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Olivia Elson

Program Officer, Innovation

Olivia Elson is a certified program manager with significant experience in market systems, private sector development and results measurement.

At Results for Development, Ms. Elson is a program officer for R4D’s Scaling Innovations practice. Spanning several programs, her work focuses on identifying and scaling innovative solutions to address systemic challenges in health, education and nutrition in low- and middle-income countries. She supports the management of the International Development Innovation Alliance (IDIA), a collaboration of world-leading bilateral, multi-lateral and philanthropic agencies working to surface and promote high-impact innovations. She is also part of a team working in partnership with Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to understand how their innovation hub, the innovationXchange (iXc), can better foster innovation and ultimately generate greater development impact across the Indo-Pacific region.

Before joining R4D, Ms. Elson spent six years working for PwC. As part of their international development team, she supported the set-up of the Global Innovation Fund and more recently led operations for the Business Innovation Facility, a market systems development program funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Prior to this, she worked on development initiatives in microfinance, education and healthcare with NGOs in Nicaragua and Bolivia.

Ms. Elson holds a BA (with honors) in combined arts (geography, Spanish & English literature) from Durham University. She  is trained in the DCED Standard for Results Measurement. She speaks English and Spanish.

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