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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    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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    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.



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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.



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    Nancy Njoki

    Finance and Administration Manager

    “ACUMEN believes in choice and not charity and thus the unique model of integrating philanthropy and investment to generate both social and financial returns globally while restoring dignity.” [READ MORE]

    Nancy joins Acumen with an extensive background in strategic finances, human resources and administrative management. Nancy has previously worked with local organizations and international NGOs including Church World Service, FARM Africa, World Neighbors and Rockefeller Foundation at the regional offices in Nairobi.

    Nancy holds a B.A. in Economics and Sociology from Egerton University and she is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA-K).



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    Syed Umair Hussain

    Finance & Operations Manager, Karachi, Pakistan

    “I believe that charity is not a permanent solution to poverty in Pakistan and Acumen’s business-oriented model to tackle poverty in Pakistan is the right approach.” [READ MORE]

    As Senior Associate for Finance & Operations in Pakistan, Syed Umair Hussain is responsible for coordinating all aspects of financial management, accounting, book-keeping, Treasury management, Investment Accounting and Office administration. He was also actively involved in HR issues of Acumen Pakistan. Before joining Acumen, S. Umair Hussain worked as an Accounts Officer at Interglobe Commerce Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd, a large oil storage facilities and pipeline construction company, where he was responsible for various accounting and finance matters, including costing and Internal Audit of oil refineries projects. He has also worked as Assistant Accountant at Callmate Telips (Pvt) Ltd, a private telecom company in Pakistan. Umair holds an MBA in Finance and Accounts from Preston Institute of Management Science and Technology and is currently pursuing his ACMA from the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan.


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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.


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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.