AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


Blended Finance: Maximising social impact & enhancing portfolio returns

By AVPN and Convergence



Date & time

(SGT (GMT+8))

30 August 2022



30 August 2022


About this event

AVPN and Convergence bring you a webinar that looks at blended finance as an innovative financial investment. Blended finance is the use of catalytic capital from public or philanthropic sources to increase private sector investment in sustainable development. It has the potential to disrupt traditional development finance as we know it, by attracting private sector funds to developing countries in volumes never before seen. The objective of this virtual convening is to deepen understanding of the purpose of blended finance, define the current market landscape, as well as demonstrate how this structuring approach can help to identify investment-ready opportunities aligned with organisational priorities and values, while amplifying impact. We will also learn from a speaker who is currently active in blended finance and their experience working with ecosystem stakeholders – from due diligence to monitoring. Finally, this webinar will provide concrete next steps for participants interested in exploring blended finance opportunities within their strategic areas of focus.

Key Takeaways : 

  • What is blended finance: Introduce a working definition
  • Why this is important for you to know and how it can help you achieve your impact goals
  • What is the current landscape of blended finance and how are others active in this space?
  • What is the design funding grant programme?


If you are keen to participate in this event or have any questions, please reach out to [email protected].



Ronie Mak
Managing Director, RS Group 

Ronie leads and manages the strategy, operations and development of RS Group’s activities in HK and globally. RS Group is a mid-sized HK-based family office committed to creating a paradigm shift in people’s values and priorities so that economic growth will support, instead of jeopardize, human development and environmental sustainability.  She led the incubation of the Sustainable Finance Initiative (SFi) in 2018, a private investor community platform that aims to drive demand and promote sustainable finance in HK.  Ronie is an Advisor to SFi.
Currently, she is driving the “Natural Capital Initiative”, aimed at deploying catalytic capital to support innovative investment solutions that can protect and enhance natural capital in Asia. Projects under this initiative include a US$3 million blended finance funding window, as well as the development of a “Nature Venture Builder” for Asia.
Ronie has over 15 years of banking & finance experience. Prior to joining RS Group in 2014, she spent a total of 12 years at HSBC across various roles (CEO office, Strategy, Investment Banking). During this period, she also acted as the Secretary of the Hong Kong Association of Banks in 2012.

Joan Larrea
CEO, Convergence 

Joan M. Larrea is an expert in catalyzing investment in places that need it most and brings with her over 20 years of experience in emerging markets investing. Joan serves on HRH The Prince of Wales’ Sustainable Markets Council, the Global Environment Facility Advisory Group for Non-Grant Instruments, the Impact Canada Initiative Advisory Committee for the Government of Canada’s Privy Council, and the Advisory Council for FinDev Canada. Prior to joining Convergence, she led the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation’s (OPIC) efforts to partner with philanthropic and private investors to increase capital flows to OPIC’s target markets. While at OPIC, she also directed a pilot program to finance smaller, high impact, and innovative funds, many of which drew on blended finance structures. Before OPIC, Joan served as a managing director on the emerging markets team at Global Environment Fund, an asset manager dedicated to the energy, environmental, and natural resource sectors. She began her career as an investment officer at International Finance Corporation, where she concluded pioneering transactions in a variety of infrastructure and manufacturing sectors across Asia.

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