Joan is an investment professional with over 20 years of experience delivering sustainable results in fast-paced, frontier markets. Her expertise lies in private equity, debt structuring, infrastructure and the environmental and clean energy fields. As CEO, Joan currently leads the Convergence team working on blended finance. Convergence launched in January 2016 as the first and only platform that helps public and private investors find and connect with each other to co-invest in blended finance deals in emerging and frontier markets.
Joan M. Larrea brings to Convergence 20 years of experience in investing in emerging markets. Prior to joining Convergence, she led the US 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 programme 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.