East Asia Regional Representative joins Alliance team, as global philanthropy coverage expands


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Alliance magazine has brought on an East Asia Regional Representative as a part of its goal to improve the globalisation of philanthropy coverage. Fan Li, based in Tokyo, is the co-Editor-in-Chief of SSIR China and International Advisor to the Leping Foundation, and she joins four other Regional Representatives covering the Arab region, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia.

Li’s role was recruited in partnership with WINGS, and she will be working with both organisations to help increase the representation of philanthropy from the region.

Fan Li, East Asia Regional Representative for Alliance and WINGS

Alliance hopes that globalising its team will help raise the profile of philanthropy in parts of the world where it receives less coverage, recognize visionary philanthropy leaders around the world and spotlight their activities, recognize and encourage innovative and creative forms of philanthropy, provide valuable content on philanthropy in emerging market countries, and provide a space for exchange amongst emerging markets philanthropy practitioners.

There are plans to eventually bring on a Regional Representative for Eastern Europe in 2023. These five – and eventually six – Regional Representatives will help Alliance achieve greater geographic parity in its coverage of global philanthropy and social investment by bringing in perspectives from outside of Europe and North America, which traditionally receive the most coverage.

The other four Regional Representatives supporting Alliance coverage are:

  • Heba Abou Shnief, a socioeconomic development professional specialising in how strategic and private philanthropy can best serve public development policy objectives. She is based in Egypt and will cover the Arab Region.
  • Covering Latin America is Agustín Landa, the founder of LANZA, a consultancy focused on social initiatives based in Mexico.
  • Ese Emerhi, the Global Network Weaver at Global Fund Community Foundations, is based in Nigeria and will cover Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • And Aarti Mohan, a Co-Founder and Partner at Sattva Consulting, is based in India and will cover South Asia.

Funding for the Arab region, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa roles comes from Alliance Strategic Partner in this project, Badr Jafar, Emirati philanthropist and CEO of Crescent Enterprises.

Li, Shnief, Landa, Emerhi, and Srikrishna Sridhar Murthy (representing Mohan) will all present at a digital event in October exploring the expectations and limitations of global leadership in philanthropy. For more details on the event, click here.

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