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Director program helps community organisations

Asia, 10 Jun 2015

The first half of 2015 saw a number of Macquarie staff across Asia learn how to utilise their professional skills to benefit local community organisations.

In Hong Kong, Macquarie, together with financial institutions CLSA, Nomura and State Street, piloted a program where 25 participants attended professional training on the roles, responsibilities and challenges not-for-profit board directors face.

The two-month course examined various approaches to governance, risk, strategy and management issues, with specialist training provided by the Australian Institute of Company Directors. The program also included a panel discussion featuring experienced not-for-profit board directors. A speed-dating style introduction session between 22 local NGOs and the newly qualified executives concluded the program.

A cross-border team of staff from Macquarie’s Hong Kong, Manila, Mumbai and Singapore offices have also recently worked together with Pathfinders, a Hong Kong-based NGO which works to protect vulnerable children born to migrant mothers in Hong Kong.

Using a combination of online research, workshops and phone and face-to-face interviews, the team developed a communication and branding strategy to attract medical personnel to volunteer their time to Pathfinders, providing critical specialist support.

This initiative was part of the Macquarie Director Program, which aims to help not-for-profits effectively address their objectives while giving staff the opportunity to utilise their skills outside of their day-to-day roles.

 

Image caption: Participants of the Macquarie Director Program helped develop a communications strategy to attract specialist volunteers for Hong Kong charity Pathfinders.