Elena Sinel

Elena Sinel

Founder / Managing Director at Acorn Aspirations

United Kingdom

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International multilingual results-oriented hands-on turnaround specialist consultant with 9 years of experience in poverty reduction strategies, rural livelihood development and poverty alleviation with a specific focus on creation of small and medium enterprise development, product design, marketing and fundraising in Central Asia, the Balkans, Ethiopia and Bangladesh.

Worked on long and short-term assignments supported by international donor agencies and bilateral agreements where the main focus has been international trade and making markets work for the poor. Designed and developed livelihoods programs and projects targeted at poverty alleviation and capacity building for marginalised and disadvantaged groups of population affected by the Aral Sea disaster, young people and vulnerable women in Ethiopia and tribal indigenous groups of Chittagong Hill Tracts. Became one of the founders of the cross border initiative in the Balkans known as Business Without Borders, linking youth from Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania and the UK through small business enterprises promoted as a tool for conflict prevention and post conflict development.

Highly motivated and results driven professional, who has a proven track record of directing complex projects from concept to fully operational status. Seeking to be an effective catalyst positively contributing to poverty reduction strategies, I pride myself for being a strategic thinker with interest in developing new and innovative projects and approaches.

My current challenge is to contribute to the reduction of youth unemployment in the UK. To this end I have founded a social enterprise Acorn Aspirations, an educational crowdfunding platform which aims to empower young people with enhanced choices and opportunities after leaving education, and enable them to make responsible and more informed choices in a variety of real-life settings by nurturing an enterprising mind-set.

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