In the first of our 3 webinars on Myanmar, we have invited Allison Morris, Co-Founder of Project Hub Yangon, who will give some insight on the social enterprise space in Myanmar. Their perspectives are gleaned from the incubation programmes that they run from the capital. She is joined by Nick Lazos, Director at Insitor Management, which finances high quality startups and early-stage social businesses with the promise of growing them to a larger scale and higher profile. Together, they will provide our AVPN audience with an interesting look into the social investing landscape in Myanmar – from their direct experiences in the country.
4th December 2013: 4 – 5pm Singapore time
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Allison Morris is the Co-Founder of Project Hub Yangon, Yangon’s first co-working space and business incubator. She is a “Jill of all trades”: an entrepreneur, program manager and policy analyst with experience managing social enterprise programs in Singapore and Myanmar and a passion for entrepreneurship, private sector development and impact investing. Allison is also a Partner at Morris & Silvester – an international development and emerging market advisory firm operating out of Singapore and Yangon. Before relocating to Yangon, Allison was the Campus Director at Aidha Singapore, a social enterprise that provides financial literacy and entrepreneurship training to foreign domestic workers. She holds an Master of Public Affairs from Sciences Po, Paris and a Bachelor’s in International Studies from Emory University. Her background in microfinance, education policy and women’s empowerment programs have led her to work with various agencies as a consultant, including the OECD, Care Myanmar and HelpAge International. Find out more here: http://www.projecthubyangon.com/
Nicholas Lazos is the Co-founder and Investment Director of Insitor Management, Nicholas has worked in Cambodia for the last six years, supporting social enterprises through their start-up stage. Nicholas leads all major equity investments and takes executive roles in portfolio companies. Prior to Insitor, Nicholas was General Manager of the first low-income housing solutions company in Cambodia, where he managed the start-up and development of the company until fully operational. He holds dual degrees in Mathematical Methods in the Social Science program at Northwestern University. Insitor Management is an impact investing firm based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with offices in New Delhi, India and Yangon, Myanmar. We are a small, specialized team that invests in companies that have the potential to fundamentally improve the lives of low-income families in emerging countries. Find out more about their investments here: http://insitormanagement.com/
AVPN is introducing our new series of in-country focus webinars from December 2013. The webinars will feature practitioners and subject experts representing different perspectives in social investing in the featured countries. The first country to be featured is Myanmar. The amount of excitement and enthusiasm that has been going around in both the social and commercial sectors over the country have resulted in a flurry of noise – in the media, the investors and also the non-profit industries. However, this remains a tough landscape to maneuver and it requires not only patience, careful due diligence but also the right partnerships. Check our events page for the other webinars.