Elizabeth Paris

Elizabeth Paris

Associate Fellow

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Elizabeth Paris has been Industry Advisor for Investment Banking and Finance at Saïd Business School since 2002.

This follows a 19-year career in corporate finance at Chase Manhattan and JP Morgan including M&A, project finance and structured finance as Head of Tax Effective Finance. Promoted to Managing Director in 1991, she was at the time both the youngest, and the only woman, MD in the region.

Over the last decade Elizabeth has focused on women, entrepreneurship and closing the global credit gap for women entrepreneurs. She is currently engaged by the IFC, World Bank Group, in their 'Banking on Women' global advisory initiative, including developing and delivering to banks the IFC global Gender Sensitivity training programs. From 2008–2015 her roles included the University of Oxford lead for the Goldman Sachs Foundation initiatives 10,000 Small Businesses UK and the 10,000 Women programs in Hangzhou and Chengdu, China.

She co-founded and co-led iwill (Inspiring Women in Leadership and Learning), co-managed the inaugural 'Power Shift' and taught women entrepreneurs in Lagos and Accra as part of CEIBS WELA. In 2017 she is co-authoring two Oxford case studies for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women.


Elizabeth has engaged widely in the public sector and industry. 

In 2011 Elizabeth was appointed a representative of H.M. The Queen as a Deputy Lieutenant of Oxfordshire. She is an experienced chair and board member on public and not-for-profit boards at national, regional and local levels. She was appointed Distinguished Professor SWUFE, Chengdu; Visiting Enterprise Fellow at the Enterprise Centre MMU and Senior Visiting Researcher GERC Zhejiang University. 

Elizabeth has an MA in Modern History from the University of Oxford.