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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    Farrukh H Khan

    Senior Director of Business Development, London, UK

    “The environment, my colleagues, and the discourse at Acumen has reinvigorated me internally and intellectually, motivating me to do the hard work everyday.” [READ MORE]

    With over 25 years of senior management and board level experience, Farrukh H. Khan is the founding partner and former CEO of BMA Capital Management Limited. Under his stewardship, BMA established itself as the leading investment banking group in Pakistan and received several international awards, including the 2010 Euromoney award for the best investment bank in Pakistan.He has worked on many landmark transactions, including advising the Privatization Commission on the US$813 million GDR offering of Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL), which was listed on the London Stock Exchange, and successfully advising Etisalat on their $2.6 billion acquisition of PTCL, the largest M&A and foreign direct investment in the history of Pakistan. He has a deep understanding of business and investment environment in Pakistan and has worked with the senior most levels in companies and governments. He also has an excellent network and knowledge of business in the Middle East and South Asia

    Before founding BMA he worked with American Express Bank in Pakistan and Deloitte in London. He has previously served as the President of the Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce & Industry (OICCI), Pakistan Chapter Chairman of the Young Presidents’ Organization and on various private and public sector boards. Farrukh qualified as a Chartered Accountant from the UK and read BA (Hons.) in Economics and Finance from the University of Manchester.

    CONTACT

    T:+44 (0) 7933 -616657
    E:fkhan@acumen.org

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    Tom Adams

    Director of Impact, London, UK

    “With data we learn how our investing works, where and why, to help our companies penetrate deeper into their markets, creating more delightful and impactful products for their customers.” [READ MORE]

    As Director of Impact for Acumen, Tom heads the organization’s work to understand the how and why of both creating, and improving, social performance through patient capital investing. Prior to Acumen Tom worked for the UK Department for International Development (DFID), first as Country Economist in Nigeria and subsequently leading its Wealth Creation and Climate Change team in Ethiopia. Tom has also worked as a diplomat for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and as an Economic Advisor to various UK Government departments. He began his career working at Credit Suisse pricing derivatives.

    Tom holds a BSc (Hons.) in Econometrics from Nottingham University and a MSc (Distinction) in Development Economics from the London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

    CONTACT

    E:tadams@acumen.org

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    Kasia Stochniol

    Impact Manager, London, UK

    “What stands out to me about Acumen’s model is its audacity: supporting daring entrepreneurs in some of the world’s most challenging business contexts.” [READ MORE]

    Kasia joined Acumen’s Impact team in June 2014. Her work focuses on helping Acumen’s investee companies better understand their customers in order to improve business and social performance. She is heavily involved with Acumen’s Lean Data Initiative which is testing new, low-cost ways of communicating with customers often utilizing mobile technology.

    Kasia graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA in 2014. Prior to that, she gained wide-ranging experience including various strategy consulting roles for both private-sector and government clients, working with start-ups in London, Jakarta, and Nairobi where she helped to launch M-KOPA, an Acumen portfolio company which finances mini solar home systems. She is a Fulbright Scholar, holds a First Class degree in Economics and Management from Oxford University, and in her spare time, enjoys snowboarding, hiking and triathlons.

    CONTACT

    E:kstochniol@acumen.org

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    Winnie Sun

    Innovation Associate, London, UK

    “Acumen isn’t afraid to set audacious expectations of what is possible in the world, and challenges all of us to exceed them.” [READ MORE]

    Winnie joined Acumen in 2016 as an Innovation Associate to grow the reach of +Acumen – the world’s school for social change. Prior to Acumen, Winnie worked to scale growth-stage social enterprises as the Marketing and Communications Specialist at the Centre for Social Innovation and Impact Investing. Subsequently, she managed digital advertising for top Canadian brands at a WPP agency in Toronto.

    Winnie graduated from University of British Columbia with a BComm, and was a proud member of the Toronto +Acumen chapter.

    CONTACT

    E:wsun@acumen.org

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    Molly Alexander

    Head of Talent Development, London, UK

    “We believe in the power of individual dreams. Our entrepreneurs, their customers, our peers and team. Unleashing that talent is an exciting imperative for truly social enterprises” [READ MORE]

    As Head of Talent Development Molly focuses on the culture, leadership and skill development of our team. She seeks creative ways to enhance our employee experience including identifying ways that allow each of us to connect with Acumen’s work and community, and live our organizational values to the fullest. Partnering closely with our colleagues in Leadership and across regional offices, Molly’s role is to unleash the potential of our internal team enabling them to excel in their demanding roles.

    In 2004 Molly started at Acumen working closely with Jacqueline in the CEO’s Office before moving to the Business Development Team. During her time in New York she was responsible for building and engaging our partner community across the globe through a variety of fundraising and global events. In May 2010 Molly moved to India to lead each of our fundraising, talent development, media and community building efforts there. After a 6 month sabbatical she traveled to remote parts of Nagaland, Burma and Indonesia to better understand the development needs of communities there, With a Bachelor of Asian Studies from the University of New South Wales, Sydney; Molly has lived and worked across Asia, India, the US and Australia (her other motherland). Based in London but most comfortable in sandals, Molly is at her most energetic when getting her hands dirty to solve some of our most challenging problems – either within the team or broader community.

    CONTACT

    E:malexander@acumen.org

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    Dr. Ambika Sampat

    Business Development Manager, London, UK

    “The journey at Acumen has been one of (re)discovering the significance of generosity and humility in being a leader, and the power of audacity and integrity in making dreams come true.” [READ MORE]

    At Acumen, Ambika manages Partner engagement across Europe, resource mobilization and revenue generation across multiple sectors in Acumen’s impact investing regions in developing markets. She leads Acumen’s Education investment portfolio business development strategy in Asia and Latin America.

    Ambika has a PhD in Obstetrics & Gynaecology specialising in normal and preterm pregnancies, and previously worked at St. Thomas’ Hospital, King’s College London. With growing interests in the development sector, she co-founded of iNUT-Who? to spread awareness of, empower and fundraise for social impact initiatives, and later worked as a Management Consultant at Alcimed. Dedicated to leadership development, Ambika is an Introduction Leader for Landmark, an Advisor to London+Acumen, and a member of the Women in Social Finance Group. She also has a well-established Speaker’s profile. Ambika completed her BSc and MSc (Hon) degrees in Biomedical Science from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

    CONTACT

    T:+44 20 7961 2522
    E:asampat@acumen.org

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    Kat Harrison

    Associate Director, Impact, London, UK

    “Acumen’s model offers an impactful way to contribute to positive change in the world; investing in companies working to deliver choice & dignity through products & services to those living in poverty.” [READ MORE]

    Kat comes to Acumen from international development charity, SolarAid where she created and grew the research and impact measurement activities to be a resource for the off-grid energy sector, now housing some of the most comprehensive data on energy access in rural Africa. SolarAid won the 2015 UK Social Enterprise Award for proving impact and was a finalist for the Best Practice in Research Award by PEGNet in 2013. She brings to Acumen the three years of data and learning from this work and a number of funded large-scale research projects being delivered throughout Africa. Kat chairs the impact working group at the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association and led the development of the sector’s harmonised impact metrics framework, being adopted by IRIS.

    Kat was recognised as Recharge 4040 Young Leader in Renewable Energy, was a finalist for the 2014 Red magazine Women of the Year award and launched the 2015 UNESCO International Year of Light alongside HRH Duke of York.

    Kat acts as a Research Advisor to the United Nations Capital Development Fund, previously created and led the monitoring and evaluation system at social enterprise Riders for Health and worked in M&E and programme management for the United Nations World Food Programme in Malawi. She has a BSc in Economics and International Development from the University in Bath and an MSc in Development Policy, Process and Practice from the University of Reading.

    CONTACT

    E:kharrison@acumen.org
    @Sunrise_Kat

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    Hazel Taylor

    Head of Business Development, Europe, London, UK

    “What’s amazing about Acumen is that we’re succeeding in changing the system, combining capitalism and philanthropy to promote dignity, choice and opportunity. Our movement is helping to create the kind of world we all want to live in.” [READ MORE]

    As Head of Business Development in Europe, Hazel builds partnerships to support the development of our enterprises, leaders and ideas across the world. Hazel previously worked at the Vitol Foundation, where she managed a global entrepreneurship grant portfolio, building co-funding partnerships and investing in agriculture, energy, workforce development and job creation. In 2014, Hazel co-founded the International Corporate Foundations Network to develop strategic partnerships and share learning around effective philanthropic giving. She has worked as a CSR consultant to the energy and mining industries in West Africa, working closely with government ministers, multinational institutions and companies to ensure that local communities and vulnerable groups benefited appropriately from local supply chain opportunities and development investments. Prior to this, as Deputy Director of the Karen Hilltribes Trust, she lived and worked closely with tribal communities along the Thailand-Myanmar borders and has a deep understanding of socioeconomic development challenges. Before moving into the development sector, Hazel spent five years working in European financial markets as a project manager for the Swiss Stock Exchange. She is an avid sailor, a keen linguist and holds an MSc in Development Management, an MSc in ICT and a BA in Latin American Studies.

    CONTACT

    E:htaylor@acumen.org