USAID GREEN INVEST ASIA

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USAID Green Invest Asia

Investing in sustainable agriculture and forestry

Unsustainable agriculture and land use across Asia is a leading cause of the region’s greenhouse gas emissions. USAID Green Invest Asia helps agriculture and forestry businesses in Southeast Asia improve their sustainable commodity production and manage environmental risks. We match companies with our network of financial institutions and investors looking for environmentally and socially-friendly, profitable land use businesses.

SERVICES FOR SUSTAINABLE
BUSINESS AND FINANCE

Sustainability is smart business. However, implementing strategies to reduce and measure carbon emissions, meet global environmental/social standards and access financing can be challenging.

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Services for

AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY BUSINESS

USAID Green Invest Asia supports mid-growth agriculture and forestry companies with business strategies, environmental assessments and advice to improve their sustainable commodity production and business practices. Initial focus has been on rice, rubber, timber, coffee, and cacao in Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines and Cambodia. A partial list of services includes:

  • Prepare companies for investment
  • Capital matchmaking
  • Carbon services
  • Certification compliance
  • Gender-lens and business advisory
  • Environmental and operations management
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Services for

FINANCIAL
INSTITUTIONS

USAID Green Invest Asia links investors and financial institutions with pipeline in sustainable, low-emission agricultural/ forestry companies, and de-risks lending through improving clients’ environmental risk management. We have partnered with firms to support their current and
prospective clients; grow their ESG-lending portfolios, and; lower their transaction costs. Hover over each entry below to expand for a more complete list of services.

  • Investment Facilitation
  • Technical support to banks and their borrowing clients
  • Co-financing and transaction support
  • Technical assistance in land-use ESG management for investors and banks

Mobilizing private finance to
reduce carbon emissions

Reducing carbon emissions and commodity-driven deforestation through sustainable business practices takes a big investment. By 2022, USAID Green Invest Asia aims to mobilize $400 million of private finance into sustainable commodity production.

The impact of this investment will lead to a reduction of 25 million tons of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas emissions, improving business efficiency and agricultural productivity, while lessening the effects of climate change.

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Mobilize $ 400 million
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Reduce carbon emissions
by 25 million tons

News

The latest news and updates from USAID Green Invest Asia.

Who we are

The USAID Green Invest Asia team has a wealth of experience and expertise in the areas of private finance, investing, commercial business and sustainability.

Christy Owen
Chief of Party

Yohann Formont
Senior Finance Advisor

Natcha Tulyasuwan
Senior Sustainable Landscapes Finance Specialist

Mauro Ciriminna
Senior Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use Advisor

Christy Owen
Chief of Party

Yohann Formont
Senior Finance Advisor

Natcha Tulyasuwan
Deputy Chief of Party

Suganda Charoenkitivarakorn (Aey)
Director of Finance and Administration

Caterina Meloni
Gender and Social Inclusion Advisor

Binod Chapagain
Monitoring and Evaluation Manager

Sukanya Utthiya (Fon)
Administration and Logistics Manager

Punnamart Manthongkum (Punn)
Junior Finance Manager

Sumed Tippimanchaiyakon (Tu)
Finance Officer

Jaruluck Sriyaphai (Pum)
Logistics Coordinator

Mimanta Wachirabovornset (Gate)
Administrative Assistant

Phuong Tran
Communication & Outreach Manager

John McGinley
Strategic Advisor

Barry Flaming
Senior Agriculture, Forestry & Other Land Use (AFOLU) Advisor

Elvie Grace Ganchero
Philippine Country Coordinator

Duc Le
Vietnam Country Coordinator

Strategic Advisors and Partners

Rachel Zedeck
Director, Peterson and Control Union (Thailand)

John McGinley
Managing Partner, Mekong Strategic Partners

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For technical services and business support, please submit an expression of interest to the USAID Green Invest Asia team.

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Duc Le

Vietnam Country Coordinator

Duc helps cultivate and maintain relationships between USAID Green Invest Asia and companies and institutions pursuing sustainable finance and climate-smart land management in Vietnam’s agriculture and forestry sector.  Duc has more than 20 years’ experience  with international NGOs in Vietnam, including the Fauna and Flora International, Frankfurt Zoological Society, Tropical Forest Trust, and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Duc’s experience covers law enforcement in protected areas, sustainable forest management, forest certification and sustainable development. He has chosen projects and institutions that aim to transform the global marketplace into a force for saving valuable, and threatened, forests. Duc Le received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Forestry University of Vietnam, and his doctorate in tropical forest management from Technische Universität Dresden in Germany.

Elvie Grace Ganchero

Philippine Country Coordinator

Elvie is the focal point for USAID Green Invest Asia’s work in the Philippines with companies and banks working in climate-smart land management and sustainable finance.

She brings more than 20 years’ experience, mostly in Asia, implementing sustainable, measurable business strategies for NGOs and corporates. Prior to joining USAID Green Invest Asia, Elvie directed a regional capacity-scaling program transforming CSR initiatives for a Swiss multinational company working throughout Asia. She has integrated social and environmental impact management into business planning for mining and forestry companies in the Philippines and Indonesia.  At International Finance Corporation, she led the design of technical assistance for banana certification and established a carbon-neutral value chain that allowed clients to access premium markets in Europe and Japan. Elvie has also authored several business reports and case studies, including the UN Development Programme’s Growing Inclusive Markets Report for the Philippines.

She has a bachelor’s degree in English and Environmental Management, and has completed Business Sustainability Management training at Cambridge University’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Technical assistance in land-use ESG management for investors and banks

  • ESG assessment of existing and potential clients.
  • ESG risk-mapping and materiality matrix per country and commodity;.
  • Develop/ integrate ESG assessment policies and training for agriculture, forestry and carbon footprint policies, and other ESG-related tools.
  • ESG capacity building and training for bank staff.

Co-financing and transaction support

  • Identification of co-investors, as required.
  • Source commercial and blended finance.
  • Secure external and U.S. Government partial credit guarantees.
  • Provide local legal and administrative support in emerging markets (i.e. equity regulations review, company due diligence).

Technical support to banks and their borrowing clients

  • Assistance to increase operational sustainability (including carbon assessment, certification) and Environmental & Social compliance.
  • Financial advisory (draft/review of investment plans and financial projections and investment structuring).
  • Technical, commercial and financial feasibility studies.
  • Carbon finance analysis, gender-lens investing assessment, policy and strategy implementation.

Investment Facilitation

  • Build and vet high-quality pipeline of climate-smart businesses.
  • Due diligence support: risk management, financial and business plan appraisal.
  • Environmental & Social risk assessment support.
  • Risk mitigation and credit enhancement.

Barry Flaming

Senior Agriculture, Forestry, and Other Land Use (AFOLU) Advisor

Barry leads engagement and technical service delivery to private sector clients. In diverse roles spanning the private, public, and non-profit sectors, he has spent nearly two decades designing and implementing natural resource management, forestry, agriculture, biodiversity conservation, and climate change programs across Southeast Asia. Previous assignments include supporting sustainable agriculture and community forestry projects in montane villages in northern Thailand, to managing regional programs addressing responsible timber trade and combatting illegal wildlife trafficking in Asia. He got his start in international development work as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in southern Thailand in the mid-1990s. Among other roles, he has led U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) regional Sustainable Landscapes and biodiversity conservation programming in Southeast Asia from 2008-2013.

Barry earned a master’s degree in Forest Resources Ecosystem Analysis from the University of Washington’s College of Forest Resources, where he helped set up a long- term forest productivity study involving collaboration with academia, the US Forest Service, and the North American forestry industry.

John McGinley

Strategic Advisor

As a Managing Partner of Mekong Strategic Partners (MSP), an investment management and advisory services firm specializing in the Mekong Region, John brings to the team two decades of experience in banking and financial services, strategy, and the international development sector. As a long-term resident of Cambodia, John has successfully built high-performing businesses across the Mekong Region.

Prior to establishing MSP, John served as the Head of Strategy & Business Development for ANZ (Australia & New Zealand) Bank for the Greater Mekong Region, with responsibility for Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam. During his seven years with ANZ, John led the bank’s approach to market entry and expansion across the Greater Mekong Region.

John has lectured and presented internationally on banking, sustainability, climate finance, agribusiness, as well as the economic and political outlook of the Greater Mekong region. Prior to moving to Cambodia, John worked in investment banking and financial markets in London and The Netherlands as a proprietary equity derivatives trader.

John has a passion for combining finance with positive development outcomes. He understands the transformative effect responsible financial institutions can have on a developing economy. John sits on the boards of private sector and civil society organizations and has a master’s in international development from RMIT University in Melbourne Australia.

Phuong Tran

Communication and Outreach Manager

Phuong is a senior writer, editor and communications manager who has covered international development from West Africa and Southeast Asia for the past decade, first for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) as reporter with the news agency, IRIN, and then as communications director in east Asia for the international NGO, World Vision. Before that, she worked in NGO fundraising, marketing and external relations in New York.

At IRIN, Phuong published hundreds of articles during her six years researching topics ranging from climate mitigation to Rohingya refugees. She spearheaded a global reporting project on neglected conflicts, while helping lead IRIN’s spinoff from the UN in 2014.

At World Vision, Phuong launched a global advocacy campaign to end violence against children in East Asia through branding, event planning and reportage. She headed a network of 50 communicators in seven countries on data-driven storytelling, branding, ambassador recruitment, marketing communications and public engagement, including social media.

She is an alumna of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she attended as a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow. Phuong completed her undergraduate studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service where she was named a Rhodes Scholar finalist.

Mimanta Wachirabovornset (Gate)

Administrative Assistant

Prior to joining this project, Minmanta worked for nine years with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Bangkok as an administrative assistant, and most recently, as assistant to the Head of Country Cluster Support Team where she helped the manager organize regional events while also managing his calendar and correspondence. She has worked for seven years in the hotel and hospitality industry in Thailand where she received training in business communications and sales and hospitality.

Jaruluck Sriyaphai (Pum)

Logistics Coordinator

Jaruluck has 10 years’ experience handling administration, support finance and arranging logistics for three USAID-funded projects in Thailand, most recently as a finance and administrative coordinator for Education Development Centre, Inc. Previously, she was events manager for ICF Macro, Inc., a US-based digital consulting company that implemented the USAID Low Emissions Asia Development program.  From 2005-2012, Jaruluck was staff assistant for the international NGO, AECOM International Development, Inc. working on USAID Environmental Cooperation Asia (ECO-Asia). At USAID Green Invest Asia, she handles all logistical arrangements. She has a Master of Arts from Bournemouth University in the UK with a focus on business administration and marketing.

Sumed Tippimanchaiyakon (Tu)

Finance Officer

Sumed brings more than five years of accounting experience in Thailand, half of that with a USAID contractor (DAI Thailand, Ltd). His corporate accounting experience includes two years at a company supplying oil and gas businesses, and most recently, as a senior accountant for a property developer in Thailand where he handled all inter-branch transactions, reviewed tax submissions in Thailand, performed month-end closings for 15 business units and prepared monthly consolidated financial reporting for management. He has a bachelor’s in business administration from Assumption University in Thailand.

Punnamart Manthongkum (Punn)

Junior Finance Manager

Punnamart brings 12 years’ finance and accounting experience with international NGOs, including four years with the implementing partner of USAID Green Invest Asia, Pact, Thailand. In her current role, Punnamart supports the finance and administration director alongside another finance officer. Her previous roles include finance officer at both Right to Play Foundation and AIDS Access Foundation, where she helped manage reporting to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.  Punnamart worked for more than five years with Médecins Sans Frontières after graduating in business administration from Bangkok University. She has a master’s in economics from Thammasat University in Thailand.

Sukanya Utthiya (Fon)

Administration and Logistics Manager

Sukanya brings to the project almost 30 years’ experience in office and logistics administration, including 11 years working with contractors for the U.S. Agency for International Development. USAID-funded projects she has supported include the Mekong Partnership for the Environment; RESPOND, which was one component of USAID’s Emerging Pandemic Threats program, and; ASEAN Competitiveness Enhancement Project. Her experience in Thailand includes serving as financial controller and office manager for import-export businesses, a hotel and hospitality group and a bank. Sukanya’s formal training has focused on accounting and secretarial administration. At USAID Green invest Asia, she leads a team of two others in human resources and administration.

Binod Chapagain

Monitoring and Evaluation Manager

Binod brings to the team more than 15 years of international development experience, including work in social forestry and natural resource management. He joined the team from the Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) where he was a senior program officer in monitoring and evaluation (M&E). Binod has worked for international NGOs on projects funded by donors including the Governments of the United Kingdom, Australia, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, and the United States.

His M&E experience covers social research, database management and analysis, training and facilitation, indicators development and impact measurement.  He has published in academic and research journals on regulatory barriers to social forestry in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos PDR; the contribution of community forestry to peacebuilding in Nepal, and; citizen monitoring in forestry.

More than 100 NGOs in Nepal adapted a participatory tool Binod created to assess capacity development under a UK Government-funded project.

Binod earned his doctorate in development studies from the Australian National University under the Australian Government’s Leadership Award Program.  At USAID Green Invest Asia, Binod leads the activity’s performance monitoring, evaluation and learning system, overseeing all data collection, analysis and reporting.

Caterina Meloni

Gender and Social Inclusion Advisor

Caterina is a gender-finance specialist with 17 years of experience working for private sector and development finance institutions on inclusive finance, women’s economic empowerment, and entrepreneurship. She has worked for the World Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC), US Agency for International Development (USAID) and other funders to implement projects in over 30 countries.  From microfinance and small-medium enterprise (SME) finance, she then focused on the crossroads of gender and finance, advising banks and the private sector on how to increase their outreach to and investment in women-owned businesses.

She has led and contributed to numerous market studies quantifying the business opportunity of the women-owned business sector in emerging countries. In 2015 she founded Connecting Founders, a Bangkok-based advisory firm that helps bridge the funding gap for female founders by providing financial and strategic advice. Caterina holds an M.A. in International Relations and Economics from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Caterina leads USAID Green Invest Asia’s efforts to incorporate gender and social inclusion components in its operations and is leading related research and strategy setting.

Suganda Charoenkitivarakorn (Aey)

Director of Finance & Administration

Suganda brings to the project more than 12 years working in and leading budget forecasting, control and analysis as well as accounts payable for the private sector, including P&G, ExxonMobil and investment companies in Thailand. In the public sector, she has managed some 200 grants over the past five years since she started with the international NGO, FHI 360. During her tenure at FHI 360, she managed a $28 million budget for “HIV/AIDS Prevention Care & Treatment” that covered China, Laos PDR, Papua New Guinea and Thailand. She worked with DAI (Development Alternatives Inc.) Thailand, Ltd. on the “Sapan Project – Strengthening Thai Democracy” where she managed a $30 million budget. Her experience with bilateral donor financial reporting includes Australia and the United States.

Natcha Tulyasuwan

Deputy Chief of Party

As Deputy Chief of Party, Natcha leads the delivery of greenhouse gas measurement, reporting and verification capacity building of businesses, technical analyses and research related to sustainable agriculture and forestry investment in Southeast Asia. She also manages strategic partnerships with investor and business platforms.

Prior to joining USAID Green Invest Asia, Natcha worked on sustainable landscape business models, greenhouse gas inventory, emission trading, and capacity-building for the agriculture and forestry sector in Asia to lower emissions with US Forest Service, USAID Climate Economic Analysis for Development, Investment and Resilience, USAID Low Emissions Asian Development Program, USAID Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests Program, Centre for International Research on Environment and Development (CIRAD), and UN Food and Agriculture Organization.   

Her published research has covered payment for ecosystem, reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+), national greenhouse gas inventory, mangrove carbon assessment, and land tenure in Asia.

Trilingual in English, French and Thai, Natcha has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Lund University and Thammasat University, a master’s degree in environmental change and management from Oxford University, and a doctoral degree in forestry with a focus on REDD+ from AgroParisTech.

Yohann Formont

Senior Finance Advisor

Yohann leads Mekong Strategic
Partner’s contribution to sustainable finance through USAID Green Invest Asia. Yohann is a Senior Finance Advisor who has worked for more than a decade with banks, insurance companies, microfinance institutions, and development finance institutions in over 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. His finance expertise covers agriculture, renewable energy and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME). Prior to joining USAID Green Invest Asia, Yohann led technical assistance in Cambodia for a local commercial bank in the areas of SME lending, environmental and social management, and risk management. Yohann has consulted for the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in Asia on agricultural value chain financing, renewable energy finance, and financial inclusion. In Nepal, he helped design the multi-donor five-year Nepal Rural Renewable Energy Program and drafted the business plan of the National Renewable Energy Fund. From 2006 to 2011, Yohann provided sustainable business and financial services in emerging countries in the Netherlands for Enclude, an advisory firm.  He has led and participated in assignments in Africa and Asia for the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the French Development Agency (AFD), among others.

At USAID Green Invest Asia, Yohann is facilitating investment opportunities in land-use companies for sustainably-minded investors.

Christy Owen

Chief of Party

Christy serves as the Chief of Party for USAID Green Invest Asia, implemented by the global NGO, PACT, for which she serves as Thailand Country Director. She has spent the past 18 years designing and implementing environmental management, biodiversity conservation and climate change projects in the Philippines, Venezuela, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, and the lower Mekong region.

As Chief of Party for the USAID-funded Mekong Partnership for the Environment regional program from 2014-2017, she led a multi-disciplinary team to improve social and environmental safeguards for infrastructure investment across the five Lower Mekong countries.  She was Deputy Chief of Party for USAID’s Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change project in Thailand.  As the Natural Resources Technical Area Manager for the Environment and Energy Sector at Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI), she led a multimillion-dollar portfolio spread across Asia, Africa and Latin America.  She has worked in senior management in Venezuela and was a Project Administrator for an environmental governance project in the Philippines, both for USAID.

Christy holds a master’s degree in Latin American Studies with a focus on public policy and development communications from University of Texas at Austin.