Maria Elisa Almeida is the multicultural finance executive with a strong track record in serving companies in an uncertain environment, in a transition or starting phase.
She got her bachelor degree in Economic Science at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and an MBA Executive at the Catholic Pontifical University, also in Rio de Janeiro. Nowadays, Elisa is pursuing a Master of Accountancy at The George Washington University, in Washington DC.
Elisa built her career as Controller and CFO in diverse industries of Latin America, such as Coca-Cola, Nokia, Roche Diagnostics, Natura, GVT Telecommunications, HSBC, and Publicis. Her last position was Senior Controller for Latin America, in Panamá, heading the finance area of Consumer Lifestyle division, where she lead a change management project to simplify and increase the assertiveness of Finance area information and reports and diminished the costs of the whole unit. All these experiences gave her an extensive repertoire to approach problems in a very pragmatically, objective and innovative way.
Outside of working, Elisa dedicates time to her family including four nephews and nieces, practicing sports, discovering new restaurants and cooking.