Board of Directors & Advisory Council
Board of Directors
David Miles, Chairman
David Miles is currently Chairman of Asia Community Ventures and is also involved with a number of other social and non-profit initiatives. David was previously a Partner of Latham & Watkins LLP. David has worked in London, Tokyo and Hong Kong. David held a number of senior management positions while at Latham. He was Managing Partner of Latham’s London office from 2002 to 2006; a member of Latham’s Executive Committee from 2006 to 2010 with responsibility for Latham’s international practice and Chairman of Latham in Asia from 2010 to 2014.
During his legal career David worked on multiple transactions in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. David has particular experience in and knowledge of the natural resources and telecommunications sectors. David has also worked on many different pro bono projects and has advised and helped set up several social enterprises. Under David’s leadership, Latham in Asia was recognised for its commitment to pro bono work. The Hong Kong Law Society awarded Latham its distinguished Pro Bono Law Firm Award.
Ada Wong is a staunch advocate of social innovation, creative education and cultural development. The organizations and platform she founded include the non-profit Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, MaD (Make A Difference) platform, Chinese Creative Industries Forum and the Good Lab. Between 1995 and 2008, she was an elected Urban Councillor and Wan Chai District Council Chairperson. She is currently a board member of Hong Kong Design Centre, the Consultation Panel of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and the Art Museum Advisory Panel. Ada is also a Global Council and Executive Board member of Social Innovation Exchange (SIX), a global social innovation network founded by the Young Foundation and Nesta.
Ada received her BA (Hons) from Pomona College, California, USA and M Ed from the University of Hong Kong. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Lingnan University and Hong Kong Institute of Education respectively.
Philo Alto, ACV Co-Founder, Advisory Council member (effective August 1, 2015)
Philo is an ex-investment banker who is passionate about doing good while doing well. He is the founder and CEO of Asia Value Advisors, a Hong Kong-based philanthropy education and advisory platform that seeks to inform and engage individuals and organizations to create positive social impact.
Philo received his MBA and MPA at Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School. He is a board director of the Harvard Club of Hong Kong, a member of the Impact Investing Policy Collaborative, and officer of the Harvard Business School Association of Hong Kong.
He previously co-authored two publications: “Mind the Gap: Lessons and Findings from EngageHK" and "Adopting the London Principles: Policy Considerations to Grow Impact Investing in Hong Kong." Philo's views and blogs have been featured in a recent book The Power of Impact Investing, as well as the Economist, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Lien Centre for Social Innovation, among others.
Annie Chen is Chair of Hong Kong-based family office RS Group. Driven by Annie’s conviction that sustainability is the defining challenge of our times, and the belief that one should, and can, “invest in the future one wants to create,” RS Group invests its own capital sustainably and uses its resources to promote sustainable practices and economics. RS Group’s investments are selected based on the “blended value” concept, with the aim of creating a portfolio that maximizes the total performance (financial, social and environmental) of its capital under management. In addition to being an impact investor, Annie has also made conscious efforts through RS Group to seed particularly innovative philanthropic or impact investing strategies to enable the mainstreaming of environmental and social considerations in the wealth management context, particularly within Asia where such practices remain nascent.
Annie was born and raised in Hong Kong. She obtained her BA from Brown University and her JD from Columbia Law School. After practicing tax law in San Francisco and Hong Kong for nearly a decade, Annie joined her siblings in managing the family office established by their parents.