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Launched in 2016, the ANDE East and Southeast Asia (ESEA) Chapter envisions a thriving ecosystem for Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs) in the region. The goal for the ANDE ESEA Chapter is to create a platform that supports all stakeholders in the SGB ecosystem through training, knowledge sharing, facilitating introductions and fostering collaboration to bridge ecosystem actors at our meetings and networking events.

ANDE ESEA Chapter Core Activities



The ESEA Chapter holds regular member meetings and happy hours to promote knowledge sharing, networking, and collaboration between members and non-members. These gatherings create opportunities to meet new partners, discuss key challenges, and share best practices to build an overall sense of community and strengthen collaboration among actors in the sector.


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 member connections and introductions.



The ESEA Chapter meets quarterly in different locations in Southeast Asia. We regularly partner with our local members to host these meetings and facilitate workshops. We also host happy hours to provide opportunities for members in each country to meet and network.






As part of a series of ecosystem maps, we recently launched Myanmar Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Snapshot, identifying organizations that actively support entrepreneurship in Myanmar and look at the kind of support they provide. This snapshot aims to provide members with greater insight of the programs in order to identify where the gaps are for supporting entrepreneurs, and what opportunities may exist to close those gaps. These snapshots were produced through a review of existing literature, a series of surveys and interviews, as well as stakeholder meetings. Download the PDF of the snapshot HERE.


GALI Research aims to address the gap in data about the effectiveness of accelerators in this regions. With the collaboration from Emory university, GALI works with accelerators programs globally to collect and analyze data describing the entrepreneurs that they attract and support. In 2019, ANDE ESEA Chapter will work on the research to deepen the accelerator and incubator programs in East and Southeast Asia. Click here to check out the GALI Asia-Pacific Data Summary >>>

GALI Roadshow and Roundtable will take place in 2019 to create collaboration among various stakeholders in accelerator and incubator programs. The roadshow and roundtable are complemented by GALI research to help our members and non-members understand the landscape of ESEA accelerators and incubators. 

ESEA Sustainable Agriculture Learning Lab aims to bring together stakeholders in agriculture ecosystem to discuss key global and regional challenges ranging from Agri-Business Model, Sustainable Finance Innovation, Role of Women and youth as sustainable consumer and investor in agri-value chain, AgTech and Roles of Technology in tackling climate change, energy access, and food security in the region. Launched in 2018, we are co-hosting the learning lab with USAID Green Invest Asia, Winrock, Rikoto,  Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, and Swisscontact.


We also launched ESEA Metrics Learning Lab in March 2019. The learning lab aims to build the capacity for impact measurement, including standardization of metrics, developing evidence-based practices for our field, using impact data to make decisions, and creating a culture of measurement in the region.


Thanks for joining us in celebrating this milestone! The ANDE at 10 celebration was held on May 9th, 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.



In August 2018, we hosted the Investment Manager Training (IMT) in Bangkok. The main objective of this course is to provide a comprehensive overview of investing in SGBs - from deal sourcing and due diligence to exit strategies. ANDE hosts the course in two different locations every year in an effort to bring the training program closer to its members all around the world.



If you are interested in learning more about our chapter or getting involved in our activities, you can schedule a call here.

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.

 Program Associate, East and Southeast Asia: Andrea Skinner

Andrea is a strategist, connector and pragmatic optimist working at the intersection of sustainable development and social entrepreneurship as Program Associate at the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE). Previously, she was the founding executive director of a San Francisco based climate change accelerator, Silicon Climate that leveraged resources from Silicon Valley to environmental innovations.  Andrea also worked at Rainforest Action Network, an organization fighting climate change with hard-hitting and direct environmental campaigns and at Tides, an incubator providing capacity building services to social entrepreneurs and startups. Andrea received a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University, specializing in Environmental Science and Policy.


 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