South Asia

Andy Annett

Myanmar Country Manager

Andy is British and has been a Yangon resident since 2015, having first worked in the country as far back as 1996.  He is married to a Myanmar national.

He is currently the Myanmar Country Manager for SPRING Accelerator.  He is also the SPRING investment Manager across Myanmar, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan focusing on raising funds for SPRING businesses across the region.

Prior to this he was the Managing Director of TODAY Ogilvy in Myanmar, the WPP advertising and communications agency. He has a number of NED roles with Myanmar start-up and growth companies and is a mentor to some of the new generation of entrepreneurs in the country.

Andy has had global roles in the Advertising, Digital and Marketing Communications industry and also founded his own award-winning Marketing Consultancy which worked on some of the leading brands in the UK.  This was scaled and sold after 10 years.  He is an entrepreneur and business coach and continues as a Director and investor in several UK and Myanmar businesses and social enterprises and CIC’s.

Fahad Ifaz

Bangladesh Country Manager

After spending a few years at Katalyst; a pro-poor Market Systems Development program and at the World Bank, Fahad co-founded EDGE Consulting. EDGE specializes in economic, business and innovation at the bottom of the pyramid and works with major international development organizations, private sector and government clients. Fahad spent the last 2 years in Myanmar, supporting a large scale market systems development program. Fahad also co-founded Misfit Technologies, a company that has human centered design at its core and works on agritech, artificial intelligence and IoT solutions for complex problem solving.

Luna Shrestha Thakur

Nepal Country Manager

Luna is the Founding Director of ChangeFusion Nepal, a non-governmental organisation that nurtures aspiring change makers in diverse fields within social entrepreneurship. As an author of travelogue ‘A Journey to Self’, her book is an inspiration for young women who seek to pursue their dreams. She was the leader of Youth Action Fund Nepal for three consecutive years from 2011 and has been working closely with the youth and social change makers of Nepal. She has previously consulted with the British Council, and has worked with Save the Children and the Asia Foundation. She was named as one of five finalists for ‘Women Leader in the World’ by World Pulse magazine.

ZIA IMRAN

Pakistan Country Manager

Zia is an entrepreneur, inventor and startup adviser who is currently involved in a project building home automation and energy saving devices based on IoT technologies. He is the founding member of Plan9, one of the largest tech incubators in Pakistan. He has founded IT services and product companies, and has over 15+ years of Silicon Valley experience in product development and program management at companies including Oracle and Altera (now Intel). Imran is also a part-time farmer, helping manage his family farm. He believes in equality for children from early age to adulthood – providing equal access to education and healthcare throughout the life-cycle, leading to fulfilling and meaningful careers for adults in Pakistan and beyond.

CAROLYN SYANGBO

South Asia Coordinator (Nepal)

Carolyn handles and overseas operations for the programme across Asia. She has lived in Kathmandu, Nepal for over 20 years and is Managing Director of Durbar Associates, a film-handling and event management company. Often considered the “go to” person in Nepal Carolyn has managed a wide range of international film projects, ecotourism study tours, purchase and design guidance for products and services produced in Nepal and India, and logistical management for international events.