Elisabeth Rhyne
Managing DirectorCenter for Financial Inclusion at Accion
As managing director of the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion, Elisabeth Rhyne brings 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. As senior vice president of Accion from 2000-2008, Ms. Rhyne led Accion’s initial entry into Africa and India, directed research efforts for new financial product offerings, and managed publications and educational activities. Prior to joining Accion, Ms. Rhyne developed and led the Microenterprise Initiative at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Ms. Rhyne’s publications include Mainstreaming Microfinance: How Lending to the Poor Began, Grew and Came of Age in Bolivia and The New World of Microenterprise Finance. Her most recent book is Microfinance for Bankers and Investors. Ms. Rhyne’s experience includes eight years in Kenya and Mozambique. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford and a doctorate from Harvard.