Patrick ElmerSenior Advisor, Funds
Patrick is advising EduFinance on the design, structure and investment preparation of the Education Finance Fund. He has worked in Impact Investing for the last 15 years focusing on innovative solutions that connect emerging consumers and households at the Base of the Pyramid with private sector and financial markets. Patrick spent almost four years in Africa, first managing SECO’s (Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs) SME support program in Mozambique, and later co-establishing and co-managing a greenfield microfinance bank in Madagascar.
Patrick founded iGravity in March 2017 to support disruptive ideas, entrepreneurs, visionaries, and institutions in their impact investment [ad]ventures. Previously he worked as Head of Business Development at BlueOrchard, leading the sales strategy across multiple markets and developing new partnerships and structures. He was also Head of Philanthropy Services and Responsible Investments at Credit Suisse, advising clients on investment solutions and leading the bank’s efforts in creating novel partnerships and products in areas like microfinance, education, agriculture and conservation finance.
Patrick holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the University of St. Gallen and a Master’s degree on Developing Countries from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich.