As the Head of DBS Foundation, Patsian Low drives the focus on championing social entrepreneurship in Asia. The Foundation is an endeavor from DBS Bank to make an even greater impact in addressing Asia’s evolving social needs.
Patsian was the former Director of the Philanthropy division in the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) to provide programmes that promote and engage philanthropy from different donor sectors in Singapore. Some initiatives include the online philanthropy platform – SG Gives, independent charity analyst reports from the ICAn programme, bi-yearly Philanthropy In Asia Summit in 2012 and 2014 Funders Roundtable, among others. Patsian regularly facilitated a module on Assessing Social Impact in the executive course for nonprofit leaders, iLEAP, at the Lien Centre for Social Innovation.
Earlier to NVPC, she conducted independent research and consultation in microfinance and social finance, worked on white papers on Microfinance in Asia, Non-Profit Media Strategies, Social Finance, Venture Philanthropy, among others. As a mentor/trainer for the UNITAR Afghan Fellowship Programme, she contributed her bit to Afghanistan’s post-war redevelopment. She is also accredited United Nations Capital Development Fund/Asian Development Bank Institute Microfinance Trainer of Trainers.
Patsian sits on the Boards of Social Venture Partners (Singapore), a venture philanthropy society, the Microfinance Society (Singapore), Singapore’s first microfinance interest group, Forum for the Future SE Asia and was previously a Governor with Banking with the Poor Network.
Patsian has senior-level financial sector experience in U.S., Hong Kong and Singapore within various global institutions like Bankers Trust, Deutsche Bank and State Street. She holds an MBA (Marketing) from New York University’s Leonard N Stern School of Business, and a B.Sc. in Finance from Binghamton University (State University of New York).