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24 March 2022

Allianz Global Investor's Nadia Nikolova on using blended finance in asset management


Nadia Nikolova, lead portfolio manager, AllianzGI Development Finance, speaks with Uxolo about her learnings from working with development banks.

Nadia introduces Allianz Global Investors, which manages EUR 673 billion in assets (00:20), her learnings from expanding AllianzGI’s presence in emerging markets including the infrastructure debt partnership with IFC using blended finance mechanism (01:50), the importance of understanding the profile of Multilateral Development Banks (MDB) and Development Financial Institutions ahead of making transactions (06:30).

Nadia observes her evolution of the investor landscape and how it has shaped blended finance (07:02), the high barriers of entry in the development finance ecosystem and understanding the MDB terminologies (08:23), how lack of donor capital and pipeline of projects are holding back blended finance (10:04), push for transparency from the MDB and DFI (11:12), the importance of trust-building in working with DFIs and MDBs (14:00).

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