AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


Addressing the $2.5 trillion SDG Funding Gap with Private Investment Capital

By Asian Venture Capital Journal

Date & time

(GMT +8)

26 April 2022



26 April 2022


About this event

The OECD 2020 report estimates there is a $2.5 trillion annual gap in the funds needed to deliver the SDGs by 2030. This funding gap has been further exacerbated by the pandemic.

Investments into the impact space have grown rapidly with increasing focus from mainstream players across key global issues including climate change, economic inequality, gender disparity and poverty. The scale of on-the-ground investors vis-à-vis larger investors is highly skewed towards the latter, resulting in a knowledge and understanding of local markets and culture.

Helping to effectively match the needs of founders building life-changing solutions for low-income consumers with early stage capital is a key mobilizer to closing the $2.5 trillion funding gap. For early stage businesses, equity is not the only solution; a growing number of instruments can also be utilized for optimizing financing, including hybrid debt structures and guarantees.

In partnership with AVPN, Insitor is pleased to host a virtual webinar and outline how their work backing founders building life-changing solutions has positively impacted 40 million low-income consumers across developing Asia, including sharing experiences on how they have mobilized innovative funding solutions to meet the crucial early funding needs of their founders. The event will host a series of speakers and “fireside chat” bringing diverse perspectives from Insitor management team, private investors and founders.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn about how private investment capital can be mobilized to address the $2.5 trillion funding gap and fill a critical early stage funding gap for companies
  • Hear diverse perspectives from investors and operators on how they think about maximizing collective impact
  • Understand the different types of innovative funding solutions and hear Insitor’s  first hand experience in mobilizing solutions for their portfolio companies


Sara Taylor
Head of SME Funds,

Sara joined CDC in 2014 and leads CDC’s Catalyst Funds investments, managing a team which oversees a £200 million portfolio of thirteen funds.

The Catalyst Funds portfolio includes funds which aim to reach underserved groups with improved goods and services and economic opportunities (investing in sectors such as agriculture, healthcare, off-grid energy and education) as well as funds operating in and contributing to build some of our most nascent or frontier markets.

Prior to joining CDC, Sara was a Principal at Quona Capital, a venture firm which manages funds for Accion and invests in financial technology for inclusion across Latin America, Africa and Asia. Sara has also worked for Zoona, a payments company in Zambia, and prior to that spent 10 years in investment banking and corporate law.

Sara holds a BA in PPE from Oxford University, a Graduate Diploma in Law from the College of Law, and an MA in International Development from Johns Hopkins SAIS.

Rukmini Bahl
Director Strategic Partnerships,
Insitor Partners

Rukmini is Director of Strategic Partnerships at Insitor Partners with over 14 years’ global experience in the financial services industry spanning roles in strategy and corporate development, investing in and building new ventures and microfinance at leading financial institutions including Ujjivan Financial Services, American Express, Lehman Brothers and Barclays.

Prior to Insitor, Rukmini was a founding member of Barclays Ventures in London, the new ventures arm of the bank focused on investing in early stage companies and building new commercial partnerships to create sustainable and transformational future revenue streams and previously worked in the bank’s Group Strategy and Corporate Development arm.

Rukmini recognized early on in her career the transformational impact a mission driven organization can achieve and is passionate about mentoring high growth scalable ventures to maximize their potential and encourage diversity in thought and approach to drive the right business outcomes.

Rukmini holds an MBA from London Business School (UK) and a BSc in Mathematics and Business Studies from the University of Warwick (UK).

Bradley Kopsick
Cambodia Country Director,
Insitor Partners

Bradley Kopsick is the Cambodia Country Director for Insitor Partners. In this role, Bradley oversees all operations in the country: exploring investment opportunities, conducting market analyses, and working closely with portfolio companies.

Bradley spent the past 12 years in Myanmar, leading Insitor’s entry to the market and subsequently serving as Country Manager. He has also served as a board member for the Myanmar Private Equity and Venture Capital Association since its inception in 2019.

Bradley received his bachelor’s degree in history and economics from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

General Manager,
Khmer Water Supply Holdings (KWSH)

William worked on project management and deal pipeline as a Consultant for OBOR Capital before becoming KWSH GM in July 2018. Before joining KWSH, William also served as Acting GM at GAEA, the waste management firm in Siem Reap, managing a team of over 300 staff.

Previously, he worked in project management for Credit Agricole CIB (Japan) and in sales research for GE Healthcare (France). William holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Management and a Master’s Degree in International Development.

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