Elena Helmy

, Investment Manager

I look after a portfolio of social investments and grants at Virgin Unite. Current investments include an impact venture fund in Canada, an organisation supporting smallholder farmers in Africa, and everything in between. In my previous life I was a consultant with PwC based in East Africa.

On a typical day you can find me researching Haiti’s agroforestry sector, reviewing an investment paper on renewable fuels (or Madagascan lemurs), and having Nairobi on the phone with a healthcare update. Never a dull day, naturally!

My favourite moment with Unite is hard to pinpoint – if I could pick any of my field trips, it would be that moment when I talk to the people we’ve helped through our investments, and realise how our work becomes life-changing for so many, and how much more there is to be done to make this world a just and peaceful place to live for everyone.