Ellen Brooks
USA, Remote
Strategy, cost-effectiveness, and innovative finance
Innovative Finance

Ellen Brooks

Director, Innovative Finance

Ellen Brooks is Director for Innovative Finance at IRC’s Airbel Impact Lab, managing a portfolio of projects realigning capital behind humanitarian outcomes. She has over a decade of expertise working in the Middle East in finance, investment advisory, fundraising, and policy and served as a Vice President in JPMorgan’s Private Banking division from 2014-2019.  Prior to that, she was living and working Cairo, Egypt, at the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt on economic and investment policy.  Ellen holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles; and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs: International Finance, Middle Eastern Studies. She is on the Boards of ArteEast and Funtasia Impact, and holds Series 7, 63 securities licenses.

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Multiple countriesCompleted

Defining and driving innovative finance

Designing new financing solutions for people affected by conflict

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  • The Advisory Model for Investor and Humanitarian Partnerships

    The “Advisory Model'' is an innovative finance concept developed by the IRC with the support of DG ECHO whereby humanitarians leverage their unique and contextually-relevant skill sets to advise investors in order to enhance the social impact of a project. “Investors'' can be multilateral development banks (MDBs), development finance institutions (DFIs), or private sector investors, from startups and venture capital to private equity. IRC has developed a range of “Advisory Model Partnerships'' in fragile contexts, addressing challenges from wastewater and infrastructure to climate financing and economic development.

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