Philanthropy has always been a feature of public life from faith and good works in medieval times to charitable giving today. This symposium looks at philanthropy in its historical context, reviews the work of the great philanthropists of the nineteenth century in particular, and asks what it has to offer in the world today.
Paul Cheng is the UK Director of the Social Venture Fund II (a pan-European social investment fund investing in social businesses) and the Founder Trustee of SharedImpact – a charity whose mission is to facilitate the building of the social investment market. He is the former Head of CAF Venturesome - a pioneering social investment fund in the UK where he provided debt and equity financing to over 300 charities and social enterprises.
Paul is also currently the Chair of the European Social Investment Taskforce (a high-level working group connecting Prime Ministerial offices throughout the European Union). He has written extensively on social investment, and is a regular commentator on social finance issues. By background, Paul was a corporate finance lawyer with the international law firm Slaughter and May, and also worked as a business strategist for Microsoft. He holds an MBA from The Kellogg School of Management and a law degree from Oxford University.