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SDG Innovate: The Future of Sustainable Finance

Presented by SGInnovate and UNDP

Technology and Sustainability Creating Impact with Sustainable Finance

In strengthening Singapore’s sustainable investment ecosystem, we need to establish Singapore as a node for Global Sustainable Finance, and consider the element of impact measurement within incubators/accelerators.

Date: 27 September 2019, Friday
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Venue: 32 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059911


  • Dmitry Mariyasin, Resident Representative, UNDP Armenia
  • Naina Batra, Chairperson & CEO, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network
  • Professor David Lee, Professor, Finance Programme, School of Business, Singapore University of Social Sciences
  • Moderator: Bradley J Busetto, Director, UNDP Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development

Programme Details:
4:00pm – 4:30pm: Registration
4:30pm – 5:30pm: Panel Discussion and Q&A
5:30pm – 6:00pm: Networking

Speakers’ Profiles:

Dmitry Mariyasin, Resident Representative, UNDP Armenia

Dmitry Mariyasin is the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Armenia. In this position, he is responsible for the programme and operations of the UNDP Country Office, an office with some 100 employees and over $14 million in the annual budget. UNDP Armenia is one of UNDP’s hubs for innovation and impact finance, with a growing platform of initiatives that include a policy experimentation focused SDG Innovation Lab, as well as UNDP ImpactAim - the region’s first Impact Accelerator (with focus on ClimateTech, GovTech and AgriTech) and a brand new Tech4SDGs Impact Investment Fund. 

Prior to joining UNDP in Armenia, Dmitry was the Regional Partnership Advisor and Team Leader in the UNDP’s Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy covering Europe and the CIS region. In this function, he led a team of 20 that supported UNDP’s partnerships with new development donors and partners in the region, including strategic partnerships with Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Romania, Russia and Slovak Republic. Earlier Dmitry had worked in the UNDP Regional Support Center in Bratislava, Slovakia (2011-2014), the Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS at UNDP headquarters in New York (2008-2011); and in the UNDP Country Office in Moscow, Russia (2002-2008).

Dmitry holds a PhD in Economics from the Moscow State University, a Master’s in Public Administration degree from New York University (Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service), as well as a degree in public administration from the Moscow State University and in international economics from the Russian Foreign Trade Academy.

Naina Batra, Chairperson & CEO, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network

Naina joined AVPN as their CEO from September 2013 and has been appointed as Chairperson in May 2018. Naina’s leadership over the past 6 years has grown the AVPN membership by more than 3x and elevated the organisation into a truly regional force for good. Under her direction, the organisation has grown from focusing only on Venture Philanthropy to supporting the entire ecosystem of Social Funders from philanthropists to impact investors and Corporate CSR professionals. She was instrumental in developing AVPN’s innovative services that connect, empower and educate the now 570+ members of AVPN.

Prior to joining AVPN, Naina was a member of the senior leadership team of a purpose-driven unit of The Monitor Group, a leading global strategy consulting firm, aimed at catalyzing markets for social change. Naina was also partner and Co-Founder of Group Fifty Private Ltd, curating contemporary Indian art with a view to providing a medium for upcoming and established Indian artists to showcase their work directly to a large and diverse audience.

Naina has a master’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University where she graduated at the top of her class. She also holds a bachelor degree in Economics and International Relations from Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, USA and a General Course Diploma in economics from The London School of Economics.

Professor David Lee, Professor, Finance Programme, School of Business, Singapore University of Social Sciences

Prof David LEE Kuo Chuen is the founder and independent director of several startups and listed entities. He is also the external advisor to Stanford University’s Distributed Trust Initiative, a 2015 Stanford Fulbright Scholar, Vice President of the Economic Society of Singapore, and council member of the British Blockchain Association. 

Before joining SUSS in 2016, he was the Director of the Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics at the Singapore Management University, and he was the Group Managing Director of OUE and Auric Pacific. He founded and managed Ferrell hedge funds from 1998-2012 and was the property developer for Ferrell Residences. He has assisted regulators and investment associations in several capacities including the design of the framework for risk and complexity of investment products, allocation of financial research funding (Financial Research Council), Blockchain Standards (ISO) and Technology RoadMap of Singapore (Services & Digital Economy). He has more than 60 cited articles with nine books on Asian economics, digital currency, blockchain, inclusive fintech, and AI. 

He graduated with BSc, MSc, and PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science in Econometrics in the 1980s. His current interest is in technology for financial inclusion, distribution of trust and privacy protection.

Moderator’s Profile

Bradley J Busetto, Director, UNDP Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development

Bradley leads the newly established UNDP Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development in Singapore. He is widely regarded as a pioneer in creating and scaling innovative financing and sustainable business models. Most notably, he set up the UN’s first social venture incubator and impact investment fund, as well the world’s first national SDG Innovation Lab, during his tenure as United Nations Representative in Armenia (2013 - 2018). Bradley’s accomplishments were lauded at the Future of Innovation Summit (co-hosted by Stanford University and Rockefeller Foundation). He was also awarded the Medal of Honour from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia.

Prior to his appointment in Singapore, he led the design and launch of UNDP’s new global network of SDG accelerator labs and also designed the SDG Fund for the United Nations. 

Previously Bradley served in humanitarian missions with the UN World Food Programme in Indonesia, Iraq, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo.

Before joining the United Nations, Bradley led the expansion of international operations for the Wellcome Trust, a leading global health foundation. He also worked in leadership roles in banking and management consulting and co-founded a start-up. The California native holds an honours degree and a masters in philosophy from Stanford University.

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