UNSIF Team Members
Chief Impact Officer, Asia-Pacific
David joined the UN in 2010 managing innovation, knowledge and digital portfolios for different agencies. He is now with UNDP and has founded the UNDP SDG Impact Finance (UNSIF), which brings together venture philanthropists, family trusts, foundations, corporations, governments and private sector investors to chart a new course toward creating a SDG-aligned “blended financing” platform — balancing both social and economic performance.
UNSIF represents a new partnership architecture that includes all sectors to facilitate financing for SDG-aligned investments in a manner that combine philanthropy, traditional development financing with capital market investments — a true blended finance model.
UNSIF is interested to facilitate financing for SDG-aligned investment projects that support m/SMEs and Mid-cap industries such as energy, agri/aqua-culture, infrastructure and special economic zones. We also seek to utilize the next-gen technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, drones, and material science.
Prior to joining the UN, David started his career in Canada and then in Europe for over 20 years where he held senior management positions within the strategy, digital and business development with Top-3 global corporations. Left to continue his education and become an “dotcom” entrepreneur in the late 90’s where David founded three start-ups. Two were successfully acquired in 2000.
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).
Chief Compliance Officer
Jenny Chow is a senior adviser to the UNDP SDG Impact Finance, responsible for compliance strategy, structure and processes.
Prior to her current role, Jenny worked as Chief Compliance Officer in China Renaissance group, a renowned industry expert in business incubation and angel investment, with a key focus on technology, media, biomedical and financial services. This industry experience inspired her to explore new business initiatives in the emerging sectors that could generate economic returns and create positive solutions for the next generation at the same time. Before joining China Renaissance group, she held senior management positions in China Merchants Securities (as Chief Compliance Officer) and ICBC International (as Assistant to CEO and Compliance Head). She also joined the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong and was responsible for the drafting of the securities laws.
Jenny has obtained LL.B and P.C.LL. in the University of Hong Kong and is a practicing solicitor in Hong Kong.
Yolanda Jinxin Ma
Communications and Partnership Analyst
Yolanda has joined the UNDP SDG Impact Finance (UNSIF) team as a Communications and Partnership Analyst. She will be leading the outreach efforts across all activities for UNSIF, the fast-paced and growing initiative.
Yolanda has over 7 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.
Karl H Richter
Head of Research and Knowledge
Karl H Richter is the Head of Research and Knowledge for the UNDP SDG Impact Finance (UNSIF). His primary role is to lead the UNSIF research council, an international group of academic experts from leading universities across the globe, to improve the analytical framework for social impact investing. This diverse group of thought leaders has been assembled to oversee an ambitious research agenda for accelerating more commercial capital to flow intentionally towards supporting the SDGs. Karl also coordinates UNSIF’s work in managing impact evaluation.
In addition to his role at UNSIF, he is also the co-founder of EngagedX, which specializes in providing bespoke consultancy, thought leadership, advocacy and policy work. He works internationally across private, public and social sectors. He is an experienced entrepreneur and has held leadership, management and executive positions.
He is a member of Groupe d’Experts de la Commission sur l’Entrepreneuriat Social (GECES), which is appointed by the European Commission to advise on its Social Business Initiative, a senior fellow of the Finance Innovation Lab and an adviser to the Global Value Exchange. He also sits on the OECD expert group on social impact investing.
Karl holds an MBA specializing in entrepreneurship and project management, and is the co-author of “Making Good in Social Impact Investment: Opportunities in an Emerging Asset Class”.
Advisor, Social Impact Investments
Karanraj has joined UNDP SDG Impact Finance (UNSIF) as Advisor, Social Impact Investments. Based out of Delhi, he will be supporting the 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.
Yuliang is a programme manager for the UNDP SDG Impact Finance (UNSIF) initiative.
In addition to his role at UNSIF, Yuliang is also the founder of Ace Youth, a non-profit organization dedicated to youth empowerment and social innovation. Prior to that, he taught at a University in western China for over 10 years.
With strong experience in social innovation sector, Yuliang has built extensive network with foundations, businesses and government agencies across China.
Yuliang is currently working on his EMBA at China Europe International Business School. He has also been selected as a Gingko Fellow, IVLP Fellow and Stars Fellow.
Pasiwat has joined the UNDP SDG Impact Finance (UNSIF) project, UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub as Programme Associate. He 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.