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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    Molly Alexander

    Head of Talent Development, London, UK

    “We believe in the power of individual dreams. Our entrepreneurs, their customers, our peers and team. Unleashing that talent is an exciting imperative for truly social enterprises” [READ MORE]

    As Head of Talent Development Molly focuses on the culture, leadership and skill development of our team. She seeks creative ways to enhance our employee experience including identifying ways that allow each of us to connect with Acumen’s work and community, and live our organizational values to the fullest. Partnering closely with our colleagues in Leadership and across regional offices, Molly’s role is to unleash the potential of our internal team enabling them to excel in their demanding roles.

    In 2004 Molly started at Acumen working closely with Jacqueline in the CEO’s Office before moving to the Business Development Team. During her time in New York she was responsible for building and engaging our partner community across the globe through a variety of fundraising and global events. In May 2010 Molly moved to India to lead each of our fundraising, talent development, media and community building efforts there. After a 6 month sabbatical she traveled to remote parts of Nagaland, Burma and Indonesia to better understand the development needs of communities there, With a Bachelor of Asian Studies from the University of New South Wales, Sydney; Molly has lived and worked across Asia, India, the US and Australia (her other motherland). Based in London but most comfortable in sandals, Molly is at her most energetic when getting her hands dirty to solve some of our most challenging problems – either within the team or broader community.

    CONTACT

    E:malexander@acumen.org

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    Zoya Kolkin

    Senior Talent Associate, New York, USA

    “Creating systemic change is no easy feat – yet Acumen’s strategic approach to drive change in how poverty is addressed across the globe makes this once lofty goal seem tangible.” [READ MORE]

    Zoya began her career in workforce development at Upwardly Global, where she helped highly-skilled immigrants and refugees restart their careers in the U.S. She gained additional experience in operations at Per Scholas, an IT workforce development nonprofit, and in finance as a Consulting Fellow at FMA while earning an MPA from the Wagner School of Public Service at NYU. Zoya holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University. Originally from Russia, Zoya grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and spent four years living in Chicago before making NYC her home.

    CONTACT

    E:zkolkin@acumen.org

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    Meghan Curran

    Global Talent Manager, New York, USA

    “At Acumen, our values are not just words on a page – they are our bottom line, and they are brought to life every day by our team, investees and fellows around the world.” [READ MORE]

    As the Talent Senior Associate, Meghan manages the systems and tools that enable Acumen to attract, engage, and develop our global team.  Working closely with Talent and other colleagues around the world, Meghan champions the employee experience, ensuring that the recruitment, onboarding, compensation, talent development and performance management processes match our values and empower the organization to fulfill its mission.

    Meghan’s career began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala, working on enterprise development and citizen participation initiatives.   Upon returning to the States, Meghan facilitated loans and created a financial literacy program for Grameen America, the U.S. affiliate of Muhammad Yunus’ Grameen Bank.

    Just prior to joining Acumen in 2013, she completed her MBA at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, where she co-taught a social impact consulting course in India and launched a secondary business unit for Soluciones Comunitarias, a Guatemalan social enterprise.  Meghan also holds a BA from American University in Public Communication and Political Science, and is fluent in Spanish.

    CONTACT

    E:mcurran@acumen.org