Developing organizational capacity for innovative finance transactions in fragile settings

Innovative finance for humanitarian impact requires a new set of skills for all involved, including financial expertise, change management and partnership building.

To develop new ways of working, collaboration between humanitarian and development actors, corporates and investors and access to their respective skill sets, will be key.

Driving Innovative Finance for Impact program develops your organizational capacity to lead innovative finance transactions in the humanitarian and development space. 

You will identify high-impact value opportunities for your organization and gain all the necessary tools and skills to successfully manage and execute innovative financing transactions.

You will leave the program fully equipped to work across the public and private sectors, set up and manage deal teams combined with a rich network of committed practitioners.

strategic opportunities

Identify strategic opportunities in your organization and across the ecosystem

manage the execution

Understand the challenges to manage the execution of an innovative finance deal

 mobilize and manage internal and external stakeholders

Learn how to mobilize and manage internal and external stakeholders

organizational readiness and best practices

Identify organizational readiness and best practices to deliver innovative finance for humanitarian impact at scale

peer network

Become part of a peer network and access a growing community of practitioners and leaders in this space

As humanitarian needs expand due to conflict and fragility, scaling game-changing financial models will be essential to improve people’s lives in fragile situations and bring hope to future generations

Peter Maurer

President | International Committee of the Red Cross

An investment mindset and organizational capacity are the critical ingredients for international organizations to unlock the power of innovative finance in fragile settings and beyond. We are excited to help incubate this new IMD program, which will mainstream innovative finance by providing the necessary training so that senior executives can translate potential into deals and results

Dr. Maximilian Martin

Global Head of Philanthropy | Banque Lombard Odier & Cie SA

Benefit from hands-on learning with a strong focus on case studies

IMD’s Driving Innovative Finance for Impact is the only outcome-oriented training program available for senior managers and sector specialists with global and local responsibilities.

It combines liVe virtual sessions, self-paced learning, expert coaching plus face-to-face learning at IMD campus.

You will enjoy cutting-edge content and learning materials together with our network of partners, including ICRC, Lombard Odier and the World Economic Forum. The program provides practical, hands-on learning with a strong focus on case studies and unique content from partners and guest speakers from the Humanitarian and Resilience Investing Initiative network.

Each module provides practical takeaways and you will finish the program with identified “deals” to be piloted or financed.

Unique content from partners and guest speakers
Coaching and group debriefing
guest speakers
Practical takeaways with identified “deals” to be piloted or financed
Rich network of committed practitioners
Is this program for me?

The program is ideal for executives from humanitarian and other international organizations, those working in the philanthropic and development sectors, as well as forward-looking corporations active in frontier markets and fragile settings.

The typical participant profile includes:

  • Senior humanitarian and international managers
  • Senior corporate professionals from diverse industries working in or expanding into fragile settings/frontier markets
  • Senior advisors working in the philanthropic, impact investment and development sector
  • Senior ODA officials in government and development institutions
Benefit from faculty expertise and research

Vanina Farber - elea Chair for Social Innovation

Vanina Farber is an economist and political scientist specializing in social innovation, corporate social responsibility and sustainable finance with more than 20 years of consultancy, research and teaching experience, working with academic institutions, multinational corporations and international organizations. She is the holder of the elea Chair for Social Innovation.

In her research, Vanina is interested in studying and fostering the application of innovative, practical, sustainable and inclusive market-oriented approaches that aspire to change the world by eliminating the root causes of social ills. Her research focuses on social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, impact investing and ESG Integration/sustainable finance. She seeks to understand the social innovation environment through a holistic approach that examines both the supply (entrepreneurs and corporates) and demand side of social innovation (society but also investors).

Driving Innovative Finance for Impact - Steering Committee

Innovative finance is an emerging field with tremendous promise to improve development outcomes in fragile settings and beyond. Ensuring the course’s continuous focus on real-world problem solving is our ambition. The course’s dedicated Steering Committee convenes on a regular basis to source innovations, new case applications, and otherwise relevant emerging practice and research.

Andrej Kirn

Andrej leads efforts to deepen and co-design multistakeholder collaboration between the World Economic Forum and International Organizations to tackle key global challenges for a more sustainable future. He also focuses on bringing together humanitarian and development actors with corporates and investors to design long-term approaches in protracted settings that combine humanitarian impact with financial return.

Juan Coderque Galligo

Juan’s 30-year professional career includes teaching, leading teams in conflict environments in the former Soviet Union, Africa and the Middle East, and innovation in resource mobilization and partnerships for humanitarian impact. He leads ICRC’s Innovative Finance Centre of Expertise and helps drive the Humanitarian and Resilience Investing Initiative.

Dr Maximilian Martin

Dr. Maximilian Martin serves as Lombard Odier’s Global Head of Philanthropy and led the ICRC’s “Program for Humanitarian Impact Investment” transaction (humanitarian impact bond) on the side of the co-sponsor Lombard Odier. One of Europe’s impact pioneers, he created Europe’s first university course on social entrepreneurship (2003), Europe’s first philanthropic services & impact investing offering at a bank (UBS, 2004-2009), coined “impact economy” and “corporate impact venturing,” founded Impact Economy (2011), and wrote the UK Cabinet Office Primer “Status of the Social Impact Investing Market” for the first G8 conference on impact investing (2013).

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Program partners

IMD network of partners includes ICRC, Lombard Odier and the World Economic Forum. 

This program has been incubated and co-funded by Fondation Lombard Odier and is offered at a special reduced fee.

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Duration: 3 week online/liVe virtual and 2 days on campus


IMD complies with applicable laws and regulations, including with respect to international sanctions that may be imposed on individuals and countries. This policy applies to all applications for IMD programs from individuals or organizations, and any commercial or non-commercial partnerships.

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