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Elena Bonometti is an Italian national with 20 years of professional experience in Africa, specializing in the field-based management of development programs, specifically focusing on community health and economic empowerment. Elena is currently Chief Executive Officer of Tostan, an Africa-based organization that works directly with rural communities leading their own development across five West
African countries. Since her appointment as CEO in 2017, Elena has led the development of the Tostan Strategic Engagement Plan for 2019 to 2022, which has committed the organization to the scale of well-being by implementing and sharing Tostan’s model through strategic partnership. Elena is also a co-founder of Catalyst2030, a collaborative movement of joint action for systems change to achieve the SDGs. Elena holds a Global Executive MBA from Georgetown University/ESADE Business School, a Masters of International Relations from
Sciences Po in Paris, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at University of Trieste, Italy. She is fluent in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish and currently lives in Dakar, Senegal with her family.
Experience and expertise
Education, Gender, Sustainability
Western Africa, Northern America
Development - i.e. international development, rural development