A Global Community

Acumen’s dedicated team works across its five global offices in Accra, Karachi, Mumbai, Nairobi, and New York to support our work investing in companies, leaders, and ideas. Our entire global community — including our staff, board, and advisors — are integral to the success of our team.

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    Karuna Jain

    Portfolio Associate Director, Mumbai, India

    “By inspiring investors to see the potential of the BoP segment, Acumen has opened a whole new world of dignity and choice for them.” [READ MORE]

    Karuna joined Acumen in July 2012 to grow and manage the Health Portfolio and also to develop the Housing Portfolio in India.  Karuna has two years of investing experience with the $175M Aditya Birla private equity fund and $600M Milestone Capital real estate fund. She has also spent four years with the Aditya Birla Group and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories in textiles, cement and pharmaceuticals businesses across finance and M&A roles. Karuna earned her post graduation in management from the India School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad. She is also a qualified Chartered Accountant.


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    Veena Shetty

    Administrative Associate, Mumbai, India

    “Being associated with Acumen as well as witnessing the work in action towards creating a world beyond poverty makes me believe that dreams do not work unless you do.” [READ MORE]

    Veena Shetty joined Acumen as the Administrative Associate in the India Office in June 2012. Prior to Acumen, Veena worked with Intellectual Capital Advisory Services Pvt Ltd (Intellecap) for 3 years where she focused on Administrative and HR functions. At Acumen she is engaged in administrative and talent functions. Veena has received her Master’s in Commerce (Management) and Bachelor of Commerce from Mumbai University, she also holds a Diploma in NIIT.


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    Avinash Mishra

    Portfolio Manager, Mumbai, India

    “Acumen’s model is not only helping build transformative organizations, its Inspiring leadership and fostering a shared belief in a world without poverty. That’s what excites me every day.” [READ MORE]

    Prior to joining Acumen, Avinash was working with TAO Education, a New Delhi based education technology start-up which he co-founded. As the head of business strategy and alliances, he spearheaded the financial planning and projections, market entry strategies and managed relationships with various stakeholders including potential investors, advisors and clients.

    Earlier, Avinash was working with Citibank Corporate and Investment Banking team as a relationship manager for top MNC clients. He worked closely with Citi and client global teams on cross border transactions (FDI and M&A deals) as well as end to end servicing and advisory across the entire gamut of banking products.

    Avinash holds a MBA from FMS, University of Delhi and a BE (Electronics and Communications) from NSIT, University of Delhi.



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    Jhoomer Sinha

    Portfolio Manager, Mumbai, India

    “What I like best about Acumen is its commitment towards providing choice and dignity to everyone in the world using the power of capital and innovation.” [READ MORE]

    Jhoomer joined Acumen in April 2014 as a Senior Portfolio Associate. She is focussed on developing Acumen’s Health and Housing portfolios in India.

    Before joining Acumen, Jhoomer worked as a strategy consultant at Accenture Management Consulting, where she advised clients across public systems, health and development sector. Her work also involved financial value analysis to identify execution challenges and potential opportunities such as value chain improvement, cost restructuring, M&A and market expansion opportunities for global clients across various sectors.
    Prior to Accenture, she worked briefly in an Indian I-Bank in the role of an M&A analyst.

    Jhoomer has completed her B.Tech in Electronics Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Surat and has an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.



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    Shruti Srivastava

    Senior Portfolio Associate, Mumbai, India

    “What draws me to Acumen is its focus on eradicating poverty by deploying business solutions for the same, making the solution self-sustainable and its impact scalable.” [READ MORE]

    Shruti joined Acumen in October 2014 and focuses on the Energy and Water portfolios in India.

    Prior to joining Acumen, Shruti worked at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector investing arm of the World Bank Group, for 2.5 years, evaluating and managing investments in the manufacturing, agribusiness and service sectors in South Asia. Before IFC, she worked as an equity research analyst at J.P. Morgan, on the TMT (Technology, Media & Telecom) team, covering European technology hardware stocks.

    Shruti holds a B.Tech + M.Tech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras where she specialized in communication systems.



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    Ishan Patel

    Compliance Secretary, Mumbai, India

    Prior to joining Acumen, Ishan worked with Abellon Group where he focused on secretarial issues of new start-up companies, compliances related...” [READ MORE]

    Prior to joining Acumen, Ishan worked with Abellon Group where he focused on secretarial issues of new start-up companies, compliances related to cross border fund transfer and framing the company’s Board structure which required him to be grounded in the dynamic changes taking place in the field of corporate law. Prior to that, Ishan was a part of Nirma Group wherein he provided major contributions to various strategic secretarial projects like amalgamation, de-mergers, shifting registered offices from one state to another and buy-back of equity shares.

    Ishan is a qualified Company Secretary, an Associate Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Sardar Patel University, Gujarat.



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    Trishla Selarka

    Portfolio Associate, India

    “What resonates most with my belief in free markets is Acumen’s pioneering approach of funding market-driven solutions through ‘patient capital’ to drive long-term, systemic change for the underserved segments.” [READ MORE]

    Trishla joined Acumen in November 2016 and focuses on the healthcare and energy portfolios.

    Trishla’s core strengths are strategy and business development. Prior to Acumen, she worked with Deloitte Analytics in Singapore for 4 years, leading projects across 7 sectors and 5 verticals. Prior to Deloitte, Trishla also spent a year leading strategic partnerships at a boutique marketing agency. Having always been passionate about the development sector, she has also co-founded her own not-for-profit called Know Your Vote, and consulted pro-bono with Conjunct Consulting.

    Trishla holds a BSc (Hons.) in Biochemistry from King’s College London.

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    Manoj Kumar Vastari

    Finance Manager, Mumbai, India

    “Acumen's values resonate with my personal values and this has made me more and more accountable with what I do. It is an honour to work with Acumen.” [READ MORE]

    Manoj joined Acumen as the Global Accountant in Acumen’s India office in September 2008. Before joining the India office, he worked in a temporary position at the Acumen New York office for four months. Prior to Acumen, Manoj managed finance and taxation matters in a chartered accountant firm and also owned an accounting firm. Manoj has 17 years of accounting experience. He holds a BA in Accounting, a BA in Law and an MBA in Finance. Manoj has also completed his Chartered Accountant Exam (Intermediate) from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.


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    Prerna Khanna

    Senior Business Associate, Mumbai, India

    “It’s truly inspiring to be part of an organization that sees infinite potential for innovation and leadership where the world sees despair, and whose team’s ambitions are as big as the problems it seeks to tackle.” [READ MORE]

    Prerna joined Acumen in 2013 and manages our business development and communications activities in India. She is focused on strengthening our local partner community and brand presence, by finding meaningful ways to engage individuals and institutions with Acumen’s mission of changing the way the world tackles poverty. Most recently, Prerna helped launch a local strategic partnerships function to channel the burgeoning interest in CSR from leading Indian business houses toward social entrepreneurship.

    Prior to joining Acumen, Prerna was placed as a William J. Clinton Fellow for Service at Magic Bus, a sports-for-development organization in India, to start an independent livelihoods venture that trained and placed Magic Bus youth in entry-level jobs. She began her career in Washington DC with an international non-profit called Plan International where she worked on the Foundation Relations team, designing global development projects for corporations and foundations such as Nike and the Gates Foundation.

    Prerna has a BA in International Relations, with a concentration in Political Economy and Development, from Brown University. While at Brown, Prerna co-headed the largest student-run organization on campus, which matched student volunteers with recently-resettled refugee families to provide English tutoring and support their integration into local communities.



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    Bavidra Mohan

    India Head of Leadership and Strategic Partnerships, Mumbai, India

    “I believe in Acumen's model because it recognizes dignity as the cornerstone of freedom, happiness and opportunity.” [READ MORE]

    Bavidra started his career as a Social Strategy Consultant with JWT, helping Fortune 500’s create shared value by aligning social impact with overarching business strategy. In 2011, Bavidra was selected as an Acumen Global Fellow where he was placed with d.light design in Shenzhen and New Delhi, working on brand development, product launches and new product innovation.  Upon completion of the Global Fellowship Bavidra Co-Founded a technology start-up in San Francisco that built mobile products for sustainable urban mobility. He holds a BA(h) in Sociology for Queen’s University and an MA from Kingston University.



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    Ajit Mahadevan

    India Director, Mumbai, India

    “I have always felt existing business models in emerging economies have been limited in their ability to generate employment, income or genuine innovation for those who need it most. Acumen plays a vital role in creating an ecosystem that is both sustainable for entrepreneurs while also meeting the needs of the many. These new paradigms will be vital towards building the economies of tomorrow that provide opportunities for all.” [READ MORE]

    Ajit joins Acumen from Ernst & Young, where he has served as Advisory Partner & Leader (Life Sciences) for the past six years. At EY, he was a strategic advisor to the leadership of some of the leading Indian and global life science and healthcare players with the focus being business transformation and growth. Prior to his time at E&Y, Ajit was President of Piramal Healthcare, one of the leading pharmaceuticals companies in India, where he built the international business from inception in 2002 to $300M by the end of 2008. Ajit held multiple leadership roles across strategy, M&A and business leadership. During his tenure at Accenture’s Strategic Services practice in UK and India, he led the development of one of the firm’s largest and most successful internal projects – the Offshore Development Centre in 2001, which has now grown to about 100,000 people across multiple cities in India. Ajit has worked in an advisory capacity to Acumen in the past, most recently participating in Regional Fellows selection panels in Mumbai.

    Ajit holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Sciences from PSG College of Technology, India and a Masters of Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper School of Business).



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    Nishant Advani

    Portfolio Associate, Mumbai, India

    “What I like about Acumen is its ability to deliver impact while ensuring business discipline.” [READ MORE]

    Nishant joined Acumen in August 2015 and focuses on the Agriculture and Education portfolios in India as a Portfolio Associate.

    Prior to joining Acumen, Nishant worked at Intellectual Capital Advisory Services Pvt. Ltd. (Intellecap), a boutique investment bank focused on raising capital for social enterprises, for two years. At Intellecap, Nishant focused on financial services with additional focus on microfinance, housing finance and payment services.

    Nishant has received a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Mumbai. He is also a qualified Chartered Accountant and has passed the CFA® Level 1 Examination conducted by the CFA Institute, USA.



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    Ushnisha Ghosh

    Lean Data Senior Associate, Mumbai, India

    “One only dreams about the abundant value Acumen is creating for each of its stakeholders, and here I have a chance to be part of the change, drive it and live it every day!” [READ MORE]

    Ushnisha Ghosh joined the Lean Data Team as Senior Associate in April 2016 and leads our impact and Lean Data work in India. Prior to joining Acumen, she gained significant experience across the social enterprise sector as a consultant and project manager. With her experience in impact measurement, she was part of the core team building PRISM, Intellecap’s financial and social measurement platform. Ushnisha has specialized in several sectors including clean energy, healthcare, and water and sanitation. Ushnisha holds an MBA from the Indian School of Business.