Elena Casolari



Elena believes in the transformative power of impact investing and the social enterprise movement, and is an advocate and practitioner of gender-smart investing. She is the co-founder and partner of OPES Italia Sicaf EuVECA, which invests in impact enterprises in Italy, and OPES-LCEF Fund, an impact investment vehicle that provides financial resources and management support to early-stage social enterprises whose businesses serve low-income people and disadvantaged communities.

For 10 years, Elena was CEO at ACRA, an international NGO, and before that spent 12 years in the investment banking industry covering emerging markets. Elena serves as a director at Fondazione Umano Progresso, a family run Foundation, and she is also a member of the General Council of Fondazione Compagnia San Paolo, one of the leading banking foundations in Italy. She is also a director at LBV, an edtech startup promoting diversity in workplaces, and Selco India, a social enterprise delivering sustainable energy solutions for the poor. After graduating in Management, Elena was a Monbusho fellow at the Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo for two years.