Bridging the infrastructure gap by promoting a mutual understanding between emerging market infrastructure planning public-sector officials and developed market investors.

The ILN Sustainable Infrastructure Fellowship Program offers applied skills and knowledge in an academic setting for senior-level public-sector officials in emerging markets’ governments, ministries or agencies responsible for infrastructure planning, development and management. 

By better aligning the expectations of infrastructure sponsors with private investors, the Fellowship seeks to enhance the expertise of emerging market leaders in developing sustainable, investment-ready infrastructure projects, and to give them concrete exposure to the criteria used by institutional investors to evaluate sustainable infrastructure investments. The Global Infrastructure Hub, an initiative of the G20, is a sponsor of the fellowship program alongside the ILN.

Our 2022 Sustainable Infrastructure Fellowship Program will be conducted in partnership with Schulich School of Business at York University, with support from the Sustainable Infrastructure Foundation.

Applications are now closed for our 2022 cohort. Please visit: for more information.

Committee Leads

Ève Bernèche, Senior Director, Infrastructure Investments at CDPQ

Laura Kaliszewski, Sustainable Investment Director, Natixis Investment Managers

Denis Prouteau, Real Asset Private Debt Chief Investment Officer, Natixis Investment Managers


The Fellowship consists of an academic and executive programs conducted by a partner university, ILN members, and key guest lecturers. 

In-class lectures

Case study analysis

Interactive assignments and simulations

Presentations by leading industry practitioners, including ILN institutional investors

Practical exposure to institutional infrastructure investment criteria and processes

What are the main objectives of the Program?

  • Build expertise in the development of sustainable and investable projects;
  • Build relationships between the ILN members, the Fellows and their countries;
  • Share information and experience between ILN members and Fellows (bi-directional) and Fellow to Fellow;
  • Provide Fellows with the perspective of Institutional Investors with respect to investing in infrastructure.


Increasing private investments in emerging and frontier markets by advocating for more blended finance opportunities.

Combatting climate change and achieving the SDGs require vast investments in sustainable projects in developing countries, but funding is falling short. The private sector is eager to significantly increase its sustainable investments, but is often constrained by avoidable obstacles. Private investors lack access to crucial public sector information, and feel insufficiently insured against the risks of investing in developing economies.

The ILN serves to lower obstacles that might prevent investors from increasing their participation in creating a sustainable, equitable global economy. In this case, the ILN teamed up with The Rockefeller Foundation to release a Blended Finance Blueprint, which identifies seven specific actions that the public sector can take over the short, medium, and long term to increase private investors’ ability to participate in blended finance partnerships. 


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