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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    Catherine Casey Nanda

    Director, San Francisco, USA

    “What appeals to me most about Acumen's experiment is that it is working!” [READ MORE]

    Catherine has led Acumen’s geographic expansion to 3 new regions over the last 5 years– setting strategy, building teams, fundraising and investing in new regions.

    Currently focused on building Acumen America, Catherine most recently helped launch Acumen’s Latin America office, based in Bogota, Colombia, and West Africa office, based in Accra, Ghana.

    Prior to this, Catherine helped build social enterprises in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, which included expanding HealthStores’ clinics in rural Kenya. She also acted as chief of staff to Acumen’s CEO.

    Catherine holds a BA with Highest Honors from Princeton University, and an MPP from Harvard University, where she was a Reynolds Fellow. She is a Board Member of Jacaranda Health, a chain of maternity hospitals in Kenya.

    CONTACT

    E:ccasey@acumen.org

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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.

    CONTACT

    T:+91 22 67401500
    E:vshetty@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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    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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    Kitty Okyere

    Business Associate, Accra, Ghana

    “There is no better accomplishment in life than reaching down to lift others up.” [READ MORE]

    Kitty joined Acumen with over 3 years of financial services experience from Barclays Ghana, where she gained cross-functional experience in operations, credit and retail banking. Most recently, she was responsible for managing Barclay’s Prestige Wealth Management unit. Prior to Barclays, Kitty held administrative roles at Chrisa Hotel and Falsyd Foundation School in Ghana. Kitty has a BA in Management and Psychology from the University of Ghana.

    CONTACT

    T:+233 206301682
    E:kokyere@acumen.org

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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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    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