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East & Southeast Asia

ANDE’s East and South East Chapter officially launched in June 2014, and now has a full-time Regional Chapter Manager dedicated to strengthening and expanding the network in ESEA. The chapter aims to work to together to better understand and leverage existing resources in the region, facilitate interaction among local actors, and identify common challenges and collaborative projects to address them. 
If you would like more information on the chapter, please email Regional Chapter Manager Fai Wechayachai or Regional Chapter Program Coordinator Sarita Worravitudomsuk.

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Click here to see a list of ANDE members working in the region.

what we do

Knowledge creation and sharing: 

Chapter Updates and Newsletters
Our East and Southeast Asia (ESEA) team shares news, insights, publications, regional events and opportunities through a monthly chapter update to our members. The team also sends out a quarterly newsletter to a wider audience of potential members and partners in the region.

Mapping Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
With support from the Rockefeller Foundation, DFAT, and USAID, we will develop a snapshot of entrepreneurial ecosystems in either Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, or Thailand. We will create and share this snapshot with input and participation from ANDE members and partner organizations, and use it to create a deeper understanding of the gaps and opportunities in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the selected country.

Webinars represent a great opportunity for members to share their expertise and leadership in their areas of work. Check the ANDE events calendar to see when the next webinars are taking place.

Networking and Collaboration

Member Connections
The ESEA chapter fosters regional collaboration among members and potential members, with the goal of strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout the region. One way we do this is through members connections and introductions.

Chapter Meetings
The ESEA Chapter will meet quarterly in different locations in Southeast Asia in 2018. Many ANDE members are based or work in Cambodia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Vietnam, and more, and we continue to seek opportunities to involve members from throughout the region. We regularly partner with our local members to host these meetings and facilitate workshops.

Happy Hours
ANDE happy hours provide great opportunities for members in each country. In 2018 we plan to host happy hours in conjunction with our chapter meetings in Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, and the Philippines. We also seek member input on where to host more happy hours, so feel free to send us your input.

Learning Labs
With support from the Rockefeller Foundation, the ESEA chapter will launch a regional learning lab once we have identified a sector of focus that is most relevant to members in the region. If you are interested in one of our global learning labs, see the full list of labs here.

Training Opportunities

Investment Manager Training (IMT)
Thanks to support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia (DFAT), the ESEA chapter will hold an Investment Manager Training in Asia Pacific in 2018. The training program will take place in Bangkok from September 10-14, 2018.


Regional Chapter Manager: Omkaew “Fai” Wechayachai 

Omkaew “Fai” Wechayachai joined ANDE in 2017 as the East and Southeast Asia Chapter Manager. Fai holds a Masters in Comparative International Development Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto. Fai brings both private and public sector in education industry expertise. She most recently has served as the Deputy Managing Director of a Thai educational institution that established the Canadian International School of Thailand, an institution she helped build from the ground up. Her role included everything from identifying and managing relationships with educational partners and stakeholders overseas to assisting with the creation of the school curriculum. Prior to her role with the Canadian International School, Fai was part of the management team of KidZania Bangkok where she led the creation of a 15-person sales team while identifying and cultivating leading industry brands and corporates in the market.

Regional Chapter Program Coordinator: Sarita Worravitudomsuk

Sarita joined ANDE in May of 2018 as a Program Coordinator. Her past work spans across digital marketing and HR consulting. Prior to joining ANDE, Sarita was an HR consultant and a facilitator for a Japanese consulting firm in Thailand. Prior to that, she was a Marketing Manager for a German-Thai fintech start-up, and she worked as a customer strategist for a Japanese E-commerce, Rakuten Inc. Sarita graduated from Doshisha Business School in Kyoto, Japan, with a focus on Marketing and Sustainability, where she had an internship and wrote a case study on Patagonia Inc. on their responsible effort and social mission. She earned a BA in Economics from Trent University and attended United World Colleges (UWC) in Canada - a global educational movement with the mission to make education a force to unite people.

Steering Committee Chair: Abbie Jung

Abbie is the co-founder of Synergy Social Ventures which educates funders about the use of philanthropy, philanthropic investment and social entrepreneurship as innovative tools to achieve sustainable development goals. She has a background in venture capital, public health and international development working with organizations such as Médecins Sans Frontières and the World Health Organization. As Regional Director of Nexus Asia, she creates collaborative communities of socially conscious and active young leaders and convenes a range of events around philanthropy, impact investing and social entrepreneurship in the region. She has a bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology from University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree in Population and Family Health from Columbia University. 

Steering Committee