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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    Batool Hassan

    Director, Global Fellows Program, New York, USA

    “Acumen believes in building local institutions that endure and sustain, that spread hope and make the impossible, possible.” [READ MORE]

    Batool has been with Acumen since 2008, starting with Acumen Pakistan where she led business development, strengthened Acumen’s local presence and built a community of supporters.  She then joined Acumen in New York, and served a number of business development roles, ultimately serving as the Director of Business Development, leading the organization’s global fundraising strategy.  In September, 2014, Batool became the head of our Global Fellows program, overseeing the recruitment, training, and mentorship of our Global Fellows.

    Batool has keynoted at TiE Karachi on the role of social entrepreneurship in Pakistan and has co-written a knowledge paper on low-cost, affordable housing in Pakistan, The Challenges of Expanding Saiban, Scaling Affordable Housing. She also helped launch the first TEDxKarachi 2010 along with TED Fellows in Pakistan.

    Before Acumen, Batool worked in lending at TD Bank and in Marketing at HSBC. She has experience consulting in microfinance. Batool holds a BA from Rutgers University, and a Masters of International Affairs in Economic Development from the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.

     

    CONTACT

    T:646-747-3969
    E:bhassan@acumen.org

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    Jessica Martin

    Innovation Manager, New York, USA

    “Acumen constantly challenges me to rethink my engagement with the world and how to shape solutions for a future worth fighting for.” [READ MORE]

    Jessica is an Innovation Manager at Acumen working to scale Acumen’s leadership curriculum through +acumen chapters and online channels. Prior to joining Acumen, Jessica was an iCats Fellow at Driptech, a for-profit social venture that makes affordable drip irrigation for smallholder farmers, where she worked on building out the company’s international business operations in California and Pune, India. Jessica’s jump into the world of social enterprise was heavily influenced by the people she met while serving on the leadership committee of the NY+acumen volunteer chapter. Previously, Jessica was a market strategy analyst at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management in New York where she focused on in-depth macroeconomic and investment strategy research. Jessica holds a BA in International Studies and Economics from Fairfield University and spent a year in Beijing, China on a Fulbright Scholarship researching the development of China’s environmental NGOs.

    CONTACT

    E:jmartin@acumen.org

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    Lynn Roland

    General Counsel, New York, USA

    “Acumen connects me to a global community, and promotes respect for and listening to that community. It tests my craft and judgment by insisting on accountability and innovation.” [READ MORE]

    Lynn joined Acumen in 2010, and is General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and a member of our Extended Leadership Team and Portfolio Leadership Team.  In such capacity, Lynn ensures that our programs are carried out in furtherance of our mission and in compliance with law, and advises on organizational strategy and board matters.  She leads the global legal function, and works across functions and geography to develop and implement organizational structure, policy and projects.  Her role involves protecting Acumen, while also enabling it to function with efficiency and creativity.  Prior to joining Acumen, Lynn had a short stint at a digital services company as in-house counsel; she spent the majority of her career at McDermott Will & Emery, where she was a partner in the corporate/transactional practice and supported the pro bono program of the New York office.  Lynn obtained a BA as an English major from the University of Pennsylvania, and a JD from Columbia Law School.

    CONTACT

    T:646-747-3955
    E:lroland@acumen.org

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    Sachindra Rudra

    Chief Investment Officer, New York, USA

    “I believe capital and leadership in enterprises are potent factors to cause change. Acumen focuses these on low-income consumers and makes a vital contribution to reducing poverty” [READ MORE]

    Sachindra is an experienced investor and has substantial experience in running and scaling organizations with a focus on the consumer products, processed foods and healthcare sectors. Prior to taking on his current role of Chief Investment Officer, Sachindra was Country Director and CEO of Acumen’s operations in India where he was responsible for the full gamut of Acumen’s activities, and represented Acumen on the boards of Ziqitza Healthcare, Orb Energy, Lifespring Hospitals and PVRI.

    Prior to joining Acumen, Sachin was a Director in the India office of Navis Capital, an Asia-focused and sector agnostic private equity firm where he managed investments in the range of $15-50M through the full lifecycle of sourcing, due diligence, deal structuring, portfolio management and exit. He brings over 15 years experience, working in private equity, consulting and operations. Sachin began his career at Hindustan Unilever Ltd (the Indian subsidiary of Unilever) in Calcutta as an Area Sales Manager, where he did considerable work in rural markets and he then moved into consulting at McKinsey in Delhi, which included an assignment working for the American India Foundation. Sachin then spent a number of years at Piramal Healthcare, one of the leading pharmaceuticals companies in India, where he held various positions of increasing responsibility, including President – Strategy and Business Development and Business Head – Orthopedics. He has wide-ranging sector exposure in the investing space with a high degree of focus on healthcare, consumer products and processed foods.

    Sachin holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics from St Stephen’s College in Delhi, a Masters Degree in Economics from Cambridge University and an M.Sc from the London School of Economics. He has MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

    CONTACT

    E:srudra@acumen.org

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    Yasmina Zaidman

    Director of Strategic Partnerships, New York, USA

    “Nothing is more motivating than working towards a big dream, to change the way the world tackles poverty, and how, in a million ways, we are making progress towards that dream.” [READ MORE]

    Yasmina Zaidman is the Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships at Acumen, where she is responsible for Acumen’s external communications and leads its efforts to engage with strategic corporate partners who share Acumen Fund’s commitment to supporting entrepreneurial approaches to tackling poverty. She initiated and managed the Water Portfolio at Acumen Fund, and has worked in the arenas of international development, corporate sustainability and social entrepreneurship for the past 16 years. She received a BA from Vassar College and her MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business with a certificate in Public Management.

    CONTACT

    T:646-747-3974
    E:yzaidman@acumen.org
    @yasminajz

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    Meghan Curran

    Global Talent Manager, New York, USA

    “At Acumen, our values are not just words on a page – they are our bottom line, and they are brought to life every day by our team, investees and fellows around the world.” [READ MORE]

    As the Talent Senior Associate, Meghan manages the systems and tools that enable Acumen to attract, engage, and develop our global team.  Working closely with Talent and other colleagues around the world, Meghan champions the employee experience, ensuring that the recruitment, onboarding, compensation, talent development and performance management processes match our values and empower the organization to fulfill its mission.

    Meghan’s career began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala, working on enterprise development and citizen participation initiatives.   Upon returning to the States, Meghan facilitated loans and created a financial literacy program for Grameen America, the U.S. affiliate of Muhammad Yunus’ Grameen Bank.

    Just prior to joining Acumen in 2013, she completed her MBA at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, where she co-taught a social impact consulting course in India and launched a secondary business unit for Soluciones Comunitarias, a Guatemalan social enterprise.  Meghan also holds a BA from American University in Public Communication and Political Science, and is fluent in Spanish.

    CONTACT

    E:mcurran@acumen.org

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    Lindsay Camacho

    Senior Strategic Engagement Associate, Office of the CEO, New York, USA

    “Acumen is unique because it has inspired a far-flung, worldwide ecosystem that is mobilizing to change the way the world tackles poverty.” [READ MORE]

    Lindsay manages strategic relationship management, communications and events for Jacqueline Novogratz. She initially joined Acumen in January 2014 as the Executive Assistant to the CEO. Prior to Acumen, Lindsay worked for the U.S. House of Representatives and volunteered with resettled refugees in Washington, D.C. She has also lived and worked in Australia and Japan, volunteering with the Asylum Seekers Centre of New South Wales and working for the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Programme. Lindsay holds a BA in Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs from Miami University.

    CONTACT

    T:(646) 747-3850
    E:lcamacho@acumen.org

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    Tomoko Matsukawa

    Innovation Manager, New York, USA

    “+Acumen Chapters & Courses provide means for leadership development and community engagement for everyone around the world. Seeing those people influencing the lives of others has been truly inspirational.” [READ MORE]

    Tomoko joined Acumen in 2014 as a member of the +Acumen team. Tomoko was formerly a leader of the Tokyo +Acumen chapter, and she is now developing and expanding +Acumen courses and strengthening the network of volunteer chapters around the world.

    Prior to joining Acumen, Tomoko worked on business development with Quipper, an education technology startup. Earlier in her career, Tomoko worked with GLOBIS, providing customized leadership development programs for Japanese corporations, and at Goldman Sachs Japan in equity research and institutional sales.

    Tomoko holds a Master of Education degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University.

    CONTACT

    T:(646) 747-3859
    E:tmatsukawa@acumen.org

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    Sabrina Dupré

    Global Head of Brand Strategy and Communications, New York, USA

    “If any organization is going to make a serious and lasting dent in our world’s biggest problems, it’s going to be Acumen.” [READ MORE]

    Sabrina is Acumen’s Global Head of Brand Strategy and Communications. Based in New York City,  she is responsible for overseeing all of Acumen’s marketing, communications and digital function globally—including driving our messaging and communications strategy, and transforming how our key stakeholders, across all channels, experience the Acumen brand, value proposition and positioning.

    Sabrina joined Acumen after more than 15 years of leading brand, digital and communications strategy for start-ups, corporations and non-profits. She worked closely with supermodel and activist Christy Turlington, launching Every Mother Counts, a global maternal health initiative, as well as with Jochen Zeitz to build his private foundation for sustainability. Prior to Acumen, she was Chief Communications and Engagement Officer for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). Her expertise in building purpose-driven brands, developing and launching cutting-edge digital initiatives, and driving change has resulted in an accomplished track record of growing businesses, mobilizing audiences and transforming interactions.

    Sabrina is a frequent speaker on the topics of social innovation, digital engagement and nonprofit impact. A native Texan, she has a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.A. from Columbia University, enjoys running (most of the time), has traveled to more than 28  countries, and was a 2014 SmartCEO Executive Management Award winner.

    CONTACT

    T:(646) 747-3964
    E:sdupre@acumen.org

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    Priyanka Bhasin

    Senior Associate Strategic Partnerships, New York, USA

    “Acumen’s model levels the playing field. It blurs the lines between beneficiary and grantor, puts focus back on human dignity and ensures we can work together to change how the world tackles poverty.” [READ MORE]

    Priyanka is a Senior Associate at Acumen working on the Strategic Partnerships team to create synergies between large corporations and Acumen’s work.

    Prior to joining Acumen, Priyanka was at Catchafire, a for-profit social venture that works to match professionals with nonprofits on meaningful skills based volunteering projects in order to build capacity for non profit organizations. While at Catchafire, Priyanka’s roles ranged from leading the Account Management team to setting up some of Catchafire’s first corporate partnership engagements, with corporations such as Merck, Viacom, and GLG. Previously, Priyanka was an Associate at Sanford C. Bernstein’s Private Wealth Management group. Priyanka has also worked as an entrepreneur, launching her own event planning company, catering to the niche market of South Asian weddings.

    Priyanka holds an MBA from NYU Stern as well as a BS in Industrial Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

    CONTACT

    E:pbhasin@acumen.org

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    Nancy Leon

    Finance Associate Director, New York, USA

    “I am motivated by Acumen’s ability to hire extremely bright individuals who are passionate about the same mission and willing to take calculated risks to always take our work to the next level.” [READ MORE]

    Nancy first joined the Acumen finance team in July 2009 and returned to Acumen in January 2014 following a year-long sabbatical in India. Nancy is responsible for overseeing Acumen’s annual audit and tax filings and supporting the portfolio team in a finance capacity around systematizing the current accounting processes and procedures to better leverage the resources of the finance team.

    Prior to her time at Acumen, she worked in Product Controllers for the Equity Derivatives team at Goldman Sachs and  Lehman Brothers. At Och Ziff Capital Management, she worked for a hedge fund for the Portfolio Finance team supporting the front office operationally with Repo/Stock Loan lending.

    Nancy holds a MBA in Finance from NYU and a BSBA from Bucknell University where she majored in Accounting and minored in Art.

    CONTACT

    T:1 (646) 747-3853
    E:nleon@acumen.org

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    Venu Aggarwal

    Impact Senior Associate, New York, USA

    “Acumen’s endless appetite for supporting bold new ideas is what motivates me to work here. Some succeed, others don’t, but the culture of thoughtfully experimenting stays firmly embedded in the organization’s core.” [READ MORE]

    Venu’s work focuses on assessing and optimizing the social impact of Acumen investees in our Latin America and global portfolio, and finding rigorous, cost-effective ways to do this. Venu also leads Acumen’s effort to synthesize learning and insights from our work.

    Venu started her career as management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where she worked on strategic challenges faced by clients across the private, public and development sectors. She transitioned to PRADAN, a grassroots non-profit in India that focuses on livelihood generation and helped define its first proactive global fundraising approach.

    Just before joining Acumen, she completed a master’s degree in public affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Mathematics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.

    CONTACT

    T:+1 (646) 747-3692
    E:vaggarwal@acumen.org

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    Alanna Miyajima

    Administrative Assistant to the President, New York, USA

    “Acumen inspires me to believe in sustainable solutions to systemic problems, the power of markets to create change, and a world filled with dignity and choice.” [READ MORE]

    Alanna joined Acumen in June 2015, managing scheduling, logistical and communications needs for the CEO and President. Prior to Acumen, Alanna worked as a coordinator for a global humanitarian NGO and interned in the communications department at The Rockefeller Foundation. She has lived in England, Nigeria, Venezuela and China, where she cultivated a passion for international economic development. Alanna holds a Bachelor of Science in Business & Political Economy from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

    CONTACT

    E:amiyajima@acumen.org

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    Teri Norton

    Financial Planning & Analysis Manager, New York, USA

    “I was first drawn to Acumen’s model of empowering, sustainable change. Since I’ve joined I’ve realized that we’re not just supporting change, we’re building the bridge between resources and meaningful impact.” [READ MORE]

    Teri works as Acumen’s Financial Planning & Analysis Manager, managing Acumen’s financial resources with the aim of maximizing the impact of every dollar contributed to the organization. Before coming to Acumen, Teri worked in corporate finance for SolarCity and in financial operations for Teach For America. Teri has an MBA from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia.

    CONTACT

    E:tnorton@acumen.org

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    Matt Doup

    Senior Business Development Associate, New York, USA

    “Acumen’s leadership stems, paradoxically, from its ability to engage, inspire and empower others to take the lead in tackling global poverty. That’s a pretty special thing.” [READ MORE]

    Matt joined Acumen in 2016 as a Senior Associate on the Business Development team in New York. Prior to Acumen, he served as a Junior Investment Analyst at a global long/short equity fund, where he spearheaded due diligence on Cuba and supported the firm’s marketing and investor relations functions. Matt previously served as a Princeton in Latin America Fellow in Santiago, Chile at Endeavor, a global nonprofit that promotes entrepreneurship in emerging markets, and as a Business Development Associate at a financial data start-up. He is a founding member and Vice President of the Princeton in Latin America Advisory Council, and a Steering Committee member of the Young Professionals of the Americas. He holds a BA in International Relations and Latin American Studies from Brown University.

    CONTACT

    E:mdoup@acumen.org

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    Zoya Kolkin

    Senior Talent Associate, New York, USA

    “Creating systemic change is no easy feat – yet Acumen’s strategic approach to drive change in how poverty is addressed across the globe makes this once lofty goal seem tangible.” [READ MORE]

    Zoya began her career in workforce development at Upwardly Global, where she helped highly-skilled immigrants and refugees restart their careers in the U.S. She gained additional experience in operations at Per Scholas, an IT workforce development nonprofit, and in finance as a Consulting Fellow at FMA while earning an MPA from the Wagner School of Public Service at NYU. Zoya holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University. Originally from Russia, Zoya grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and spent four years living in Chicago before making NYC her home.

    CONTACT

    E:zkolkin@acumen.org

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    Eliza Golden

    Legal Counsel, New York, USA

    “At a time when the effects of extreme inequality are manifesting in increasingly destabilizing ways, Acumen is fighting back by investing in leaders and entrepreneurs who see individual human beings behind metrics and believe in the power of expanding access to the global economy to fuel both economic and social progress.” [READ MORE]

    Eliza joined the New York office of Acumen in 2016 where she serves as Legal Counsel. In this capacity, Eliza works with Acumen’s portfolio teams to manage investments across Acumen’s geographies, and provides general legal support to the organization’s other functions. Prior to joining Acumen, Eliza spent five years as a corporate attorney at the law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe where she led the development of an impact finance practice focused on working with social enterprise companies and impact investors. Prior to and during law school, Eliza worked in a variety of capacities with international development, health and human rights organizations in Africa and Southeast Asia. Eliza holds a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and a JD from Harvard Law School.

    CONTACT

    E:egolden@acumen.org

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    Jacqueline Woo

    Chief Financial Officer, New York, USA

    “Acumen has demonstrated a commitment – and an ability – to turn obstacles into opportunities and problems into possibilities. I am thrilled to be a part of this organization.” [READ MORE]

    Jacqueline joined Acumen in September of 2016, as Chief Financial Officer, responsible for financial operations, strategy, planning, and reporting across our geographies.

    Before joining Acumen, Jacqueline was a portfolio manager at Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM), focused on developing and implementing multi-asset class portfolio and fund solutions for institutional clients.  Prior to her time in GSAM, Jacqueline was an Investment Banker at Goldman Sachs, advising clients on issues related to corporate strategy, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions.

    Jacqueline holds a BA in International Relations from Wellesley College and an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.

    CONTACT

    E:jwoo@acumen.org

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    Chris Bullard

    Senior Post Investment Associate, New York, USA

    “In every great challenge lies opportunity. Acumen empowers individuals with the capital, resources, and ultimately the opportunity to solve world’s most difficult challenges.” [READ MORE]

    As a Senior Post Investment Associate, Chris is focused on delivering leadership and technical support to Acumen’s investees. Chris joins the Acumen team after founding Better View, a non-profit that provides disadvantaged Tanzanian youth with access to top-tier education.  Upon returning to the United States from Tanzania, Chris was on the start-up team at an energy services company in Los Angeles and grew the enterprise to over 100 employees by building the business’s capacity to provide energy efficiency and solar solutions.  Chris also led his own venture focused on the recycling and financing of solar thermal systems in the California region.  Subsequently Chris worked as an energy consultant for New York utilities and Fortune 500 companies, providing strategic advice on the implementation on various energy efficiency programs and strategies.  He holds a BA from University of Southern California, and is currently pursuing an MBA in Finance at Fordham University, where he also leads an impact investing practicum in partnership with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

    CONTACT

    E:cbullard@acumen.org

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    Meghan McFarland

    Office Administrator, New York, USA

    “In my first week at Acumen I learned I would be working with the kindest, most thoughtful people I had ever met. Since then, I am inspired and empowered every day by the global impact Acumen has achieved, by the ideas we continue to generate and by the language we have created to communicate our vision to the world.” [READ MORE]

    Meghan joined Acumen as the Office Administrator in the New York office in October 2016. Prior to joining Acumen, Meghan was a Senior Executive Assistant at PIMCO, a global asset management company, where she supported Client Management executives working in US Institutional Business for four years. Meghan’s jump into the world of social enterprise was influenced by her work with PIMCO Foundation’s Global Week of Volunteering and her contributions to PIMCO Women’s External Engagement-Philanthropy committee, working to connect women investors to philanthropy and impact investing. Previously, Meghan was an esthetician for six years at Elizabeth Grady in Boston where she was a supervisor in their flagship salon on Newbury Street.

    CONTACT

    E:mmcfarland@acumen.org

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    Andrew Bowe

    Senior Social Media and Digital Marketing Associate, New York, USA

    “With the growing inequality between the world’s rich and poor, Acumen’s work to build agency for those who have been left out the economy is more important now than ever.” [READ MORE]

    Andrew is a Senior Associate in Digital Marketing at Acumen where he manages the Acumen website, social media accounts, and email marketing program. Andrew also writes stories for the blog and works on multimedia communications. Before joining Acumen, Andrew was a digital strategy consultant for organizations in the education and global health spaces. Prior to becoming a consultant, Andrew worked with the National Employment Law Project, a workers’ rights advocacy organization. Andrew holds a BA in Humanities from the University of Colorado—Boulder and a MA in Media Studies from The New School.

    CONTACT

    E:abowe@acumen.org

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    Carla Culos

    Brand Experience Manager, New York, USA

    “Our model has changed the way we see ourselves as part of the solution; as customers, as investors and as partners. Learning more together than we could have imagined.” [READ MORE]

    Carla is a Communications Associate at Acumen where she is the storyteller of our work managing grant reporting, collateral development and partner and portfolio related content.  Carla joins Acumen from Vancouver, Canada where she spent almost four years as an Associate with Renewal2 and Renewal Partners; a Canadian impact investment fund focused on organic food and green consumer product companies.  Prior to her work at Renewal, Carla worked in business development for technology start-ups focused on energy efficiency and carbon reduction projects in Latin America. While in Vancouver, Carla was a co-founder of the Vancouver Greentech Exchange and chapter leader for the Vancouver +Acumen chapter.  Carla holds an Honours in Sustainability and an Undergraduate Business and Communications degree from Simon Fraser University.

    CONTACT

    T:646-747-3980
    E:cculos@acumen.org

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    Jacqueline Novogratz

    Founder & Chief Executive Officer, New York, USA

    “I believe that we have a chance to build a world in which all human beings can live with dignity, freedom and choice. It starts with imagining that world and then working together.” [READ MORE]

    Prior to Acumen, Jacqueline founded and directed The Philanthropy Workshop and The Next Generation Leadership programs at the Rockefeller Foundation. She also co-founded Duterimbere, a micro-finance institution in Rwanda. She began her career in international banking with Chase Manhattan Bank. Jacqueline currently sits on the advisory boards of Sonen Capital and the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative. She also serves on the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees and the board of IDEO.org, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, World Economic Forum and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Jacqueline was recently awarded the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Entrepreneurship. 

    CONTACT

    E:cerb@acumen.org
    @jnovogratz

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    Sean Moore

    Portfolio Associate Director, New York, USA

    “I support Acumen's model because it champions the catalytic power of entrepreneurship and innovation, and ultimately exists to promote individual agency across the globe.” [READ MORE]

    Sean is a Portfolio Associate Director in Acumen’s New York office where he focuses on sourcing new investment opportunities, executing investment transactions, and developing global portfolio partnerships with co-investors and other strategic partners.  Sean is currently the relationship manager for d.light design, an energy investee, and is also responsible for managing a loan guarantee facility in partnership with USAID.  Since joining Acumen in 2010, Sean has worked on five transactions totally $4.3 million of invested capital.  In 2011, Sean spent 7 months in Accra, Ghana helping to set-up Acumen’s West Africa office and building its investment portfolio there.  Before joining Acumen, Sean worked as an investment banking analyst in the Financial Institutions Group at Merrill Lynch where he focused on Asset Managers and Depository Institutions.  After completing the analyst program, Sean spent two months volunteering and traveling in Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa.  Sean graduated from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis in 2005 with a BSBA in Finance, Accounting and International Business.

    CONTACT

    T:646-747-3967
    E:smoore@acumen.org

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    Sasha Dichter

    Chief Innovation Officer, New York, USA

    “Ultimately, the big question is: how do we change the whole game in the fight on global poverty?” [READ MORE]

    As Acumen’s Chief Innovation Officer, Sasha oversees Acumen’s work in Leadership and the spread of ideas. The encompasses Acumen’s Lean Data work, the Acumen Fellows Programs, +Acumen and other efforts to help Acumen change the way the world tackles poverty. In his previous role as Acumen’s as Director of Business Development, Sasha led global capital raising, including executing a successful $100M capital raise.

    Sasha is also a noted speaker and blogger on generosity, philanthropy and social change, the author of the Manifesto for Nonprofit CEOs, and the creator of Generosity Day. His talks have been featured prominently on TED.com, the DO Lectures, SOCAP and other major conferences; he has been recognized as an Innovation Agent by Fast Company magazine; and he has been a contributor to Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review and other leading publications. Sasha also serves on the Executive Committee of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs.

    Before Acumen, Sasha worked at GE Money to expand financial offerings to underserved communities globally; at IBM, spearheading the company’s corporate citizenship strategy and launching a leadership program for school administrators; and at the microfinance group of Bank Rakyat Indonesia. Sasha began his career at Booz | Allen | Hamilton consulting to telecommunications companies in Latin America and Europe.

    Sasha holds a BA from Harvard College, a Masters in Public Administration in International Development from Harvard’s Kennedy School and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

    CONTACT

    T:646-747-3861
    E:sdichter@acumen.org
    W:http://sashadichter.wordpress.com/
    @sashadichter

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    Carlyle Singer

    President, New York, USA

    “Carlyle joined Acumen in March of 2013, as Chief Operating Officer, responsible for Acumen’s core operating activities.” [READ MORE]

    Carlyle joined Acumen in March of 2013, and currently serves as President. Prior to joining Acumen, Carlyle spent seven years as President and CEO of Katun Corporation, a global, middle market, privately held company in the compatible consumables imaging space.  In that role Carlyle was responsible for all aspects of Katun’s business operations throughout the world. During her tenure with the Company, her key areas of focus were the development and execution of strategies designed to properly position Katun in a rapidly changing industry, to ensure sales execution around the world and to drive strong financial discipline throughout the organization. Prior to Katun, Carlyle was employed for nine years at IKON Office Solutions, a $4.7 billion publicly held office equipment distributor, before being acquired by Ricoh in 2008. She held positions as Senior Vice President of Operations, Vice President and Corporate Controller, and President of IKON France.

    Carlyle is an MBA graduate from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, with a concentration in Latin American Economic Development. She is also a Six Sigma Green Belt.

    CONTACT

    T:646-747-3694
    E:csinger@acumen.org

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    Sophia Ahmed

    Global Fellows Associate, New York, USA

    “Sophia works at Acumen as a Global Fellows Associate. She completed her Bachelors in Business Administration from NUST Business School in Islamabad in 2005. After working...” [READ MORE]

    Sophia works at Acumen as a Global Fellows Associate. She completed her Bachelors in Business Administration from NUST Business School in Islamabad in 2005. After working with a Evernew Concepts in Islamabad, she pursued her Masters in Marketing from Brunel University, UK, in 2010. Before joining Acumen, Sophia was working as a Commercial Trainee Officer with ICI, Pakistan’s largest chemicals company.

    CONTACT

    E:sahmed@acumen.org

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    Amrita Bhandari

    Advisor, New York, USA

    “Acumen’s focus on building a world based on dignity through creative though tangible solutions is why I am so passionate about working here.” [READ MORE]

    Amrita advises the management team on a range of topics in addition to getting involved with our portfolio companies on their strategic direction. Amrita served as CFO of Acumen for 3 years before stepping into this role.

    Prior to Acumen, Amrita was CFO of Katzenbach Partners, a dynamic management consulting firm and was instrumental in the merger integration of Katzenbach with Booz & Co.  In addition to her management role, she consulted with clients across a range of industries with a focus on strategy and planning.  Since then, she developed her own independent consulting practice with a focus on inspiring organizations in the social sector. Amrita has worked with Acumen in the past as a strategy consultant covering a range of topics such as clarifying Acumen’s business model, developing a multi-year operating plan and evaluating Acumen’s employee compensation plans.  Amrita has also worked with Management Leadership for Tomorrow, Edelman and other professional services firms.  Amrita received a BA in International Relations from The College of Wooster.

     

    CONTACT

    T:(646) 747-3687
    E:abhandari@acumen.org

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    Eleanor Murphy

    Business Development Associate Director, New York, USA

    “Acumen isn’t afraid to be pushed beyond its limits. Taking risks and learning from each imperfect experience drives Acumen to be innovative in its approach to tackling poverty and creative in finding new pathways to change.” [READ MORE]

    Eleanor Murphy joined the Acumen team in 2014 and works as the Associate Director of Business Development. She is involved in extending our community of supporters, increasing fundraising efforts and cultivating committed partners across the US.  Prior to joining Acumen, Eleanor spent 8 years in the financial services industry at established financial institutions including Eaton Vance Management in Boston, MA and more recently with Alps Distributors in Denver, CO.   She was responsible for creating and implementing strategic plans to manage multi-territory client relationships and ultimately increase awareness of differing product lines.  Most recently she received a Master’s degree in Humanitarian Studies through the NOHA network in Dublin, Ireland and also holds a bachelors degree in International Relations from Boston University.

    CONTACT

    E:emurphy@acumen.org

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    Emily Wilson

    Senior Business Development Associate, New York, USA

    “Acumen, both as an organization and as a collection of individuals, excels at breaking down colossal, world-changing ideas into nitty-gritty, down-to-earth solutions.” [READ MORE]

    Emily joined Acumen’s Business Development team in July 2014, where she provides analysis and insight to our global fundraising efforts to expand and cultivate our network of dedicated supporters. Prior to joining Acumen, she taught English in Marseille, France, and spent three years working on systems upgrade projects and customer relationship management database administration at Interaudi Bank in New York. She holds a BA from Columbia University in Francophone Studies and Sustainable Development. In her spare time, Emily is also a volunteer SAT tutor and indoor rock climber.

    CONTACT

    E:ewilson@acumen.org

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    Esha Mufti

    Senior Business Development Associate, New York, USA

    “Acumen tries to recognize the way the world is, and doesn’t settle for what it sees in a very real, gritty, and tenacious way.” [READ MORE]

    Prior to joining Acumen, Esha worked at the Stimson Center, a think tank in Washington, DC. She focused on researching and writing about global development and security issues and working to develop cross-sector responses to these challenges– partnering with governments, foundations, corporations, and NGOs. Esha holds a BA in International and Area Studies from the University of Oklahoma, graduating magna cum laude and with honors. She spent time in Turkey during and following her undergraduate studies, first studying at Bogazici University in Istanbul and later working at Baskent University in Antalya.

    CONTACT

    E:emufti@acumen.org

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    Saba Mohsin

    Finance Associate, New York, USA

    “Acumen’s unique approach towards building a world beyond poverty and creating dignity for the poor encourages me to think beyond our limits and do what is right. I get inspired everyday by our extraordinary team and fellows, and feel privileged to be a part of this movement.” [READ MORE]

    Saba joined Acumen in July 2014. Prior to joining Acumen, Saba completed her master’s degree in accounting from Hunter College, City University of New York and interned with Viacom MTV Networks as an Accounting Intern. She holds a Bachelor of Accounting from Queens College, City University of New York.

    CONTACT

    T:+1 (646) 747-3685
    E:smohsin@acumen.org

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    Justus Kilian

    Post Investment Manager, New York, USA

    “Humanity faces increasingly complex challenges. Capital and technical resources are necessary to experiment, adapt and eventually build sustainable solutions. Acumen is building that ecosystem.” [READ MORE]

    Justus is the Post Investment Manager at Acumen where his current role is focused on delivering leadership and technical support to Acumen’s investees. He was an Acumen Global Fellow in 2014 where he worked with Gulu Agricultural Development Company (GADC), a company that provides market access to smallholder farmers in northern Uganda. Justus has helped build and scale businesses in the US, Dominican Republic, Ghana, India and Uganda. He has worked as a Senior Financial Analyst at Merrill Lynch and as a Global Securities Technician at the Northern Trust Company. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Kansas and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is also a CFA Charterholder.

    CONTACT

    E:jkilian@acumen.org

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    Carolyn Bielfeldt

    Associate Director of External Communications, New York, USA

    “Acumen realizes that nothing can be accomplished without listening to and learning from the people impacted by the world’s greatest problems. Only by unlocking the potential inside every individual will we create a world of opportunity, inclusivity and dignity.” [READ MORE]

    As Associate Director of External Communications, Carolyn is responsible for driving and overseeing all of Acumen’s storytelling, media engagement and global communications across all channels. Working closely in collaboration with every department in every office, she develops strategic opportunities to capture the breadth and depth of Acumen’s efforts and transform how our audiences experience and understand the organization’s work to increase awareness and deepen its impact worldwide. 

    Carolyn joined Acumen with more than 12 years of international media and communications experience. She began her career as an editor at Vanity Fair before leaving to become a Senior Editor at British import The Week, a newsweekly that paved the way for digital aggregators. She also freelanced for The New York Times T magazine, Rolling Stone and New York, and assisted literary icon and renowned gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson on what would become his final book. Initially drawn to journalism because of her passion for public service, Carolyn spent time volunteering with a family-run children’s center in Tanzania and returned from Africa to employ her experience into the world of international development. She went on to work as Communications Officer of the Revenue Watch Institute, an organization founded by George Soros’ Open Society that helps developing nations use their natural resource wealth to finance their development and, prior to Acumen, was the Associate Director of Communications for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, a $55 million nonprofit founded by Evelyn Lauder.

    CONTACT

    E:cbielfeldt@acumen.org

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    Marica Rizzo

    Innovation Associate, New York, USA

    “Acumen has given me a new lens, built on moral imagination, through which to view the world and the community and tools to make a contribution. To change the way the world tackles poverty takes all of us.” [READ MORE]

    Marica’s journey with Acumen began in 2009 when she joined a group in Vancouver that launched the Vancouver+Acumen Chapter and set up Vancouver’s first social enterprise case competition for undergraduate and graduate business students. 

    Inspired by her work as a volunteer, Marica left her role as Operations Manager at skoah and joined start-up social enterprise, Wedu in Thailand to design and launch South East Asia’s first mentorship and leadership development program for young women. Connecting with her young mentor, and other inspiring individuals affirmed her commitment to working full-time in social change.

    Marica believes in the powerful blend of education and community to drive change. She joined Acumen in New York in 2015 where she is growing the +Acumen community through the online courses and global chapter networks.

    Marica holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia.

    CONTACT

    E:mrizzo@acumen.org

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    Tori Klein

    Innovation Associate, New York, USA

    “Tori joined Acumen in April 2016 as an Innovation Associate. Prior to Acumen, she worked at the Legal Aid Society, representing low-income immigrants in New York in their immigration cases.” [READ MORE]

    Tori joined Acumen in April 2016 as an Innovation Associate. Prior to Acumen, she worked at the Legal Aid Society, representing low-income immigrants in New York in their immigration cases. She has also interned at the International Rescue Committee, preparing newly-arrived refugees for the workforce, and at the East Harlem School at Exodus House, as a student teacher in Humanities and Spanish. Tori holds a BA in Sociology and minors in Spanish and Inequality Studies from Cornell University.

    CONTACT

    E:tklein@acumen.org

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    Alex Healey

    Portfolio Associate, New York, USA

    “I support Acumen’s investment model because it empowers social entrepreneurs to take the risks that are necessary when pursuing innovative, sustainable approaches to tackling poverty.” [READ MORE]

    Alex joined Acumen as a Portfolio Associate in 2016. Prior to Acumen, he worked at J.P. Morgan as an Investment Banking Analyst in the firm’s Power & Utilities Group. While at J.P. Morgan, Alex focused primarily on the renewable energy and clean tech sectors, and his transaction experience includes deals in Latin America and Europe. Alex holds a BA summa cum laude in Environmental Studies and Art History from Amherst College.

    CONTACT

    T:646-747-3855
    E:ahealey@acumen.org

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    Hannah Carlson

    Senior Finance Associate, New York, USA

    “I am excited to be a part of an organization that challenges the traditional notions of charity, creating sustainable solutions for tackling poverty based on dignity and respect.” [READ MORE]

    Hannah joined the Acumen finance team in August 2016.  She is responsible for general accounting functions and supports the portfolio team by tracking investments and cash-flows.  Prior to joining Acumen, Hannah was part of the corporate tax group at Grant Thornton.  During her time at Grant Thornton, she spent two years in Bangalore, India as part of a team responsible for training and operations at the Grant Thornton Shared Services Center.

    Hannah holds a BS degree in Accounting & Finance with a German minor from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN and she is a certified public accountant.

    CONTACT

    E:hcarlson@acumen.org

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    Charlotte Erb

    Special Assistant to the CEO, New York, USA

    “Charlotte joined Acumen in August 2016 as the Special Assistant to the CEO. Prior to Acumen, Charlotte worked for City Year in roles supporting their fundraising events, and...” [READ MORE]

    Charlotte joined Acumen in August 2016 as the Special Assistant to the CEO. Prior to Acumen, Charlotte worked for City Year in roles supporting their fundraising events, and serving 5th-grade students in the South Bronx as an AmeriCorps member. Charlotte holds a BA in Anthropology and French from Brandeis University. She is a volunteer at the International Rescue Committee’s Saturday Learning Series tutoring program, and a member of the New School Community Orchestra.

    CONTACT

    E:cerb@acumen.org

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    Alberto Gomez-Obregon

    Director of Portfolio, New York, USA

    “As human beings it is our responsibility to serve each other; through service we cultivate compassion and ultimately find peace. It’s inspiring to be part of Acumen because it lives by serving those in need.” [READ MORE]

    Before joining Acumen, Alberto was a Vice President at Graycliff Partners as part of the firm’s Latin American middle-market growth equity platform. Prior to Graycliff, he was an AVP at Partners Group’s LatAm team, focusing on direct and primary investments in Mexico, Brazil, and the Andean region. Before Partners Group he was part of The Carlyle Group’s Mexico team where he worked on middle-market LBO and growth equity investments. Alberto also worked in the investment banking division of Citi Global Markets Latin America. He received his BS in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana and his MBA from London Business School.

    CONTACT

    E:agomez-obregon@acumen.org

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    Gail Batutis

    Innovation Associate, New York, USA

    “Acumen engages with systems change and never shies away from innovation. In tackling global poverty, there can be no other way.” [READ MORE]

    Gail joined +Acumen in 2016 as an Innovation Associate, and is helping to bring social enterprise education to people around the globe. She is passionate about the ripple effect of innovations in poverty alleviation.

    Gail has been a student of social enterprise for the past five years, graduating from the Social Enterprise Institute at Northeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Business and concentrating in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Through her university’s cooperative education program, she worked as a Global Fellow for Aakar Innovations, a menstrual hygiene social enterprise in India, where she helped to develop operational processes and create an impact measurement model. She also worked as a Policy Assistant for the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT, working with some of the world’s best research in development economics.

    CONTACT

    E:gbatutis@acumen.org