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Melissa Frakman

Managing Partner

Melissa Frakman, Founder & Managing Partner, Emphasis Ventures (EMVC) is an early-stage venture investor and award-winning business strategist with over a decade of on-the-ground experience in India and other global emerging technology hubs. She invests in, and builds bridges for, digital finance products and services that are created in developing markets and have global applications including: Payments, personal finance and capital markets innovation, new credit models, hyperlocal consumer, artificial intelligence, capital, markets innovations, biometrics, and blockchain.

Melissa has been included on the “Global Fintech PowerList” by Innovate Finance for her work leading early stage investments in Asia. She has supported new market strategy and built partnerships worth over $1 billion for 15 of the Fortune 100 companies, and served as an advisor to global payments company Remitly. Frakman has also been a guest lecturer on India tech at Harvard Business School, Cornell Johnson School of Management, New York University Stern School of Business, and the University of Hong Kong.

Prior roles include:

  • Vice President of Operations for ecommerce unicorn Zomato

  • India Senior Director, Albright Stonebridge Group

  • International Business Lead, Sabre Systems Inc.

  • Financial Services Head of the US-India Business Council participating in the start of India’s payments evolution

  • Microfinance lending in India

Melissa studied at Columbia University, City University of New York, and Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad and has received leadership fellowships from the Colin Powell Center, Legatum Institute, and Oxfam International. She serves as a mentor to Techstars India, Zone Startups India, Village Capital, and 1776 and is based in Washington, DC and Mumbai.