Dr. Ruth Shapiro: Is Asia Philanthropic?

Hosted by the Commonwealth Club of California in association with Asia Society Northern California

As enormous wealth continues to be created in Asia, the region’s ultra-high-net-worth individuals are turning their hand to philanthropy. But their path continues to manifest quite differently from the United States and Western Europe. Drawing upon exclusive interviews with ultra-high-net-worth individuals and case studies of successful social initiatives, this talk will examine why and how Asia’s traditional and newer philanthropists are giving.

Dr. Shapiro is the Founder and Chief Executive of the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society, a nonprofit incorporated in Hong Kong in 2013. In addition to Pragmatic Philanthropy, Dr. Shapiro edited The Real Problem Solvers, a book about social entrepreneurship in America. She is a regular speaker on issues related to Asian philanthropy, social innovation, and social entrepreneurship in Asia. Dr. Shapiro holds a doctorate from Stanford University and master’s degrees from Harvard University and The George Washington University.

Muhammad Yunus: Doing Good in An Uncertain World

In conversation with Dr Ruth Shapiro at the Commonwealth Club, October 2017

As the world’s wealth shifts into the hands of the few, a new system is emerging to address the inequality, unemployment and environmental destruction that Muhammad Yunus says goes hand in hand with capitalism.

Yunus, the pioneer of microcredit, has seen the transformative results of his economic experiments help people escape poverty. He believes that today’s economic system is broken and must be reformed to provide opportunity for all.

Yunus is a Bangladeshi economist and the founder of Grameen Bank who earned a Nobel Prize in 2006 for his work in alleviating poverty. In his book, A World of Three Zeros, Yunus discusses the experiments that have inspired thousands of individuals, companies and organizations to continue to provide microcredit to all.

Interview with Ratan Tata

Dr. Shapiro of CAPS interviews Ratan Tata about the Tata Trusts' philanthropy in India.

Ratan Tata was the Chairman of Tata Sons, the holding company of the Tata Group, from 1991 until his retirement on December 28, 2012. Effective December 29, 2012, Mr. Tata has been conferred the honorary title of Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons, Tata Industries, Tata Motors, Tata Steel, and Tata Chemicals.

He is currently the Chairman of the Tata Trusts, which are among India’s oldest, nonsectarian philanthropic organizations that work in several areas of community development. He is the Chairman of the Council of Management of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. He also serves on the board of trustees of Cornell University and the University of Southern California. He is an advisory board member of the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society.

Click on the video below to watch this interview with Ratan Tata, who shares with us his experience and knowledge in philanthropy.

Ruth Shapiro at the Growth Net 3.0 Annual Meet 2015

Dr. Shapiro of CAPS shares her views with Govindraj Ethiraj of Boom Live at the Ananta Centre's Growth Net 3.0 Annual Meet 2015


Govindraj Ethiraj, Boom Live, in conversation with Dr. Ruth Shapiro, Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society, Hong Kong, talking about social entrepreneurs and the need for implementation of business strategies. Watch this full video to see Dr. Shapiro talk about the need for systemic change for scaling of non-profit organisations.