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Climate Smart Innovation Hub

CIFAR Alliance and Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth

Who Are We?

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The Climate Smart Product Innovation Hub (CSIH) is one of many CoLabs within the Climate Innovations for Adaptation and Resilience (CIFAR) Alliance. We are a group of entrepreneurs, climate and financial experts, financial service providers, and investors that are passionate about a climate resilient future driven by financial product innovation. 

Climate Smart Financial Products are tech-enabled banking and financial service solutions that meet real planetary needs, (e.g. Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement) and serve climate vulnerable communities and natural ecosystems.

Our Challenge

Often the first barrier to climate adaptation is access to sustainable finance. The climate adaptation-fintech nexus is a cutting-edge space yet there is limited guidance on how to develop such products in a competitive way.

Our Solution

The Hub will develop tools and knowledge resources for Climate Smart Financial Product innovation. We  will accomplish this by nurturing the climate adaptation-fintech ecosystem and co-creating with diverse partners.

Our Mission

Accelerate development and implementation

of quality Climate Smart Financial Products for vulnerable users.

Our Vision

The Hub will contribute to the CIFAR Alliance's vision of providing 1 billion people access to climate smart financial solutions and catalyzing $25 billion per annum into the sector by 2030.

Our Partners

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Hub Members

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Ali Schmidt-Fellner

Lead - Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth

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Tyler Ferdinand

Lead - BFA Global


Nelly Ramírez Moncada

Co Lead CIFAR- Secretariat


Carolina Zuluaga

Co Lead - Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth

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David Del Ser

BFA Global, Chief Innovation Officer and Chair


Julián Rodríguez

Project Manager - BFA Global


Sabaa Notta

Member - CGAP

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Malika Anand

Member - Catalyst Fund

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Maelis Carraro

Member - Catalyst Fund


Fernando Carballal

Member - International Rescue Committee


Ellen Brooks Shehata

Member - International Rescue Committee


Mallory Sheff

Member - DataKind


Katie Beem

Member - DataKind


Jessica Newfield

Member - Sustainable Ocean Alliance


Tea Tuur

Member - World Resources Institute


Mathew Egessa

Member - VUA Inc


Titus Nyandoro

Member - VUA Inc

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