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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

Robert van Zwieten's Photo

Robert van Zwieten

Managing Director, Asia-Pacific

Safia Gulamani's Photo

Safia Gulamani

Associate Director, Client Services

Aakif Merchant's Photo

Aakif Merchant

Manager, Training and Engagement

Adhiti Gupta's Photo

Adhiti Gupta

Manager, Market Acceleration and Design Funding

Namrata Narayan's Photo

Namrata Narayan

Head of Communications (interim)

Alejandro Diaz Loyola, CFA's Photo

Alejandro Diaz Loyola, CFA

Senior Associate, Design Funding and Engagement

Aditya Vashist (Adi)'s Photo

Aditya Vashist (Adi)

Senior Associate, Market Acceleration and Design Funding

Andrew Apampa, CFA's Photo

Andrew Apampa, CFA

Senior Associate, Content

Ayesha Bery's Photo

Ayesha Bery

Associate, Content

Peter Wamicwe's Photo

Peter Wamicwe

Associate, Africa

Regina Rossmann's Photo

Regina Rossmann

Associate, Training and Engagement

Stephanie Colaco's Photo

Stephanie Colaco

Associate, Finance and Operations

Justice Johnston's Photo

Justice Johnston

Manager, Content (on leave)

Sijia Yi's Photo

Sijia Yi

Head of Communications (on leave)

Governance

Board of Directors

David Creighton's Photo

David Creighton

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

Yana Kakar's Photo

Yana Kakar

Global Managing Partner, Dalberg Global Development Advisors

Will Poole's Photo

Will Poole

Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Capria

Jim Bildner's Photo

Jim Bildner

CEO, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

Phil Bennett's Photo

Phil Bennett

Senior Advisor, Endeavor

Funding Committee

Kaylene Alvarez 's Photo

Kaylene Alvarez

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

Fabian Huwyler's Photo

Fabian Huwyler

Founding Partner, Posaidon Capital

Jesse Ang's Photo

Jesse Ang

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

Rick Nogueira's Photo

Rick Nogueira

DC Green Finance Authority Board Member

Agnes Dasewicz's Photo

Agnes Dasewicz

Rockefeller Foundation Fellow

Jennifer Buckley's Photo

Jennifer Buckley

Senior Managing Director, SEAF

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
Nairobi Office
2nd Floor, Eaton Place, Suite 204,
United Nations Crescent, Gigiri,
Nairobi, Kenya 00621
General Inquiries
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Media Inquiries
Design Funding