President and CEO
Maria Cavalcanti is President and CEO of Pro Mujer, an organization dedicated to empowering underserved Latin-American women to reach their full potential. Ms. Cavalcanti joined Pro Mujer in 2016 and brings over 25 years of professional experience advancing women and working with a wide range of business and non-profit organizations across Latin America, the U.S., Western Europe, and India.
Most recently, Ms. Cavalcanti co-founded and became managing partner of FIRST Impact Investing, a private equity fund in Brazil. Prior to FIRST, Ms. Cavalcanti served as Chief Strategy Officer for Fundación Avina, where she spearheaded strategy and operational initiatives across the organization, spanning 15 countries. Earlier in her career, Ms. Cavalcanti worked at Dell Inc. where she was closely involved in the company’s expansion into Latin America, and was a management consultant with A. T. Kearney and TPI. Ms. Cavalcanti is recognized as a leading speaker on impact investing and financial inclusion in Latin America. She has authored multiple trade and academic articles and has served on international boards, including the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, PYME Capital Fund, and FUNDES.
Ms. Cavalcanti holds an MBA from the University of Texas in Austin, a Master of Science in Information Science from Columbia University in New York, and a Bachelor of Arts from Universidade Federal do Ceará in Brazil. She is based in New York City.