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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    Amon Anderson

    Associate Director, San Francisco, USA

    “I believe in leadership as responsibility to serve, embracing risk, and accountability to meaningful change. Acumen lives these values, employing innovation for a better world.” [READ MORE]

    Amon co-leads Acumen America – setting strategy, building community, and investing in companies across the US.

    Most recently, Amon worked on Acumen’s Global Portfolio team out of New York.  Prior to that, Amon led Acumen’s agriculture and water/sanitation investing in East Africa.  Amon was based in Nairobi for four years where he originated, diligenced, and managed a number of investments, building the agriculture portfolio from scratch.

    Prior to joining Acumen, Amon worked in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with Cherokee Investment Partners, developing an impact investing strategy and building a community of entrepreneurs.  Amon began his career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, helping to launch the Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative.

    Amon holds a BA with Highest Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a Morehead-Cain Scholar.  Amon also holds a MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he received the Frances & Arjay Miller Fellowship in Social Innovation and the Miller Social Change Leadership Award.

    CONTACT

    E:aanderson@acumen.org

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    Duncan Onyango

    East Africa Director, Nairobi, Kenya

    “Any far reaching development can be achieved by implementing what we believe: That the promise of a continent can be achieved when the full human potential is unleashed” [READ MORE]

    Duncan Onyango joined Acumen as Director of East Africa in September 2012. He has been a long supporter of Acumen and informally served as an advisor to the East Africa team over the years, as well as being actively involved in the Fellows Program.

    Duncan most recently served as the Group Chief Finance Officer of Rift Valley Railways, where he led the structuring of a $287M debt and equity capital investment in the rail sector. He began his career with over ten years at Abbey National, a major international bank in London, gaining cross-functional business experience in both the retail and corporate arms of Abbey, including serving as the bank’s Head of Training & Management Development for the Wealth Management Division. Building on that experience, Duncan moved into consulting at Strategic Workforce Limited in London, before returning to East Africa where he founded Quantum Africa in 2006, working with many small businesses and entrepreneurs. He has expertise in strategic & business planning, organizational alignment and business transformation. Duncan holds an honors degree in Computing and Retail Management from Oxford University.

    CONTACT

    T:+245 716 252 802
    E:donyango@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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    Santiago Melo

    Portfolio Manager, Bogota, Colombia

    “What is most interesting about Acumen’s model is that it focus on developing a sustainable solution to eradicate poverty by listening and standing by those who are more in need” [READ MORE]

    As a Portfolio Manager at Acumen, Santiago is focused on growing the Latin America portfolio and providing management support to existing portfolio companies. Prior to joining Acumen, Santiago worked for Endeavor where he was in charge of searching and selecting high impact entrepreneurs, as well as providing strategic and operational assessment for the portfolio companies. He previously worked in the real estate and oil & gas industries performing business development and strategic activities and evaluating new investment opportunities. Santiago holds BSc in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia.

     

    CONTACT

    T:+(057) 3208005678
    E:smelo@acumen.org

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    Festus Amoyaw

    Portfolio Manager, Accra, Ghana

    “Acumen does not have all the answers but the continuous sharing of ideas has made it stand out. Acumen inspires the world that success is an option if failure is not.” [READ MORE]

    Festus started his career with Amex International Incorporated a contractor for the USAID in Ghana Trade & Investment Reform Programme, Increased Private Enterprise Performance (IPEP) Component Project as a Market Research and Business Development Assistant. He subsequently worked in an indigenous Ghanaian Financial Institution, HFC Bank as Credit Analyst with focus on Small and Medium Enterprises. Based on the experience from the development and financial institutions he joined GroFin Ghana a subsidiary of the GroFin Capital a Fund Manager for GroFin Africa Fund with a total fund size of USD150million. In GroFin he started as a Business Development Manager and later became a Portfolio Manager.

    Until recently he was an Investment Officer with Investisseur & Partenaires a Paris based Fund Manager of I&P Afrique Entreprenuer Fund of Euro 55 Million in the Ghana Office.

    Festus graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Economics. He also has an Executive Masters in Business Administration from University of Ghana. Again he is studying to complete a professional course in Accounting and Auditing with the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants, United Kingdom. With respect to languages he has a working knowledge in French.

    CONTACT

    E:famoyaw@acumen.org

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    Ajit Mahadevan

    India Director, Mumbai, India

    “I have always felt existing business models in emerging economies have been limited in their ability to generate employment, income or genuine innovation for those who need it most. Acumen plays a vital role in creating an ecosystem that is both sustainable for entrepreneurs while also meeting the needs of the many. These new paradigms will be vital towards building the economies of tomorrow that provide opportunities for all.” [READ MORE]

    Ajit joins Acumen from Ernst & Young, where he has served as Advisory Partner & Leader (Life Sciences) for the past six years. At EY, he was a strategic advisor to the leadership of some of the leading Indian and global life science and healthcare players with the focus being business transformation and growth. Prior to his time at E&Y, Ajit was President of Piramal Healthcare, one of the leading pharmaceuticals companies in India, where he built the international business from inception in 2002 to $300M by the end of 2008. Ajit held multiple leadership roles across strategy, M&A and business leadership. During his tenure at Accenture’s Strategic Services practice in UK and India, he led the development of one of the firm’s largest and most successful internal projects – the Offshore Development Centre in 2001, which has now grown to about 100,000 people across multiple cities in India. Ajit has worked in an advisory capacity to Acumen in the past, most recently participating in Regional Fellows selection panels in Mumbai.

    Ajit holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Sciences from PSG College of Technology, India and a Masters of Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper School of Business).

    CONTACT

    E:amahadevan@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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    Asad Jafri

    Senior Portfolio Associate, Karachi, Pakistan

    “The Acumen model is one that drives innovation, leadership, and social responsibility by fostering the next generation of leaders as well as partnering and investing in financially sustainable enterprises that bring about social impact, which in turn tackles the problems of poverty around the world. The best part of it all is that it is working.” [READ MORE]

    As a Senior Portfolio Associate in the Karachi office, Asad oversees investments in Housing, Education and Microfinance.

    Prior to joining Acumen, Asad was a Senior Analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York, where he performed portfolio analysis of an investment fund exceeding $1 billion in capital investments. Prior to that, he was a Senior Associate at Deloitte in New York, where he worked on a variety of client projects in the areas of corporate finance, business valuation, restructuring, management and risk consulting. Asad completed his Bachelors in business degree from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, completing a dual major in Finance and Entrepreneurship.

    CONTACT

    T:+92 (21) 35846430-32
    E:ajafri@acumen.org

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    Martin Leboo

    Portfolio Associate, Nairobi, Kenya

    “Acumen has taught me to embrace complexities in the world. There are no simple and singular narratives, the problems are intricate, and the solutions are varied – and the answers are found by listening to those who are affected.” [READ MORE]

    Martin joined Acumen in October 2014 as a short term associate on the portfolio team, and in July 2015 joined full-time. In his role, Martin supports the East Africa portfolio team in sourcing pipeline and doing due diligence on potential investments.  Prior to joining Acumen, Martin was pursuing his master’s degree in economics at the University of Nairobi. Martin has interned at the UN office in Nairobi. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Nairobi.

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    Patrick Oketa

    Associate Director of Portfolio, Nairobi, Kenya

    “Patrick is the latest addition to the East Africa team. He joins us as the Associate Director of Portfolio and will lead and guide the team in shaping Acumen’s portfolio strategy, management process, team and influence in East Africa.” [READ MORE]

    Patrick brings a wealth of experience in private equity, project financing, project cycle management, and a practical understanding of how resources can best flow to those who need them most. Over the last 15 years, he has worked with various projects and entrepreneurs to deliver practical financial and social value and added innovative solutions to their businesses across Africa. Patrick joins us from the Uganda Development Bank where he was the Director of Development Finance a position that allowed him to oversee the development and improvement of credit, risk management and customer service at the largest government owned bank in Uganda. Prior to that, he was a Partner at Pearl Capital Partner a fund manager that focuses on investments in the Agribusiness value chain in East and southern Africa. In the past, Patrick was the Chief Investment Officer of the African Agricultural Capital and also worked at the international fund manager Actis where he was responsible for the administration of the $100 million Actis Agribusiness Fund. He began his banking career at the East African development Bank where he worked for 5 years in Uganda and Kenya in various capacities. Patrick holds an MBA and MA in Banking and Finance as well as an honors degree in Economics.

    CONTACT

    E:poketa@acumen.org

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    CAMILO CORTES

    Portfolio Analyst, BOGOTA, COLOMBIA

    “A true system change doesn't come from charity or philanthropy, it comes from hard work, patience and a true understanding of the social context, and this is exactly that Acumen's model does.” [READ MORE]

    Camilo joined Acumen on January 2015 as Short Term Portfolio Associate and in November 2015 joined as a Portfolio Analyst. Since then, he has supported the Latin America team conducting industry research, financial modeling and pipeline development. Prior to joining Acumen, Camilo worked as an intern at Coca Cola Femsa and as a finance team leader at AIESEC-Colombia where he helped develop multiple social projects. During the summer of 2015, Camilo spent two months in Egypt designing initiatives to develop the entrepreneurship ecosystem. Camilo holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and industrial engineering from Los Andes University in Colombia.

    CONTACT

    E:ccortes@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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    Ayesha Khan

    Portfolio Associate Director, Karachi, Pakistan

    “I am particularly impressed with Acumen’s patient capital approach towards finding powerful, innovative and scalable solutions for the multiple institutional voids defining emerging markets. In doing so, I believe we can achieve truly lasting, systemic change - and that is what inspires and excites me about the work we do.” [READ MORE]

    Ayesha joins Acumen as the Associate Director for Portfolio in Pakistan.  Ayesha has a strong background in business strategy, economic policy and international development.  She has previously worked as the head of strategy at the largest bank in Pakistan, where she was responsible for aligning corporate focus, defining core capabilities and articulating a comprehensive plan to achieve long-term growth targets.  She has also worked in New York as a management consultant with McKinsey and Company, where she primarily concentrated on the financial sector.

    Ayesha holds a doctorate from the Harvard Business School, where she focused on understanding how to build successful businesses in emerging markets. To that end, she has written various case studies and published several articles focused on emerging markets for different publications – including the Harvard Business Review.  Ayesha also holds a Masters in International Development (MPA-ID) from the Harvard Kennedy School, as well as an undergraduate degree in Economics from Princeton University.

    CONTACT

    E:ayeshakhan@acumen.org

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    Khurram Shahid

    Portfolio Manager, Karachi, Pakistan

    “If sanctity of any asset is to be preserved, sustainability through accountability becomes an integral part of the investment scheme. What sets Acumen apart from other impact investors is its genuinely simple investment model that uses novel approach of investing patient capital in social enterprises that sustainably serves the poor.” [READ MORE]

    Khurram joins Acumen team as Portfolio Manager where he will be responsible for ensuring the success, development and impact of Acumen’s portfolio in Pakistan in addition to raising new funds for investment in social ventures in Pakistan.

    Prior to joining Acumen, Khurram was the head of the Investment Banking department at AKD Securities Limited, which is the leading Investment Banking platform in Pakistan. With 10+ years of diversified experience in the financial sector, he has worked on both debt and equity deals and has transaction credentials of over USD 1 billion. His work domain has predominantly been equity advisory with transaction spectrum ranging from capital market transactions to private equity play. Khurram also worked with KPMG Dubai and PWC Pakistan on statutory audits, review engagements and special assignments including due diligence exercise, risk advisory services and business process improvement assignments.

    Khurrram holds an Executive MBA with honors from Institute of Business Administration (IBA). He is also a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA).

    CONTACT

    E:kshahid@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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    Godfrey Mwindaare

    West Africa Director, Accra, Ghana

    “Many are called, but few are chosen.” [READ MORE]

    As West Africa Director, Godfrey Mwindaare is responsible for all West Africa related investments, operations and business development activities. Additionally, as part of the Portfolio Leadership Team, he is jointly responsible for the global portfolio of Acumen with special focus on the new West Africa investments.

    Prior to this role, Godfrey was Chief Investment Officer in the African Development Bank, based in Tunisia, with specific responsibility for the Extractive Industry in the Bank’s 53 member states in Africa. He also worked with Standard Bank in South Africa and Tanzania as Senior Manager (Strategy and Special Projects) and Head of Retail and Business Banking and Barclays Capital in London as an investment banker in the Mining & Metals Team. He has over a decade of experience in investment banking, commercial banking and development finance.  Godfrey has a First Class Honours degree in Mining Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology in Ghana and an MBA from the University of Hull Business School in the UK, specializing in financial management. He is also an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (UK).

    CONTACT

    T:+233 208991606
    E:gmwindaare@acumen.org

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    Karuna Jain

    Portfolio Associate Director, Mumbai, India

    “By inspiring investors to see the potential of the BoP segment, Acumen has opened a whole new world of dignity and choice for them.” [READ MORE]

    Karuna joined Acumen in July 2012 to grow and manage the Health Portfolio and also to develop the Housing Portfolio in India.  Karuna has two years of investing experience with the $175M Aditya Birla private equity fund and $600M Milestone Capital real estate fund. She has also spent four years with the Aditya Birla Group and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories in textiles, cement and pharmaceuticals businesses across finance and M&A roles. Karuna earned her post graduation in management from the India School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad. She is also a qualified Chartered Accountant.

    CONTACT

    T:+91 22 67401510
    E:kjain@acumen.org

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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.

    CONTACT

    T:+92 42 3586 1240
    E:snoorullah@acumen.org

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    Avinash Mishra

    Portfolio Manager, Mumbai, India

    “Acumen’s model is not only helping build transformative organizations, its Inspiring leadership and fostering a shared belief in a world without poverty. That’s what excites me every day.” [READ MORE]

    Prior to joining Acumen, Avinash was working with TAO Education, a New Delhi based education technology start-up which he co-founded. As the head of business strategy and alliances, he spearheaded the financial planning and projections, market entry strategies and managed relationships with various stakeholders including potential investors, advisors and clients.

    Earlier, Avinash was working with Citibank Corporate and Investment Banking team as a relationship manager for top MNC clients. He worked closely with Citi and client global teams on cross border transactions (FDI and M&A deals) as well as end to end servicing and advisory across the entire gamut of banking products.

    Avinash holds a MBA from FMS, University of Delhi and a BE (Electronics and Communications) from NSIT, University of Delhi.

    CONTACT

    E:amishra@acumen.org

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    Jhoomer Sinha

    Portfolio Manager, Mumbai, India

    “What I like best about Acumen is its commitment towards providing choice and dignity to everyone in the world using the power of capital and innovation.” [READ MORE]

    Jhoomer joined Acumen in April 2014 as a Senior Portfolio Associate. She is focussed on developing Acumen’s Health and Housing portfolios in India.

    Before joining Acumen, Jhoomer worked as a strategy consultant at Accenture Management Consulting, where she advised clients across public systems, health and development sector. Her work also involved financial value analysis to identify execution challenges and potential opportunities such as value chain improvement, cost restructuring, M&A and market expansion opportunities for global clients across various sectors.
    Prior to Accenture, she worked briefly in an Indian I-Bank in the role of an M&A analyst.

    Jhoomer has completed her B.Tech in Electronics Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Surat and has an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

    CONTACT

    E:jsinha@acumen.org

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    Shruti Srivastava

    Senior Portfolio Associate, Mumbai, India

    “What draws me to Acumen is its focus on eradicating poverty by deploying business solutions for the same, making the solution self-sustainable and its impact scalable.” [READ MORE]

    Shruti joined Acumen in October 2014 and focuses on the Energy and Water portfolios in India.

    Prior to joining Acumen, Shruti worked at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector investing arm of the World Bank Group, for 2.5 years, evaluating and managing investments in the manufacturing, agribusiness and service sectors in South Asia. Before IFC, she worked as an equity research analyst at J.P. Morgan, on the TMT (Technology, Media & Telecom) team, covering European technology hardware stocks.

    Shruti holds a B.Tech + M.Tech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras where she specialized in communication systems.

    CONTACT

    E:ssrivastava@acumen.org

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    Lawrence Riungu

    Portfolio Manager, Nairobi, Kenya

    “Acumen’s patient, focused and supportive approach to investing makes us the right investment partner for any ambitious entrepreneur who has set their sights on developing scalable solutions to some of the world’s intractable social and economic problems.” [READ MORE]

    Throughout his career, Lawrence Riungu has actively sought out opportunities to launch and build new initiatives and businesses, including both within existing corporate organizations and through stand-alone entities. In the process, he has developed a passion for and significant experience in business model design and change management to meet evolving customer needs and competitive business environments.

    Lawrence comes to Acumen with 15 years’ experience in the financial and operational aspects of a broad range of industries including real estate and geothermal energy development, ICT (mobile commerce), energy commodity trading, electric power utilities, oil and gas pipelines, insurance and mining. He also brings with him a unique mix of local and international business experience and strong capabilities in evaluating and solving business problems. Immediately prior to joining Acumen, Lawrence was the Kenya Country Manager for BizCorps, a non-profit program that connects recent MBA graduates with SME entrepreneurs in emerging markets. In the past, Lawrence has worked in investment roles at Centum Investment Company, East Africa’s largest publicly traded investment company and has also worked as an investment banker at JPMorgan Chase in New York and First Africa Capital in Nairobi.

    Lawrence earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and holds a dual Bachelor of Arts (A.B) degree in Economics and Computer Science from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

    CONTACT

    E:lriungu@acumen.org

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    Dennis Otieno

    Senior Portfolio Associate, Nairobi, Kenya

    “Acumen has pioneered a social and financial model that has left indelible footprints on the investment ecosystem.” [READ MORE]

    Prior to joining Acumen, Dennis was a Senior Investment Analyst at Grassroots Business Fund (GBF), where he was involved in sourcing, conducting due diligence and managing portfolio clients. He has also worked as a business associate at Transglobal Consultants where he helped Small and Growing businesses with working capital planning and management. Dennis holds an MBA, Finance option from United States International University – Africa (USIU-A).

    At Acumen, Dennis identifies, cultivates and manages a pipeline of investment opportunities providing critical services to the poor. He also supports Acumen’s post investment efforts to add significant value to investee companies.

    CONTACT

    E:dotieno@acumen.org

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    Nishant Advani

    Portfolio Associate, Mumbai, India

    “What I like about Acumen is its ability to deliver impact while ensuring business discipline.” [READ MORE]

    Nishant joined Acumen in August 2015 and focuses on the Agriculture and Education portfolios in India as a Portfolio Associate.

    Prior to joining Acumen, Nishant worked at Intellectual Capital Advisory Services Pvt. Ltd. (Intellecap), a boutique investment bank focused on raising capital for social enterprises, for two years. At Intellecap, Nishant focused on financial services with additional focus on microfinance, housing finance and payment services.

    Nishant has received a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Mumbai. He is also a qualified Chartered Accountant and has passed the CFA® Level 1 Examination conducted by the CFA Institute, USA.

    CONTACT

    E:nadvani@acumen.org

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    Catalina Torres

    Senior Portfolio Associate, BOGOTA, COLOMBIA

    “It is an oft-quoted saying, and one full of social wisdom: “Give a man a fish, and he will be hungry again tomorrow; teach him to catch a fish, and he will be richer all his life.” Acumen focus on building lasting solutions that fundamentally change the system, alleviating poverty by facilitating self-sufficiency.” [READ MORE]

    Catalina joins Acumen with a diverse background in project management and business development across a variety of industries. Prior to Acumen, Catalina worked at Edge Growth, an impact investing fund in South Africa where she focused in the development of tools to optimize the due diligence process. Before that, Catalina was structuring and developing a social business aimed at offering nutritional and affordable products for the base of the pyramid. This social business was then incubated within a large Colombian diary company called Alpina. Catalina holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia and an MBA from IE Business School, Spain.

    CONTACT

    E:ctorres@acumen.org

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    SANTIAGO ALVAREZ

    Investment Director, BOGOTA, COLOMBIA

    “Acumen is changing the way we address important social issues, such as inequality and lack of opportunity, by investing in sustainable and scalable business models, which I believe is a driving force to truly achieving systemic change.” [READ MORE]

    Before joining Acumen, Santiago was Investment Manager at Bamboo Finance in Bogota where he was responsible for sourcing, structuring and monitoring investments across Latin America, primarily in the access to financial services, energy and education sectors. Prior to that he was an Associate at ACTIS in London, a leading global private equity fund that invests in emerging markets, where he was particularly focused on energy transactions in Latin America and Africa.  Previously, Santiago was involved in supporting the start-up of Adobe Capital, a leading impact investing fund in Mexico. Before that he was a Consultant at Stratco, one of the leading management consulting firms in Colombia. He has also spent time working for Grameen Bank in Bangladesh and Zoona, a financial mobile payment company in Zambia. Santiago was an Investors Circle Fellow and a Skoll Centre Associate Fellow.

    Santiago holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Los Andes University in Colombia, an MS in Poverty Reduction and Development Management at the University of Birmingham in the UK and an MBA from the Saïd Business School at Oxford University.

    CONTACT

    E:salvarez@acumen.org

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    Markeze Bryant

    Portfolio Manager, San Francisco, USA

    “There are millions of Americans waiting for the markets to offer them quality products and services. Acumen will help entrepreneurs make this happen in a sustainable way.” [READ MORE]

    Markeze joined Acumen America in 2016 and focuses on early-stage investments in the areas of health & wellness, financial inclusion, and workforce development.

    Prior to joining Acumen, Markeze held roles at several private investment firms where he executed transactions in the food & beverage, health, and media sectors. He is particularly interested in how technology will improve health outcomes in disinvested communities in the U.S. Markeze began his investing career as an Associate at ICV Partners, a lower middle market private equity firm in New York. Prior to this role, he was an Investment Banking Analyst in the healthcare group at Deutsche Bank.

    Markeze holds a BA with Honors from Morehouse College, where he was a Bonner Community Service Scholar.  He also holds a MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he co-chaired the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Memorial Conference. Markeze is originally from Oakland, CA.

    CONTACT

    E:mbryant@acumen.org

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    Stella Tran

    Associate, San Francisco, USA

    “Acumen has a bold vision of the future, and is working towards a more inclusive world founded on dignity and respect. I feel privileged to work for an organization with courage to examine and transform broken systems with creativity, to see new futures with moral imagination, celebrating the human spirit above all.” [READ MORE]

    Stella is an Associate at Acumen America. As a member of Acumen America’s Portfolio team, Stella works on sourcing and evaluating early-stage investments in health, financial inclusion, and workforce development.

    Prior to joining Acumen, Stella was an Associate with Just Business, the impact investment arm of the non-profit Not For Sale, investing in companies that aimed to source ethically and to re-invest in the communities they sourced from. As an Associate, she provided strategic support to portfolio companies through her diverse and interdisciplinary experiences in design, human-centered design research, operations, and finance. Stella also has had the opportunity to work with social entrepreneurs from around the world, through product and design roles at the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara and the Ayllu Initiative.

    She has a BA in Accounting & Information Systems from Santa Clara University, where she was awarded the Miller Center’s Global Social Benefit Fellowship.

    CONTACT

    E:stran@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