Elisabeth Rhyne

Managing Director, Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion

Dr. Rhyne is the founder and managing director of the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion (CFI), an action-oriented think tank that engages and challenges the industry to better serve, protect and empower clients. Dr. Rhyne co-founded the Smart Campaign, which has embedded client protection principles throughout the microfinance industry and is now penetrating the broader financial inclusion sector. As Senior VP of Accion from 2000-2008 she led Accion’s entry into Africa and India. During the 1990s she led the Microenterprise Initiative at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

She has written several books and many articles on financial inclusion, including The New World of Microenterprise Finance, Mainstreaming Microfinance, and Microfinance for Bankers and Investors. More recently she oversees the CFI blog, a lively source of daily news and opinion on the financial inclusion scene.

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