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Elisabeth Rhyne
Center for Financial Inclusion

Elisabeth Rhyne is executive director of the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion, where she works to bring together diverse leaders to address challenges in inclusive finance. She is a co-creator of the Smart Campaign, a global movement promoting client protection in microfinance and beyond. She led Accion’s initial entry into Africa and India, and has authored several books, including “Microfinance for Bankers and Investors.”

As senior vice president of ACCION International from 2000-08, Rhyne led ACCION’s initial entry into Africa and India and directed the organization’s research efforts to develop new financial products and managed ACCION’s publications and educational activities.

Rhyne was director of the Office of Microenterprise Development at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) from 1994-98, where she developed and led USAID’s Microenterprise Initiative. Rhyne’s experience includes eight years living in Kenya and Mozambique, consulting on microfinance policy and operations for governments, international organizations and microfinance institutions.

Rhyne holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history and humanities from Stanford University.


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