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Joint Workshop by ANDE/Nexus for Development & launch of Myanmar Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Snapshot

Join us at Entrepreneurial Ecosystem workshop by ANDE & Nexus for Development. ANDE Myanmar Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Snapshot will also be launched at the event.

When: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
8:45 AM - 17:00 PM
Where: Sule Shangri-La Yangon
#223, Sule Pagoda Road, Yangon, Myanmar
Contact: Sarita Worravitudomsuk

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Joint Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Workshop by ANDE & Nexus for Development and
ANDE Myanmar Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Snapshot Launch 

Wednesday February 27th | 8:45 AM - 17:30 PM

Sule Shangri-La | Yangon, Myanmar


ANDE & Nexus for Development invite social entrepreneurs, financiers, and intermediaries from entrepreneurial ecosystem in Myanmar and across Asia to participate in an interactive workshop, knowledge exchange and networking opportunity. Ecosystem stakeholders will share best practices and explore ways to support the scale and effectiveness of entrepreneurship in Myanmar and Asia.

At the session, ANDE will launch Myanmar Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Snapshot which provides key findings, gaps and opportunities identified from the survey which has been completed by over 200 Myanmar entrepreneurial ecosystem players.



See the full session description here.

8:30 AM - Registration opens

9:00 AM - Welcome remarks by ANDE and Nexus for Development

Fai Wechayachai | Regional Chapter Manager | ANDE East & Southeast Asia

Jennifer Louie | Executive Director | Nexus for Development

9:15 AM - Interactive networking 

9:30 AM - Leveraging Innovative Finance Together: Financial Solutions Mapping launch and Discussion

Jennifer Louie | Executive Director | Nexus for Development

10:30 AM - Coffee Break

10:45 AM - Demystifying Financier’s Approaches to Risk: Panel discussion

Risk Panelists:

Dondi Hananto | Partner | Patamar Capital

Jugnu Pati | Senior Investment Manager | Bamboo Capital Partners

Nathalie Risteau | Co-founder and Director | Mandalay Yoma Company Ltd.

Peter Crowhurst | CEO | British Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar

U Saw Dino Ku | Executive Director | A-Bank.

Moderator: Jennifer Louie | Executive Director | Nexus for Development

12:15 PM - Crowdsourcing: Ecosystem Working Session

Session Designer: Courtney Savie Lawrence | Head of Exploration | UNDP Asia Pacific

12:20 PM - Lunch

13:30 PM - Aligning on Impact: Enterprise Spotlights and Interactive Discussion

Opening Speaker and Judge: Brianna Losoya | Senior Impact Analyst | ANDE


Geoff Revell | Managing Director | HappyTap Co.

Margarita Manzo | Senior Investment Manager | Nexus for Development

Peter Witton | Director & Co-Founder | Anthem Asia

Enterprise Spotlights:

Francesco Carocci | Project Manager | OTAGO

Mila Bedrenets | Deputy CEO | Solar-Home

Rachel Pringle |  CEO |  Hydrologic

14:30 PM - Interactive Networking

14:40 PM - ANDE Myanmar Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Snapshot Launch

Share key findings, gaps and opportunities identified from the survey which has been completed by over 200 Myanmar entrepreneurial ecosystem players.

     by ANDE East and Southeast Asia (ESEA) and ANDE Research team 

     Brianna Losoya | Senior Impact Analyst | ANDE

     Fai Wechayachai | Regional Chapter Manager | ANDE East & Southeast Asia

     Sarita Worravitudomsuk | Program Coordinator | ANDE East & Southeast Asia

Highlights of projects that support entrepreneurs in the Myanmar Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

     Dr. Aung Win | Rector | University of Yatanarpon Cyber City

"Best Practice for Building Talent and Work Readiness Skills"
Case study from University of Technology –Yatanarpon Cyber City

     Aye Pearl Hlaing | Monitoring and Evaluation Officer | International Labour Organization

"Programme on Entrepreneurship and MSME support in Myanmar"

     Dominic Mellor | ADB Ventures lead | Asian Development Bank

"Aggregating Industry Demand for Tech"

15:40 PM - Coffee break & Networking

16:00 PM - Looking forward: Working session with Ecosystem Actors

Session Designer: Courtney Savie Lawrence | Head of Exploration | UNDP Asia Pacific

17:00 PM - Closing remarks


Due to capacity, registration is closed

About the Speakers

Dr. Aung Win, Rector – University of Yatanarpon Cyber City (UTYCC)

Dr. Aung Win, graduated B.E from Yangon Technological University in 2002 and graduated M.E and Ph.D in 2005 and 2009 from Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology (MIET), Russia. All degree specialized in ICT and research conducted in Analog-Digital Computing System. Served in Ministry of Science & Technology and Ministry of Education as a Head of Academic Department, Head of Research Department, Principal of Technological University and currently serving as a Acting Rector of University of Technology (Yatanarpon Cyber City) - UTYCC and can also call a founder of UTYCC. Also served as an Academic Leader for ICT area for developing, reviewing curriculum and syllabus for 33 Technological Universities from 2010 to 2014.

Aye Pearl Hlaing, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer  International Labour Organization (ILO)


Aye Pearl is in charge of Monitoring & Evaluation for ILO’s Myanmar Entrepreneurship and Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise (MSME) Support. She also oversees ILO’s training programme, making the founding step to help new and existing small businesses to create jobs in both rural and urban areas join the dramatic economic and social change in Myanmar.


Dominic Mellor, ADB Ventures lead – Asian Development Bank (ADB)


Dominic is the Asian Development Bank’s ADB Ventures Lead. He is responsible for designing Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) early-stage investment projects to deploy and scale technologies and business models for impact in the Asia-Pacific.




About the Session Designer: Courtney Savie Lawrence

Courtney Savie Lawrence is currently working at UNDP as a Regional Innovation Center's Head of Exploration. She has facilitated many workshop for various organizations, including Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE). She is a connector by nature who thrives by working with others to bring innovative sustainable development projects to life. In the past 15 years she has lived, worked and traveled across more than 70 countries in pursuit of positive social impact. Most recently she cofounded DSIL Global, a social innovation company. Courtney is Faculty at Thammasat University, School of Global Studies and Social Entrepreneurship. From 2006-2014 she served on the Executive Committee of the Swiss-based NGO, World Alliance of YMCAs. Previous to cofounding a US social enterprise for sustainability entrepreneurs in 2011, she worked with Ashoka’s Full Economic Citizenship initiative in the Washington, D.C. area. She has facilitated multiple trainings across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, North and South America. She holds a Master’s in Sustainable Economic Development and Responsible Management from UPEACE, the UN Mandated Graduate School of Peace and Conflict Studies. 

Jennifer Louie, Executive Director – Nexus for Development


Jennifer has over 15 years of experience in financial services and is passionate about social finance, economic development and sustainable growth of MSMEs. She joined Nexus for Development to drive its inspiring mission. Jennifer has extensive background in corporate finance, asset management and business development and most recently managed an emerging markets debt portfolio for sub-Saharan Africa. She holds a Bachelor of Science in finance and economics and is currently pursuing a graduate program in environmental policy and international development at Harvard University.


Dondi Hananto, Partner – Patamar Capital

Dondi is a Partner at Patamar Capital based in Indonesia. His past experience was in commercial banking (retail and SME financing) with several banks, and began the journey into impact businesses when he joined Sampoerna Strategic, an Indonesian privately-held investment company owned by a prominent local family. He was part of the team who set up the microfinance business for Sampoerna (now a full-fledged microfinance & SME bank). Dondi made the transition into early-stage investing in 2011 when he co-founded Kinara Indonesia and started doing investments into companies with positive impact. He joined Patamar Capital in 2014 and currently oversees the investment portfolio and activities in Southeast Asia, with a focus on Indonesia and Philippines. Besides being an active practitioner of impact investing, Dondi also serves on the board of UnLtd Indonesia, an incubator for early-stage social enterprises.


Jugnu Pati, Senior Investment Manager – Bamboo Capital Partners

Jugnu is a Senior Investment Manager with Bamboo Capital Partners, a Swiss based private equity fund that works towards profitably deploying private capital for effective social change. She is part of the Singapore team of BCP responsible for originating and managing investments in Asia. Jugnu has around 11 years of experience across Impact Investing and Investment Banking. Prior to joining Bamboo, Jugnu worked as an Investment Officer at IFC, World Bank Group handling investments and portfolio management for the Financial Institutions Group, South Asia. Previously she worked with SBI Capital Markets Ltd and ICICI Securities Ltd in their Investment Banking teams in India where she led several M&A, Capital Markets, PE exits and Advisory deals across sectors. She holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Xavier Institute of Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.


Nathalie Risteau, Co-founder and Director – Mandalay Yoma Company Ltd.

Nathalie is the cofounder and Director for External Relations at Mandalay Yoma, a Myanmar-based company specialized in sustainable energy solutions. The company enables access to energy programs for rural Myanmar through solar mini-grids and also develops rooftop commercial & industrial plants to enable MNCs and SMEs to reduce their energy expenditure.

Nathalie has a proven track record of working with the government, local conglomerates, international businesses, and development partners in her previous roles. She is passionate about developing access to energy programs along with advising on public policy & programs to accelerate socio-economic development. Nathalie founded Mandalay Yoma after heading Airbus Helicopters’ business for Myanmar, Cambodia & Laos, having seen energy access as a priority in Myanmar.


Peter Crowhurst, Chief Executive Officer – British Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar

Peter is the Chief Executive Officer of the British Chamber of Commerce, Myanmar an organisation that represents 250-member companies active in the Myanmar market. Peter was part of the founding team that established the Chamber of Commerce and has served on the board for the last five years since its inception. Peter brings to the Chamber a wealth of experience, having spent the past thirty years working in Asian Markets. Initially Peter worked in Hospitality industry at General Manager level, in Hong Kong and China, however transferred his skills into Real Estate, becoming an Asset and Investment Manager with ING Real Estate Investment Management based in China. In this role he supported real estate development and investment projects in China and Taiwan. During his time in with ING and latterly CBRE Global Investors, Peter was responsible for real estate portfolios in China, Taiwan, Singapore & Malaysia with assets in excess of USD 650 Million. Peter’s relocation to Myanmar was orchestrated through Yoma Strategic Holdings, whom he joined in 2013 when based in Singapore and moved to Myanmar full time shortly after as Head of Real Estate Asset Management at Yoma Strategic Holdings.

The British Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar provides pragmatic advice, trade and commercial services to investors considering investment into the Country. For information please visit –


U Saw Dino Ku, Executive Director – A-Bank

Dino is a visionary and trailblazer of Myanmar Banking Industry. Currently, he is the Executive Director of A-Bank (Ayerwaddy Farmers Development bank). He has over 13 years of experience working for several global financial institutions such as MUFG, Meridian Capital and Finster Financial Group.

He has helped moved A bank to focus on Agri value chain financing. A bank is probably the only local bank in Myanmar which focuses Agri, SME and Green Financing. Under his leadership, A bank has obtained Credit Guarantee from Rabo bank, has been selected by WWF EU and German savings bank as green financing program Bank. A bank has financed many successful Agri and SME financing. Most notable Milestones include (Amara coffee, Shwe Taung Thu coffee association, Avocado Packaging factory, Natural farm fresh Solar dryer, solar pumping system installments scheme in Dry zone, local MFI lending (providing fundings to second tier Local MFIs).

For his beloved country development he has traveled thousand miles to talking to various Farmers, Agri businesses and SMEs. He listens, he cares, he structures and most importantly “he delivers”.


Brianna Losoya, Senior Impact Analyst – ANDE

Brianna joined ANDE as an Impact Analyst in 2016. She is part of the Research and Impact team and supports ANDE members in measuring the social, economic, and environmental impact of small and growing businesses. Prior to ANDE, Brianna worked in Senegal with the UN World Food Programme as a Reports Officer, and with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences as a Program Officer. She also conducted research on neighborhood indicators and affordable housing for the Urban Institute’s Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center in Washington, D.C. Brianna has a B.A. in Economics and French from Claremont McKenna College.



Geoff Revell, Managing Director – WaterSHED Ventures

Geoff is the Founder and Managing Director of HappyTap Co. HappyTap is a portable sink designed to help families form handwashing habits. At LIFT Yangon, Geoff hopes to share his experience in taking HappyTap to market and to better understand how to raise financing and engage with investor expectations. Geoff also co-founded WaterSHED NGO, a leading actor in the WASH sector, recognized globally for its pioneering systems approach to make water, sanitation, and hygiene markets work better for everyone. WaterSHED sets a global benchmark for cost-effectiveness and sustainability in rural sanitation. Geoff previously worked at the World Bank Group on water sector projects in Cambodia, India, and in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to that, Geoff spent four years on the start-up team at a software firm based in Canada, now a unit of CA, Inc.


Peter Witton, Director & Co-Founder – Anthem Asia






Margarita Manzo, Senior Investment Manager – Nexus for Development

Margarita Manzo is a Senior Investment Manager at Nexus for Development, a debt impact funds manager based out of Cambodia. Nexus supports enterprises across the region working on climate mitigation and the fight against poverty. Margarita spends most of her time managing Nexus’s Pioneer Facility, a USD6.5M debt fund that invests in growth-stage enterprises working on energy, water and sanitation solutions for low-income, under-served populations in Asia. Margarita is from Manila and has a background in corporate and project finance, particularly in the energy sector. She holds an MBA in finance from HEC Paris. Prior to Nexus, Margarita worked on both the developer and funder sides of the table for renewable energy projects in Sri Lanka, Kenya, Tanzania, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Having worked at an investment bank, a large developer, and a start-up, she has seen the various issues companies and projects face to get funded. She is driven by a passion for building things and helping great ideas and projects get off the ground. She would like to see great startups focus less on funding and focus more on what matters – execution.


Rachel Pringle, CEO – Hydrologic

Rachel Pringle is the CEO of Hydrologic Social Enterprise and Nexus for Development Board Member. Before joining Hydrologic, Rachel worked with its founder International Development Enterprises (iDE) in Cambodia, focusing on social enterprise development, including launching iDE’s in-house microfinance unit and Hydrologic’s carbon finance project. Before moving to Cambodia she worked in a variety of fields including as a trader for an international investment bank, before moving on to work on WASH-related consultancies in the UK and South Africa.



Francesco Carocci, Project Manager – OTAGO


Francesco and OTAGO got to know each other in 2013 when Francesco did a five-month internship for the company. Francesco holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Rome. As OTAGO’s Project Manager Francesco is in charge of new franchising projects and technical assistance.



Mila Bedrenets, Deputy CEO – Solar-Home


Mila is responsible for business development, sales and marketing at Solar Home. Prior to joining Solar Home team Ms Bedrenets was head of marketing at several retail banks in Ukraine. With 11+ years of experience in marketing at developing markets, she brings creativity and sustainable development perspective into corporate mindset. Ms Bedrenets holds a degree in Marketing from Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK), MSc in Environmental Science and BA in Political Science from Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Ukraine)



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If you are a social entrepreneur and will be in Yangon on February 26th, join Nexus for the LIFT workshop. Nexus invites sustainable energy, water and sanitation social entrepreneurs for a full-day of capacity building. Join us for peer-to-peer learning and training on advanced financial topics. RSVP now! Learn how to accelerate your impact through innovative finance! Click here to learn more >>

The workshop will complement the AVPN Myanmar Social Investment Summit 2019 on February 26th, by promoting solutions-based discussions, market connections and increased understanding within the entrepreneurial ecosystem. We invite Summit attendees to join us on the 27th and leverage the back-to-back events.