Co-founder and CEO, Asia Philanthropy Circle
Laurence Lien of Asia Philanthropy Circle and Lien Foundation is a pillar of the region’s philanthropic community
Laurence Lien is co-founder and CEO of the Asia Philanthropy Circle, a non-profit membership platform for Asian philanthropists to exchange, coordinate and collaborate. The grandson of late banker and philanthropist Lien Ying Chow is also chairman of the Lien Foundation, a philanthropic house founded by his grandfather in 1980.
Among various initiatives, Lien Foundation is focused on eldercare and early childhood development in Singapore, as well as care for the dying. The foundation commissioned its first Quality of Death Index in 2010, which ranked the level of palliative care in 40 countries worldwide. Singapore was listed in 18th place, which helped to spur policy change to augment end-of-life care in Singapore.
As a former Nominated Member of Parliament, Lien spoke out on behalf of vulnerable groups such as the poor, elderly and the disabled. Lien was CEO of the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre for six years from 2008; this was also the year he founded the Community Foundation of Singapore, acting as its chairman until 2019.
“There’s not enough philanthropy in the region that’s going towards addressing climate change. We can already see what happens when humankind has to confront an existentialist threat like the pandemic—the impact of climate change could be even worse.”
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