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ANDE - MPE&VCA Myanmar Happy Hour

Join us at a Happy Hour in Yangon jointly hosted by MPE&VCA and the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE).

 Export to Your Calendar 3/5/2020
When: 5th March 2020
17:45 - 20:30
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The Penthouse
Contact: Sarita Worravitudomsuk

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Myanmar Happy Hour
By invitations only

Jointly hosted by MPE&VCA and
Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)

Thursday, March 5th 2020 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
The Penthouse
(8th Floor - Parkside One Building - map)
Yangon, Myanmar

We hope to bring ANDE IMT participants together with ANDE and MPE&VCA members in the ecosystem alongside ANDE Investment Manager Training.

Come snack on some delicious canapés and enjoy a free flow of drinks with Panel Discussion on Investing in Frontier Markets – insights from global and local practices.

If you are an ANDE and/or MPEVCA member and interested to join the happy hour, please email PloyWe look forward to seeing you there!



18:00  Registration opens – welcome drinks
18:45  Panel Discussion on “Investing in Frontier Markets – insights from global and local practices”


1. Bob Webster (COO and Global Investment Committee of SEAF) – moderator

2. Theta Aye (Founder of Mother Finance)

3. Yusuke Takahashi (Chief Representative at Daiwa PI Partners Co. Ltd)

4. Bradley Kopsick (Country Manager at Insitor Management)

19:20  Networking (food and drink will be served)
20:30  Closing

Dress code: Business Casual

About Speakers:

Bob Webster, COO and Global Investment Committee at SEAF (Moderator)

Bob Webster is an experienced SGB investor, having held C-suite positions with two leading impact investing fund managers, Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF) and the Grassroots Business Fund.

Bob is now SEAF’s Chief Operating Officer and a member of its Global Investment Committee.  He has also launched and managed three SEAF SGB investment funds, which were in Central Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.  Bob is also part of SEAF’s women’s economic empowerment team, which developed SEAF’s proprietary Gender Equality Scorecard© to assess gender equality in SEAF portfolio companies.

He has also advised on impact investing and small business risk capital, advising on fund strategy and design, due diligence and structuring, capital and grant raises, and fund management. Bob is an active trainer in impact investing, including for the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), the Global Impact Investing Network (the GIIN) and Santa Clara University’s social enterprise accelerator of the Miller Center.  He has lived and worked in Bangladesh, Vietnam, Egypt, Romania, Qatar and Macedonia and he has supported investment activity in India, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines and 15 other emerging markets.

Bob holds both an MBA in Finance and a BA in Mathematics from Indiana University. He also completed Harvard University’s Financial Institutions for Private Enterprise Development Executive Program at the Kennedy School, and he has completed post-graduate work in agricultural economics at the University of London.


Theta Aye, Founder of Mother Finance

Theta has over 10 years of experience in the financial services sector, covering debt and equity capital markets and corporate advisory as well as investment management in the US, Singapore, Hong Kong and Myanmar. She is the CEO of Mother Finance, currently managing and operating the first digital lending mobile platform in Myanmar.Her previous work experiences included: Deputy Managing Director at KBZ Group, Director at KBZSC Securities (Myanmar), Director at Temasek Holdings-backed Dymon Asia Private Equity Southeast Asia Fund in Singapore; and an Associate Director at Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore) corporate structuring and advisory team, where she was involved in initial public offerings, follow-on fundraising and M&A transactions valued in excess of US$7.0 billion. During her 2 years at KBZ Group, she led, managed and executed direct investments into 4 separate deals and 1 JV. She completed her undergraduate and graduate education in University of Oxford (UK) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA).

She is also serving as independent non-executive director at Hayman Capital Co., Ltd, and Amata Holding Public Co., Ltd.


Yusuke Takahashi, Chief Representative at Daiwa PI Partners Co. Ltd, Myanmar Branch

Mr. Takahashi founded a HR company and a public interest incorporated foundation when he was in university. After graduation in 2010, he started his professional career in Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He was mainly in charge of investment promotion and development of economic infrastructures in developing countries by providing Japanese ODA. In 2015 he was assigned as Head of ODA Loan Operation in JICA Peru Office. In 2017 he joined Daiwa PI Partners and since then he plays key roles in the private equity investment deals in Myanmar. He worked for establishing the Myanmar branch and assigned as the first Chief Representative from December 2018. He speaks English, Japanese and Spanish.

Mr. Takahashi holds B.Ec. from the University of Tokyo and he is a Certified SME Management Consultant.


Bradley Kopsick, Myanmar Country Manager at Insitor Management

Bradley is the Myanmar Country Manager for the Insitor Impact Asia Fund, an impact investment fund operating across South and Southeast Asia. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing Myanmar operations, exploring investment opportunities, and conducting market analyses. 

Bradley currently serves as the Treasurer of the newly formed Myanmar Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (MPEVCA), a group of institutional investors dedicated to promoting and improving the country’s private equity industry. Additionally, Bradley helps to support Myanmar’s entrepreneurial ecosystem by providing mentoring and giving a variety of investment-related seminars to aspiring entrepreneurs and SME business owners.

Prior to joining Insitor, Bradley worked as an independent consultant advising companies aiming to enter Myanmar’s financial services and consumer goods sectors. He holds dual bachelors degrees in History and Economics from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.”


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