Maya grew up in Asia and has close to 20 years of private equity and emerging markets investing and investment banking experience. She has long been active in international investing and is passionate about bottom-up solutions to development challenges.
She co-founded Elevar on the view that: “Billions at the base of the economic pyramid lack access to fundamental services, not because providing these services is commercially unviable, but because our generation has not applied their imagination and will to innovate to create market based solutions for these communities.”
“Our generation has not applied their imagination and will to innovate to create market based solutions for these communities.”
Maya entered the impact investing space in 2004 and was the initial Managing Director of the Dignity Fund, a private investment fund, where she managed fund structuring, investing and operations and completed local currency debt financing for fifteen high-growth microfinance institutions in 4 continents.
Previously, Maya was at Warburg Pincus, a leading, global private equity investor, working in the firm’s New York, Hong Kong and Menlo Park offices. She invested in companies in a variety of industries spanning venture capital to leveraged buyouts to post-Asian-crisis balance sheet restructurings. She also previously worked as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley (Hong Kong and Singapore) and James D. Wolfensohn, Incorporated.
Maya is a Director of GloboKasNet, Caja Rural Los Andes and Aarusha Homes and serves as an advisor to MicroCredit Enterprises and Opportunity Fund/SVMN. She has served as Director on several boards, including Dignity Fund, the International Association of Microfinance Investors, Silicon Valley Microfinance Network, North Pole Ltd., printChannel and vCustomer.
Maya graduated magna cum laude in Social Studies from Harvard University and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.