Philo Alto 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 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 adopting an ecosystem to the impact investing market.
Philo 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 HK”. His work has been cited in the media such as the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Alliance magazine, and the book, “The Power of Impact Investing”. Philo was appointed as a member of the global editorial board for the Alliance magazine.
Philo 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 communitylead of the Harvard Club of Hong Kong, global advisor of Social Ventures Hong Kong, and an officer of the HBS Association of HK.