Award-Winning Silicon Valley Entrepreneur, Enterprise Builder and Philanthropist to address the 15th AFCSR in Myanmar

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Award-Winning Silicon Valley Entrepreneur, Enterprise Builder and Philanthropist to address the 15th AFCSR in Myanmar

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 8:30am

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Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, May 10, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Silicon Valley-based Diosdado “Dado” Banatao, award-winning technology entrepreneur, enterprise builder and a Forbes Asia “Hero of Philanthropy”, has accepted the invitation to address this year’s 15th Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility (AFCSR) on 20-21 September in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

“I hope to contribute my insights in technology development, innovation, entrepreneurship, enterprise building, and their impact to all aspects of society’s needs,” he says in confirming to participate in the AFCSR. 

Dado believes that challenging tradition and mediocrity can disrupt the cycle of poverty. As chairman of Philippine Development Foundation (PhilDev) and other foundations, he seeks to translate science and technology education into innovation and entrepreneurship, and boost economic growth by developing well-trained engineers who produce high value products for the world market. 

He fosters innovation and entrepreneurship by empowering resource-scarce yet promising students in the fields of engineering and technology through educational scholarships and financial assistance, both in the Philippines and Northern California.

“Innovation and entrepreneurship are inseparable for a complex and globalized world,” Dado emphasizes.

Dado’s life journey is an inspirational rags-to-riches success story of breaking free from poverty through education and hard work.  He is the son of a rice farmer and a housekeeper from a small village in Cagayan in the northern Philippines. In his early childhood, he had no access to electricity and walked barefoot to his elementary school.

After graduating cum laude with a degree in electrical engineering from the Mapua Institute of Technology in Manila, Philippines, he declined several job offers.  He eventually joined Philippine Airlines as a trainee pilot, and was later hired by American company Boeing as a design engineer for the Boeing 747, based in the United States.  

After completing his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University, Dado worked for several technology companies and in 1984 became an entrepreneur.  He founded three technology startups and is credited as the inventor of two of the foundation technologies in every personal computer today.

Dado is also Managing Partner of Tallwood Venture Capital, a venture firm focused on semiconductor technology solutions for computing, communication, and consumer platforms.

Dado Banatao joins other notable speakers  at this year’s AFCSR in Myanmar, including Chandran Nair, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Global Institute for Tomorrow, Hong Kong;  David Grayson CBE, Director, Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility, United Kingdom; Dr. Brad Googins, Professor Emeritus, Caroll School of Business, Boston College, USA; Nina Teng, Vice President Public Affairs, Grab, Singapore and Joseph Scaria Jr., Area Director-Development Asia Pacific, Habitat for Humanity International, Thailand.

The AFCSR is Asia’s most established conference on CSR thought leadership and best practice with over 25 countries represented annually. Now on its 15th year, the agenda will focus on Corporate Social Innovation (CSI) to address social challenges, uplift communities, transform countries and create a better future.

It is an annual international conference co-convened by the Asian Institute of Management – Ramon V. del Rosario, Sr. Center for Corporate Responsibility and Asia Inc Forum together with Intel as the Strategic Partner.  This year’s AFCSR is also supported by leading Myanmar conglomerate SPA Group as Host Sponsor; regional engineering and manufacturing group Jebsen & Jessen as Diamond Sponsor and Thailand’s largest banking institution Bangkok Bank as Gold Sponsor. 3BL Media is a partner.

To register or find out more about the AFCSR, visit, email or call +63 2 752 1208.

About the Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility
The AFCSR is the premier platform for showcasing CSR thought leadership and best practice in Asia. It was founded in the Philippines by the RVR Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM).  The AFCSR is the longest-running and most-established CSR conference in Asia, with a record of close to 600 delegates from 30 countries .  It convenes annually in a different Asian location each year.  The AFCSR features prestigious CSR Awards: the Asian CSR Awards and the Intel-AIM Corporate Responsibility Award for outstanding initiatives in four key areas – education, environment, health and poverty alleviation.  It is co-convened by the AIM RVR Center for CSR and Asia Inc Forum.


About AIM-RVR Center for Corporate Social Responsibility
The AIM RVR Center is a research and program center within the Asian Institute of Management (AIM).  The main thrust of the AIM RVR Center is to undertake CSR-focused research relative to the competitiveness of corporations and their impact on society.  The AIM RVR Center is one of the first research centers in the region to concentrate on CSR issues. The Center also provides consultancy and training services on CSR issues to organizations throughout Asia.  The AIM is the Asian pioneer in international management education.  


About Asia Inc Forum
Asia Inc Forum (AIF) is a leading facilitator of business and public policy dialogue in the ASEAN and Asia Pacific regions. AIF is the convener of the influential ASEAN 100 Leadership Forum and the co-convener of the Asian Forum for Corporate Social Responsibility (AFCSR). The company has a proud history of partnership with the APEC CEO Summit - the foremost meeting of business and government in the Asia Pacific region.


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