September 18, 2017

Our Team

UNSIF Team Members

 

David Galipeau

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). 

 

 

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

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.

 

 

 

Karanraj Chaudri

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 Zhou

Programme Manager

 

 

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 Sutthirak

Programme Associate

 

 

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.

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