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Ellen Olafsen

Program Coordinator
Ellen leads the Creating Sustainable Businesses in the Knowledge Economy program (CSBKE) funded by Finland. The program promotes the growth of early-stage enterprises in the Mekong, Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Ellen also supports the Program Manager with infoDev’s strategy and business development efforts. For example, Ellen initiated infoDev’s new work on agribusiness innovation, which aims to accelerate the growth of innovative, value adding agribusiness enterprises in developing countries, starting in Africa. She is also leading an assessment for a future work program in North Africa and the Middle East. Before joining infoDev, Ellen was a consultant to the International Finance Corporation (IFC), working on grassroots business development and social entrepreneurship. Ellen has worked as product and partnership manager for other organizations in the public and private sector, and has experience in designing and managing both global, regional and country-level information and technology (IT) projects (Angola, Morocco and Tanzania). Ellen has an MBA in International Finance and an MA in International Affairs focused on Sub-Saharan Africa.