Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation
Samuel Elia is Program Officer for the Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation, a family foundation based in Switzerland that supports hundreds of projects related to education, science and medicine, religion, culture and humanitarian relief in over 40 countries. Previously, Elia was Managing Director for Fidelidade Participações, a family office with interests in Brazil. He also worked in investment management at HSBC Bank in New York and Opportunity Asset Management in Rio de Janeiro. As a Founding Member of the Executive Council of the Instituto de Liderança do Rio de Janeiro, Elia is actively engaged in efforts to increase the presence of Brazilians attending university programmes in the US. He is also a Board Member of the ISEF Foundation and the Instituto de Technologia ORT in Brazil. Elia received a BA in Economics from Harvard University in 2004 and was Co-President of the Harvard University Club of Brazil from 2009 to 2011.