Congratulations to the 2016 Pakistan Fellows!

Last month, Acumen held a celebration ceremony for the Pakistan Fellows Class of 2016 to commemorate the completion of the cohort’s first year as Acumen Fellows. Keynoted by Acumen President, Carlyle Singer, the event brought together Acumen community members from across Pakistan and showcased the leadership journeys of these 21 dynamic social change-makers. [Read More]

Reflections on Skoll Forum: A call for leadership

Having trained as a Biomedical Research Scientist for over 7 years, transitioning into the social innovation space comes with its advantages of being unlimited by preconceived notions. Attending the parallel conferences of Oxford Jam and the plenary sessions of the Skoll Forum this year, I could feel a difference. Even just being in the presence of Nobel Peace Laureates Muhammad Yunus and Kofi Annan, was quite a unique experience, a mix of inspiration and reality. That is not to say medical professionals cannot provide both; in fact, I had a warm reminder of the overlap during the Skoll plenary session when Richard Jefferson, a molecular biologist who has won several awards for his social entrepreneurial ventures, highlighted how the human DNA is hard-wired to innovate but there are only about half a dozen “novel discoveries” out there. He emphasized the greater need for problem solvers than innovators to transform existing models to help alleviate poverty. This was a notion that was echoed by Jacqueline Novogratz who eloquently articulated where Chapter 2 of the Impact Investing story needs to go. She identified that in Chapter 1, social innovators focused rightly on the experimentation phase and that Chapter 2 is about moving  on to the next rung of the ladder: Leadership. [Read More]