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Jockey Club to stage second Philanthropy for Better Cities Forum this September

Following the strongly positive response to the inaugural 2016 event, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust is to host its second Philanthropy for Better Cities Forum this coming September at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. This year, renowned political philosopher Professor Michael Sandel from Harvard University will be a keynote speaker.

As the first event of its kind in Asia to be focused on metropolitan social issues, the Forum provides an unrivalled opportunity to exchange views on these issues for all those interested in the latest developments in philanthropy and charitable work, including NGOs, family and corporate foundations, thought leaders, social entrepreneurs, policy makers and academia.

The 2018 Forum will be held on 20 and 21 September. It will focus on five themes: Leveraging the Market, Sustainable Development, Maximising Impact, Youth and Creativity, and Health and Well-being. Through two keynote presentations, four plenary sessions and over ten breakout discussions over the two days, delegates will be able to explore innovative ways in which different sectors can create social impact, drawing on international case studies with additional flavour from the perspective of Greater China.

Professor Sandel, who is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, will engage the audience with inspiring dialogue on the moral limits of markets and market mechanisms, and the right things to do for addressing metropolitan social issues. Other confirmed speakers include Hong Kong Monetary Authority Chief Executive Norman Chan, The Boston Foundation President and CEO Paul Grogan, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo President and CEO Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, and Asian Venture Philanthropy Network CEO Naina Batra.

The inaugural Philanthropy for Better Cities Forum attracted some 1,000 thought leaders and delegates from 17 countries and more than 50 prominent speakers, including Professor Michael Porter of Harvard Business School and Pony Ma, Chairman and CEO of Tencent.

Places can now be reserved through the Forum website at, at the special “early bird” price of HK$2,120 per person until 30 June 2018.  The regular full price thereafter is HK$2,500. For enquiries or further information, please e-mail