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Welcome to Dāna Asia

Welcome to dāna asia

dāna (Pali, Sanskrit: द।न dāna) is generosity or Giving. In other Asian cultures, it is also the practice of cultivating generosity.

dāna asia is an organisation committed to helping current and aspiring philanthropists to donate in a transparent and sustainable manner.

“I very much appreciate and am proud to see this new school building happening in our community because from now on the parents of the children from all the communities living around this area will have no more worry on where they should send their children to study when their children reach school age. They will have a bright future while they are able to continue their study.”

Staff Member from recently completed school in Thailand

“I am hopeful for my business, my income will increase as a result of my expanded business.” 

Recipient of funds from Micro-Financing Project in Cambodia.

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Michelle Sawyer

Michelle Sawyer has twenty-five years experience in both Australia and Singapore as a PhotoMSResearch Analyst and Project Manager predominately for Macquarie Group, one of Australia’s leading banking, financial, advisory, investment and funds management services providers with offices across the world. In the research role, Michelle analysed Australian listed resources stocks whilst in the Project Management position Michelle coordinated the development and implementation of a number of global IT systems.

Michelle has also worked for an Aboriginal Native Title Consultancy, a Communications and Marketing Group and an Executive Search firm.

Michelle has always had a keen interest in the Asian region having completed a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Asian History and Anthropology at the University of Sydney.

Michelle Sawyer 2017-10-22T07:22:53+00:00

Michelle Sawyer

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Position: Director of Operations, email: [email protected]

Michelle Sawyer has twenty-five years of experience in the corporate sector working predominately for Macquarie Group, one of Australia’s leading banking, financial, advisory, investment and funds management services providers with offices across the world. Michelle has also worked for an Aboriginal Native Title Consultancy, a Communications and Marketing Group and an Executive Search firm.

Michelle has recently returned to Sydney having spent the last five years living in Singapore. During this period she worked as a Project Manager for the Macquarie Group managing the design and implementation of a number of key global IT projects.
Michelle has always had a keen interest in the Asian region having completed a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Asian History and Anthropology at the University of Sydney. The move to Singapore provided Michelle with the opportunity to expand on her academic knowledge through personal experience as she travelled extensively throughout the region. These travel experiences were pivotal in rekindling her interest in the social and economic issues facing many of those living in Asia.

Michelle Sawyer 2017-10-31T10:46:42+00:00

Lindley Edwards

lindley-edwards-180x180Lindley Edwards is the Group Managing Director of AFG Venture Group (www.afgventuregroup.com) and its various subsidiaries. The Group provides corporate advisory services that include mergers, acquisitions, divestments, capital raisings, strategic consulting, licensing and joint ventures. AFG Venture Group operates throughout the Asean Region, with full offices in India, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand.

Previously Lindley was a State Manager (Vice-President) with Citibank. Prior to this position she spent nine years with Macquarie Bank and was an Associate Director with the Corporate Banking Division.

She is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia. Lindley holds two undergraduate degrees one in Accounting and the other in Banking and Finance. She also holds postgraduate qualifications in Corporate Governance and in various Financial Services regulatory courses and is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy

Lindley Edwards 2017-10-22T07:24:49+00:00

Nasir Haji

Nasir Haji

Nasir Haji is the Managing Partner of a  very large Shipping Company in South-East Asia. He was born in Kashmir India, but is now based in Singapore and is a Singaporean citizen.

Besides Shipping Industry, Nasir has interests in restaurants and mining. He also leads a family charity trust which is running 3 Schools in a very remote area of Kashmir.

Nasir Haji 2017-10-31T09:57:16+00:00

Prometheus Siddiqui

Prometheus Siddiqui is a development professional who was academically trained in AAEAAQAAAAAAAAJaAAAAJDhjOWU1YWUwLWU3YTQtNDNkOS1hYTliLTlhOWIzNjAzZTRjMAeconomics with a significant range of experiences including economic research studies, financial analysis, business plan formulation, project management, external relations and communications. As a member of the executive and management team Prometheus promotes the organization into the corporate and donor market and to the expanding Grameen network, formulates strategies and action plan for the Grameen Australia group and manages and provides support to social business, microfinance and other special projects in Australia and other regions (such as Bangladesh, the Philippines and Cambodia).

Prometheus commenced his career at a multinational investment bank (NDB Capital Limited, with HQ in Colombo Sri Lanka) as a management associate and went on to serve as a volunteer consultant in the Inclusive Finance team of UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) at the regional headquarters of United Nations in Bangkok, Thailand. He has been working with the Grameen family of companies chaired by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus since 2012. As the Coordinator of the Social Business Unit and a management team member of Grameen Telecom Trust, he managed a wide range of income generation and livelihood social business projects.

Prometheus completed his Bachelor of Science in Economics (minor in finance and accounting) from North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, with academic distinctions (summa cum laude) while working as a teaching assistant. He is the first Bangladeshi recipient of an international scholarship, the Chevron International REACH Scholarship. He has completed the Master of Business degree at Victoria University with High Distinction average and tutors in the University’s Masters program and at the Asia Pacific International College. Prometheus is a published writer for newspapers and magazines, and has served in international and national voluntary organisations and philanthropic causes.

Prometheus Siddiqui 2017-10-23T01:02:50+00:00

About dāna asia

For over two decades our founders have been involved with social change projects and programs focused on equity and justice in Asia.

 

Our experience in advising and guiding Philanthropists in Japan, China, Singapore, the United Kingdom and Australia has led to fulfillment of their philanthropic and social investment aspirations.

 

We offer advice, co-ordinate grants and undertake due diligence, with the highest levels of accountability and transparency to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, China, Hong Kong, the Philippines, India and Bangladesh.

 

Collaborating with Private Wealth Advisors, Banks and other Professionals, we have crafted philanthropic and social investment plans for our donors and guided their passions and strategies.

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Vision and Mission

Dana Asia’s vision and mission is simple and strategic

Vision

Build an equitable Asia with significant philanthropic investment and commitment that enables sustainability and development.

Mission

Together with our partners we aim to make a real, substantial and long-term difference to disadvantaged peoples’ lives in Asia.

Vision and Mission 2017-10-22T03:30:58+00:00

Our History

We have advised corporate, family and individual clients on their philanthropic and social investments in a diverse range of geographies – cutting across sectors and issues.

Using a range of financial instruments we have enabled investments in the philanthropic and social enterprise sectors through loans, micro credit and social venture funding to create sustainable means to alleviate poverty.

Engaging with diverse diasporas, our founders have spearheaded pioneering research and action oriented initiatives in the Asian region for over a decade.

Building awareness has always been part of the overall mandate and we have provided training on aspects of high impact grant making and corporate social responsibility.

Our History 2017-10-22T03:31:52+00:00