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Leah Pedersen

Leah Pedersen

Senior Director, Market Acceleration & Design Innovation

Leading Convergence’s Market Acceleration & Design Funding initiative, Leah brings 15+ years of risk management, structured finance, and international development experience spanning the public and private sectors. Prior to Convergence, Leah served as the Chief Innovation Officer and Director of the Innovation, Technology, Research (ITR) Hub in the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as well as Senior Advisor on gender lens investing and blended finance, for the White House led Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) initiative, mobilizing $100M+ of private capital to advance women as entrepreneurs and in the workforce. Before USAID, Leah served in private sector executive roles as the Vice President of Growth for a healthcare consolidator overseeing M&A and interim Turnaround CEO leading the restructure of a mobile advocacy platform. Previously, Leah joined Malaria No More (MNM) as co-founder & Director of MNM’s innovative finance subsidiary (NetGuarantee), a blended finance facility mitigating risks to mobilize private investment in improving healthcare delivery in Africa. From 2003 to 2008, Leah held senior positions with AIG’s global product development group launching new risk management solutions in emerging markets including AIG's micro-insurance portfolio (in Africa and Asia) focused on low-income women entrepreneurs and rural farmers. Leah started her career in management consulting working at Accenture and later Dalberg. She earned a BA in International Economics from University of St. Thomas and dual-MBA from Columbia University and London Business School. Leah was recognized by the Houston Business Journal as a “40 Under 40” award recipient and African Leadership Network (ALN) as an African Business Fellowship (ABF) winner. Leah also served as a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and founding Board Member of Healing Hands of Joy (maternal health in Africa).