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Francesco Ambrogetti

Innovative Finance and Partnership Advisor

UNCDF, Least Developed Countries


Francesco is Innovative Finance and Partnership advisor at Capital Development fund of the UN (UNCDF). UNCDF’s mandate is to unlock public and private capital in the 47 Least Developed Countries (LDCs). He led the development of the first ETF on SDG in LDC for the UN in collaboration with ImpactShares, Rockefeller Foudnation and Morningstar.

Francesco is also Senior Advisor to UNICEF Italy. Before joining the UN in NY, he was the Director of Fundraising and Marketing for UNICEF Italy, leading a $70 million a year revenue program. He has launched several innovative finance vehicles for UNICEF including SICAV and other impact investment vehicles.

He has over 20 years’ international fundraising experience with UNICEF, UNAIDS and UNFPA in Geneva, Bangkok, and Panama, and has advised organizations like the World Bank, WWF, MSF, and The Red Cross.

He is teaching fundraising at the University of Bologna and authored various articles and books on marketing and fundraising, including “Emotionraising: How to Astonish, Disturb, Seduce and Convince the Brain to Support Good Causes” (Civil Society Press, 2016).

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