AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


AVPN April Webinar: Role of Partnerships in Building Sustainable and Scalable Inclusive Businesses

By Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)





Date & time

19 April 2018



19 April 2018


About this event

Across Asia, people who belong to the low-income segment or live in poverty make up 60 percent of the population. Many of these people spend less than $3 a day on purchases. While governments have a vital role to play in creating pathways to fair, lasting and shared prosperity, it is increasingly the private sector that is stepping up to tackle the challenges of income inequality and poverty. By leveraging their core assets and abilities to innovate and scale, private sector players are helping to expand access to critical networks and services that can improve people’s quality of life. These interventions are bolstered by partnerships across sectors.

In this webinar, we will hear from AVPN members whose companies are forces for good. Alison Eskesen from the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth will share information about her efforts to connect people and businesses to digital networks that can dramatically increase their productivity and help lift communities – and even whole countries – out of poverty. Stefan Koch will explain how Covestro, a leading supplier of high-value material solutions, is developing innovative inclusive businesses and how they set up sustainable value chain collaborations to benefit low-income communities.

The webinar will also include a case study on Covestro’s partnership with the Social Enterprise Natural Farm Fresh Myanmar to develop and scale a solar drying business. Natural Farm Fresh Myanmar is listed on AVPN’s Deal Share to seek continued support following their successful link-up with Rockstart’s accelerator programme.

Please contact [email protected] for any questions.


Alison Eskesen
Asia Pacific Regional Director
Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth

Alison Eskesen is the Asia Pacific Regional Director for the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth. Alison is a seasoned international development executive working nearly 20 years at the intersection of development and finance. In over thirty countries worldwide, she has built a track record of measurable results by cultivating strategic partnerships among governments, private banks and businesses, and donors. Alison is an Advisory Board member for the Aspen Development Network Enterprises (ANDE) Southeast Asia chapter and the Commonwealth Bank WISE program. Alison holds a MA from Columbia University and a BA from Colgate University. She was also a Fulbright Scholar in Paraguay.

Stefan Koch
Head of Inclusive Business ASEAN

Covestro (Thailand) Co., Ltd

Stefan has a experience in sustainable business development across industries. In multinational companies, he has been working at the interfaces to investor relations and corporate strategy embedding a modern sustainability perspective into core processes. Within Covestro, he currently heads the Inclusive Business Development in ASEAN to benefit low-income consumers with innovative, food security as well as affordable housing solutions. Stefan is the Founder of the TBW network of sustainability experts and supporter of the Inclusive Business Action Network. Stefan holds a diploma in economics and management at Cologne University and Lunds University and has specialized on psychology of economics.

Nay Oo
Founder and Managing Director

Natural Farm Fresh Myanmar 

NFFM has been buying fresh chilies daily from farmers and has installed 4 demonstration sites for farming cooperatives to dry the chilies. Recently, NFFM received a grant from the Responsible Business Fund to install 10 SDDs. NFFM is also taking an active role to assist farmers, farming cooperatives, SMEs and SEs to receive grants and bank loans.

Nay Oo holds a degree in electrical engineering. After his first degree, he pursued his dream to have English proficiency and attended English Diploma at University of Foreign Languages, Yangon.


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