Our Team

The BCtA Secretariat is a made up of a team of professionals and support staff who manage the day-to-day operations of the program. BCtA is headquartered at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and has representatives in partner offices around the world.

Secretariat Staff

Suba_Headshot2Suba Sivakumaran Suba Sivakumaran is the Programme Manager of the Business Call to Action at the United Nations Development Programme. She has spent seven years with the United Nations Development Programme working on private sector, inclusive business and markets for the poor. Prior to her post at BCtA, she was the lead Researcher at the Growing Inclusive Markets initiative in UNDP. Suba is the lead author of the report “Breaking Through: Inclusive Business and The Business Call to Action Today on inclusive business”, the lead author of the UNDP publication “The MDGs: Everyone’s Business” and member of the author teams for various other UNDP publications on inclusive business and private sector development. In addition, she is the sole author of the flagship publication “Market Analysis in Emergencies” on reviving and analyzing markets in emergency situations (a Cash Learning Partnership publication) and has a number of years of experience in financial inclusion and cash transfers in emergency situations. Previously to her time in UNDP, Suba was the Country Director of Room to Read Sri Lanka, an international educational non-profit building schools, libraries and supporting girls on scholarship in the tsunami and conflict zones of the country. Prior to that, Suba was a research analyst with the investment bank Morgan Stanley in London covering energy and commodity companies in Europe and the Middle East. Suba holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Government and Economics from the London School of Economics and a Master’s in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where she received a full scholarship as a Reynolds Fellow in Social Enterprise.
DSC_8685_resizedTatiana Bessarabova Tatiana Bessarabova leads inclusive business knowledge and partnerships work 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.
Tomohiro NagasakiTomohiro Nagasaki Tomohiro Nagasaki is the Impact Team Lead of Business Call to Action, where he leads initiatives on impact measurement of inclusive businesses. Tomo is also a co-author of BCtA’s flagship report “Breaking Through (2014)” on inclusive business and contributes articles on social impact to Guardian Sustainable Business. Prior to UNDP, Tomo worked for Citi’s Institutional Clients Group in Tokyo where he engaged in emerging market financial transactions in Asia. He also worked for the International Finance Corporation in Washington D.C., and consulted for the Nigerian Ministry of Agriculture on the country’s private sector development projects in the agricultural sector. Tomo holds a master’s degree in International Business and Development Economics from The Fletcher School at Tufts University where he was a Fulbright Scholar, and a B.A. in International Relations from International Christian University in Tokyo.
TatsianaHulkoTatsiana Hulko
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.
JeanneFinestoneJeanne Finestone
Jeanne Finestone serves as the Strategic Communication, Advocacy and Marketing lead, working to increase global awareness of the innovations and impact of BCtA and its member companies. She has worked with UNDP since 2013, first in Timor-Leste and then in Afghanistan. During her years with UNDP she planned and implemented comprehensive communication, advocacy and public outreach strategies, and oversaw partner relations, donor and HQ reporting and reputational communications. Prior to joining UNDP, Jeanne served as Communications and Public Information Officer and Head of Publications for the UN peacekeeping mission in Timor-Leste. Jeanne was the Founder and President of a strategic communications consulting practice serving a wide range of I/NGO, corporate and non-profit education and arts organizations. Her consulting practice followed 15+ years in the private and non-profit sectors, principally in educational media. She served as Vice President for Marketing and Communications at McGraw-Hill Children’s Publishing and as President and Publisher of the McClanahan Book Company, bringing it profitability prior to its sale. At WNET/Thirteen, the flagship station of the US public broadcasting system, Jeanne rose from a volunteer to the Director of Marketing and Corporate Development. During her tenure, she developed integrated strategies that raised funds to support institutional and programme needs, secured and solidified key donor, implementing and government partnerships, produced numerous live and broadcast events and managed programme and outreach initiatives.
YunzhongChengYunzhong Cheng
Yunzhong Cheng is the Data Management Consultant of 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.
 MinjaNieminenMinja Nieminen Minja Nieminen is a Consultant with the Business Call to Action based in Kenya where she supports 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.
AiOharaAi Ohara Ai Ohara is the BCtA Outreach Consultant based in Tokyo where she recruits Japanese companies with innovative inclusive business models, provides consultations in initiation of inclusive businesses, as well as advocates the work of BCtA. Ai joined UNDP as a Consultant for the Private Sector Partnerships in 2012. Prior to joining BCtA, she had managed pilot projects to develop inclusive business models jointly with Japanese companies and UNDP country offices in Africa and Latin America, as well as organized several seminars and workshops to promote the concept of inclusive business. Prior to joining UNDP, Ai has had nearly 20 years of experience working for the leading consulting firm of Japan, Nomura Research Institute as a researcher of regional development and as a manager of CSR and corporate communications. Ai holds Master of Development Administration degree from Western Michigan University in the U.S.


World Map

Hover on a location and click to select for more information.