Partner and Innovative Finance Advisory, KOIS
Dr. Serena Guarnaschelli – Partner, KOIS Serena is an expert in innovative finance and impact investing, with over 15 years of experience advising donors and investors on the design, structuring and evaluation of impact investment strategies and vehicles. She has worked on numerous performance based finance projects, including social and development impact bonds, across agriculture, health, education and skilling. For example, she supported the ICRC with the structuring and launch of the world’s first Humanitarian Impact Bond, and designed an impact bond to improve the livelihoods of refugees and vulnerable host populations in Jordan and Lebanon. Previously, Serena designed and supported the launch of Convergence, a blended finance platform focused on emerging and frontier markets. Serena also worked with Mercy Corps in Darfur. She holds a PhD in Social Sciences from Caltech, with a specialization in Behavioral Finance. She recently supported the International Committee of the Red Cross with the structuring and launch of the world’s first Humanitarian Impact Bond, financing physical rehabilitation programs in conflict-afflicted countries in Africa. She also designed and supported the launch of Convergence, a blended finance platform focused on emerging and frontier markets. Her past work also included strategy consulting with McKinsey and humanitarian assistance with Mercy Corps in Darfur. Serena joined KOIS as a partner in 2016 and specializes in innovative finance advisory. She notably supported the International Red Cross Committee in structuring and launching the world’s first Humanitarian Impact Bond in 2017.
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Traditional development has often focused on single silo approaches, engaging in either social development, natural resources management or humanitarian assistance. Unfortunately, at times these mismatched objectives may not provide a clear ladder towards self-sufficiency for vulnerable populations.
Aligning these objectives together, through innovative financial mechanisms, will unlock new ways to fund holistic development approaches.
In this session, guest speakers will reflect on existing financing mechanisms and discuss what other innovative financing solutions are needed to align these objectives and incentives
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