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Convergence Blending Global Finance


Convergence is headquartered in Toronto, but we operate globally and have a presence in Nairobi, Kigali, Singapore, La Paz, and Washington DC. We are small but mighty. Our team is passionate about and united around the goal of directing money to where it's needed most - into emerging markets and developing economies and towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We have built a culture defined by our diversity, inclusivity, and ability to get things done. Our team is led by our Chief Executive Officer, Joan M. Larrea.

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Joan M. Larrea

Chief Executive Officer

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Aakif Merchant

Director, Engagement and Capacity Building and Head of Africa

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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 and Head of 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 and Head of 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 and 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 and 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

The Convergence Board is comprised of 6 members who provide overall guidance and oversight of Convergence. Our Board brings a wealth of experience from the public, private, and philanthropic sectors and draw upon vast experience in international finance and development impact. Our Board is currently chaired by David Creighton, Senior Advisor, BT Global.

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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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Stacy Swann

Founder, Resilient Earth Capital

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Victoria Sabula

CEO, Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF)

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Will Poole

Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Capria

Investment Committee

Convergence's Investment Committee brings extensive experience to objectively evaluate the finalist pool of grant proposals and guides decisions on awards for Convergence's various design funding programs to maximize impact.

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Alex Jarman

Chief Executive, Investing for Good

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Amol Mehra

Director of Industry Programmes, Laudes Foundation

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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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Karen Tsang-Hounsell

Head of Business Development, InfraCo Asia

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Kaylene Alvarez

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

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Lauren Ferstandig

Managing Director NatureVest, The Nature Conservancy

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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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Thelma Ekiyor

Managing Partner, SME.NG

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Vipul Bhagat

Senior Advisor, Castalia

Contact Us

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