THE FULL TEAM
Philo Alto (李家仁)
Founder & CEO
Philo Alto (李 家 仁) is the founder and CEO of Asia Value Advisors (AVA), a purpose-driven philanthropic capital advisory firm based in Hong Kong. Through bespoke advisory services, convening, and research, AVA seeks to inform and inspire individuals and organizations to create sustainable impacts.
His work included advising the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust on program curation for its inaugural Philanthropy for Better Cities forum in September 2016 with 60 globally-renowned speakers and attracting over 1,300 delegates. Previously, he co-organized an impact investing forum in Hong Kong for East and South East Asia with the Rockefeller Foundation which adopted an ecosystem approach in developing the impact investing market.
Alto has also 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”. His work has been referenced in the media such as Stanford Social Innovation Review, Alliance magazine, and the book, “The Power of Impact Investing”. Philo was recently appointed as a member of the global editorial advisory board for Alliance magazine.
Alto received his MBA and MPA from Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School. He is an investment banker by training (Goldman Sachs and Citibank alumnus) prior to founding AVA. His voluntary engagements include serving as a director and community engagement lead of the Harvard Club of HK, global advisor of Social Ventures HK, and an officer of the HBS Association of HK.
Angie Tang (鄧安琪)
As AVA Senior Advisor, Angie provides strategic advice on business development in philanthropic consulting and tactical direction on marketing and communicating the firm's key value propositions.
She is a columnist on U.S. politics and policy toward Asia in The Diplomat, the premier current affairs magazine in the Asia Pacific region. From 2009 to 2014, Angie served as Executive Director of the Committee of 100, a Chinese American leadership organization dedicated to advancing U.S. - China relations. Prior to her executive leadership position in the non-profit sector, Angie was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as a regional executive of the U.S. Department of Labor.
Before joining the federal government, Angie was a cabinet official in the administration of Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani. She started her career in public affairs as a policy coordinator to New York City Council President Andrew Stein.
She was elected Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and served on the Board of Directors of several non-profit organizations. Currently a Trustee of Berkeley College, she is a recipient of several leadership awards including the 2013 Above & Beyond Chairperson Award from New York's City & State magazine and luxury watchmaker Breguet’s recognition for Philanthropy Advancement in 2015. Angie is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Princeton University, and Columbia Business School.
Natalie Lau is currently pursuing a graduate degree in social policy at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a student fellow at the Wharton Social Impact Initiative where she advises local clients on sustainable investment and impact management.
Prior to Penn, Natalie worked as a policy researcher at Our Hong Kong Foundation with a demonstrated history in research publication and stakeholder engagement on social innovation, impact investment and sustainable development.
Natalie holds a BSSc in Sociology, with First Class Honors, from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Jessica recently completed her MBA program at the University of California, Berkeley, with impact investing and responsible investing as her program focus, and will be heading into international development post MBA. Prior to her MBA, Jessica spent 5 years in the investment roles within the private wealth management industry, first at Barclays and later at Bank of Singapore. She received her bachelor degrees in International Politics and Economics from Peking University, China, and is a CFA charter holder.
Aoife Coady is currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in Economics and a minor in English from the University of Pennsylvania. Through her courses and extra-curricular activities she has developed a strong interest in the intersection of finance and social development and its power to improve lives and communities.
At Penn, Aoife helps lead the university’s largest community service organization and the Penn Society for International Development, while also engaging in behavioral economics research.
Ryan is currently pursuing a bachelors degree in Government from Harvard College. Ryan’s previous work experience includes summer internships with Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong and Broad Peak Investment Advisers in Singapore. He has additional work experience with the Asia School of Business in Kuala Lumpur and worked for a year with a startup hospitality enterprise in Tokyo.
Upon graduation, Ryan will be joining Goldman Sachs’ Hong Kong office as a financial analyst in their securities division.
Ryan is passionate about finance, philanthropy, and social responsibility, and is excited about exploring ways that companies and organizations can make a meaningful impact in the communities they serve.
AVA Advisory Board
Jonathan is a social entrepreneur and motivational speaker, having founded and co-founded four startups across multiple industries in Silicon Valley and Manhattan. He is the Executive Director of Lien Centre for Social Innovation and an Adjunct Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Singapore Management University. Jonathan has played a key role in securing Ashoka Changemaker Campus accreditation for SMU, the first campus in Asia to receive this honor.
Jonathan co-founded a social enterprise, working with organic and non-GMO farmers and food manufacturers in California and helping them achieve supply chain sustainability and market growth. Through a fellowship from Columbia's Earth Institute, Jonathan traveled to Rwanda to teach social entrepreneurship and conduct research on how to use entrepreneurship as a tool for social change. His other research includes a case study on entrepreneurship in rural India for Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a book about government and innovation with Esko Aho, former Prime Minister of Finland. Jonathan has also given a TEDx talk at Harvard.
Jonathan earned his degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Jonathan was a recipient of Stanford GSB's Miller Social Change Leadership Award and and Harvard Law School’s Digital Problem Solving Initiative Fellow.
Scott has recently relocated back to the US but continues to be actively involved in the local space space. Prior to his return to the US, Scott was CEO of SOW Asia and in that capacity, he has engaged with Hong Kong’s diverse stakeholders, establishing critical connections from the public, private, academia and non-profit sectors to channel valuable financial and non-financial resources towards the impact investing space. He began his career at the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO and has since developed a strong network from over 30 years of experience with cultural, education and religious non-profit organizations in Hong Kong and China. Scott earned his MA in International Affairs/Economics from George Washington University and an MDiv from Columbia Theological Seminary.
Mikko Perez has a successful track record investing in and operating innovative technology, new media and telecom-related ventures. Prior to leading Ayannah, he was Director of Finance & Business Development at mobile messaging start up, Chikka and helped steer Chikka to profitability. He also spearheaded the company's international expansion prior to its acquisition by PLDT (NYSE: PHI).
Prior to this, he was an investment manager at Next Century Partners where he managed private equity on behalf of Soros Fund Management, LLC and several institutional investors. He was also an investment banker at JP Morgan Chase (Hambrecht & Quist) in San Francisco where he advised technology ventures.
Mikko is proud of his humble beginnings. Growing up, his father was an entrepreneur struggling to build a small business and they didn't have a lot of money. But, Mikko was granted a merit scholarship to study at Xavier School, the elite school for the sons of wealthy Filipino-Chinese families in the Philippines. Mikko went on to graduate with a BSc in Management (with Honors) and a BA in Development Studies (with Honors & Award for Excellence) from the Ateneo de Manila University.
Upon graduation, Mikko turned down several lucrative job offers to work in multinational corporations and spent the first years of his professional career organizing farmers’ and fisherfolk organizations in rural Philippines. He then started an aquaculture and seafood processing venture that eventually employed several hundred people from rural communities. Then, to fulfil his father’s birthday wish, Mikko went to get his MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Mikko now serves on the board of corporations and foundations but he remains connected to the barrios by actively supporting social entrepreneurship and sustainable development initiatives in emerging markets.
Angel Young (楊慧旋)
Angel was most recently a Director at Asia Value Advisors (AVA) before rejoining Nielsen Company as Managing Director for Hong Kong and Macau in 2016. She is now a non-executive Advisory Board member for AVA.
A native of Hong Kong and an accomplished business leader with a Nielsen career spanning almost 20 years, Ms. Young possessed all-rounded expertise in understanding consumer behaviour across what they watch and buy. With a breadth of industry experiences across Hong Kong, Taiwan and China, she was instrumental to the success of recent major product enhancements and capability building efforts. Ms. Young was the Business Process Improvement (BPI) leader of Nielsen Greater China.
On a personal front, Angel is involved in various community engagements such as the Mentoring Program at The Women Foundation. She also volunteers with NGOs such as Kids4Kids, Community Business, and the Good Lab.
Angel holds a Bachelor of Arts & Science degree from the University of Toronto.