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Michael Gilmore

Michael is the Research Director at Albizia Capital. They invest in the best growing consumer businesses across South East Asia.

He has been on the supervisory board of Friends International since 2015. Friends International is a pioneering NGO based in Cambodia that works with marginalised children and at-risk youth across Asia, pioneering child protection policies and campaigning against dangerous donation and volunteer programmes.

In 2013, he helped organise the first half marathon in Luang Prabang, and using a unique business model, the first two races that they held raised more than USD200,000 for local charities. This is a huge amount of money for a very beautiful but sadly still poor part of the world. Since 2016 the race has raised funds for the Lao Friends Hospital for Children.

In 2014, Michael and a group of friends started the SAMBA: Singapore Asset Manager and Broker Awards. The idea is to have some fun but raise funds for South East Asian charities - without having to run 21km! In the last five years, this event has disbursed more than SGD1 million.




11:10 AM - 12:00 PM

What’s the Harm in Volunteering Overseas?
We always start with good intentions. But does it always mean the people we're trying to help always benefit? Our speaker will be bringing to our awareness how some ways of doing good might actually cause harm.