Elise Donovan

Elise Donovan

Elise Donovan

Director | BVI House Asia

Elise Donovan is the Director of BVI House Asia, the British Virgin Islands Government’s representative office in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to this appointment, she was the Executive Director of the BVI International Finance Centre (now BVI Finance) which is responsible for marketing, promoting and reputational management of the BVI’s financial services industry. She has written numerous articles and spoken at global forums about the role of the BVI as a world-class international finance centre.

She has also served as director of the BVI International Affairs Secretariat and at the BVI Financial Services Commission. She was a member of the BVI’s Tax Information Exchange Agreement Negotiating Team with such countries as China, the United Kingdom, France, Australia and New Zealand, Canada and the Nordics. She also worked with the committee that drafted and negotiated the 2007 Virgin Islands Constitution, which brought about a number of progressive developments for the country. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Carleton University (OTT) and Columbia University (NY), respectively.