Elena Casolari

Elena Casolari

Milan, Italy

Since 2006, Elena has been the CEO of Fondazione Acra, an Italian Ngo supporting Social Enterprises and inclusive businesses in 16 countries.

Elena is also the Co-founder and Executive president of Opes Impact fund, the first Italian investment vehicle targeting early stage social enterprises in East Africa and India in key development sectors with the aim of contributing to covering the “pioneer gap” in the impact investment industry.

She serves as a Director of the Fondazione Umano Progresso, an Italian family run grant making foundation and of Education and Entrepreneurship Ltd., a social enterprise in Tanzania delivering vocational training in rural areas.

She is also Board Member of Social Enterprise World Forum C.I.C. based in Glasgow, an organization that seeks to galvanize the global movement of social enterprise, and member of the Steering committee of Opportunity Collaboration, a global network of leaders dedicated to building sustainable solutions to poverty.

Previously, she worked for over a decade in investment banking in emerging Countries (HSBC, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and Nikko Securities). Elena graduated in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan and she was a researcher of economic models at the Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo for two years.

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