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Convergence Blending Global Finance

About Us

Convergence is the global network for blended finance. We generate blended finance data, intelligence, and deal flow to increase private sector investment in developing countries.

Our global membership includes public, private, and philanthropic investors as well as sponsors of transactions and funds. We offer this community a curated, online platform to connect with each other on blended finance transactions in progress, as well as exclusive access to tailored trainings and original knowledge products such as case studies and reports. To accelerate advances in the field, Convergence also provides grants for the design of vehicles that could attract private capital to global development at scale.

We exist because traditional development aid from public and philanthropic sources is just not enough to realize the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which face an annual $2.5 trillion funding gap.

At Convergence we believe that blended finance can disrupt traditional development finance as we know it, by attracting private sector funds to developing countries in volumes never before seen. The money's there, $2.5 trillion represents less than 1% of global finance markets.

By using catalytic capital from public or philanthropic sources to scale-up private sector investment in developing countries, blended finance has the potential to result in as much as a ten-fold increase in investment. In fact, based on our data, blended finance has already mobilized over $140 billion.

We're going to bring this number into the trillions.

What We Offer

Deal flow & Networking

Online deal & investor matchmaking platform and in-person member convenings

Learning & Capacity Building

Trainings to advance blended finance knowledge

A Global Network

206+ public, private & philanthropic member institutions

Data & Intelligence

Original blended finance knowledge and analysis

Market Acceleration

Grants for the design of innovative blended vehicles

Team

Joan M. Larrea's Photo

Joan M. Larrea

Chief Executive Officer

Manissa Patel's Photo

Manissa Patel

Chief Financial Officer

Christopher Clubb's Photo

Christopher Clubb

Managing Director, Europe

Ladé Araba's Photo

Ladé Araba

Managing Director, Africa

Heiner W. Skaliks's Photo

Heiner W. Skaliks

Senior Advisor

Robert van Zwieten's Photo

Robert van Zwieten

Senior Advisor

Aakif Merchant's Photo

Aakif Merchant

Associate Director, Training and Engagement

Adhiti Gupta's Photo

Adhiti Gupta

Associate Director, Market Acceleration and Design Funding

Safia Gulamani's Photo

Safia Gulamani

Associate Director, Client Services

Olive Munene's Photo

Olive Munene

Manager, Member Engagement

Sijia Yi's Photo

Sijia Yi

Head of Communications

Alicia Maitland's Photo

Alicia Maitland

Senior Associate, Training & Engagement

Andrew Apampa, CFA's Photo

Andrew Apampa, CFA

Senior Associate, Content

Ayesha Bery's Photo

Ayesha Bery

Senior Associate, Content

Johny Maung's Photo

Johny Maung

Senior Associate, Market Acceleration and Design Funding

Krishna Malhotra's Photo

Krishna Malhotra

Senior Associate, Market Acceleration and Design Funding

Trang Tran's Photo

Trang Tran

Consultant, Market Acceleration and Design Funding

Claire Njoki's Photo

Claire Njoki

Associate, Africa

Nicholas Zelenczuk's Photo

Nicholas Zelenczuk

Associate, Content

Sneha Thayil's Photo

Sneha Thayil

Associate, Training and Engagement

Stephanie Colaco's Photo

Stephanie Colaco

Associate, Finance and Operations

Regina Rossmann's Photo

Regina Rossmann

Senior Associate, Training and Engagement (on leave)

Governance

Board of Directors

David Creighton's Photo

David Creighton

Senior Advisor, EMPEA and Founder, Cordiant Capital Inc. (Chair)

Jim Bildner's Photo

Jim Bildner

CEO, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

Phil Bennett's Photo

Phil Bennett

Senior Advisor, Endeavor

Rachna Saxena's Photo

Rachna Saxena

Partner, Dalberg Advisors

Victoria Sabula's Photo

Victoria Sabula

CEO, Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF)

Will Poole's Photo

Will Poole

Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Capria

Funding Committee

Agnes Dasewicz's Photo

Agnes Dasewicz

Co-CEO, SEAF

Fabian Huwyler's Photo

Fabian Huwyler

Founding Partner, Posaidon Capital

Jennifer Buckley's Photo

Jennifer Buckley

Senior Managing Director, SEAF

Jesse Ang's Photo

Jesse Ang

Independent Director, Bank of the Philippine Islands Capital Corporation; Principal Investment Officer, IFC (former)

Kaylene Alvarez 's Photo

Kaylene Alvarez

Co-founder, BIDUK Indonesia; Founder & CEO, Athena Global Alliance

Rick Nogueira's Photo

Rick Nogueira

DC Green Finance Authority Board Member

Stacy Swann's Photo

Stacy Swann

CEO and Founding Partner of Climate Finance Advisors

Partners and Funders

Convergence was conceived under the World Economic Forum and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's Development Assistant Committee's (OECD-DAC’s) ReDesigning Development Finance Initiative. Convergence was designed and launched by the Global Development Incubator and Dalberg Advisors.

We are funded by

Government of Canada's logoRS Group's logoDFAT's logoMacArthur Foundation's logo

Market builders, key stakeholder committed to building the blended finance ecosystem

Global Affairs Canada's logoUSAID's logoSECO's logoNetherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs's logoDFAT's logoNorth American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)

Past funders

Citi Foundation's logoFord Foundation's logo

Partners

Association of African Development Finance Institutions's logoGINN's logoPFAN's logoClimate Policy Initiative's logoADFIAP's logoAVPN's logoCPIC's logoOrbitt Captial's logo

Contact Us

Toronto HQ
110 Yonge Street, Suite 1704,
Toronto, ON M5C 1T4,
Canada
General Inquiries
Membership Inquiries
Media Inquiries
Design Funding