ASSIST team gathers for annual planning, tackles roadmap to 2015

29 10 2012

The entire team of Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) convened last October 3 to 5, 2012 at the ASSIST headquarters in Manila for the Annual Planning Meeting.

Highlights of the three-day event include the discussion of regional updates, workshops on ASSIST’s generic strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, and talks from special guests Dr. Juergen Bischoff, Senior Advisor to GIZ, Dr. Stephan Kunz of AFOS Foundation for Entrepreneurial Development Cooperation, and PUMA Sustainability Project Manager Adam Brennan.

Managing Director Sreeni Narayanan welcomed all participants who came from ASSIST offices in India, Vietnam and the Philippines. They are: India-based Projects and Grants Management Director Sathappan and South Asia Director Platosen Samarasam, Philippines-based Finance Director Suganya Sreenivas, Partners and Network Management Director Kamesh Ganeson, Services Manager Matthias Wichmann, Social Enterprise Manager Olga Babina, Project Manager Sunil Narayanan, Communications and Visibility Associate Margaret Yarcia, and Vietnam staff Le Nguyen Hoang Long, Quynh Tran and Vy Truong.

Platosen was especially happy to report on the takeoff of EU projects in Nepal and Bhutan, while Mekong Director Aru David proudly announced the successes in forging Public-Private Partnership (PPP) deals.

Executive Director Murali, for his part, discussed the status of Blueprint 2012, while Project Manager Yatheender P.M. presented on  portal/magazine. Kamesh and Matthias also reported on their achievements: new contacts established and service contracts approved.

The team also tackled the roadmap to 2015, focusing on their vision of ASSIST as a more established NGO in Asia in terms of reach, funding, visibility, size, competency of people and partnerships. #


ASSIST joins the Asia Clean Energy Forum 2012

27 06 2012

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) is pleased to have joined the seventh Asia Clean Energy Forum, held last June 4 to 8 at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Headquarters in Manila, Philippines, along with more than 800 stakeholders from 55 countries.

The event was hosted with the overarching theme “Accelerating Low-Carbon Energy for All”. It served as a unique platform for dialogue between private, public and government stakeholders on the implementation and development of Clean Energy programs in Asia. Furthermore, it provided the attendees with updates on existing clean energy initiatives and on the state and availability of clean energy funding facilities.

The weeklong program was highlighted by sessions led by distinguished panelists, such as Haruhiko Kuroda of the ADB, Cliff Polycarp of the World Resources Institute, and Mary Ann Lucille Sering, Climate Change Commission of the Philippines, who discussed such pressing topics as “Financing Sustainability and Enabling Profitability”, “Clean Energy Access in South Asia” or “Clean Cooking Solutions for the Poor”.

ASSIST was represented by Managing Director Sreeni Narayanan, Partnership and Network Management Director Kamesh Ganeson and Group Associate Mahnaz Zanganeh.#

ASSIST energy efficiency initiative LEAP Indonesia holds Train the Trainer workshops

11 04 2012

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) energy efficiency initiative Leapfrog towards Efficiency And Progress through Low Carbon Economy Indonesia (LEAP) held Train-the-Trainer Workshops last March 26 to 30, 2012 Hotel Ibis Slipi in Jakarta Indonesia.

Benchmarked on international standards and best practices such as ISO 50001, the training aims to build capacity of energy professionals in Indonesia by creating a pool of local trainers on energy management systems. Among the topics covered are carbon footprint calculation, GHG inventory, and energy management systems.

LEAP Indonesia is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project designed to help the businesses from five sectors (Cement, Iron and Steel, Textile, Power Plant and Palm Oil) 1) reduce their Green House Gas emissions, 2) become more energy-efficient and 3) contribute to the national plans of the government towards low-carbon economy.

The initiative is co-financed by PT TUV NORD Indonesia and German development bank DEG. ASSIST offers technical expertise, training and technical assistance to local companies for this project.

Another batch of training is currently being held in Medan, set at April 9 to 13.

The workshop was facilitated by ASSIST Partnerships and Network Management Director Kamesh Ganeson and Triyono Adiputra. Ganeson is a sought-after expert on Enterprise Risk Management, Energy Management Systems, Six Sigma Implementation, Business Continuity Management, Strategic Business Planning, Balanced Scorecard Implementation, Innovative Problem Solving and Decision Making (TRIZ, Theory of Constraints, 8D, K-T), Business Process Re-engineering, Value Analysis & Engineering, and Complaints Management. Meanwhile, Mr. Adiputra is a lead consultant for several Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects in Indonesia, and has a master’s degree in Environmental Management.

Participants include representatives of pilot companies from cement, iron and steel, and power industries: Holcim, Merpati Balap Sakti, Indonesia Power Gunung Salak, Siemens Indonesia, Indonesia Power (Suralaya), Jawa Power, Indo Raya Kimia.

Local papers Jurnal Medan, Sumut Pos and Bisnis Sumatra are also featuring the initiatives.#