A headshot of 2019 Cheng Fellow Elisa Mansur. Elisa is smiling and wearing an orange shirt with the logo of her organization, mopi.

Elisa Mansur

2019 Cheng Fellow

Elisa Mansur graduated in 2020 with a dual degree MPA and MBA from Harvard Kennedy School and MIT Sloan. Elisa was also a Fellow at the Lemann Foundation, MIT Legatum, and the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce. Originally from Brazil, she studied Business Administration at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and launched her career leading and supporting company-wide projects in the infrastructure sector. After working in Silicon valley, Elisa committed to her passion for leveraging business and public service to promote positive impact in her home country. In 2017, she co-founded doebem, a nonprofit organization that fundraises to pre-vetted poverty-alleviation charities in Brazil and in the African continent, having helped over 5,000 people to date. As a lifelong volunteer in educational projects, Elisa later refocused her efforts to deliver quality care to children between zero and six years old by co-founding Carinos, a network of home-based daycare centers in Brazil. Carinos empowers women entrepreneurs with training and resources to offer childcare services from their own homes. As a Cheng Fellow, Elisa took the learnings from Carinos’ pilot and expanded her venture in Brazil.