Accessing U.S. International Development Finance Corporation and Trade and Development Agency Funding: a Business Intelligence Virtual Briefing
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Join this virtual business intelligence event to learn from U.S. Government experts how to access U.S. government financing for development projects in Vietnam.
The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) is America’s development finance institution. It partners with the private sector to finance market-based solutions for infrastructure development and other critical challenges in developing and emerging markets, across sectors, including energy, healthcare, and technology, as well as small business and women entrepreneurs. DFC investments promote sustainable growth through adhering to high standards and respect for environment, human rights, and labor rights.
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (TDA) connects the U.S. private sector to infrastructure projects in emerging markets by funding feasibility studies, technical assistance, and pilot projects that integrate with innovations and expertise of American companies.
Both DFC and TDA are key economic components of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy, to provide financing for financially sound, market-based sustainable development.
Vietnam is already the largest market in ASEAN for TDA. Vietnam is a priority country for DFC and DFC is keen to identify commercially viable and developmental projects it can finance.
Join this event to learn more about these important U.S. government development financing organizations and potential partnership opportunities for your companies.
|Maria E. Goravanchi
Regional Managing Director, Lower Mekong
Maria Goravanchi is a Managing Director at the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation’s (DFC), formerly the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). As DFC’s regional representative based in Bangkok, she is responsible for business development in the Lower Mekong, specifically Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand. Ms. Goravanchi brings 15 years of private and public sector finance experience in underwriting, structuring and negotiating investments in emerging and frontier-market nations. She is focused on providing both financing and insurance solutions for long-term investments that strengthen DFC contributions to international development in sectors such as energy, infrastructure and inclusive financial services. Prior to joining OPIC in 2008, she worked as a strategy consultant and project manager on cross-border transactions in emerging markets with IBM Business Consulting Services and Abt Associates. Ms. Goravanchi is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University.
Regional Manager for Asia, U.S. Embassy – Bangkok
Brandon Megorden is the Regional Manager for Asia at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), a U.S. government agency that helps to create lasting business partnerships between the United States and emerging market economies. Based in Bangkok, Thailand, Brandon is responsible for directing business development efforts and coordinating with public and private sector stakeholders to implement USTDA projects and programs in the Asia-Pacific region.
Brandon formerly served as a country manager with USTDA’s Sub-Sharan Africa region where he led development and management of USTDA activities in East and Central Africa. He began his career at USTDA as an analyst with the agency’s China and Mongolia portfolio. Brandon remains an active member of USTDA’s Renewable Energy and ICT Sector Teams.
Prior to joining USTDA, Brandon worked as a trade specialist at the U.S. Commercial Service Export Assistance Center in Boise, Idaho where he coordinated export outreach and education programs for U.S. companies. Brandon also served as a senior editor for the Beijing Olympic Committee during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
Brandon completed graduate study in Chinese and American Affairs at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, a certificate degree in Mandarin Chinese from Tsinghua University, and Bachelor of Arts in International Political Economy from the College of Idaho.
USTDA Representative, Vietnam, South and Southeast Asia
As the Project Coordinator at the U.S. Commercial Service and U.S. Trade and Development Agency in the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi since 2001, Tuyet Trees works with aviation, energy, health, ICT, and the financial-service sector businesses, along with government agencies and associations, to promote American exports to Vietnam. Since 2020, Tuyet fully represents the U.S. Trade and Development Agency in developing their activities in Vietnam.
Prior to working at the U.S. Embassy, Tuyet was the Adviser at the Institute of International Education, an American organization working in education exchange. Tuyet was also a Project Officer at Oxfam Belgium, an organization working to provide small businesses and farmers with new technology and micro-finance management.
Tuyet earned a BA in Physics from University of Hanoi, Vietnam, and completed an MBA, and a Master degree in Information Systems Management, from the University of Pittsburgh in the United States.
Mary Tarnowka serves as the Executive Director of AmCham Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang.
Prior to her time with AmCham Vietnam, Mary worked extensively to help U.S. businesses thrive in Asia. As U.S. Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City from August 2016 to July 2019, she oversaw a period of tremendous growth in the U.S. comprehensive partnership, including two unprecedented visits by a U.S. president to Vietnam in 18 months. Mary actively promoted mutual peace, prosperity, and people-to-people ties in central and southern Vietnam. She particularly focused on strengthening the bilateral trade and investment partnership in the dynamic southern region.
Mary was a member of the senior Foreign Service, with decades of experience in Asia, including postings in Seoul, Delhi, Shanghai, and Taipei, as well as at the State Department’s China Desk and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Prior to joining the State Department, Mary worked as a Certified Public Accountant and Manager at KPMG’s International and High Tech Tax Division in San Francisco.
|4:00 PM||Welcome Remarks, Mary Tarnowka, Executive Director, AmCham Vietnam|
|4:05 PM||Presentation from DFC, Maria E. Goravanchi, Regional Managing Director, Lower Mekong|
|4:20 PM||Presentation from TDA, Brandon Megorden, Regional Manager for Asia, U.S. Embassy – Bangkok and Tuyet Trees, USTDA Representative, Vietnam, South and Southeast Asia|
|4:35 PM||Panel discussion with DFC, Maria E. Goravanchi, Regional Managing Director, Lower Mekong, TDA, Brandon Megorden, Regional Manager for Asia, U.S. Embassy – Bangkok and Tuyet Trees, USTDA Representative, Vietnam, South and Southeast Asia, moderated by Mary Tarnowka, Executive Director, AmCham Vietnam|
|5:00 PM||Event ends|
|AmCham Members: VND 200,000 | Non-members: VND 350,000
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