Melissa Frakman is Founder & Managing Partner of Emphasis Ventures (EMVC). An award-winning investment and business strategist with over a decade on-the-ground in India and other global technology hubs, she invests in and builds bridges for leapfrog early-stage digital finance in emerging markets with global applications – including in payments, new credit models, hyperlocal consumer, artificial intelligence, capital markets innovations, biometrics, and blockchain applications for the underserved. Named on the “Global Fintech PowerList” by Innovate Finance, Frakman has led Asia early stage investments, supported new market strategy, and built partnerships worth over $1 billion for 15 of the Fortune 100 companies. An advisor to global payments company Remitly, she has been a guest lecturer at Harvard Business School, Cornell Johnson School of Management, New York University Stern School of Business, and the University of Hong Kong. Frakman’s prior roles include Vice President of Operations for ecommerce unicorn Zomato, Senior Director at Albright Stonebridge Group, International Business Lead for Sabre Systems Inc.,microfinance lending in India, and Financial Services Director of the US-India Business Council where she founded and led the Electronic Payments and Asset Management Working Groups to convene stakeholders toward what’s now India’s operational digital finance policy. Frakman studied at Columbia University, City University of New York, and Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad and has received leadership fellowships from the Colin PowellCenter, Legatum Institute, and Oxfam International. Frakman serves as a mentor to accelerators including Zone Startups India, Village Capital, and 1776. She is based in Washington, DC and Mumbai.