Laura Fernández Cascán, Director, Blended Finance and Business Innovation
Laura is passionate about innovative business models and cross-sector collaboration to achieve fair and sustainable livelihoods that value diversity and nature. She has over 10 years of experience in project management and business strategy and is specialized in analyzing and structuring projects to support social innovation and environmental impact programs with social entrepreneurs, grass roots organizations and value chains, combining a range of financial instruments.
After her early career as a professional consultant in bank-insurance sector with Management Solutions, she transitioned to the field of international development and gained extensive work experience in Latin America with the Innovation Lab of the Interamerican Development Bank. Lately as an independent consultant, she has collaborated with various public and private entities in the areas of blended finance and social entrepreneurship, including her role as projects director with Foro Impacto, the impact investment market builder in Spain. Her background is in Business Administration and in Actuarial Sciences with both master’s degrees from Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE) of Spain and holds postgraduate courses in Strategy of Inclusive Business and Corporate Social Responsibility, and Microfinance Management