The future depends on a new breed of leader, ready to solve the world’s most challenging problems.

Passion and purpose will only take you so far. Leaders need the right mix of values, skills, and experience.

Leadership Model

Acumen leaders possess a combination of financial expertise, operational expertise, and that special something we call “moral imagination.”

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Our Leadership Programs

Do you want to step up to make a change in the world? Our leadership programs provide more than skills training. They are an opportunity to dig deep into your vision, your purpose, and your self-knowledge. They bring together like-minded individuals who are as hungry as you are to change the way the world tackles poverty.

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Global Fellows Program

A full-time one-year fellowship. 10-12 individuals from all over the world spend two months in New York undergoing intensive leadership training, followed by nine months working with one of Acumen’s portfolio companies.

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Regional Fellows Program

A one-year fellowship currently offered in East Africa, Pakistan or India. 20 individuals in each region participate in intensive seminars and training exercises to improve their capacity to execute on a social change project of their choosing. Participants remain in their full-time jobs while in the program.

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+Acumen

We created +Acumen to give people a meaningful way to “add Acumen” to their lives. +Acumen makes our leadership curriculum available to anyone, globally. Learn through online courses, volunteer through our chapters, or apply to lead a new chapter in your city.

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The Future Depends on a New Breed of Leader

More than 100 Fellows and thousands of +Acumen members representing a powerful global community working on the world’s toughest problems.

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-Shafqat Iqbal

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-Prerit Rana

“I was first drawn to Acumen’s model of empowering, sustainable change. Since I’ve joined I’ve realized that we’re not just supporting change, we’re building the bridge between resources and meaningful impact.”

-Teri Norton

New York, USA

“Isfundiar is the Program Director of the Imran Khan Foundation (IKF).”

-Isfundiar Kasuri

“Evelyn is from Kampala, Uganda and is the Country Director of Solar Sister”

-Evelyn Namara

“Julio is the Chief Operating Officer of Nuru Energy, a social enterprise that produces and distributes low-cost lanterns that are rechargeable through pedal generators.”

-Julio De Souza

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-KWEKU BEDU – ADDO

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-Naomi Inoue

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-LINDA MUKANGOGA

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-RAHMATULLAH TURK

“+Acumen Chapters & Courses provide means for leadership development and community engagement for everyone around the world. Seeing those people influencing the lives of others has been truly inspirational.”

-Tomoko Matsukawa

New York, USA

“Peter Goldmark currently works as an independent consultant in the areas of philanthropy, environmental policy, international affairs and development, and organizational development in the social change field.”

-Peter Goldmark

“Asim is the Director of the Technology for the People Initiative (TPI).”

-Asim Fayaz

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-Nadaa Taiyab

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-Mohammad Kamran Awan

“The fellowship helped me see the world from a different angle - an angle the corporate world is not used to, but which is so important in order to make the world a better place.”

-Abbas Akhtar

Lahore, Pakistan

“Acumen has given me a new lens, built on moral imagination, through which to view the world and the community and tools to make a contribution. To change the way the world tackles poverty takes all of us.”

-Marica Rizzo

New York, USA

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-VINI PATHAK

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-Oliver Dalizu

“I strongly believe Acumen is redefining how to create positive and inclusive impact for all—through choice, not charity.”

-LiAnn Ishizuka

New York, USA

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-Gerald Otim

“Zeba is the Regional Program Director of DI”

-Zeba Shafi

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-Saad Latif

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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-Ishira Mehta

“William is the Senior Partner of Park Avenue Equity Partners, a private equity firm. Previously, Mr. Mayer was a professor and Dean of the College of Business and Management at the University of Maryland.”

-William E. Mayer

“Adnan is the Founder and CEO of IdeaCentricity”

-Adnan Khawaja

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-Eda Esilaba

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-Janemary Ruhundwa

“Unlike typical philanthropic models which tend to just alleviate social problems, Acumen goes a step further by investing in viable and sustainable solutions and the people brave enough to carry them out.”

-Farwah Shariff

Karachi, Pakistan

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-SHRAVAN KUMAR JHA

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-Ramakrishna NK

“I had a chance to interact with a different kind of philanthropy, one that seeks to reach out to people in need without comprising their dignity. This makes true giving conceivable.”

-Pauline Wanja

Nairobi, Kenya

“Many are called, but few are chosen.”

-Godfrey Mwindaare

Accra, Ghana

“Leaders aren't usually the best swimmers out there, but are always the first few to take the risk of crossing river. Acumen has taught me that leading the change is worth the risk.”

-Waqas Ali

Lahore, Pakistan

“At Acumen we believe in a world of possibilities; where there are equal opportunities for the poor in which they can have a chance for a sustainable livelihood that restores their dignity. It is the drive and desire to change how the world tackles poverty that makes me proud to be part of Acumen.”

-Mary Nduta

NAIROBI, KENYA

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-David Lehr

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-EVODIUS GERVAS

“Acumen tries to recognize the way the world is, and doesn’t settle for what it sees in a very real, gritty, and tenacious way.”

-Esha Mufti

New York, USA

“Acumen’s leadership stems, paradoxically, from its ability to engage, inspire and empower others to take the lead in tackling global poverty. That’s a pretty special thing. ”

-Matt Doup

New York, USA

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

-Karuna Jain

Mumbai, India

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-TERESA NJOROGE

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-ANITA YADAV

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-Bob Collymore

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-Lucy Mukuria

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-David Gatwech Lok

“The journey at Acumen has been one of (re)discovering the significance of generosity and humility in being a leader, and the power of audacity and integrity in making dreams come true.”

-Ambika Singh Sampat

London, England

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

-Nishant Advani

Mumbai, India

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

-Dennis Otieno

NAIROBI, KENYA

“John is the Executive Director of Junior Achievement in Kenya.”

-John Wali

“What appeals to me most about Acumen's experiment is that it is working!”

-Catherine Casey Nanda

San Francisco, USA

“Diana Barrett, President of the Fledgling Fund, founded Fledgling in 2005 after a long career at Harvard University, where she taught in both the Harvard Business School and the School of Public Health.”

-Diana Barrett

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-Meghan Simkins

“Wambui is from Nairobi, Kenya and is the National Treasurer of the Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists' and Dentists Union (KMPPDU).”

-Wambui Waithaka

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-Keely Stevenson

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-John Mundy

Sogakope, Ghana

“Zaffar A. Khan is Chairman, Acumen Pakistan and serves on several boards including the State Bank of Pakistan, Unilever Pakistan, and Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy.”

-Zaffar A. Khan

“The Acumen approach is at once profoundly idealistic and grounded in realism, which I feel is what allows us as an organization to tackle the problems of poverty creatively, yet systematically.”

-Zachary Foreman

New York, USA

“Paul Polman is Chief Executive Officer of Unilever Global. Under his leadership Unilever has set out an ambitious vision to double its size while reducing its overall environmental footprint and increasing its positive social impact.”

-Paul Polman

“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”

-Sachindra Rudra

New York, USA

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-Jenpu Rongmei

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-Vitalis Kahendah

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-Virgilio Barco

Bogota, Colombia

“I believe that we have a chance to build a world in which all human beings can live with dignity, freedom and choice. It starts with imagining that world and then working together.”

-Jacqueline Novogratz

New York, USA

“Acumen’s model levels the playing field. It blurs the lines between beneficiary and grantor, puts focus back on human dignity and ensures we can work together to change how the world tackles poverty.”

-Priyanka Bhasin

New York, USA

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-Arun Korati

“Mashall is the Founder and Director of Operations of Reading Room Project”

-Mashall Chaudhri

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-LAILA MACHARIA

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-Cristina Ljungberg

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-Susan Omanga

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-ANTHONY MUKUNDI KINYUA

“As our world keeps changing, I’m inspired by Acumen’s thoughtfulness and commitment in charting a new way forward for social impact.”

-Jian Li Zheng

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.”

-Meghan Curran

New York, USA

“Hital is from Nairobi, Kenya and is the Corporate Affairs Manager of CISCO”

-Hital Muraj

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-Sophia Ahmed

New York, USA

“Mark Malloch-Brown is Chairman of Europe, Middle East and Africa, FTI Consulting, and previously served as a Minister in Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s cabinet, where he had particular responsibility for strengthening relationships with Africa and Asia and the international system.”

-Lord Mark Malloch-Brown

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-Justus Kilian

Gulu, Uganda

“Nothing is more motivating than working towards a big dream, to change the way the world tackles poverty, and how, in a million ways, we are making progress towards that dream.”

-Yasmina Zaidman

New York, USA

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-POULOMI PAL

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-Joanna Harries

“Patricia is the Managing Director of GrowthAfrica Capital.”

-Patricia Leila Jumi

“He is former Co-Head of the Goldman Sachs Global Securities Division where he sat on the firm's Management Committee as well as the Firmwide Risk Committee, Business Practices Committee and Finance Committee.”

-David B. Heller

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-DERRICK MUTURI KINYUA

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-DENIS PATO

“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.”

-Ajit Mahadevan

Mumbai, India

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-Kirti Vardhana

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-Jonathan Mativo

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-FAISAL KHAN

“Committed to helping others and envisioning a world without poverty, I am inspired by Acumen’s mission of transforming lives in a progressive and dignified manner affecting the destiny of others in a most profound and meaningful way.”

-Christine Ray

New York, USA

“Acumen inspires me to believe in sustainable solutions to systemic problems, the power of markets to create change, and a world filled with dignity and choice.”

-Alanna Miyajima

New York, USA

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-Sachin Gathani

“Charles is the Founder & Director of EcoPost.”

-Charles Kalama

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-BILLENE SEYOUM WOLDEYES

“It’s really inspiring and energizing to meet so many amazing individuals committed to creating a better world. Being able to learn and grow with them is true privilege.”

-Jo-Ann Tan

San Francisco, USA

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-IRUM SHAIKH

“Acumen taught me that as much as we should be driven to find the answers, we must ask and live the tough questions knowing that the answers are not easy nor will they come easily.”

-Suraj Sudhakar

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-Arianna Huffington

“Humanity faces increasingly complex challenges. Capital and technical resources are necessary to experiment, adapt and eventually build sustainable solutions. Acumen is building that ecosystem.”

-Justus Kilian

New York, USA

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-JAMES ODEDE

“Imran is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Rabtt”

-Imran Sarwar

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-Ramakrishnan Hariharan

“Carlyle joined Acumen in March of 2013, as Chief Operating Officer, responsible for Acumen’s core operating activities. ”

-Carlyle Singer

New York, USA

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-Mohammad Umar Ashfaq

Lahore, Pakistan

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-Suzuka Kobayakawa

Lagos, Nigeria

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-Billow Hassan

“Robert is from Nyeri, Kenya and is the Manager of Jitunze Environmental Group.”

-Robert Wanjohi

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-Abhilasha Sinha

“I learn to see and treat each individual as a complex being with emotions, struggles and hopes. ”

-Christina Tang

Accra, Ghana

“Self-discovery, deepening of maturity, sharpening of tools and expansion of network – what an amazing experience! It is liberating to know that I am not normal but I am sane.”

-Marion Moon

Nairobi, Kenya

“I believe that charity is not a permanent solution to poverty in Pakistan and Acumen’s business-oriented model to tackle poverty in Pakistan is the right approach.”

-Syed Umair Hussain

Karachi, Pakistan

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-Mubarik Imam

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-KOUSHIK YANAMANDRAM

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-VISHISHTA SAM

“I am motivated by Acumen’s ability to hire extremely bright individuals who are passionate about the same mission and willing to take calculated risks to always take our work to the next level.”

-Nancy Leon

New York, USA

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-OSMAN HANEEF

“You will never know what you are capable of unless you try. Be brave enough to be vulnerable and humble. Accept who you truly are, yet always strive to know yourself better. ”

-Raseel Sehmi

Vancouver, Canada

“Acumen's values resonate with my personal values and this has made me more and more accountable with what I do. It is an honour to work with Acumen.”

-Manoj Kumar Vastari

Mumbai, India

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-KHIZR IMRAN TAJAMMUL

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-Habib Ur Rahman

“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.”

-Shruti Srivastava

Mumbai, India

“Ken is from Nairobi, Kenya and is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of eMobilis.”

-Ken Mwenda Gikunda

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-SHALMALI RADHA KARNAD

“Edward is a Senior Business Advisor at TechnoServe Uganda, where he is leading the “Consolidating The Gains” project.”

-Edward Agaba

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-John Sebastian MJ

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-Abhijeet Barse

“Ramadhan is the Director of the “We Are Watching You” project which engages communities through music and performances.”

-Ramadhan Obiero

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-Nicolas Guillen

Nairobi, Kenya

“I am in service of building stronger, more inclusive communities that help us effectively address today's big, systemic challenges, like poverty and climate change.”

-Ame Igharo

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-Tricia Morente

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-Cherian Joseph

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-Collins Mugodo

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-MOHSIN ALI MUSTAFA

“Faith is from Nairobi, Kenya and is the Director of Operations of Jacaranda Health.”

-Faith Muigai

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-Asim Janjua

Bahawalpur City, Pakistan

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-Yehia Houry

“I support Acumen's model because it champions the catalytic power of entrepreneurship and innovation, and ultimately exists to promote individual agency across the globe.”

-Sean Moore

New York, USA

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-Daniel Tulibagenyi

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-Tamsin Chislett

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-Shamim Akhtar

“The fellowship provided me an opportunity to get to know some talented young people with creative ideas about how to solve problems of the marginalized communities of Pakistan. ”

-Muhammad Saeed Khan

Islamabad, Pakistan

“Julienne is from Kigali, Rwanda and is the Co-Founder and Global Chief of Operations of Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE).”

-Julienne Ingabire

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-PARABAL PARTAP SINGH

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-Yuliya Tarasava

Nairobi, Kenya

“For me, "patient capital" has transformed from a buzz phrase to something I see creating real value. At d.light, I realize that we're not only providing lights to people, but hope.”

-Mustapha Abokede

Lagos, Nigeria

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-Bavidra Mohan

“Colonel Patrick Tierney is the Director of Aviation Freeport McMoRan”

-Colonel Patrick E. Tierney

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-AMBER HAROON SAIGOL

“The Acumen model embraces and celebrates individual strengths and weaknesses, weaving a beautiful tapestry of talent that seeks, awakens, empowers and inspires stories of dignity.”

-Minayo Sagala

Nairobi, Kenya

“I am in service of creating a world where markets and capital work for us and where social entrepreneurs and traditional companies compete to deliver a bigger social impact.”

-Javier Olaguibel

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-Winnie Ouko

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-Karthik Janakiraman

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-Olawale (Wale) Ajiboye

Lagos, Nigeria

“Abraham is the Founder & Managing Director of KiBO Foundation.”

-Abraham Temu

“Katie Hill leads renewable energy and climate change work at Apple Inc, and is currently launching an ambitious program to convert Apple's...”

-Katie Hill

“Milton has been actively involved in enterprise development in Africa and Europe since 1995, with emphasis on nurturing innovative entrepreneurial ventures through provision of early- stage funding and business mentoring support. ”

-Milton Lore

“Margo served as Board Chair for nine years of Acumen's first decade and continues to work with the organization as Chair Emeritus and Chairman of the Social Impact Investing Committee.”

-Margo Alexander (Chair Emeritus)

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-ENGIDAWORK LEMMA

“Acumen’s model offers an impactful way to contribute to positive change in the world; investing in companies working to deliver choice & dignity through products & services to those living in poverty.”

-Kat Harrison

London, England

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-Henry Chim

Lahore, Pakistan

“Naeem is the Founder and CEO of Frontier Rural Development Program ”

-Naeem Wazir

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-Achyutha Sharma

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-Prerak Mehta

“Acumen’s focus on building a world based on dignity through creative though tangible solutions is why I am so passionate about working here.”

-Amrita Bhandari

New York, USA

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-MUHAMMAD OWAIS RANA

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-Kibret Abebe Tuffa

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-Abbas Dadla

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-MARYAM CHEEMA

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-Rupal Nayar

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-MALATHY M

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-Asad Ali Shah

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-Nicole Orillac

“Ultimately, the big question is: how do we change the whole game in the fight on global poverty? ”

-Sasha Dichter

New York, USA

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-Richard Zulu

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-Jan Piercy (Advisor Emeritus)

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-Vikram Sahu

“Syed Babar Ali is a Pakistani businessman, philanthropist and former Finance Minister of Pakistan. ”

-Syed Babar Ali (Advisor Emeritus)

“Tori joined Acumen in April 2016 as an Innovation Associate. Prior to Acumen, she worked at the Legal Aid Society, representing low-income immigrants in New York in their immigration cases.”

-Tori Klein

New York, USA

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-Muhammad Sabir

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-Shoaib Iqbal

“Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley is Senior Advisor for Special Initiatives to the Secretary.”

-Ambassador Elizabeth Bagley

“Maryam is the Director of the Social Innovation Lab at LUMS”

-Maryam Mohiuddin Ahmed

“One only dreams about the abundant value Acumen is creating for each of its stakeholders, and here I have a chance to be part of the change, drive it and live it every day!”

-Ushnisha Ghosh

Mumbai, India

“Our core values (generosity, accountability, humility, audacity, listening, leadership, integrity, respect) allow us to go far as we go together to build dignity.”

-Ronald Joe

New York, USA

“If any organization is going to make a serious and lasting dent in our world’s biggest problems, it’s going to be Acumen.”

-Sabrina Dupré

New York, USA

“Boniface is the Project Director of Picha Mtaani.”

-Boniface Mwangi

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-Ashweetha Shetty

“Chris Anderson is the curator of the TED Conference, a conference that explores the power of ideas to make a difference in the world”

-Chris Anderson

“Day after day, I take three steps forward and two steps back. Frustrating, but I embrace this journey as I can get stronger only by falling down, getting back up again, and repeat.”

-Junko Tashiro

Sogakope, Ghana

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-Kanan Dhru

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-ASHOK MOHINANI

“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”

-Molly Alexander

London, England

“Soiya is the Founder and Executive Director of “We The Change” Foundation.”

-Soiya Gecaga

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-Jyotirmoy Chatterji

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-Raghav Raghunathan

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-Prabir Talati

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-Dr. Rajat Chabba

“The problems that Acumen is trying to solve are some of the most interesting, most important problems in the world. ”

-Seth Godin

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-MILLICENT OBARE

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-ARHAN BEZBORA

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-Yousef Alguwaifli

“"Dignity is having the self-reliance to dream and live the seemingly impossible."”

-Javed Cheema

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-Stephanie Speirs

Gurgaon, India

“What stands out to me about Acumen’s model is its audacity: supporting daring entrepreneurs in some of the world’s most challenging business contexts.”

-Kasia Stochniol

London, UK

“Kerry J. Sulkowicz, M.D. is the founder and Managing Principal of Boswell Group LLC, a CEO advisory firm.”

-Kerry J. Sulkowicz

“Bryan Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. Mr. Stevenson is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. ”

-Bryan Stevenson

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-Daniel R. Toole

“Acumen is a group of passionate people working in a creative environment to solve the problem of poverty. It's a privilege to be a part of this movement. ”

-Jacqui Papineau

Mumbai, India

“Accelerating the rate of innovation enabled by Acumen’s commitment to developing companies, leaders and ideas to focus on lifting the lives of the poor will enable our vision of a more inclusive and empowered world.”

-Naeem Zamindar

Karachi, Pakistan

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-Jon Yates

“Acumen connects me to a global community, and promotes respect for and listening to that community. It tests my craft and judgment by insisting on accountability and innovation. ”

-Lynn Roland

New York, USA

“Herbert is from Nairobi, Kenya and is the Chief Marketing Officer of Virtual Group”

-Herbert Thuo

“Abid is the President of Nawabshah Disability Forum ”

-Abid Lashari

“Leaders need vision: this is a starting point. They also need pragmatism and resolve to see change through. The fellowship cultivates our visions, and trains us to enable change.”

-Tayeb Noorbhai

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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-Anthony Mulli

“Joan is the Regional Director for the COFTA.”

-Joan Wangui Karanja

“Niko Canner is in the process of starting a new firm, focused on the theory and practice of human enterprise: how people achieve their purposes, individually and collectively.”

-Niko Canner

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-Sikandar M. Khan

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-HAYA ZAHID

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-Samia Razaq Khan

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-SAAD HAMID

“Fundamentally, Acumen is different from the rest of the sector. It’s innovative & it tries to take risk and tries to fund companies that actually are changing the way business is done.”

-Ali J. Siddiqui

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-Calvince Okello

“I’m in service of ensuring that I make a real contribution with all of the experience, education and skills that I have, towards a better world where future global citizens will flourish!”

-Lorenn Ruster

“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.”

-Festus Amoyaw

Accra, Ghana

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-Vimal Kumar

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-Krupa Patel

“Shahid is the Founder of Interfaith Youth in Action (IYA).”

-Shahid Rehmat

“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.”

-Jhoomer Sinha

Mumbai, India

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-Paula Hernandez

Mumbai, India

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-REKIK BEKELE

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-Dr. Myma Belo-Osagie

“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.”

-Martin Leboo

Nairobi, Kenya

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-Elizabeth Maina

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-Sapna Surendran

“Joseph is the CEO of Renewable Energy Ventures, which produces and distributes affordable solar lanterns.”

-Joseph Nganga

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-Salma Chaudhry

“I have learned to work with uncertainty within and around me.”

-R Michael Craig

New Delhi, India

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-Speciosa Mbula Nguku 

“Mohammad Ahsan is the Executive Director of Rural Development Project ”

-Mohammad Ahsan

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-Sanjukta Das

“Acumen constantly challenges me to rethink my engagement with the world and how to shape solutions for a future worth fighting for.”

-Jessica Martin

New York, USA

“The environment, my colleagues, and the discourse at Acumen has reinvigorated me internally and intellectually, motivating me to do the hard work everyday.”

-Farrukh H Khan

London, UK

“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.”

-Lawrence Riungu

Kenya, Africa

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-María López

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-Vinay Shah

“All of us have a right to basic services. Acumen invests in businesses that strive to make this possible.”

-Yusra Gilani

Karachi, Pakistan

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-GOPAL GARG

“Fahad is a Project Manager with Basic Education and Employable Skills Training ”

-Fahad Afridi

“Thulasiraj Ravilla is Executive Director of Aravind Eye Care System, the largest eye care facility in the world. ”

-Thulasiraj Ravilla

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-JAMES NGANGA WARUIRU

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-NEEL SHAH

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-JOSEPH OWINO

“Jonathan Haidt is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He received his B....”

-Jon Haidt

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-Brad Rosenberg

“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.”

-Amon Anderson

San Francisco, USA

“Being born and raised in the third world, I strongly believe that Acumen's approach of investing in social enterprises are one of the key steps to create a world beyond poverty.”

-Sushmita Bhandari

New York, USA

“Surkhab is the Chief Operating Officer of PAKSBAB.”

-Surkhab Khan

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-SYED MUHAMMAD OVAIS YAZDANI

“Wangikuyu is the Marketing Coordinator for Kickstart International.”

-Wagikuyu Miring'u

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-Chikako Fujita

“With data we learn how our investing works, where and why, to help our companies penetrate deeper into their markets, creating more delightful and impactful products for their customers.”

-Tom Adams

London, England

“Acumen, both as an organization and as a collection of individuals, excels at breaking down colossal, world-changing ideas into nitty-gritty, down-to-earth solutions.”

-Emily Wilson

New York, USA

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-Birikit Terefe Tiruneh

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-Bahram Vakil

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-Luis Lopez Martinelli

Nairobi, Kenya

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-Jean Chrysostome Rindiro

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-Lewitt Somarajan

“Nathan Laurell is the founder and Managing Partner of New Frontier Holdings, an investment firm focused on sustainable energy and agriculture.”

-Nathan Laurell

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-ROMANA A. MBINYA

“In more than three decades as a change agent, Katherine Fulton has been a journalist, teacher, entrepreneur, philanthropist, convener, strategist, advisor, leader and citizen.”

-Katherine Fulton (Advisory Chair)

San Francisco, USA

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-Ashish Shrivastava

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-Kwasi Atuah

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-Dennis Ochieng

“The Good Society readings inspired me to be more committed to the institutionalization of core governance principles, such as sound public policy, liberty and the rule of law.”

-William Lochi

Juba, The Republic of South Sudan

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-Charu Chadha

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-Ayeleen Ajanee Saleh

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-Aliyah Kurji

Nairobi, Kenya

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-LEENA TALPUR

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-Tammy Warren

Tigray, Ethiopia

“Our model has changed the way we see ourselves as part of the solution; as customers, as investors and as partners. Learning more together than we could have imagined.”

-Carla Culos

New York, USA

“Through the Fellowship, I've had to step out of my comfort zone and go the extra mile to appreciate the power of risk taking and achieving things which I could never imagine before.”

-Mohammed Fahim Shelot

Kitale, Kenya

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-Shahab Siddiqi

“My fellowship was crucial; I have the courage to start my enterprise, honing my leadership style in training and experience at GADC and supported by my cohort and Acumen family”

-Natalie Grillon

Gulu, Uganda

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-James Kassaga Arinaitwe

Bangalore, India

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-DEMELASH BEKELE DEBERE

“Mr. Stewart has over 25 years of experience in various aspects of ownership and management in commercial and residential real estate and development.”

-Rob Stewart

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-Kamanda Kamiri

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-Vikki Tam

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-S. Deepak Kumar

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-Muhammad Zahoor

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-SULEIMAN SHIFAW

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-SARA KHURRAM

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-Suhani Mohan

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-Syed Zaid Bin Rashid

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-Faith Nafula Wafula

“Dignity is the right of all individuals to be treated with equality and respect regardless of their background, color, social status, sexual orientation, gender, income or any other social determinants.”

-Ajay Sharma

“My radical idea is to ensure the success of small to medium enterprises for they are an excellent tool to fight unemployment and poverty. ”

-Tafadzwa Chiganga

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-Manjushree Patil

“Sarah is the Project Manager of WelTel.”

-Sarah Karanja

Nairobi, Kenya

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-Zubyr Soomro

“Tim Brown is CEO and president of IDEO. ”

-Tim Brown

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-Sunru Yong

“My radical idea of hope is investing our lessons from the past and the facts of our present to build a future for every human being.”

-Lujain Al Ubaid

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-Ishan Patel

Mumbai, India

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-Judith Owigar

“Stuart has been working with and investing in early stage companies for over 20 years.”

-Stuart Davidson

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-Mario Ferro

“Educator and activist, Jill Iscol, Ed.D, is President of the IF Hummingbird Foundation, a family foundation established in 1989 to support domestic and international efforts to strengthen democracy and reduce the social, economic, and educational inequalities that threaten it.”

-Jill Iscol

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-Amit Gupta

“Acumen is challenging the world’s status quo-allowing people to gain choice, dignity and hope in building their own futures. This is what excites me about being part of the team.”

-Loise Nduati

NAIROBI, KENYA

“I am in service of those people in the world whose potential is systemically constrained simply because of geography.”

-Mina Shahid

“Acumen’s model is about making markets work for the BoP, which is the segment often most severely affected by market failures in the developing world.”

-Khubaib Siddiqui

Lahore, Pakistan

“Antony is the Former CEO of Barclays. Previously, he was Chief Executive of Barclays Retail and Business Banking business, a position he held from November 2009. ”

-Antony Jenkins

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-Jon Stever

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-LEZO PUTSURE

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-Janet Aika Matemu

“Acumen realizes that nothing can be accomplished without listening to and learning from the people impacted by the world’s greatest problems. Only by unlocking the potential inside every individual will we create a world of opportunity, inclusivity and dignity.”

-Carolyn Bielfeldt

New York, USA

“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.”

-Asad Jafri

Karachi, Pakistan

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-Brenda Wambui

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-Leonard Imanishimwe

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-Dr. Joyce Aryee

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-DANIYAL ALVI

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-Uthara Narayanan

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-HIRA BATOOL RIZVI

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-Heidi Krauel-Patel

“I'm deeply driven by Acumen’s investing principles - Social Impact, Innovation, Scalability & Financial Sustainability. I strongly support market solutions and dignity, not dependence.”

-Abhay Garg

Mumbai, India

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-Neha Pandya

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-Caren Wakoli

“Sameen is the Project Manager of Zara Sochiye.”

-Sameen Shahid

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-Syed Usman Hamdani

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-Satoko Okamoto

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-Wangari Muchoki

“Irfan is the Founder & Lead Partner of Karibu Homes.”

-Irfan Keshavjee

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-John Collery

Uttarakhand, India

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-Joram Gichuki

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-SHRUTHI RANGANATH IYER

“Acumen harnesses the entrepreneurial spirit by putting people first and making social impact investments aimed at reducing poverty.”

-Kimathi Ikiao

Nairobi, Kenya

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-Farrokh K. Captain

“Daniyal is the CEO of KaroKuc”

-Daniyal Noorani

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-Kennedy Oloo

“Chris currently works for the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition.”

-Chris Walker

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-Joanne Schneider

Nairobi, Kenya

“Sarah is the Founder and Director of LettuceBee Kids”

-Sarah Adeel

“Ahsan Jamil joined Arif and Fayeeza Naqvi in August 2008 to set up the Aman Foundation as Chief Executive Officer and a Founding Trustee.”

-Ahsan Jamil

“Genet is a Legal Manager in Acumen’s New York office. In this role, she oversees deals and compliance for West Africa and Latin America, and manages various contracts and grant-related agreements for Acumen.”

-Genet Berhane

New York, USA

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-Eric Berkowitz

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-Bryan Farris

“Acumen calls for us to be leaders who do what is right and not what is easy. With such thinking, I believe that we can transform our lives and also transform the lives of the people around us hence being a positive change agent.”

-Beatrice Onyango

NAIROBI, KENYA

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-Carlos Rodriguez Pastor

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-Tabinda Baig

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-Estelle Akofoi–Sowah

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-Neeladri Bora

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-AJITA VIDYARTHI

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-Wendy Wallace

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-Baheirah Khusheim

Hyderabad, India

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-Samuel Azout

“Usman is the Executive Director of the M.H.Sufi Foundation”

-Usman Sufi

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-Shahzad Akbar

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-Kahabi Isangula

“Resilience and moral imagination are key in my life. Neither grants nor markets alone will solve poverty but honest engagement with the very people whose problems am solving.”

-Patricia Jumi

Nairobi, Kenya

“The power of Acumen's model is using markets to address the problems of poverty, but the lasting impact of Acumen’s work is creating the dignity of choice among the poor.”

-Shuaib Siddiqui

New York, USA

“Sadeesh Raghavan was Managing Director at Accenture where he ran their Products (Manufacturing & Distribution) practice across North and South Asia Pacific and, most recently all their India businesses.”

-Sadeesh Raghavan

“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”

-Santiago Melo

Bogota, Colombia

“Anand Giridharadas is an author and New York Times columnist. He writes the “Admit One” column for The Times’s arts pages, and the “Letter from America” for its global edition. He is the author, most recently, of “The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas,” about a Muslim immigrant’s campaign to spare from Texas’s Death Row the white supremacist who tried to kill him.”

-Anand Giridharadas

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-Neha Kale

“I am inspired by Acumen's commitment to moving beyond the status quo, challenging conventional solutions to global poverty, and pioneering a new approach with powerful results.”

-Ashley Speyer

New York, USA

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-Milton Lore

“Imran is the leader of a number of organizations including Dugdugi.”

-Imran Nafees Siddiqui

“Herbert is from Kigali, Rwanda and is an Analyst with KZ Noir”

-Herbert Mugume

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-Rajanthi Manivannan

Nairobi, Kenya

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-MOHAMMAD SAAD ARSHAD

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-Sophie Forbes

“I never knew I had this much potential; it has been a moment of learning and self discovery, great inspiration and encouragement, every leader needs this for progress in our time.”

-Joachim Ewechu

Kampala, Uganda

“Martin is from Gulu, Uganda and is the Gulu District Local Government Chairperson, where he serves as the political head of the Gulu district”

-Martin Ojara Mapenduzi

“Asad is the Co-Fonder and Managing Director of the Social Innovation Desk.”

-Asad Ayub

“Acumen's core business is inextricable from its core values. To me, Acumen demonstrates the power of a vision whose execution is dependent upon listening to those it serves.”

-Rohit Gawande

Nairobi, Kenya

“Allen Grossman was appointed a Harvard Business School Professor of Management Practice in July 2000.”

-Allen Grossman (Advisor Emeritus)

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-ERFAAN HUSSEIN BABAK

“Abubakr is the Chief Coordinator of Akhuwat.”

-Abubakr Siddique

“There is no better accomplishment in life than reaching down to lift others up.”

-Kitty Okyere

Accra, Ghana

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-Rutendo Change

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-DILIP KUMAR PATTUBALA

“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”

-Duncan Onyango

Nairobi, Kenya

“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.”

-Avinash Mishra

Mumbai, India

“Being associated with Acumen as well as witnessing the work in action towards creating a world beyond poverty makes me believe that dreams do not work unless you do.”

-Veena Shetty

Mumbai, India

“Peter Cain is a Managing Director at Ambac Assurance Corp.”

-Peter Cain

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-R Ramaraj

“Joseph E. Stiglitz is University Professor at Columbia University, the winner of the 2001 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics, and a lead author of the 1995 IPCC report, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.”

-Joseph E. Stiglitz

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-Josephat Byaruhanga

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-PADAM JAIN

“People are our central resource in the fight against poverty. Acumen envisions people as assets and complements their efforts with patient capital & creative energy.”

-Amy Ahearn

San Francisco, USA

“Rabia is the Managing Director of SunShine.”

-Rabia Habib

“I believe in the Acumen model because it embraces innovation, strives for sustainable impact and above all, puts human dignity at the forefront of its mission to tackle poverty.”

-Erik Ornitz

New York, USA

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-Jocelyn Wyatt

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-ASGHAR KHAN

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-WANJIKU MBUGUA

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-SHEHRBANO RAZA RIZVI

“George is from Zanzibar, Tanzania and is the Project Coordinator of Zanzibar Initiative for Youth Association (ZIFYA)”

-George Mkwaya

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-Sule Amadu

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-QASIM ASLAM

“Maria Popova is a reader and a writer, and writes about what she reads on Brain Pickings, which is included in the Library of Congress archive of culturally valuable materials.”

-Maria Popova

“Ahmad is the Coordinator for the Global Citizen Corps (GCC) Youth Leadership Program.”

-Ahmad Zeb

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-Kathleen Berroth

Sogakope, Ghana

“Stephen is the Chief Accountant at Juhudi Kilimo, which provides financial services to rural smallholder farmers.”

-Stephen Mutai

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-Christine Gitau

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-Khuram Hussain

“Mohammad is a Director at the Institute for Development Studies & Practices (IDSP).”

-Mohammad Sadiq

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-Adedotun Eyinade

Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania

“David Okello is the General Manager of Coast Coconut Farms.”

-David Okello

“Fahad is a Project Manager at Karachi Relief Trust”

-Fahad Asadullah

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-AARON KIRUNDA

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-Havi Murungi

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-Adrien Couton

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-Sarah Dimson

“Dignity is knowing you have the freedom and opportunity to live your life as you wish and on your own terms without having to depend on anyone else for the right to equal opportunity.”

-Navin Muruga

“Acumen isn’t afraid to be pushed beyond its limits. Taking risks and learning from each imperfect experience drives Acumen to be innovative in its approach to tackling poverty and creative in finding new pathways to change.”

-Eleanor Murphy

New York, USA

“It takes more than passion and smarts and a good business model for a social entrepreneur to succeed. Most of all it takes guts and unshakeable commitment.”

-Nicole Iden

Nairobi, Kenya

“While many investors focus solely on profitability, Acumen seeks to understand the social impact that its investments make. I believe this is what society needs most. Indeed it starts with standing with the poor, listening to the voices unheard and recognizing potential where others see despair.”

-Kazi Mghendi

Nairobi, Kenya

“Hope is real. Local solutions can be found with patience.”

-Jay Jaboneta

Lahore, Pakistan

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-Gamuchirai Chituri

“It’s truly inspiring to be part of an organization that sees infinite potential for innovation and leadership where the world sees despair, and whose team’s ambitions are as big as the problems it seeks to tackle.”

-Prerna Khanna

Mumbai, India

“Pat Mitchell is the Senior Advisor of the Paley Center for Media. ”

-Pat Mitchell

“Fareed Zakaria hosts CNN’s flagship foreign affairs show, is Editor-at-Large of TIME Magazine, a Washington Post columnist, and a New York Times bestselling author.”

-Fareed Zakaria

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-Nivi Mukherjee

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-Sarah Matindi

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-Andrea Griffin

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-Bailey (Bahareh) Vaez

Hubli, India

“I am supportive of Acumen’s model because I believe that investments which have potential to improve human condition around the world can create a virtuous cycle of inter-related benefits.”

-Osman Anwar

Karachi, Pakistan

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-Cate Muther (Advisor Emeritus)

“Acumen is unique because it has inspired a far-flung, worldwide ecosystem that is mobilizing to change the way the world tackles poverty.”

-Lindsay Camacho

New York, USA

“Safdar is a Fellow at the Institute for Development Studies & Practices (IDSP).”

-Safdar Hussain

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-Maira Riaz

“Abubaker is the Co-Founder and Director of Village Energy.”

-Abubaker Musuuza

“Rachel is the Co-Founder of Kuweni Serious, which is an online platform that focuses on creating a corps of everyday changemakers.”

-Rachel Gichinga

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-Vasumathi Kothuru

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-Shaiza Rizavi

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-Jawad Aslam

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-Zaffar Khan

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-Ramya Waran

Kigali, Rwanda

“Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG is a Bangladeshi social worker and the founder chairman of BRAC.”

-Sir Fazle Hasan Abed

“Hawah is from Kampala, Uganda and is the Senior Program Coordinator of Educate!”

-Hawah Nabbuye

“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.”

-Noor Ullah

Karachi, Pakistan

“Acumen is reinventing the world of marginalized communities with the power of patient capital. I believe access to economic opportunities enables people to live dignified lives.”

-Prince Akpesey

Accra, Ghana

“Johnson is the Managing Director of Milango Financial Services.”

-Johnson Kithendu

“This is not just another approach towards addressing poverty – it is the radical yet humbling idea of patiently investing where others have overlooked potential.”

-Jo Opot

San Francisco, USA

“Khawaja is the CEO of Tourplanner.pk”

-Khawaja Khalid

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-Ghoncheh Jafarpisheh

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-Ram Barigela

“Seth Berkley is CEO of GAVI Alliance and launched its five year strategy to immunise a quarter of a billion children in the developing world with life-saving vaccines by 2015.”

-Seth Berkley (Advisor Emeritus)

“My radical idea of hope exists in the place where profitable business means making the quality of everyone's life better.”

-Seema Thakker

“Julius is a managing director of D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P. and, as a member of the Executive Committee of D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P. and D. E. Shaw & Co., L.L.C., jointly supervises the group’s worldwide asset management businesses”

-Julius Gaudio

“Dignity is being able to make your own informed choices and having access to opportunities. ”

-Laura Ruiz Diaz

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-MANMOHAN SINGH

“Hunter is the Executive Chairman of Acumen's Investment Committee and a former managing director of Thomas H. Lee Partners, one of the largest private equity firms in the world.”

-C. Hunter Boll

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-KANGABE BÉLISE HATEGEKA

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-SHASHANK KALRA

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-MAHA REHMAN

“Muhammad Ali is an Ashoka Fellow and Founder & Executive Director of Roshni Helpline”

-Muhammad Ali

“The concept of Acumen 'Not simply make grants, but invest in entrepreneurs who have the capability to bring sustainable solution to problems of poverty' very much impressed me.”

-Saleem Ahmed

Karachi, Pakistan

“Felipe Medina leads the Transforming Philanthropy Initiative. The purpose of this initiative is to create a community of strategic philanthropists and to facilitate collaboration and exchanges of best practices and lessons learned with the final objective of increasing the volume of effective social investments.”

-Felipe Medina

“Acumen’s unique approach towards building a world beyond poverty and creating dignity for the poor encourages me to think beyond our limits and do what is right. I get inspired everyday by our extraordinary team and fellows, and feel privileged to be a part of this movement.”

-Saba Mohsin

New York, USA

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-Shane Heywood

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-Swapnil Chaturvedi

“Being the change I want to see in the world can be a difficult challenge. The Acumen Fellowship has provided me with a vibrant support structure and tools to do good and do well.”

-Majala Mlagui

Nairobi, Kenya

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-MUSIMBI KING

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

-Bavidra Mohan

Mumbai, India

“Mr. Kweku Bedu-Addo is Chief Executive of Standard Chartered Bank, Ghana and has over twenty years of experience in the areas of public policy, international development and Banking & Finance. ”

-J. Kweku Bedu-Addo

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-Faiqa Naseem

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-Kaushik K

“There is nothing more rewarding than knowing another person’s life is better because you were there. This is what Acumen is doing the world over – impacting lives and making a difference – and it is amazing to be part of a team that is empowering game-changers and emerging leaders who are driving real change in their communities.”

-Joy Gikandi

Nairobi, Kenya

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-Patrick G. Awuah Jr.

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-Brenda Williams

“George is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Angels Initiative (AI).”

-George William Bakka

Kampala, Uganda

“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. ”

-Patrick Oketa

Nairobi, Kenya

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-Premal Desai

“Susan Meiselas is an American documentary photographer. She has been associated with Magnum Photos since 1976 and a full member since 1980.”

-Susan Meiselas

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-Sanjay Gupta

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-John Tucker

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-Joel Montgomery

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-Selamawit Terefe Tiruneh

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-Arushi Chowdhury Khanna

India

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-Girdhari Bora

“Sumaira is a Program Manager with the Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan Memorial Trust (AHKMT).”

-Sumaira Gul

“Rebecca Eastmond is a Managing Director of J.P. Morgan and heads J.P. Morgan Private Bank’s philanthropy advisory practice for Europe/Middle East/Africa.”

-Rebecca Eastmond

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-Asim Hussnain

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-DR. SRIKANTH MALLADI

“Jamshaid is the Manager Projects at Ansaar Management Company ”

-Jamshaid Cheema

“We came to Acumen looking for answers, yet we found that there is more value in continuing to ask the questions, that these questions often start a much needed conversation.”

-Shahd AlShehail

Bangalore, India

“As President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, she partners with Founder and Chairman Jeff Skoll and heads the organization’s team in identifying and supporting innovators pioneering scalable solutions to global challenges.”

-Sally Osberg

“Acumen believes in building local institutions that endure and sustain, that spread hope and make the impossible, possible.”

-Batool Hassan

New York, USA

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-Eric Kaduru

“Acumen’s endless appetite for supporting bold new ideas is what motivates me to work here. Some succeed, others don’t, but the culture of thoughtfully experimenting stays firmly embedded in the organization’s core.”

-Venu Aggarwal

New York, USA

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-Sathya Raghu

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-Ihitashri Shandilya

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-Benje Williams

“It's inspiring to work with Acumen because it constantly takes risks in order to support those brave entrepreneurs that are striving to create sustainable social businesses.”

-Ruqayya Diwan

Karachi, Pakistan

“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”

-Saima Irtiza

Karachi, Pakistan

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-ULLAS KUMAR

“Robert H. Niehaus is the founder of Greenhill Capital Partners and oversees private equity funds totaling $1.8 billion in committed capital.”

-Robert H. Niehaus (Chair)

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-Kevin Martin

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-Madhukar Banuri

Our Trainers

World-class thought leaders who generously lend their time and expertise to teaching and inspiring the next generation of social leaders.

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-Benje Williams

“Mohammad Ahsan is the Executive Director of Rural Development Project ”

-Mohammad Ahsan

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-Joanne Schneider

Nairobi, Kenya

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-Khuram Hussain

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-DERRICK MUTURI KINYUA

“Isfundiar is the Program Director of the Imran Khan Foundation (IKF).”

-Isfundiar Kasuri

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-Keely Stevenson

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-ANTHONY MUKUNDI KINYUA

“George is from Zanzibar, Tanzania and is the Project Coordinator of Zanzibar Initiative for Youth Association (ZIFYA)”

-George Mkwaya

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-RAHMATULLAH TURK

“Julius is a managing director of D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P. and, as a member of the Executive Committee of D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P. and D. E. Shaw & Co., L.L.C., jointly supervises the group’s worldwide asset management businesses”

-Julius Gaudio

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-Daniel R. Toole

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-Zubyr Soomro

“While many investors focus solely on profitability, Acumen seeks to understand the social impact that its investments make. I believe this is what society needs most. Indeed it starts with standing with the poor, listening to the voices unheard and recognizing potential where others see despair.”

-Kazi Mghendi

Nairobi, Kenya

“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”

-Santiago Melo

Bogota, Colombia

“+Acumen Chapters & Courses provide means for leadership development and community engagement for everyone around the world. Seeing those people influencing the lives of others has been truly inspirational.”

-Tomoko Matsukawa

New York, USA

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-KOUSHIK YANAMANDRAM

“The power of Acumen's model is using markets to address the problems of poverty, but the lasting impact of Acumen’s work is creating the dignity of choice among the poor.”

-Shuaib Siddiqui

New York, USA

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-Kathleen Berroth

Sogakope, Ghana

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-Uthara Narayanan

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-Kirti Vardhana

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-Charu Chadha

“Acumen is challenging the world’s status quo-allowing people to gain choice, dignity and hope in building their own futures. This is what excites me about being part of the team.”

-Loise Nduati

NAIROBI, KENYA

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-Lewitt Somarajan

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-Satoko Okamoto

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-REKIK BEKELE

“Sumaira is a Program Manager with the Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan Memorial Trust (AHKMT).”

-Sumaira Gul

“William is the Senior Partner of Park Avenue Equity Partners, a private equity firm. Previously, Mr. Mayer was a professor and Dean of the College of Business and Management at the University of Maryland.”

-William E. Mayer

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-Baheirah Khusheim

Hyderabad, India

“Syed Babar Ali is a Pakistani businessman, philanthropist and former Finance Minister of Pakistan. ”

-Syed Babar Ali (Advisor Emeritus)

“Katie Hill leads renewable energy and climate change work at Apple Inc, and is currently launching an ambitious program to convert Apple's...”

-Katie Hill

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-Abhilasha Sinha

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-MAHA REHMAN

“Hawah is from Kampala, Uganda and is the Senior Program Coordinator of Educate!”

-Hawah Nabbuye

“What stands out to me about Acumen’s model is its audacity: supporting daring entrepreneurs in some of the world’s most challenging business contexts.”

-Kasia Stochniol

London, UK

“Julio is the Chief Operating Officer of Nuru Energy, a social enterprise that produces and distributes low-cost lanterns that are rechargeable through pedal generators.”

-Julio De Souza

“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.”

-Noor Ullah

Karachi, Pakistan

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-IRUM SHAIKH

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-Brad Rosenberg

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-Sunru Yong

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-Janet Aika Matemu

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-Jawad Aslam

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-DENIS PATO

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-Bob Collymore

“Acumen is a group of passionate people working in a creative environment to solve the problem of poverty. It's a privilege to be a part of this movement. ”

-Jacqui Papineau

Mumbai, India

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-Jan Piercy (Advisor Emeritus)

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-Cristina Ljungberg

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-Tamsin Chislett

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-SHEHRBANO RAZA RIZVI

“Antony is the Former CEO of Barclays. Previously, he was Chief Executive of Barclays Retail and Business Banking business, a position he held from November 2009. ”

-Antony Jenkins

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-Girdhari Bora

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-David Lehr

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-BILLENE SEYOUM WOLDEYES

“Abid is the President of Nawabshah Disability Forum ”

-Abid Lashari

“I am in service of creating a world where markets and capital work for us and where social entrepreneurs and traditional companies compete to deliver a bigger social impact.”

-Javier Olaguibel

“I never knew I had this much potential; it has been a moment of learning and self discovery, great inspiration and encouragement, every leader needs this for progress in our time.”

-Joachim Ewechu

Kampala, Uganda

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-Wendy Wallace

“He is former Co-Head of the Goldman Sachs Global Securities Division where he sat on the firm's Management Committee as well as the Firmwide Risk Committee, Business Practices Committee and Finance Committee.”

-David B. Heller

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-GOPAL GARG

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-Asad Ali Shah

“Accelerating the rate of innovation enabled by Acumen’s commitment to developing companies, leaders and ideas to focus on lifting the lives of the poor will enable our vision of a more inclusive and empowered world.”

-Naeem Zamindar

Karachi, Pakistan

“Stephen is the Chief Accountant at Juhudi Kilimo, which provides financial services to rural smallholder farmers.”

-Stephen Mutai

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-FAISAL KHAN

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-Nicolas Guillen

Nairobi, Kenya

“Johnson is the Managing Director of Milango Financial Services.”

-Johnson Kithendu

“The Acumen approach is at once profoundly idealistic and grounded in realism, which I feel is what allows us as an organization to tackle the problems of poverty creatively, yet systematically.”

-Zachary Foreman

New York, USA

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-R Ramaraj

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-Jonathan Mativo

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-Jocelyn Wyatt

“Dignity is knowing you have the freedom and opportunity to live your life as you wish and on your own terms without having to depend on anyone else for the right to equal opportunity.”

-Navin Muruga

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-Kamanda Kamiri

“Irfan is the Founder & Lead Partner of Karibu Homes.”

-Irfan Keshavjee

“My fellowship was crucial; I have the courage to start my enterprise, honing my leadership style in training and experience at GADC and supported by my cohort and Acumen family”

-Natalie Grillon

Gulu, Uganda

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-JAMES ODEDE

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-ERFAAN HUSSEIN BABAK

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-Luis Lopez Martinelli

Nairobi, Kenya

“Acumen isn’t afraid to be pushed beyond its limits. Taking risks and learning from each imperfect experience drives Acumen to be innovative in its approach to tackling poverty and creative in finding new pathways to change.”

-Eleanor Murphy

New York, USA

“Patricia is the Managing Director of GrowthAfrica Capital.”

-Patricia Leila Jumi

“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”

-Molly Alexander

London, England

“Mashall is the Founder and Director of Operations of Reading Room Project”

-Mashall Chaudhri

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-Nicole Orillac

“Jonathan Haidt is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He received his B....”

-Jon Haidt

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-Manjushree Patil

“Mark Malloch-Brown is Chairman of Europe, Middle East and Africa, FTI Consulting, and previously served as a Minister in Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s cabinet, where he had particular responsibility for strengthening relationships with Africa and Asia and the international system.”

-Lord Mark Malloch-Brown

“My radical idea of hope exists in the place where profitable business means making the quality of everyone's life better.”

-Seema Thakker

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-JAMES NGANGA WARUIRU

“As our world keeps changing, I’m inspired by Acumen’s thoughtfulness and commitment in charting a new way forward for social impact.”

-Jian Li Zheng

New York, USA

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-Patrick G. Awuah Jr.

“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.”

-Avinash Mishra

Mumbai, India

“Humanity faces increasingly complex challenges. Capital and technical resources are necessary to experiment, adapt and eventually build sustainable solutions. Acumen is building that ecosystem.”

-Justus Kilian

New York, USA

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-Lucy Mukuria

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-Sanjay Gupta

“Acumen’s model levels the playing field. It blurs the lines between beneficiary and grantor, puts focus back on human dignity and ensures we can work together to change how the world tackles poverty.”

-Priyanka Bhasin

New York, USA

“Joan is the Regional Director for the COFTA.”

-Joan Wangui Karanja

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-Vasumathi Kothuru

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-LINDA MUKANGOGA

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-Faith Nafula Wafula

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-Vitalis Kahendah

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-Karthik Janakiraman

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-Rajanthi Manivannan

Nairobi, Kenya

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-SHASHANK KALRA

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-KHIZR IMRAN TAJAMMUL

“Fahad is a Project Manager with Basic Education and Employable Skills Training ”

-Fahad Afridi

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-JOSEPH OWINO

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-Saad Latif

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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-Samuel Azout

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-HIRA BATOOL RIZVI

“"Dignity is having the self-reliance to dream and live the seemingly impossible."”

-Javed Cheema

“Naeem is the Founder and CEO of Frontier Rural Development Program ”

-Naeem Wazir

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-VINI PATHAK

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-Samia Razaq Khan

“Hital is from Nairobi, Kenya and is the Corporate Affairs Manager of CISCO”

-Hital Muraj

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-Meghan Simkins

“Being born and raised in the third world, I strongly believe that Acumen's approach of investing in social enterprises are one of the key steps to create a world beyond poverty.”

-Sushmita Bhandari

New York, USA

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-Selamawit Terefe Tiruneh

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-Kibret Abebe Tuffa