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Catalina Martínez

Senior Consultant

Catalina brings to FSG an array of experience on sustainable finance and impact investing from the perspectives of the financial industry, international organizations, and academia. Based in Geneva and originally from Bogota, Catalina is passionate about mobilizing catalytic capital to solve development issues. She works with corporations, funders, and investors, helping them understand the economics of impact in their value chains and interest areas. This implies quantifying trade-offs and win-win opportunities, as well as identifying leverage points within market systems where investment strategies can be most successful in financing and managing the true cost of change.

Before FSG

Prior to FSG, Catalina was head of Latin America at Blue Marble Microinsurance, seconded by Aspen Insurance Group. Previously, she worked in investment management at Zurich Insurance Group with the strategic asset allocation and responsible investment teams. Catalina has worked on various development finance projects with ICRC, WEF, World Bank, ITC, OECD, UNCTAD, and WTO. She has done applied and academic research on inclusive finance and impact investing as a postdoctoral visiting fellow at Harvard University, and at the University of Geneva, where she is currently a lecturer in SDG finance and impact investing.

Education

  • PhD in Development Economics, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
  • MA in International Economics, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
  • BA in Philosophy, Universidad de los Andes
  • BA in Economics, Universidad de los Andes

Affiliations

  • Lecturer in Impact Investing, Geneva Finance Research Institute, University of Geneva

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English
  • Italian
  • French (intermediate)
  • German (basic)

On working at FSG

“I am honored and privileged to be part of the amazing team of thought leaders and trailblazers that is FSG. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with corporations, funders, and investors committed to reimagining social change. I treasure the energy, honesty, and genuine passion of my colleagues in pushing the development frontier so that we can build the world we all dream for our children.”