Patrick Elmer, Head of Business Development, BlueOrchard Finance Ltd.
Patrick Elmer joined from Credit Suisse, where he was Head of Philanthropy Services and Responsible Investments, advising clients on innovative investment solutions that combine financial and social returns. He also lead the bank’s efforts in developing innovative partnerships and financing solutions to deploy public and private capital in areas like microfinance, education, agriculture and conservation finance. Before that, Patrick worked for many years in Mozambique, Tanzania and Madagascar, first managing the private sector development portfolio of SECO (Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs) and later establishing and managing microfinance banks on behalf of public and private investors. Earlier professional experiences focused on consulting and financing of start-up companies.
Patrick holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the University of St. Gallen and a Master’s degree on Developing Countries from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich.