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An Introduction to Blended Finance

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 – Wednesday, January 25, 2023
16:00 – 17:00

As environmental and societal challenges are getting more complex to address, multi-stakeholder approaches ensuring the smart and efficient use of resources prove even more critical. Initially used in the development and impact investing fields, blended finance structures offer promising solutions in that regard and have progressively been adopted by traditional financial players including asset managers to derisk investments expected to address key sustainable development goals notably in the field of climate, gender, health, and peace building. The principle of such blended finance structures consists in leveraging concessional finance to mobilize market-rate financing in order to rebalance the risk-reward profiles of pioneering investments that are unable to proceed on strictly commercial terms.

In order to demystify how those structures work, AMAS and Building Bridges are excited to offer a Webinar Series on Blended Finance. Our speakers will strive to understand the following: What is blended finance? How does it work? Why are those structures relevant for asset managers in the Swiss market? Which opportunities and challenges are asset managers facing upon implementation?

Speakers

  • Introduction: Adrian Schatzmann, CEO, Asset Management Association Switzerland (AMAS)
  • Liliana de Sá Kirchknopf, Head of Private Sector Development, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)
  • Chris Clubb, Managing Director, Convergence
  • Leticia Ferreras Astorqui, Lead Portfolio Manager for Blended Finance, Allianz Global Investors
  • Closing Remarks: Sandrine Salerno, Director of Building Bridges and Sustainable Finance Geneva
  • Moderated by Aurélia Fäh, Sustainable Finance and Romandie Lead, Asset Management Association Switzerland (AMAS)

Registration

Please contact office@am-switzerland.ch to register for the webinar.