Jugnu Pati

Jugnu brings more than 13 years of impact investing, and investment banking experience, having worked on both debt and equity deals with a focus on fintech and cleantech sectors. Prior to joining ADB Ventures, Jugnu was an Investment Director with BCP, leading the development of the impact-tech space in Asia. Previously, she worked as an Investment Officer at IFC, World Bank Group. Jugnu has a proven track record of investing in emerging and frontier markets in South and Southeast Asia, and extensive experience working with early-stage businesses. In addition to holding a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, she has an MBA from Xavier Institute of Management, India

Kunal Upadhyay

Kunal brings 15+ years of early-stage investing experience – having set-up investment platforms like CIIE.CO, Infuse Ventures and Bharat Fund in India with over $100mn AUM. In addition to his experience of investing across sectors like deep-tech and inclusion-tech, Kunal is a climate-tech specialist and has invested across various themes in climate-tech space ranging from mobility, renewables, energy-efficiency, waste-management, green-materials, among others in India. Kunal is an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras – and was recently awarded as Economic Times 40 under Forty. Kunal also serves on Government of India’s prestigious National Startup Advisory Council.

Melissa Q. Navarra

Melis has over two decades of experience in involuntary eviction, resettlement, and housing prior to joining the ADB Ventures. During years in the government, she designed, pioneered, and led government’s Participatory Resettlement Monitoring with “Community Building” in resettlement sites and led the participatory remedial interventions in 18 resettlement sites with 30,000 families. She has likewise worked with the World Bank and ADB as a Social Safeguards Specialist and with international foundations as a researcher for local and international projects leading to development-induced resettlement. Currently, Melis continues to work with the resettled families and the informal settler families through CSO and People’s Organization partners. Melis earned her Master’s in International Studies from Kobe University, Japan and her PhD from Wageningen University, The Netherlands. She has likewise published research on areas of social capital, food security, housing, and involuntary resettlement in the Philippine and Indonesia setting.

Nattasuda A. Kaplin

Nattasuda brings over a decade of experience across multiple fields – journalism, documentary production, broadcasting, impact and emergency communications in Asia and the Pacific. Prior to ADB Ventures, Natt was part of the Associated Press (AP)’s team of investigative journalists whose articles led to the freeing of over 2,000 enslaved fishers and won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Services. Natt took part in an Emmy Award-nominated documentary production while co-directing gender equality short films that received several awards at international film festivals. She also set up a social enterprise focusing on waste management and recently led communications in emergencies and media engagement at an international NGO. Natt has a BA (Business Communications) and an MBA (Marketing Management) from Stamford International University.

Pang Sittakaradej

Pang supports ADB Ventures’ investment activities in Southeast Asia. She has 10+ years of experience in financial & business strategy. Prior to ADB Ventures, she managed a team of over 350 people at Shopee’s social commerce business ($100M+ GMV). She spearheaded the regional social commerce strategy against other key players. She also has expertise and experience on the ground in Southeast Asia’s agricultural sector. She holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, HAAS.

Qiyong Cao

Qiyong supports ADB Ventures’ investment activities in China. She has 15+ years of engineering, consulting, and venture capital experiences in the US and China across various environmental and cleantech fields. Previously she worked with Unicorn Capital, Tsing Capital, and China Greentech Initiative. Qiyong has deep knowledge and extensive experience in identifying, incubating, and promoting cleantech solutions, especially in the China market. She holds an MBA from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University, and a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Tsinghua University.

Regine Cokieng

Regine supports ADB Ventures’ portfolio, fund, and impact management activities, and also takes responsibility for investor reporting. She has over 10 years of experience in project financing, financial consulting, impact investing, and alternative investments, with a focus on distressed assets, real estate, and other equity investments. Prior to ADB, Regine worked for Ferrier Hodgson and was part of the pioneering team that set up the Philippines-based boutique investment firm Elite Union. A New Zealand ASEAN Scholar, she has a Master of Entrepreneurship from the University of Otago. She also holds a B.S. in Management Engineering from Ateneo de Manila University.

Rylyn L. Dala

Rylyn is the Project Coordinator at ADB Ventures. Prior to joining the team, she held various administrative and secretarial roles both in the banking industry and academia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in management.

Saumya Kailasapathy

Saumya was part of the founding team that set-up and currently manages ADB Ventures. She has 18+ years of experience in the financial industry including debt and equity transaction origination, execution and advisory; with the past 7 years focused on emerging markets and development financing within the Middle East, East Africa and Asia Pacific regions. Saumya also serves on the Board of two non-government organizations based in Uganda and London, supporting fundraising and operational strategy.

Yichu Zhang

Yichu supports ADB Ventures’ investments, startups programs, and partnership management. Yichu has been working with ADB for the past five years to scale climate technology and innovation in Asia and the Pacific. Her work includes venture investment, innovation programs, and partnership building. Yichu brings experience working with Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, and startups on business development, market strategy, and product development. She holds a BA in Education and International Studies, and most recently, she graduated from the impact investing fellowship of the Asia Ventures Philanthropy Network.