Women IN Development Vol. 2

Wednesday, June 01, 2016 6:30 PM
Four Points by Sheraton Bangkok, 4 Sukhumvit Soi 15 Klongtoey-Nua, Wattana, Bangkok (15 ถนน สุขุมวิท แขวง คลองเตย เขต คลองเตย กรุงเทพมหานคร 10110)



The second instalment of our Women IN Development series will focus on ‘The Future of Development’ discussing how the development world is shifting and where it is headed, the role of social business and social enterprise models and how they are connected to the development sector, and the changing nature of funding, CSR and corporate grants.



Regular Tickets 1 June 2016 500 THB



In the wake of a sold out first event and a large demand for a sequel, we have decided to continue the Women IN Development events as a mini series and will be running a few more throughout the year.

This event will address the intriguing topic of ‘The Future of Development’ and will explore the role of foundations, social enterprise models and the changing nature of funding. We also hope to touch on career questions for professionals looking to the future and what kind of roles they can expect to see coming up in partnerships and the changing development landscape.

These topics and more will be discussed by our panel of professionals in a engaging and thought provoking panel conversation. Joining us for this will be Marianne Smallwood of USAID, Sandy Walsh of Cisco and Nichapat Na Thalang from WWF Thailand. The discussion will be moderated by Lucy O’Donoghue of AidMamas.

More information about our panelists is below.

This event is open to anyone currently working in development or interested in the field. Men are encouraged to attend and we welcome your input into the discussion!

Ticket includes a welcome drink and limited snacks and due to limited capacity we recommend booking fast as we expect this event to sell out.

Problems securing tickets? Email info@akinasia.com


Ms. Marianne Smallwood is the Regional Partnerships Builder at USAID’s Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA) based in Bangkok, Thailand.  In this role, Ms. Smallwood leads and supports USAID’s regional hub and country offices throughout Asia on building strategic partnerships in which the private sector’s business and sustainability interests align with USAID’s development objectives.  Her areas of expertise include food security, public health, environment, science and technology, workforce development, and vulnerable populations.  Ms. Smallwood joined USAID in 2011 as part of the Office of Innovation and Development Alliances, where she led on creating public-private partnerships in the Asia and Africa regions.  Her USAID partners included numerous multinational corporations, financial institutions, social enterprises and impact investors, foundations, and nonprofit organizations.  Prior to USAID, Ms. Smallwood worked at General Mills in Minneapolis, Minnesota; in the nonprofit sector in Vietnam; and as a U.S. Fulbright Research Scholar also in Vietnam.  She graduated from The University of Minnesota and holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University.



Sandy Walsh is the Director, Social Innovation Group at Cisco. She leads Cisco’s social investment in the Asia Pacific and Japan region with a team of 15, spanning 25 countries. Sandy manages a group within Cisco focusing on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and social innovation. Initiatives underway address issues related to human capital development, employment, and community empowerment across the region. Cisco’s approach to social investment focuses on applying the company’s unique technology expertise, solutions, and people to create strategic, relevant and sustainable programs that support skills development, employability, and improved access to services. Sandy commenced her career over 25 years ago working in the Human Resources and professional training fields, in a variety of roles including sales, business consultant and general manager. The move to Cisco enabled Sandy to apply her business experience to develop sustainable programs that create corporate shared-value (CSV) across the region.



image1Nichapat NA THALANG is the Corporate Engagement Manager for WWF- Thailand and has 10 years of experience working in the development field.  She is actively engaged with global and local businesses in Thailand to become part of the sustainable solution for a better environment. Business Engagement strategy to end poverty has always been her passion. She has a strong belief that Business Engagement not only ends poverty,  but could create win-win situation for all stakeholders. Nichapat has several years of experience managing donor-funded research and development projects in South East Asia, especially focusing on capacity building needs and activities. She also has experience in working on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and market and trade mechanisms for development. She brings a special interest in innovative business solutions that effectively contribute to sustainable development as well as business models at the base of the pyramid.