Abbie Jung, Co-Founder
Abbie is a public health and development professional with over 12 years of experience working with international aid and development agencies such as Médecins Sans Frontières, Save the Children, International Rescue Committee, Population Services International and the World Health Organization. Abbie served as the first Chief Investment Officer at Sow Asia Foundation, a Hong Kong-based venture philanthropy foundation. She is a strong advocate of philanthropy, philanthropic investment and social entrepreneurship as innovative tools to achieve sustainable development goals.
As Asia Regional Director of Nexus, she creates collaborative communities of socially conscious and active young leaders and convenes a range of events around philanthropy, impact investing and social entrepreneurship in the region. Abbie is on the Organizing Committee of the Philanthropy in Asia Summit and also spearheaded the establishment of the East and Southeast Asia Chapter of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs. She is a +SocialGood Connector and is a member of Grand Challenges Canada’s Peer Review Committee for Global Mental Health.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology from University of California at Berkeley and a master’s in Population and Family Health from Columbia University.
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Jana Svedova, Co-Founder
Jana is an impact investing professional with over 7 years of sector experience including roles in SME banking with a financial institution in Canada that has been a pioneer in supporting social ventures and as investment manager for one of Asia’s first impact investment funds. She has worked with entrepreneurs around the world providing capacity building support and with philanthropists and investors on developing impact investment strategies.
Jana co-founded Synergy Social Ventures after recognizing the need for more support for early stage social ventures in East and Southeast Asia. She leads Synergy’s entrepreneur support and financing initiatives and has advised and written on best practices in early stage social venture support and enabling ecosystems for social ventures.
Jana is currently Director of Impact Investing at the Centre for Social Innovation and Impact Investing at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia, where she previously led an accelerator program for early stage social ventures.