September 18, 2017

Our Team

UNSIF Team Members

Nan Li Collins

Head of UNSIF, Asia-Pacific

Ms. Nan Li Collins has around 20 years’ experiences in both international organizations and business investment sectors across Asia, Africa and North America.  

She is also responsible for Asia-Pacific Partnerships at the UNDP SDG Impact Finance (UNSIF), supporting policy exchange as well as investing and financial cooperation under UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNSIF is an innovative joint investment platform, bringing together government and private sector investors to create both economic and social returns under a “blended financing” model and invest for 17 SDGs. She has been the Asia-Pacific Lead for South-South and Triangular Cooperation at UNDP since 2014, based in UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub.

Before moving to Bangkok in 2014, Nan worked in UNDP Africa as Country Advisor in New York, providing policy advisory to a portfolio of countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, and liaise with the Permanent Missions in NY. Prior to that, she worked in the UNDP Executive Office as Results Management Specialist, responsible for strategic planning, organizational performance, and the annual results report to the Executive Board.

Before moving to New York, she worked in the UNDP Regional Center for Eastern and Southern Africa in Johannesburg for three years, as the Regional Capacity Development and South-South Policy Specialist, supporting on China-Africa cooperation, regional integration, regional economic and business development, South-South cooperation, etc.

Prior to joining UNDP, Nan spent 10 years in multinational corporations and the World Bank project in China, Japan, and the USA, covering sustainable development, public-private partnerships, investment strategy and business development.

Nan holds MBA from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). 

Artak Melkonyan

Chief Operations Officer

Artak is looking after the overall operations of UNSIF, as well as supporting the impact investment initiatives both regionally and at the country level.

Artak Melkonyan has  24-year track record of exposure to businesses and non-profit projects  in over 40 countries. Before joining UNSIF team, he served as Senior Advisor in UNDP Armenia, while prior to that he was CEO of  RVVZ / IDEA Foundation and led innovative venture philanthropy  projects in tourism, education, regional development. Before that Artak was Senior VP with Dun & Bradstreet SAME and led strategic expansion of the company’s financial infrastructure business to emerging markets in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. His previous experience includes senior management roles in private equity fund, Big4, banking, financial service companies, top government and international organizations.

While in UNDP, he proposed and worked on introduction of impact investment vehicle concept (combination of impact incubator, accelerator, fund and advisory) to address the impact investment ecosystem at country level. Jointly with INSEAD, he also initiated and convened IID Summit – a global conference dedicated to the role of impact investments in international development.

Artak also managed academic faculty as Dean of Business and Marketing at French University of Armenia and is currently in adjunct faculty of American University of Armenia and Public Administration Academy of Armenia.  He earned master degrees in AUA, State Engineering University of Armenia, and graduated senior executive programs at Georgetown University and INSEAD.

Yolanda Jinxin Ma

Head of Communications and Partnership

Yolanda leads the outreach efforts across all activities for UNSIF.

Yolanda has over 10 years of professional experience in digital media, data visualization and communications for development.  Prior to joining UNSIF, she was Innovation, Communications & Technology Expert in the Innovation Unit at BRH where she helped introduce the latest technologies and unconventional partners to UNDP. 

Before joining the UN, Yolanda worked for Thomson Reuters on the award-winning data project ConnectedChina that structured and visualized China’s elite leadership.  She started her career as the first-ever Social Media Editor for the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, where she led crowdsourcing project while contributed to the digitalization of the paper. 

Yolanda holds a Master’s Degree in Journalism and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, both from the University of Hong Kong.

Karanraj Chaudri

Advisor, Social Impact Investments

Based out of Delhi, Karanraj supports UNDP India country office as well as UNSIF’s work regionally.

Prior to his appointment at UNDP, Karanraj worked as a member of the transactions team at the Acumen Fund, a venture capital fund focused on impact investments in social enterprises across South Asia, Africa and Latin America. Whilst at Acumen he worked on deals across the education, energy and agriculture sectors, as well fundraise strategy for the India office. His responsibilities included sourcing, diligence, deal closure as well as post investment management of underlying portfolio companies.

Previously, Karanraj worked with Bridge to India, a boutique renewable energy consulting firm and spent over 4 years working with the Valuation & Strategy practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

He holds a Master’s degree from King’s College London and an MBA from Oxford University.

Pasiwat Sutthirak

Programme Associate

Pasiwat supports the project team in all aspects of programmatic support, secretarial and administrative functions.

Prior to joining UNDP, Pasiwat had worked as a Society Manager at the British Council (Thailand).  He managed and promoted the development of Social Enterprise programme in Thailand.  In addition, he played a key role in leading the mainstreaming of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in the British Council’s projects and processes in Thailand.

Pasiwat holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Public Affairs and a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from Thammasat University, Thailand.

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