2012-2013 EMDAP Advisers:
Adviser: Yvonne Chen
Host Organization: American Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia (AmCham)
University: The George Washington University
Ms. Yvonne Chen, a recent graduate of the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University, is working under the USAID sponsored Strengthening Business Associations for Reform (SEBAR) program. Ms. Chen will work at the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Indonesia and will be cooperating with advisors in the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (KADIN) and the Indonesian Employers’ Association (APINDO) conducting joint policy research and other duties with AmCham.
Adviser: Micah Lund
Host Organization: American Chamber of Commerce in Uzbekistan (AmCham)
University: The Monterey Institute of International Studies
Mr. Micah Lund, a recent graduate of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, will take on the role as the Business Enabling Environment Program Advisor to assist USAID/Central Asian Republics (CAR)/Uzbekistan Country Office (UCO) and the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Uzbekistan to facilitate new, and support existing, public private dialogue to improve the business environment in support of increased trade and investment and economic development. To achieve this goal, Mr. Lund will liaise with USAID, AmCham, the U.S. Embassy Tashkent Political/Economic Section, Uzbek businesses, and with relevant agencies of the Government of Uzbekistan through the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uzbekistan (CCIU), as appropriate.
Adviser: Kenneth Scheffler
Country: USA - Washington, DC
Host Organization: USAID/E3 - Office of Education
University: Columbia University
Mr. Kenneth Scheffler, a recent graduate from Columbia University, is assigned to the USAID Office of Education, Higher Education and Workforce Development division, to manage the Job Opportunities for Business Scale-up (JOBS) program. JOBS seeks to improve the capacity of higher education institutions to develop entrepreneurs. In addition, Mr. Scheffler was assigned to participate in the research, program development, and implementation of activities for business, higher education, and workforce development initiatives on a USAID-global level.
Adviser: Goolda Siahaan
Host Organization: The Employers Association of Indonesia (APINDO)
University: University of Indonesia
Mr. Goolda Siahaan, a recent graduate from the University of Indonesia, started working at the Employers Association of Indonesia (APINDO) in February, 2012. His primary tasks are to assist the Strengthening Business Associations for Reform (SEBAR) program in Indonesia sponsored by USAID and to promote a healthy investment and business climate for domestic and foreign investors in Indonesia. Working with the SEBAR team, Mr. Siahaan has been cooperating with the other EMDAP Advisers placed in the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Indonesia and the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (KADIN) to conduct joint policy research and produce policy papers.
Adviser Name: Ryan Talmage
Host Organization: Dezenvolve Agricultura Comunitaria Project (DAC)
University: University of Denver
Mr. Ryan Talmage, an MA candidate in International Studies from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, is working with the Dezenvolve Agricultura Comunitaria Project (DAC) in Dili, Timor-Leste to develop aspects of their horticulture value chain. He will work alongside DAC staff to develop and promote a business case for accelerating investment in the input supply, trade, and wholesale links of the value chain. Mr. Talmage will directly carry out these activities, while building the capacity of value chain stakeholders to continue accomplishing similar analysis and market development independently.
Adviser: Patrick Tangkau
Host Organization: The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN Indonesia)
University: Prasetya Mulya Business School (Indonesia)
Mr. Patrick Tangkau, a graduate from the Prasetya Mulya Business School in Indonesia, is working as part of the USAID sponsored Strengthening Business Associations for Reform (SEBAR) team. He has been working at the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (KADIN) and has been cooperating with the other EMDAP Advisers in the Indonesian Employers’ Association (APINDO) and the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) conducting joint policy research. His research focuses on certain laws that the employer association considers as a hindrance for foreign investment in Indonesia. The results of his research will be used as suggestions for the government to adjust the law to benefit Indonesia’s business environment. At the same time, this joint research will strengthen the cooperation between KADIN, APINDO, AmCham and the Government of Indonesia.