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With more than 14 years of sustainable development experience, Paula Pelaez heads the Business Call to Action, working closely with our partners and member companies, and ensuring a successful delivery of our programmatic priorities. Before joining BCtA, Paula worked for BSR, a leading sustainability organization, advising large corporations in the Financial, ICT, Healthcare and Consumer Goods sectors on a range of sustainability issues including responsible sourcing, human rights, sustainability strategy, and inclusive economy. Paula worked for UNDP in New York, as Programme Advisor for a large portfolio of programmes in Asia and Eastern Europe, working on issues relating to private sector development, youth employment, and gender economic empowerment. Previously Paula worked with international NGOs such as CARE International, and the Aga Khan Foundation on value chain development projects, social impact investing, and microfinance. She has worked and lived in a number of countries, including Bangladesh, Kenya, Mozambique. Paula began her career in Bogota, working in marketing for Grupo Aval, the largest financial economic holding in Colombia. Paula has a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University, Canada, and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia
Sahba Sobhani is a Global Programme Advisor-Private Sector in the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS), UN Development Programme (UNDP). In this capacity, he provides programme support and policy advice on private sector development issues and technical oversight for UNDP’s multi-stakeholder initiatives including the Business Call to Action Initiative, the Connecting Business Initiative and the G20 Global Platform on Inclusive Business. He has significant experience in programme design, development and resource mobilization in the area of private sector in development including the design the first in the world mobile money-enabled housing repair initiative for early recovery in Haiti and the successful setup of a national CSR Center in Egypt and a global center in Turkey. He has also designed and implemented a successful targeted corporate outreach strategy that tripled the number of inclusive business member commitment by leading companies from 50 to 150 through the Business Call to Action Initiative. He has been the principal author and content manager of all 5 major UNDP-led reports in the area of private sector in development, including 2003 African Stock Exchanges Handbook, 2004 Report of the Commission on the Private Sector and Development: Unleashing Entrepreneurship: Making Business for the Poor, 2008 Global Growing Inclusive Markets Report: Creating Value for All: Strategies for Doing Business with the Poor, 2010 Growing Inclusive Markets Initiative, MDG Report and Report Team co-manager of two regional Growing Inclusive Markets Reports for Africa (2013) and Emerging Europe and CIS (2011); .Previously, he managed two key UNDP private sector initiatives in the executive office of the former Administrator of UNDP, Mark Malloch Brown, including the Commission on the Private Sector and Development, and the African Financial Markets Initiative. He co-authored Unleashing Entrepreneurship: Making Business Work for the Poor, the seminal report of the Private Sector Commission produced at the request of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Mr. Sobhani was the managing editor of the African Stock Markets Handbook. He has also worked in the private sector at Idealab in Palo Alto and Newscom Limited in Singapore. He is a graduate of Yale University and the Fletcher School of Diplomacy (USA).
Tatiana Bessarabova is the Inclusive Business Knowledge and Partnerships Lead for the Business Call to Action. Tatiana is an author of various publications for the BCtA on inclusive business and climate change, agriculture, sustainable energy, low-income housing, and various case studies. Prior to joining the Business Call to Action, Tatiana was a Tinker Fellow in Peru, where she conducted field research on sustainable development in the mining region of Cajamarca. Previously, she worked at the Council of the Americas and UNDP Private Sector Division focusing on fostering partnerships with philanthropic and private sector actors. She also has experience in working on the public-private partnerships in Central Asia and Latin America. In the past, Tatiana served as the Director for Eastern Europe and CIS at the Women’s Equity Council of United Nations Association, and worked as the Sustainability Fund Manager at UC San Diego. She also worked as a researcher for the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies based in San Diego. A native of Kazakhstan, Tatiana speaks Russian and Spanish languages. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego, and an M.S. in Global Affairs from New York University.
Yunzhong Cheng is the Impact Measurement and Data Management Consultant for the Business Call to Action, where she supports the impact measurement of inclusive businesses. Yunzhong is a dynamic professional with over 5 years of combined experience in private, public and nonprofit sectors. Before joining BCtA, she worked for UNDP NYHQ Independent Evaluation Office and Global Business Intelligence Team respectively with a focus on monitoring and evaluation since 2013. She also worked for the U.S. Department of Education as a Grant Proposal Evaluator after she obtained the Master’s Degree in Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University School of Social Work. Her earlier work focused on corporate strategy and financial analysis for clients in various industries while working with Accenture consulting company and Deloitte accounting firm in Shanghai, China.
Tatsiana Hulko is an Outreach Coordination Consultant for the Business Call to Action Program responsible for supporting and conducting client facing outreach to global companies practicing Inclusive Business. Tatsiana joined the BCtA team after working as a consultant for a global FMCG company working in the Russian and CIS markets. Previously, Tatsiana was a regional financial analyst for Bloomberg Emerging Markets division focusing on Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus. Prior to her private sector experience, Tatsiana managed regional conflict-mitigation and development portfolio for USAID with programs focusing on microfinance, small and medium enterprise, civil society and public health. She holds a Master’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an MBA from London Metropolitan University.
Tomohiro Nagasaki is the Impact Team Lead of Business Call to Action, where he leads initiatives on impact measurement and reporting of inclusive businesses. Tomo is the co-author of BCtA’s flagship reports, including Measuring Impact (2016), a joint publication with GRI. He also contributes articles on social impact to Guardian Sustainable Business. Prior to UNDP, Tomo worked for Citi’s Institutional Clients Group in Tokyo where he managed emerging market financial transactions in Asia. He also worked for the International Finance Corporation in Washington D.C., and the Nigerian Ministry of Agriculture. Tomo holds a MA in Law and Diplomacy (International Business and Development Economics) from The Fletcher School at Tufts University where he was a Fulbright Scholar, and a BA in International Relations from International Christian University in Tokyo.
Minja Nieminen serves as the Outreach Lead for the Business Call to Action. Minja was previously based in Kenya where she supported BCtA’s knowledge and impact activities under a collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme Kenya. Minja has worked previously at UNDP Kenya in private sector development and engagement, focusing on building partnerships. Prior to joining the UN, Minja worked at Deloitte in Corporate Responsibility and Consulting. She has also experience from working in India in SME trade development, in Mexico for the Embassy of Finland and in France for the International Finance Corporation (IFC).Minja holds a Master Degree in International Business and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland, with exchange studies conducted in Chile and Spain. Interested in development impacts of inclusive business, Minja wrote her Master’s thesis for the Finnish Development Fund, studying the case of a pharmaceutical company operating in Kenya.
Michelle Roque is a National Consultant for SDGs and Inclusive Business at the UNDP Philippine country office. Prior to joining UNDP, Michelle was a consultant who worked on a pilot program of a multinational firm to enable people’s access to safe water in the rural areas in the Philippines. For four years, Michelle was part of an international consulting firm where she managed multiple emerging market programs across Asia and built meaningful and sustainable partnerships between Fortune 500 companies in agriculture, energy, transport and health sectors and various players in the international development community. She holds a BA in Economics (Honors program) from Ateneo de Manila University and an MA in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University.
Maria Alejandra Blanco-Iturbe serves as Private sector and Philantropy SDG National Advisor at UNDP Colombia, and acts as focal point for BCtA in Colombia. With over eight years of experience in international development and prior to joining BCtA, Maria Alejandra worked at UNDP as a Public-Private Partnership Advisor for the Colombian Presidential Agency of International Cooperation designing and implementing the Agency´s Public-Private Partnership Strategy contributing to the Government ́s development priorities and SDG ́s. Previously, worked at Plan International in Colombia as an International Cooperation Officer developing and overseeing Human Rights projects in the region and worked in the Ministry of Planning and Development in Venezuela advising bilateral and multilateral development and MDG programs. She holds a Master´s Degree in Applied Political Studies and a B.A in Government and Politics.