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CALANIT VALFER 

Founding & Managing Partner

Calanit is Founding and Managing Partner of the Elah Fund. Previously, Calanit was a Founding Partner at Nexus Israel, a strategic advisory firm that specialized in business growth optimization, institution building, performance improvement, and market expansion. She was the Chief of Staff to the Chairman of Bank Hapoalim, Israel's leading bank, and New Business Lead for the Head of Global Private Banking. Before joining the Bank, she was a management consultant with Greenwich Associates in the US, UK, and Japan. She was Founding Partner of Crescent Venture Management, a Jordanian-American venture investment initiative.

Prior to her career in finance, Calanit was a social entrepreneur. She was the Founding CEO of Nisan Young Women Leaders, a celebrated national program dedicated to the advancement of Jewish and Arab girls that was widely recognized for its innovative programming and quantifiable achievements. Calanit represented Israel as a member and leader of numerous governmental and NGO delegations, including to the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing, known for its declaration of “women’s rights as human rights.” Calanit has also advised Acumen, Healthy Properties LLC, Healthy Planet Partners, and numerous other ESG/impact businesses.

Calanit received her BA in Arabic and Middle East Studies, MIA (Honors) in International Human Rights Law and MBA in Finance, all from Columbia University.