Elena Casolari

Elena Casolari

CEO of Fondazione ACRA (Italy)

Elena is CEO at Fondazione ACRA, an INgo whose mission is to support social enterprises and their ecosystem. She is also co-founder and Executive President of Opes Impact fund, a non profit investment vehicle targeting early stage social enterprises especially in East Africa and India, one of the few deploying patient capital into promising and disruptive enterprises positioning themselves in the so called “frontier + market ” . Furthermore Elena sits in the BoDs of Fondazione Umano Progresso, a private Italian Foundation, E&E Ltd. a social enterprise delivering vocational training in rural Tanzania. She is also serves as Director for Social Enterprise World Forum C.i.C, and Social Impact Agenda for Italy. Previously, she worked for over a decade in investment banking covering emerging countries. After graduating in Business Administration she was a researcher in the Department of Trade and Business at the Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo for two years.