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Ellen Olafsen

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Senior Private Sector Specialist

Ellen Olafsen is the Global Product Specialist on Growth Entrepreneurship at the World Bank's Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice. She has been working in the field of entrepreneurship for over a decade and has developed significant regional experience, including in Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, North Africa, Central and South Asia, as well as Central America. She overseas two programs on digital and agribusiness entrepreneurship, both of which started under her leadership. Currently, Ellen is initiating a World Bank flagship study on growth entrepreneurship intended to inform the design of Bank's projects in this area. Before joining the Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice, Ellen worked for the Grassroots Business Department in IFC (now Grassroots Business Fund), the Development Gateway at the World Bank, and Citizens Energy International in Angola. Ellen holds an MBA in International Finance and an MA in International Affairs focused on Sub-Saharan Africa.