Elena is a startup ecosystem builder. Over the last 7 years, she raised brand awareness and built communities for technology and nonprofit companies in 11 global markets. Currently, Elena focuses on economic development in emerging markets at Berlin-based Enpact.e.V, where she leads programs, business development for Asian, African, Middle Eastern, and European entrepreneurs and leaders of organizations. Elena is motivated by win-win partnerships; she managed corporate partnerships with Dell Technologies, EY, DWT, at Springboard – a US-based accelerator and a global expert network, where she evaluated and coached entrepreneurs on pitching skills, and helped scale numerous global businesses. Elena’s academic background is in the U.S. foreign policy and international trade, and she has publications in several Washington D.C. think tanks. Elena holds a masters degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.