Elian started a career at JP Morgan in Paris in 1997 and later worked as consultant, managed business & IT projects in London, Paris, Moscow and Shanghai. In 2012, Elian created NamSor, a piece of sociolinguistics software to mine the ‘Big Data’ and better understand international flows of money, ideas and people. NamSor helps answer the perennial question all countries ask about their diasporas – who are they, where are they and what are they doing.

In 2014, Elian co-founded GenderGapGrader, empowering companies and organizations with innovative tools and an API to measure the gender gap.