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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

David Schwartz's Photo

David Schwartz

Senior Advisor to the CEO, Strategic Partnerships

Heiner W. Skaliks's Photo

Heiner W. Skaliks

Senior Advisor

Leah Pedersen's Photo

Leah Pedersen

Senior Director, Market Acceleration & Design Innovation

Micheline Ntiru's Photo

Micheline Ntiru

Senior Advisor, Africa

Nnamdi Igbokwe, Ph.D.'s Photo

Nnamdi Igbokwe, Ph.D.

Director, Knowledge and Thought Leadership

Aakif Merchant's Photo

Aakif Merchant

Associate Director, Training and Engagement

Andrew Apampa, CFA's Photo

Andrew Apampa, CFA

Manager, Content

Ayesha Bery's Photo

Ayesha Bery

Manager, Content

Catherine You's Photo

Catherine You

Manager, Market Acceleration and Design Funding

Olive Munene's Photo

Olive Munene

Manager, Member Engagement

Sijia Yi's Photo

Sijia Yi

Head of Communications

Trang Tran's Photo

Trang Tran

Manager, Market Acceleration and Design Funding

Alicia Maitland's Photo

Alicia Maitland

Senior Associate, Training & Engagement

Claire Njoki's Photo

Claire Njoki

Senior Associate, Africa

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

Nicholas Zelenczuk's Photo

Nicholas Zelenczuk

Senior Associate, Content

Regina Rossmann's Photo

Regina Rossmann

Senior Associate, Training and Engagement

Shailie Rimal's Photo

Shailie Rimal

Senior Associate, Market Acceleration and Design Funding

Stephanie Colaco's Photo

Stephanie Colaco

Senior Associate, Finance and Operations

Esther Kenga's Photo

Esther Kenga

Associate, Africa

Kerala Woods's Photo

Kerala Woods

Associate, Digital Communications

Sneha Thayil's Photo

Sneha Thayil

Associate, Training and Engagement

Safia Gulamani's Photo

Safia Gulamani

Associate Director, Client Services (on leave)

Governance

Board of Directors

David Creighton's Photo

David Creighton

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

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

Global Headquarters
1 Toronto Street, Suite 701,
Toronto, ON M5C 2V6,
Canada
General Inquiries
Membership Inquiries
Media Inquiries
Design Funding