions to wealthy, institutional and corporate clients worldwide, as well as private clients in Switzerland. The operational structure of the Group is comprised of our Corporate Center and five business divisions: Wealth Management, Wealth Management Americas, Personal & Corporate Banking, Asset Management and the Investment Bank. UBS's strategy builds on the strengths of all of its businesses and focuses its efforts on areas in which it excels, while seeking to capitalize on the compelling growth prospects in the businesses and regions in which it operates, in order to generate attractive and sustainable returns for its shareholders. All of its businesses are capital-efficient and benefit from a strong competitive position in their targeted markets.

UBS is present in all major financial centers worldwide. It has offices in 54 countries, with about 34% of its employees working in the Americas, 35% in Switzerland, 18% in the rest of Europe, the Middle East and Africa and 13% in Asia Pacific. UBS Group AG employs approximately 60,000 people around the world. Its shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).


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