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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

165 public, private & philanthropic member institutions

Data & Intelligence

Original blended finance knowledge and analysis

Market Acceleration

Grants for the design of innovative blended vehicles


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Joan M. Larrea

Chief Executive Officer

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Aakif Merchant

Director, Engagement & Capacity Building

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Christopher Clubb

Managing Director

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David Schwartz

Senior Advisor to the CEO, Strategic Partnerships

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Heiner W. Skaliks

Senior Advisor, Latin America and Caribbean

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Jon Patell

Director, Engineering

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Leah Pedersen

Senior Director, Market Acceleration and Design Innovation

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Manissa Patel

Chief Financial Officer

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Nnamdi Igbokwe, Ph.D.

Director, Knowledge and Thought Leadership

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Ritesh Thakkar

Senior Advisor, Asia Pacific

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Safia Gulamani

Chief Operating Officer

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Karolyn Xie

Head of Communications (Interim)

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Trang Vandelis

Associate Director, Design Funding & Market Acceleration

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Alicia Maitland

Manager, Training and Engagement

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Andrew Apampa, CFA

Manager, Content

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Ayesha Bery

Manager, Content

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Krishna Malhotra

Manager, Market Acceleration and Design Funding

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Nicholas Zelenczuk

Manager, Content

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Olive Munene

Manager, Member Engagement

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Basil Kandaya

Senior Associate, Africa

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Kanwal Rathi, CFA

Senior Associate, Design Funding & Market Acceleration

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Kerala Woods

Senior Associate, Communications

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Robin Ivory

Senior Associate, Content

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Sneha Thayil

Senior Associate, Training and Engagement

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Stephanie Singh

Senior Associate, Finance and Operations

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Arusha Latif, CFA

Associate, Market Acceleration and Design Funding

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Egwin Fan

Associate, Asia Pacific

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Garima Chaulagain

Associate, Communications

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Ilsa Weinstein-Wright

Associate, Development Finance Research

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Ishwari Sawant

Associate, Content

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Kayden Danh

Associate, Admin and Operations

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Mira Minkara

Associate, Training and Engagement

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Shriju Dhakal

Associate, Market Acceleration and Design Funding

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Thomas An

Associate, Market Acceleration and Design Funding

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Sijia Yi

Head of Communications (on leave)

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Catherine You

Manager, Market Acceleration and Design Funding (on leave)

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Regina Rossmann

Manager, Training and Engagement (on leave)

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Shailie Rimal

Senior Associate, Market Acceleration and Design Funding (on leave)


Board of Directors

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David Creighton

Senior Advisor, BT Global (Chair)

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Phil Bennett

Senior Advisor, Endeavor

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Rachna Saxena

Partner, Dalberg Advisors

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Victoria Sabula

CEO, Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF)

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Will Poole

Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Capria

Funding Committee

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Bart Van Eyk

Managing Director, VP Capital

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Flora Ji

Global Vice President, Nature Based Solutions, Shell

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Geoffrey Seeto

Head of Emerging Markets, New Forests Asia (Singapore) PTE LTD.

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Jennifer Buckley

Founder and Managing Director, Sweef Capital

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Jesse Ang

Independent Director, BPI/ACEN

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Kaylene Alvarez

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

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Lily Han, CFA

Director, Innovative Finance, Rockefeller Foundation

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Paul Currie

Advisor, Office of the CEO, Development Bank of Southern Africa

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Ricardo Nogueira

Member, Green Climate Fund's independent Technical Advisory Panel

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Sébastien Boyé

Co-CEO, Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P)

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Sergio Gusmão Suchodolski

Executive Vice President VR Investments

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Stacy Swann

Former CEO and Founding Partner, Climate Finance Advisors

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Thelma Ekiyor

Managing Partner, SME.NG

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Vipul Bhagat

Senior Advisor, Castalia

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 logoNorwegian Agency for Development Cooperation(NORAD)

Past funders

Citi Foundation's logoFord Foundation's logo


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

Contact Us

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