2:30 p.m. - 13. Cars, Cows and Cell Phones: What do They have in Common?
Friday, November 3 at 2:30 p.m.
Blended Finance is an emerging sector which is taking economic development to a whole new level. Through Blended Finance, public and private capital comes together not only to increase the pool of funding available to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, but also to blend diverse knowledge capital for better and more thoughtful solutions.
Join us in learning how MEDA’s impact investments in conjunction with Sarona Asset Management are helping build up local industry for goods distribution in Turkey, empower women in dairy value chains of Indonesia, and connect rural and urban centers in Southern Africa through mobile payments.
Serge Levert-Chiasson, Senior Partner, Managing Director, Operations & CCO: Serge leads the operations and compliance activities of Sarona. He has worked with Sarona Asset Management, formerly MEDA Investments, since 2008. He serves on several private equity funds’ advisory committees, corporate boards, and is on the advisory committee of B Lab Analytics. Prior to Sarona, Serge was an underwriter and loan officer at Export Development Canada, business analyst at Crédit Lyonnais, and founding chair of Agro Capital Management, a Ukrainian agricultural equipment leasing company. He holds an MSc in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics, an International MBA from the Schulich School of Business and is a CFA charter holder.
Jerry Quigley has worked in various management positions with MEDA since 1990. Jerry is currently Senior Vice President of Programs at MEDA, providing oversight to MEDA's three geographic areas of focus; West Africa/MENA Programs, Eastern Southern and Central Africa Programs, and Global Programs. He has served on numerous boards including several years as chair of the board of IMON microfinance bank in Tajikistan, chair of the board of Agro Capital Management in Ukraine and the chair of IMON Foundation in Tajikistan. Jerry is a seasoned consultant having executed a wide array of assignments including business and marketing plans, program designs and evaluations. Jerry is a graduate in economics and development studies from the University of Guelph.