A former academic of English linguistics in Paris through her Agrégation Externe, Elise moved to Dublin in 2002 where she managed the Dublin Computer Clubhouse for the Intel Foundation/MIT Media Lab (a digital creativity learning programme for disadvantaged teenagers), which sparked her interest in social tech and emerging technologies. She then moved to London where she worked for Partners for Change, and Ethiopian NGO, Open-City, an architecture education charity, before moving to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation/Mental Health Foundation. There she worked on a research programme focusing on improving the mental health of vulnerable teenagers and led the Innovation Labs technology-related project with Comic Relief and Nominet Trust. She then worked for education charity Teaching Leaders as Programmes Associate Director before moving to Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute where she is currently Executive Director and Vice President of the Board, with a specific interest in social tech in Europe and in Africa.
Her voluntary work has involved founding and chairing the Loughborough Junction Action Group and being a Trustee of the European think tank Independent Academic Research Studies. She currently volunteers for French NGO Action Contre la Faim.