Maelis Carraro: Director Catalyst Fund and Impact Ventures at BFA
Maelis is the Director of the Catalyst Fund and of the Impact Ventures practice at BFA. She has years of experience in accelerating tech startups and building innovation ecosystems. She joined BFA from the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group), where she advised and worked with regional teams on microfinance projects globally and advised financial institutions on how to implement strategies for responsible financial inclusion to serve the under-banked.
Maelis has previously worked directly on microfinance product development for Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, on development and climate change policy issues for the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD), and impact investing for Global Partnerships, a not-for-profit impact investing fund dedicated to alleviating poverty in Latin America. Maelis also co-founded RemitMas – a digital remittances service for Latino immigrants in the US, which sparked her passion for entrepreneurship and fintech. Maelis holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Master in International Affairs from Columbia School of International and Public Affairs. She received her BA Cum Laude from University College London, where she majored in Political Science and Economics. Maelis speaks English, French, Italian, and Spanish.