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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    Saima Irtiza

    Associate Director, Leadership, Nairobi, Kenya

    “At Acumen we recognize that the right way is almost always harder but always worth striving towards; having the gravitas and persistence to do so makes the real difference” [READ MORE]

    Saima has been working joined the Acumen, Pakistan office in April 2009, and is currently managing the Pakistan Fellows Program.  Saima is responsible for recruitment, training and coaching of Fellows with an aim towards building the next generation of social change leaders for Pakistan.  Prior to this, Saima served as Business Manager, where she was mainly focused on developing and managing Acumen’s Health and Education Portfolio. Before joining Acumen, Saima worked as CEO and Managing Partner of The Review Private Limited, a company formed to acquire and run a test prep franchise, The Princeton Review. Before making this entrepreneurial shift, Saima worked for six years in the financial sector; her last assignment was at Global Securities, a brokerage firm, where she worked as Senior Associate, Corporate Finance. Saima holds an MBA from Lahore University of Management Sciences.



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    Joy Gikandi

    Leadership Associate, Nairobi, Kenya

    “Acumen is impacting lives and making a difference the world over. It is immensely gratifying to support social change-makers on their leadership journeys and absolutely amazing to be part of a team that is empowering game-changers and emerging leaders who are driving real change in their communities.” [READ MORE]

    As a Leadership Associate, Joy manages engagement and community building initiatives for Acumen Fellows all over the world, primarily helping plan the upcoming Acumen Fellows Global Gathering. Previously, Joy was working as an East Africa Fellows Associate responsible for the program’s communication and management, as well as the annual selection & recruitment of the new cohorts of fellows. Prior to Acumen, Joy spent a little over four years managing training programs in Kenya & Rwanda for corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and government institutions as part of their capacity building initiatives.



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    Bavidra Mohan

    India Head of Leadership and Strategic Partnerships, Mumbai, India

    “I believe in Acumen's model because it recognizes dignity as the cornerstone of freedom, happiness and opportunity.” [READ MORE]

    Bavidra started his career as a Social Strategy Consultant with JWT, helping Fortune 500’s create shared value by aligning social impact with overarching business strategy. In 2011, Bavidra was selected as an Acumen Global Fellow where he was placed with d.light design in Shenzhen and New Delhi, working on brand development, product launches and new product innovation.  Upon completion of the Global Fellowship Bavidra Co-Founded a technology start-up in San Francisco that built mobile products for sustainable urban mobility. He holds a BA(h) in Sociology for Queen’s University and an MA from Kingston University.



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    Kinza Mahmud

    Fellows Associate, Karachi, Pakistan

    “In a world which continues to invest in systems and processes to solve the greatest problems, it is great to be a part of an organization which places value in the leaders behind these solutions.” [READ MORE]

    Kinza joins Acumen as a Fellows Associate in Pakistan. Prior to joining Acumen, Kinza was working in the Business Development team at Aman Foundation, where she was responsible for building relationships aimed at generating scalable and sustainable solutions for health and education in Pakistan. During her time at Aman, Kinza also focused on improving donor engagement, and streamlining systems and processes in order to optimize the fundraising engine. Kinza completed her B.A in Politics, Psychology and Sociology from the University of Cambridge, UK. While at Cambridge, Kinza also served as Vice President of Enactus Cambridge, a social enterprise, where she contributed to initiating three new projects, and streamlined internal communication by building and implementing a clear communication structure.