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CEO - Asia Philanthropy Circle - Singapore


The Asia Philanthropy Circle Ltd (APC) was launched in 2015 as a membership-based platform for exchange and collaboration among philanthropists in Asia. APC supports leading philanthropists to accelerate private action for public good by addressing systemic challenges through collaborative philanthropy. APC offers its members a safe space to inspire one another, learn from best practices from all around the world, and to explore synergies and joint projects to grow social impact. It is a registered charity headquartered in Singapore.

APC is now embarking on an exciting transition. After five successful years, its founding CEO is stepping down and APC seeks a new CEO to usher the organisation into a new phase of growth. It currently has 45 members representing some of the largest business families in the region, and more than 10 on-going collaborative projects and funds. This is an opportunity for a passionate leader to step forward to accelerate membership growth, increase the momentum of collaborative activities, and build the philanthropic ecosystem in Asia.

As a brief introduction, APC’s activities include:

  • Experiential Donor Learning & Exchange, like country roundtables, expert workshops, member interest groups, learning journeys, project meetings, and annual meetings.
  • Pooled Philanthropic Funds, like the 1000 Days Funds in Indonesia. Pooled funds enable APC members to leverage philanthropic resources, networks and their collective intelligence to address the region’s most critical needs.
  • Philanthropic Ecosystem Development, like dialogues with government and non-profit leaders, and research and advocacy to promote informed giving, a more enlightened regulatory landscape and a supportive philanthropic infrastructure.
  • APC Catalysed Member Projects. APC connects members with common interests and helps them to research, develop and scope programmes aligned with their interest. Members will then co-create and co-fund projects.


The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) serves as the leader of the organisation and its primary public representative, reporting to the APC Board, comprising of APC members. The CEO works in partnership with the Board to ensure that the organisation fulfils its mission and to create strategies that ensure its future success. Specifically, the CEO's responsibilities are:


  • Advances and implements APC's vision, mission and strategies
  • Creates annual operating plans and budgets that support the strategic directions
  • Develops and monitors strategies for ensuring the long-term viability of APC
  • Oversees a system for tracking and reporting on the progress of the strategic plan implementation


  • Oversees the organisational set-up, processes and tools for an efficient delivery of future operations
  • Promotes a culture that reflects APC’s values, and encourages innovation and excellence
  • Maintains a high-functioning team of permanent staff and interns
  • Brings out the leader in each team member, individually and collectively
  • Ensures a high level of staff engagement and staff development
  • Enables strategic usage of technology for effective administration
  • Mobilises and engages external providers, both paid or probono


  • Creates new pipeline of prospective members and grows membership in priority countries
  • Oversees effective member engagement through connections to one another and with external experts
  • Develops an ongoing relationship of trust with members
  • Develops platforms to catalyse new collaborative opportunities among members


  • Stays abreast of philanthropic and social issues and landscape, and anticipates future trends
  • Catalyses new projects that mobilise member leadership and support, and implementing partners
  • Oversees the ongoing support for existing pooled funds, projects and member interest groups
  • Oversees impact measurement of APC’s contributions and of APC’s projects
  • Possesses an entrepreneurial spirit through continuous experimentation and refinements in response to programme and member feedback

Financial & Governance Stewardship

  • Oversees staff in developing annual budgets that support operating plans, for board approval
  • Ensures sufficient incoming resources for the organisation to thrive
  • Prudently manages the organisation's resources within budget guidelines
  • Manages organisational and staff compliance with regulatory and organisational requirements
  • Institutes best practices in financial management, sustainability and corporate governance
  • Provides prompt and accurate information to keep the Board informed of key risks

Community Relationships

  • Serves as primary spokesperson and representative for APC 
  • Actively advocates for APC, its beliefs, its members, its mission and its programmatic efforts
  • Serves as liaison to APC’s stakeholders and cultivates relationships with public and private funders
  • Builds reputation, relationships and trust with key external stakeholders in the various sectors 

Board Support and Leadership

  • Provides support and administration to the Board
  • Advises the Board in the development of policies and planning recommendations
  • Supports the Board during orientation and self-evaluation


The successful candidate will demonstrate a high level of integrity and a strong track record as team player, bring experience and expertise in social sector work and philanthropy in general, and fulfil the following requirements.

  • Strong empathy with the mission and vision of APC
  • Exceptional strategic leader with high level of commitment, willingness and ability to grow APC
  • Strategic, entrepreneurial and a strong achievement orientation.
  • Outstanding people and ambassadorial skills, with credibility and ability to engage experienced philanthropists, public sector and non-profit leaders, and to mobilise partnerships and volunteers
  • A track record of a minimum of 15 years of professional experience, with at least 10 years in leadership roles, ideally in the social or philanthropy sector in Asia, and/or in working with ultra-high net worth individuals and their families
  • International, cross-cultural experience
  • Be prepared to be based in Singapore

Work environment

We offer a dynamic and creative environment with meaningful work and a unique opportunity to gain first-hand insight into the world of private philanthropy across Asia as well as an ability to shape one’s own work place and culture. The CEO will work closely with APC’s Co-Chairman, who is currently the incumbent CEO.

For all inquiries regarding this opportunity, please contact Pete at MoveMeOn via email - pete@movemeon.com using the subject line: CEO - Asia Philanthropy Circle - Singapore enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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