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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    Noor Ullah

    Global Agriculture Lead, Karachi, Pakistan

    “Acumen is an organization with a soul. It encourages intellectual curiosity and there is space for an active dialogue on what works for the poor and what does not.” [READ MORE]

    Noor joined Acumen in 2007. Since joining Noor has been working on the growth of Acumen’s Agriculture Portfolio. He co-leads Acumen’s efforts in the Agriculture sector globally and is responsible for leading our Agriculture work in Pakistan. In addition to his work in Agriculture, Noor also leads Acumen Pakistan’s Energy and Water Portfolios. Before joining Acumen, Noor served as a consultant for the World Bank, where he studied the socio-economic impact of environmental degradation in the province of Punjab. Previously, he worked as a business development consultant for a number of multinationals and private enterprises. He handled projects involving feasibility studies and financial projection analyses. He also worked as Manager Business Development and Manager Projects at Microtech Industries, an engineering and telecom multinational. Immediately after graduation he had also served as a Research Analyst with Dr. Salman Shah (a renowned Finance expert and Pakistan’s ex-Finance Advisor for the Federal Government) on a number of research papers for PILDAT (Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency). He holds a Bachelor degree with Honors, in Economics and Computer Sciences from Lahore University of Management Sciences.


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    Leslie Labruto

    Global Energy Lead, NEW YORK, USA

    “Innovation is not limited to Silicon Valley. Acumen recognizes this and provides risk capital and data-driven support to the world’s newest class of innovators and pioneers.” [READ MORE]

    Leslie is Acumen’s Global Energy Lead. Leslie joins Acumen from the Clinton Foundation, where she served as Director of Clean Energy for the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) in New York City. At CCI, she led programmatic strategy, fundraising, and partnerships for CCI’s Island Energy Program. Previously, Leslie worked at Summit Partners, a $15 billion venture capital firm in Boston, with a focus on energy and technology investments. Leslie received her Master’s degree in Sustainable Energy Futures from Imperial College London. She served on the Board of Trust for Vanderbilt University, where she earned her Civil Engineering undergraduate degree, and continues to serve as a Board of Trust member for the Vanderbilt School of Engineering.