Maria Cavalcanti is a Managing Partner at FIRST Brazil Impact Investing Fund. FIRST focuses on Growth Equity for Small and Mid-Size Enterprises with products and services that benefit at least one million Brazilian BoP individuals. Ms. Cavalcanti has over 20 years of senior-level experience in business strategy design and implementation, management consulting and investment. Prior to the establishment of FIRST, Maria was the Chief Strategy Officer at Avina Foundation where she spearheaded the Inclusive Markets practice throughout Latin America focusing on impact investing and was the Founder and CEO of WTT, Inc., a for-profit Avina subsidiary investment company with direct investments in SMEs and impact investment funds. She is an interim Advisor for Halloran Philanthropies and a Board member of ANDE (Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs).
Ms. Cavalcanti has over twenty years of senior-level business and consulting experience in design and implementation of business strategies. Maria holds an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin, an MS in Information Science from Columbia University in New York City, and received her BA in Linguistics from The Universidade Federal do Ceará in Brazil.