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Elissa M.

United States


Seasoned executive manager with 20 years’ experience in emerging markets and international development, with specific expertise in designing financial products for low-income customer segments and in start up ventures. Currently serve as CEO of Vitas Group, a for-profit financial services company that is a pioneer of financial inclusion in the Middle East. Experience raising funds and implementing projects with a range of partners - private equity investors, foundations, government and multilateral donors, and impact investors. Over seven years’ experience starting up and managing field operations in volatile market settings. Motivational leader of multicultural teams; oversee staffing of over 1,600 in six countries. Author and professorial lecturer on a range of topics in financial inclusion, women's entrepreneurship, and development finance.


  • development
  • financial services
  • civil society
  • vulnerable groups
  • finance
  • Sectors
  • Funders
  • Countries
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