Program speakers


Naina Suberwal Batra

Naina Subberwal Batra is the CEO of AVPN. Naina’s leadership since 2013 has nurtured the AVPN community, growing the membership base by more than 4x and elevating the organization into a truly regional force for good. Under her direction, the organization has grown from focusing only on venture philanthropy to supporting the entire ecosystem of social investors, from catalytic philanthropists to impact investors and corporate CSR professionals.

She has also been instrumental in developing AVPN’s innovative services, like the collaborative pooled funds, that connect, empower and educate the now 600+ members of AVPN. In 2021, she was featured in the list of Asia’s Most Influential by Tatler Asia and in 2019, awarded one of Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen by CSRWorks. She is also serving as Board Member of the Global Resilient Cities Network, Chair at the International Venture Philanthropy Center and Trustee at Bridge Institute. She has been the keynote speaker at several global gatherings and authored a chapter in the book ‘Generation Impact: International Perspectives on Impact Accounting’.

AVPN is part of a family networks catalyzed by the International Venture Philanthropy Center (IVPC), which collectively represent 1100 Social Investors in 70 countries in Asia, Africia, Latin America and Europe, As the CEO of the largest if the family of networks, Naina also serves as the Chair of IVPC.

Prior to joining AVPN, Naina was a member of the senior leadership team of a purpose driven unit at The Monitor Group, a leading global strategy consulting firm, aimed at catalyzing markets for social change. Naina was also partner and Co-Founder of Group Fifty Private Ltd, curating contemporary Indian art with a view to provide a medium for upcoming and established Indian artists to showcase their work directly to a large and diverse audience.

Naina has a master’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University where she graduated at the top of her class. She also holds a bachelor degree in Economics and International Relations from Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, USA and a General Course Diploma in economics from The London School of Economics.