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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.

Fai Wechayachai, Regional Chapter Manager, East and South East Asia

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. She brings both private and public sector in education industry expertise. She most recently 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.  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, managed relationships with international partners while identifying and cultivating leading industry brands and corporates in the market. Fai had international development experience working with Caritas Sweden, UNICEF Canada and helped fundraise for a local NGO in northern Thailand working with minority and sexually-harassed children.


Ploy Jintjutha Phongphansathaporn, Program CoordinatorEast and South East Asia

Ploy joined ANDE as a Chapter Intern in September 2019 and now serves as Program Coordinator for ESEA. Before joining ANDE, Ploy recently graduated from the University of East Anglia with a BSc in Environmental Geography and International Development. She has field experience through her dissertation evaluating community-based water irrigation projects in the Muang-Chang sub-district. Ploy is passionate about social entrepreneurship and sustainability and has a mission to promote and integrate entrepreneurship and change-making skills into Thailand's educational system.


Chinnakit Silakong (Bank), Program Associate, East and Southeast Asia

Chinnakit is a well-rounded business development professional with a background as a consultant and international business development in multinational technology implementation firm and retail-led conglomerate covering CLMV geography. His most recent role was commercial team lead for a seed-funded fintech that aims to promote information-based lending in Thailand. With such, Chinnakit brings private sector perspective and commercial expertise to the role at Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs. With an enthusiasm in the built-environment and social enterprise, Chinnakit is looking to be a part of a stronger sustainability ecosystem in the region. He has a master’s degree in International Real Estate and Planning from University College London. 


Pasiwat Sutthirak (Pop)Program Associate, East and Southeast Asia

Pasiwat has recently joined ANDE as a Program Associate. Prior to joining ANDE, Pasiwat worked with UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub, where he played a key role in providing programmatic support to the UNDP SDG Innovative Finance unit. Prior to his time at UNDP, Pasiwat worked with the British Council (Thailand), where he managed and promoted the development of Social Enterprise program in Thailand, one of the original pioneering countries for the British Council’s social enterprise work in East Asia, and achieved results in building strategic partnerships between the UK and Thailand in the areas of policy and government engagement; capacity building for social entrepreneurs, and social enterprise in higher education. In addition, he played a critical role in leading the mainstreaming of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion policy in the British Council’s projects and processes in ThailandPasiwat holds an M.A. in Public Administration and Public Affairs and a B.A. in International Affairs from Thammasat University, Thailand.

Mashita (Nina) ChiewattankulCommunications and Operations Intern, East and Southeast Asia

Mashita joined ANDE as a Chapter Intern in July 2020. She recently completed her MSc by Research degree in Chemistry at the University of Bristol, specializing in organic geochemistry. Her research focused on understanding nitrogen fixation in soils and aimed to improve agricultural sustainability by reducing our reliance on industrial fertilizers. Mashita was also a former intern at the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS), under UNEP. The topics she worked with included, among others, analyzing renewable energy developments with regards to migratory species conservation, alongside exploring synergies to protect peatlands. Mashita hopes to contribute towards sustainable development – and is especially keen on integrating environmental considerations into these actions.


Steering Committee
Priya ThachadiVillgro Philippines (Co-Chair)
Tristan Ace, British Council (Co-Chair)
Alison Eskesen, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth
Jenny Everett, ANDE 
Mark Harwood, ygap
James GrallPACT
Jennifer Oomen, Habitat for Humanity's Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter
Matt Wallace, Opportunities Now