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Acumen India Director Sachin Rudra with Chief Innovation Officer, Sasha Dichter, presenting during a morning Deep Dive session

Photos: Investor Gathering 2012

Last week Acumen Fund held its annual Investor Gathering, a chance for our partner community to come together to hear updates on our work here at Acumen.  It is a day filled with learning, sharing, collaborating, and of course, a little celebrating.  It is a time of great change and enormous opportunity at Acumen, and we are so grateful for everyone who has supported our work over the last 11 years. Thank you.

Below are a few highlights from the day (all photos by Jonathan Lantz).

Acumen India Director, Sachin Rudra with Chief Innovation Officer, Sasha Dichter, talk during a morning Deep Dive session.

Advisor Seth Godin and Catherine Casey, Global Expansion Manager, taking part in a morning Deep Dive session on building customer trust.

Farrukh Khan, Pakistan Director; Duncan Onyango, East Africa Director; Ashifi Gogo, CEO of Sproxil; and Shuaib Siddiqui, Deputy CIO, discuss how to scale social enterprises.

Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO, talks about innovation and the Blueprint to Scale report to kick off the Investor Gathering.

Jacqueline Novogratz presents the "State of Acumen" to our partner community.

West Africa Director, Godfrey Mwindaare, talks about the potential of agriculture and entrepreneurship in West Africa.

The Class of 2013 Global Fellows give a moving presentation about their values and goals for the year.

Sara Mitaru and Ramadhan Obiero get the audience dancing with a musical performance.

Investment Committee member, Peter Cain; Sachin Rudra, India Director; Bruce Robertson, CEO of GADC; and Business Development Manager, Megan Beck chat at the cocktail reception.

The partner community, staff, Fellows, and Chapter leaders gather in celebration after the Investor Gathering.

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