Dutch Innovation Talk Series


Finance & Social Entrepreneurship

HKUST Business School Central,

Room 1501- 02,

15/F Hong Kong Club Building,

3A Chater Road, Central

28 April 2017

6:30pm - 9:00pm

About the talk

Social enterprise seeks both economic and social returns. Hong Kong has followed in Europe’s footsteps and the burgeoning social entrepreneurship scene reflects the interest in employing business practice to solve social problems and build communities. It is no surprise that the Netherlands is one of the world leaders in social entrepreneurship. The Dutch people apply their long tradition and extensive acumen in trade and finance in order to advance social justice, environmental conservation, and community building.


Dutch Days 2017 invited Eric Buckens, Director of Social Impact Fund of ABN AMRO Bank and Professor Harry Hummels from the Netherlands to talk about the Dutch experience in how the financial sector and social entrepreneurship can enable changemakers to accumulate social capital and long lasting social impact. Two Hong Kong experts in the social entrepreneurship field, Donny Siu and Howard Ling, are also invited to join the speakers in a knowledge sharing session with audience members. The panel will be moderated by Jayne Chan, Head of StartmeupHK, at InvestHK of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR.

About the Speakers

Eric Buckens 

Eric Buckens is Director ABN AMRO Social Impact Fund. Eric has more than 22 years’ experience in international finance. In his present role, he is responsible for investing in social enterprises that make a difference in both the Netherlands and developing countries. Besides investing in one social enterprise at a time, Eric has helped build a ecosystem and a sustainable structure for social enterprises based on his knowledge and experience of working in the capital market.

Harry Hummels 

Harry Hummels is Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at the Utrecht School of Economics, Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He is also Professor of Ethics, Organisations, and Society at Maastricht University and a fellow of the University’s European Centre for Corporate Engagement. Harry is also a Senior Advisor to the United Nations Office of Project Services (UNOPS) on Impact Investing and member of the Board of Society Impact. Harry loves cooking, traveling with his wife and daughters, reading, workouts, but doesn’t overdo the latter. His favourite pub is Frowijn in Nijmegen.

About the Moderator

Jayne Chan

Jayne Chan is Head of StartmeupHK at InvestHK, the government department responsible for attracting and retaining foreign direct investment into Hong Kong. StartmeupHK is InvestHK’s initiative aimed at helping founders of innovative and scalable startups and related community from overseas to set up or expand in Hong Kong. Prior to joining InvestHK, Jayne was Executive Director at the HK chapter of TiE, a global non-profit network focused on fostering entrepreneurship in the markets in which they operate, and management roles at an architectural firm, bespoke carpet manufacturer, digital agencies, e-business integrator and startup incubator.

About the Panelists

Donny Siu

Donny Siu is Associate Director of the University’s Entrepreneurship Center and the Student Affairs Office at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is a Court Member of the University, Chairman of the HKUST Staff Association, and serves on the executive boards of various local and international non-government organisations. Donny is a well-known mentor for university student entrepreneurs. He is author of Dream and passion - the path of young entrepreneurs, which was among the top-ten selling books in the 2015 Hong Kong Book Fair. He is also appointed Visiting Professor by the Guangdong University of Technology to promote entrepreneurship there.

Howard Ling

Howard Ling is the Chief Consultant of Social Enterprise Business Centre. Howard began his social entrepreneurial journey in 2004. He founded Harvester, Happy Veggies, Bijas, Ateen, Goodnuts, and Happy Ours.  Howard also runs businesses, such as Cekay IT solutions, and Annalee Dolls Inc. Prior to starting his business, he worked for Nestle, LVMH, and Tag Heuer Switzerland, gaining local and overseas business experience. Howard has served in various advisory committees for various government bureaux, statutory boards, and NGOs, such as the Social Enterprise Advisory Committee, Administrative Appeal Board, Heep Hong Society, Ping Wo Fund Advisory Committee and as a consultant to the Social Enterprise Scheme of Macau. Howard holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Master in Business Administration degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and graduated from INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship programme.