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In-Person Convergence Training for Blended Finance Practitioners

Palladium Group Offices

Thursday May 2, 2024, 10:00am - 5:00pm EDT, Washington D.C.

This training will bring together blended finance practitioners in the Washington D.C. area for an inspiring, interactive, and practice-driven day of learning and knowledge sharing. As an intermediate-level programme, the session will combine insights from Convergence experts, notable speakers from major organizations, and technical experts in the field. This training is an opportunity for Convergence members and non-members to gather in-person to share insights and experiences and tackle difficult questions around innovative approaches to mobilize more private capital for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. More speaker details to follow.

This training is complimentary for members (one seat for Standard Membership, two seats for Market Builder Membership), USD 500 for additional member seats, and USD 750 for non-members. Please contact your relationship manager for more details or questions on your membership type.

Register by April 19th to reserve your seat.

Session Agenda

10:00am: Welcome & Introduction

  • Joan Larrea, CEO, Convergence

10:15am: State of Blended Finance 2024: Deeper Insights

  • Ayesha Bery, Manager, Convergence; Andrew Apampa, Manager, Convergence
  • Convergence to present thematic insights and recommendations from the newly-released report.

10:45am: Panel Discussion: Balancing Scalability and Innovation: A look at Large Scale Transactions

  • Moderator: Joan Larrea, CEO, Convergence
  • Esteban Brenes, Senior Director Conservation Finance, WWF; Dia Martin, Managing Director, DFC; Stephanie von Friedeburg, Managing Director, Citi

11:45am: Group Exercise: Key Themes in Blended Finance

  • Facilitator: Joan Larrea, CEO, Convergence
  • Participants will discuss their responses to pre-work activities provided by Convergence on topics relating to their experience in blended finance transactions.

12:45pm: Networking Lunch

1:30pm: Anatomy of a Blended Finance Transaction: The Central Asia Fund

  • Geoffrey Chalmers, Senior Vice President, ACDI/VOCA

2:10pm: Expert Presentation: The Financials of Carbon, Biodiversity and Other Credits and Their Use in Blended Finance

2:40pm: Networking Coffee/Tea Break

3:00pm: Group Exercise: Analyzing a Blended Finance Transaction

  • Facilitator: Leah Pedersen, Senior Director, Convergence
  • Participants will review a specific blended finance transaction in detail and work together in small teams to analyze the feasibility of the structure and determine key opportunities for innovation and/or challenges to its success.

4:00pm: Blended Finance Marketplace

  • Girls First Finance: Ryan Burgess, Managing Principal, Whole Child Advisors
  • Azure Source Capital: John Simon, Managing Director, Total Impact Capital

5:00pm: End

Date And Time

Thursday, May 2nd, 2024
2:00 PM - 9:00 PM (GMT+00:00)


Palladium Group Offices
Palladium Group Offices, 1318 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004