Elena Casolari

Co-founder & Partner
OPES Impact Fund

Elena believes in the transformative power of impact investing and the social enterprise movement; she is an advocate of gender smart investing and global citizenship. She is the co-founder and partner of the impact fund OPES Italia that 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 ten years Elena was CEO at the INGO ACRA, and before that she spent 12 years in the investment banking industry covering emerging markets. Elena serves as a Director at Fondazione Umano Progresso, Social Enterprise World Forum CIC, and the Social Impact Agenda for Italy. After her graduation in Management, Elena was a Monbushoo fellow at the Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo for two years.



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SEWF 2019


Explore our plenaries, mini-plenaries, sessions and workshops at SEWF 2019 from 23 – 25 October.

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See a list of speakers from around the world to present, debate and share ideas at SEWF 2019

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SEWF 2019

Week overview

We have exciting events throughout the SEWF week, read more about our interesting side events

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