Alice Chan: Emerging Markets Development Advisers Program (EMDAP)

Emerging Markets Development Advisers Program (EMDAP)
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  • Country: Kyrgyz Republic
  • VEGA Lead Member: Institute of International Education (IIE)
  • Objective: The Emerging Markets Development Advisers Program (EMDAP) targeted assistance supports USAID's strategy of building local capacity through innovative and sustainable assistance by transferring knowledge to local organizations and individuals. In this project, the Business Adviser provided assistance to USAID, the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), and other organizations by promoting regional trade and business development in the Kyrgyz Republic and other countries of Central Asia, including Afghanistan.

aliceAlice Chan
International Development & Business Specialist
Location: Kyrgyzstan
Career Summary: Alice has an MBA and MA in International Development with extensive experience in the management and design of programs focused on the strengthening rural livelihoods and enhancing food security through agricultural and value chain development, natural resource management, climate change mitigation, enterprise development, and capacity building. She has a diverse consulting portfolio with clients ranging from Deloitte to USAID.
Area(s) of Expertise: Agricultural and value chain development, small medium enterprise financing, women’s economic empowerment, public-private partnerships
Education: The George Washington University – School of Business
Master of Business Administration (MBA), International Business
Languages Spoken: Cantonese, Chinese, Japanese

Name of project: Emerging Markets Development Advisers Program (EMDAP)
Volunteer Assignment and Impact: Throughout her assignment, Alice completed numerous activities related to building the capacity of AmCham, including:

  1. Carried out an in-depth organizational capacity assessment and presented the findings to USAID and select AmCham Board of Directors;
  2. Drafted and began implementing recommendations to address the weaknesses and gaps of AmCham through trainings, improved strategic planning, increased engagement with the Board of Directors, formation of a new advisory committee, enhanced service delivery, and financial diversification;
  3. Conducted trainings for staff in AmCham Kyrgyzstan and AmCham Tajikistan on project development and management to help promote financial diversification; and
  4. Supported the formation of a Central Asia AmCham platform to further promote regional economic cooperation.

Alice met with numerous international and local entities to discuss strategies to promote a more favorable business environment and to identify specific short-term reforms related to foreign investment that can have a positive measureable impact for the Kyrgyz Republic. She met with organizations and individuals such as: the International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Bank, USAID REFORMA consultants, USAID’s Regional Legal Advisors, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Center for International Private Enterprises (CIPE), the British Embassy, the Turkish Embassy, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and private investors. These meetings have helped produced several reports that include recommendations for the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and information for interested foreign investors.

Aside from strengthening AmCham and working to promote a more business enabling environment, Alice also worked on a number of projects for USAID, including supporting the USAID Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer program, drafting a detailed report on the agriculture extension services in the Kyrgyz Republic, and supporting USAID’s partners on their implementation and outreach