Elvira Thissen

Representative Refugee Response

Elvira joined the Foundation in January 2016. She is based in London, and leads the Foundation’s work in support of displaced children and families. This includes building partnerships to scale up services for families affected by the Syria crisis in Jordan and Lebanon, and mobilizing more systematic support for young children affected by crisis globally. She initiated the Moving Minds Alliance, a collaborative of seven philanthropies working together to scale up coverage, quality, and financing for early years support for families affected by displacement, and continues to serve as its Steering Group Chair.

Prior to joining BvLF, Elvira worked in the private and public sectors. She spent six years at strategic consultancy SustainAbility, where she managed the firm’s work with the healthcare sector on business approaches that deliver positive societal impact. Previously, she worked at think tank Policy Network focused on the politics of climate change and international migration policy, and at the European Parliament in Brussels – after leading a very different life as a ballet dancer. She holds an MSc in Global Politics from the London School of Economics, a BA in European Studies from the University of Amsterdam, and a BA in dance from the National Ballet Academy in the Netherlands.