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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    Abhay Garg

    Portfolio Manager, Mumbai, India

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

    Abhay is a Portfolio Manager based in India with primary responsibility for the Energy and Water Portfolios. Prior to Acumen, Abhay worked with Axis Private Equity which manages a USD 150 M fund focused on the infrastructure sector. At Axis PE, Abhay was leading the fund’s investment in Shalivahana, which is the largest biomass power producer in India and where he also acted as an observer on the Board. Additionally, he worked extensively on other areas of the social infrastructure sector including education, healthcare and logistics. His earlier experience includes working as a dealer in foreign exchange and derivatives for corporate clients at ICICI Bank treasury, and as a tax consultant with Arthur Andersen.

    Abhay holds an MSc in Finance from London Business School. He is also a qualified Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary.



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    Catherine Casey Nanda

    Director of Global Expansion & Country Operations, San Francisco, USA

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

    Catherine drives Acumen’s global expansion – setting strategy, building teams, fundraising and investing in new regions. She is also responsible for leading operational excellence across Acumen’s five regional offices.

    Most recently, Catherine launched Acumen’s Latin America office, based in Bogota, Colombia.  Prior to that, she led our expansion into West Africa, where she built regional operations from scratch, established an investment pipeline, and made its first three investments.

    Prior to this, Catherine helped build social enterprises in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, which included expanding HealthStores’ clinics in rural Kenya. She also acted as chief of staff to Acumen’s CEO.

    Catherine holds a BA with Highest Honors from Princeton University, and an MPP from Harvard University, where she was a Reynolds Fellow. She is a Board Member of GADCO Cooperatief, an African food production company.



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    Carla Culos

    Communications Associate, New York, USA

    “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.” [READ MORE]

    Carla is a Communications Associate at Acumen where she is the storyteller of our work managing grant reporting, collateral development and partner and portfolio related content.  Carla joins Acumen from Vancouver, Canada where she spent almost four years as an Associate with Renewal2 and Renewal Partners; a Canadian impact investment fund focused on organic food and green consumer product companies.  Prior to her work at Renewal, Carla worked in business development for technology start-ups focused on energy efficiency and carbon reduction projects in Latin America. While in Vancouver, Carla was a co-founder of the Vancouver Greentech Exchange and chapter leader for the Vancouver +Acumen chapter.  Carla holds an Honours in Sustainability and an Undergraduate Business and Communications degree from Simon Fraser University.



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    Hammad Umer

    Senior Portfolio Associate, Karachi, Pakistan

    “Acumen tackles the real problem of poverty, which is less about not having enough money and more about not having a choice.” [READ MORE]

    As Pakistan Portfolio Associate, Hammad Umer is responsible for managing existing investments and for originating and analyzing new opportunities in the Health and Education sectors. Hammad has over five years of investment banking and corporate banking experience. He has previously worked as an Analyst for the Investment Banking Division of KASB – a local affiliate of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. At KASB, Hammad was responsible for the origination and execution of M&A, DCM and corporate restructuring deals in a range of sectors including banking, real estate and pharmaceuticals.  He also had a short stint as Associate Portfolio Manager for The Resource Group before joining Acumen. Hammad holds a BSc.  (Hons.) in Economics from the University of London (International Programme) and is also the Karachi City Coordinator for Mensa Pakistan.


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    Farrukh H Khan

    Pakistan Director, Karachi, Pakistan

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

    Farrukh H. Khan is the Country Director & CEO of Acumen Pakistan and one of the leading independent business and financial advisors in the country.

    With over 25 years of senior management and board level experience, Farrukh is the founding partner and former CEO of BMA Capital Management Limited. Under his stewardship, BMA established itself as the leading investment banking group in Pakistan and received several international awards, including the 2010 Euromoney award for the best investment bank in Pakistan.He has worked on many landmark transactions, including advising the Privatization Commission on the US$813 million GDR offering of Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL), which was listed on the London Stock Exchange, and successfully advising Etisalat on their $2.6 billion acquisition of PTCL, the largest M&A and foreign direct investment in the history of Pakistan. He has a deep understanding of business and investment environment in Pakistan and has worked with the senior most levels in companies and governments. He also has an excellent network and knowledge of business in the Middle East and South Asia

    Before founding BMA he worked with American Express Bank in Pakistan and Deloitte in London. He has previously served as the President of the Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce & Industry (OICCI), Pakistan Chapter Chairman of the Young Presidents’ Organization and on various private and public sector boards. Farrukh qualified as a Chartered Accountant from the UK and read BA (Hons.) in Economics and Finance from the University of Manchester.


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    Jessica Martin

    Senior Innovation Associate, New York, USA

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

    Jessica is an Innovation Associate at Acumen working to scale Acumen’s leadership curriculum through +acumen chapters and online channels. Prior to joining Acumen, Jessica was an iCats Fellow at Driptech, a for-profit social venture that makes affordable drip irrigation for smallholder farmers, where she worked on building out the company’s international business operations in California and Pune, India. Jessica’s jump into the world of social enterprise was heavily influenced by the people she met while serving on the leadership committee of the NY+acumen volunteer chapter. Previously, Jessica was a market strategy analyst at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management in New York where she focused on in-depth macroeconomic and investment strategy research. Jessica holds a BA in International Studies and Economics from Fairfield University and spent a year in Beijing, China on a Fulbright Scholarship researching the development of China’s environmental NGOs.



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    Jacqui Papineau

    India Fellows Associate, Mumbai, India

    “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.” [READ MORE]

    Jacqui has been with Acumen since 2011, when she joined as the Executive Assistant to the CEO, Jacqueline Novogratz. In this role, Jacqui demonstrated exceptional capacity to build strong relationships both within and outside of Acumen, and she embodies the ability to work tirelessly to solve any challenge set in front of her. Building on her exceptional organization and execution skills, and a deep knowledge of Acumen’s work, Jacqui moved to Mumbai in 2014 to support the launch of our India Fellows Program. Prior to Acumen, Jacqui worked in the fast-paced Hollywood film industry where she worked for Wild West Pictures Productions and Creative Artists Agency.



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    Lynn Roland

    General Counsel, New York, USA

    “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.” [READ MORE]

    Lynn joined Acumen in 2010, and is General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and a member of our Extended Leadership Team and Portfolio Leadership Team.  In such capacity, Lynn ensures that our programs are carried out in furtherance of our mission and in compliance with law, and advises on organizational strategy and board matters.  She leads the global legal function, and works across functions and geography to develop and implement organizational structure, policy and projects.  Her role involves protecting Acumen, while also enabling it to function with efficiency and creativity.  Prior to joining Acumen, Lynn had a short stint at a digital services company as in-house counsel; she spent the majority of her career at McDermott Will & Emery, where she was a partner in the corporate/transactional practice and supported the pro bono program of the New York office.  Lynn obtained a BA as an English major from the University of Pennsylvania, and a JD from Columbia Law School.



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    Keya Madhvani

    Innovation Associate, New York, USA

    “Acumen taught me how markets can be used to solve poverty, but beyond that I’ve learned how purchasing a good or service can provide something more important; dignity.” [READ MORE]

    As Innovation Associate, Keya manages and implements initiatives taking place under the immediate direction of the CEO. Prior to her current position, Keya worked for two years as Business Associate with Acumen in India. She held a cross-functional role, working on the Business Development, Communications and Talent teams, supporting local fund-raising, managing external communications and assisted in expanding Acumen’s community in India. Prior to joining Acumen, Keya completed an extended internship with the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. Her entrepreneurial experience comes from co-founding and helping build an organization called iVote, to encourage students to register to vote in India. She holds a BA in Economics with Honors from St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai and an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy from St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.



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    Minayo Sagala

    East Africa Legal Counsel, Nairobi, Kenya

    “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.” [READ MORE]

    Minayo is legal counsel based in the Acumen East Africa office in Nairobi, which currently manages investments in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Ethiopia. She holds an MSc in Education for Sustainability from the London South Bank University and an LLB from the University of Nairobi. Prior to joining Acumen, Minayo was a senior associate at Anjarwalla & Khanna Advocates, a top tier corporate commercial law firm in Nairobi and also spent about a year and a half as a senior associate in its affiliate office, Adept Chambers, in Dar es Salaam Tanzania.


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    Maribeth Carroll

    Director of Talent, New York, USA

    “I appreciate working with a team who are not just smart and passionate about our work – they are curious, willing to listen, to have a point of view and share that point of view” [READ MORE]

    Maribeth leads the internal HR function at Acumen with particular focus on the talent development of our entrepreneurial, passionate, global team. Maribeth has more than 15 years experience as a leader in Human Resources within the financial services industry, across a broad range of HR disciplines including talent and performance management, organizational change and integration, development of compensation plans and recruiting.

    Prior to Acumen, Maribeth spent 10 years with Morgan Stanley, advising the senior leadership of the Investment Management business in her last role and most recently worked with Marsh & McClennan Companies. She also volunteered with Grameen Foundation’s Bankers without Borders program, working with their internal HR team. Maribeth supports a number of philanthropic organizations, which seek to address the needs of underserved women and children, both in the local and global community. She currently holds board positions with Global Camps Africa and WomenRising, Inc, which was formerly the YWCA of Hudson County, NJ. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park and holds a B.A. in Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations.



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    Niklas Peters

    Portfolio Analyst, New York, USA

    “I love Acumen because it is not afraid of failure. We constantly learn and adapt to find the best ways to impact the lives of people at the base of the pyramid.” [READ MORE]

    As a Portfolio Analyst, Niklas supports the Global Portfolio Team on operations, strategy, due diligence and metrics, and serves as an internal liaison for the Finance, Legal, and Communications teams. Previously he worked on the Business Development team, supporting Acumen’s fundraising efforts and managing Acumen’s blog and social media presence.

    Prior to joining the Business Development team in August 2012, Niklas worked for Olam International in Ghana to enhance their sustainable and certified cocoa supply chains. He has also worked as an Outreach Intern on labor rights campaigns for the Solidarity Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and as a Financial Fitness Intern at Isles, Inc in Trenton, New Jersey. Niklas received an A.B. in Public Policy from Princeton University at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he conducted research on the effects of advertising on US childhood obesity.



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    Sapna Shah

    Portfolio Manager, Nairobi, Kenya

    “Businesses that Acumen invests in consider the poor as profitable customers, no different from you or me, changing the way the world views these individuals; with dignity not pity.” [READ MORE]

    Sapna is based in the East Africa office and is focused on the post investment management of the portfolio. She works with investees across the portfolios, formulating post-investment priorities for the investees, developing a pool of resources for management support and managing critical post investment projects.

    Prior to joining Acumen, Sapna worked with Lloyds TSB in the UK and HSBC in Jordan in distressed asset management, risk, restructuring and turnaround. She has helped turnaround a vast array of companies in diverse industries ranging from financial services to football clubs. Her achievements include ensuring continued operation of some of the Icelandic banks in the U.K. during the financial crisis and managing HSBC’s exposure to the largest restructuring in the Kingdom of Jordan. Sapna studied Government and Economics at the London School of Economics.


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    Rohit Gawande

    Impact Associate, Nairobi, Kenya

    “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.” [READ MORE]

    Rohit joined Acumen’s New York office in 2011. As an Impact Associate, Rohit supports Acumen’s efforts to better understand and measure the social impact of our patient capital investing. He is responsible for the design and implementation of Acumen’s new impact measurement and evaluation systems, and works closely with the Portfolio Team to collect social impact data and generate insights from Acumen’s investees. Prior to this role, Rohit worked as an Analyst on Acumen’s Global Portfolio and Business Development Teams.

    Prior to joining the Business Development team in 2011, Rohit was an intern with Acumen’s Fellows Program. He has also worked for the International Water Association in The Hague, and on urban environmental issues for ISLES, INC in Trenton, New Jersey. Rohit received an A.B. in Public Policy from Princeton University at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he conducted field research in India on inequality in urban water and sanitation delivery.



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    Tom Adams

    Director of Impact, London, England

    “By backing entrepreneurialism where traditional finance is unable or unwilling, Acumen transforms the lives of millions; facilitating not just goods and services but dignity too.” [READ MORE]

    As Director of Impact for Acumen, Tom leads the organization’s global work to gain a richer understanding of the how and why of creating impact through patient capital investing. Tom has oversight of Acumen’s work in metrics, and works with Acumen’s portfolio team to deepen our knowledge of social impact prior to and throughout our investments. He also supports our investees to maximize the impact of the services they provide, and leads original impact-focused research into individual companies and the sector as a whole.

    Prior to Acumen Tom worked for the UK Department for International Development (DfID), first as Country Economist in Nigeria and subsequently leading its private sector and climate change teams in Ethiopia where he oversaw the design and implementation of new development programs worth $250m. Tom has also worked as a diplomat for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and as an economic advisor within the UK Government Equalities Office, where he helped shape Government’s commitments to tackle inequality, including work on the Discrimination Law Review. Tom began his career working at Credit Suisse focused on equity derivatives.

    Tom holds a BSc (Hons.) in Economics and Econometrics from Nottingham University and a MSc (Distinction) in Economics with reference to Africa from the London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).



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    Siddharth Tata

    Associate Director, Mumbai, India

    “Working at Acumen has helped me learn about what it takes to build a social enterprise that serves smallholder farmers.” [READ MORE]

    Siddharth Tata joined Acumen in September 2010 to further develop the Agriculture Portfolio in India. In his last role at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Siddharth worked with non-profit organizations to help build programs in the areas of dairy development, watershed management, and creating market linkages to improve incomes of farmers in India. Previously, as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company’s Mumbai office, he advised clients in the retail, IT, and financial services industries. He has also assisted a Mumbai-based investment firm on its agriculture investment strategy and helped launch a turnaround program for coffee washing stations in Rwanda as a volunteer consultant with TechnoServe. Siddharth has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, where he was awarded the Shankar Dayal Sharma prize for excellence.


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    Wei Wei Hsing

    Senior Impact Associate , Mumbai, India

    “I support our work at Acumen because we recognize that even though the solutions aren’t neat or easy, they are worth striving towards nonetheless.” [READ MORE]

    In her role on the impact team, Wei Wei is responsible for building systems to assess and maximize social impact at Acumen’s portfolio companies, with the goal of improving our collective understanding of how and where patient capital can be the biggest lever for poverty alleviation. She has a focus on our India portfolio, where she is based.

    Prior to this role she worked closely with Acumen’s CEO for 4 years on thought leadership for Acumen and was seconded in Nairobi to Orb Energy, a solar energy company and Acumen investee, to jump start the company’s East Africa operations via new sales channels. She started at Acumen on the Talent team as an Oliver Wyman Non Profit Fellow and holds a BA, summa cum laude, from Columbia University in Economics and East Asian Studies.




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    Yasmina Zaidman

    Director of Strategic Partnerships, New York, USA

    “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.” [READ MORE]

    Yasmina Zaidman is the Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships at Acumen, where she is responsible for Acumen’s external communications and leads its efforts to engage with strategic corporate partners who share Acumen Fund’s commitment to supporting entrepreneurial approaches to tackling poverty. She initiated and managed the Water Portfolio at Acumen Fund, and has worked in the arenas of international development, corporate sustainability and social entrepreneurship for the past 16 years. She received a BA from Vassar College and her MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business with a certificate in Public Management.



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    Saima Irtiza

    Pakistan Fellows Manager, 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” [READ MORE]

    Saima joined the Acumen, Pakistan office in April 2009 as Business Manager where she was mainly focused on developing and managing Acumen’s Health and Education Portfolio. In her current role as Fellows Manager, 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 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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    Noor Ullah

    Portfolio Manager, Karachi, Pakistan

    “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.” [READ MORE]

    Noor joined Acumen in 2007. Since joining Noor has been working on the growth of Acumen’s Agriculture Portfolio. He co-leads Acumen’s efforts in the Agriculture sector globally and is responsible for leading our Agriculture work in Pakistan. In addition to his work in Agriculture, Noor also leads Acumen Pakistan’s Energy and Water Portfolios. Before joining Acumen, Noor served as a consultant for the World Bank, where he studied the socio-economic impact of environmental degradation in the province of Punjab. Previously, he worked as a business development consultant for a number of multinationals and private enterprises. He handled projects involving feasibility studies and financial projection analyses. He also worked as Manager Business Development and Manager Projects at Microtech Industries, an engineering and telecom multinational. Immediately after graduation he had also served as a Research Analyst with Dr. Salman Shah (a renowned Finance expert and Pakistan’s ex-Finance Advisor for the Federal Government) on a number of research papers for PILDAT (Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency). He holds a Bachelor degree with Honors, in Economics and Computer Sciences from Lahore University of Management Sciences.


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    Carlyle Singer

    Chief Operating Officer, New York, USA

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

    Carlyle joined Acumen in March of 2013, as Chief Operating Officer, responsible for Acumen’s core operating activities. These include management support to the Country Directors and functional heads in Expansion, Legal, Finance, Talent and Operations.  Prior to joining Acumen, Carlyle spent seven years as President and CEO of Katun Corporation, a global, middle market, privately held company in the compatible consumables imaging space.  In that role Carlyle was responsible for all aspects of Katun’s business operations throughout the world. During her tenure with the Company, her key areas of focus were the development and execution of strategies designed to properly position Katun in a rapidly changing industry, to ensure sales execution around the world and to drive strong financial discipline throughout the organization. Prior to Katun, Carlyle was employed for nine years at IKON Office Solutions, a $4.7 billion publicly held office equipment distributor, before being acquired by Ricoh in 2008. She held positions as Senior Vice President of Operations, Vice President and Corporate Controller, and President of IKON France.

    Carlyle is an MBA graduate from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, with a concentration in Latin American Economic Development. She is also a Six Sigma Green Belt.



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    Bishakha Mukherjee

    Head of Institutional Relations, London, England

    “Acumen's transformative potential is huge and I would like to play my part in using market solutions to change the lives of millions at the base of the economic pyramid.” [READ MORE]

    Bishakha joined Acumen in July 2013, as Head of Institutional Relations. She has over 25 years’ experience, first, as a development economist and then, in private equity. She joins Acumen from Aureos Advisers, a leading investor in the SME space in the developing world (now The Abraaj Group).  A senior adviser in Aureos, Bishakha built and managed relationships with a diverse group of investors including sovereign wealth funds, regional development banks, European development finance institutions and UK pension funds, and was closely involved in fundraising across all regions.  Aureos assets under management increased from $500M to $1.2 billion during this time.  Recently, Bishakha was leading Aureos efforts to build relationships with local pension funds and other institutional investors in Africa. She also raised and managed technical assistance grants from donors to support investee companies to enhance organisational, operational and managerial competencies.

    As an economist with the Commonwealth Secretariat, Bishakha developed and led implementation of the Commonwealth Private Investment Initiative (CPII), which raised US$800 million for investment in Africa, Asia and the Pacific through a series of regional private equity funds between 1995 and 2007. She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, where she also did her undergraduate and Master’s degrees.



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    Raphaela Sapire

    Business Development Analyst, New York, USA

    “"I love that Acumen recognizes there is no silver bullet solution to tackling poverty, and has created a holistic business model that supports leaders, businesses and ideas that work toward the larger goal of truly tackling global poverty in the long term."” [READ MORE]

    Raphaela joined Acumen in 2013 as a Business Development Analyst. Prior to joining Acumen, Raphaela worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the Technology Investment Banking Group where she designed financial models to forecast financial growth, analyze pro forma effects of M&A activity, and define capital raising scenarios. She previously worked at an early stage venture capital fund where she conducted due diligence on, and assessed market potential for investment opportunities in early stage growth technology startups. Raphaela received her BA from Barnard College, Columbia University with a degree in urban planning and economics.


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    Ambika Singh Sampat

    Business Development Associate, London, England

    “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.” [READ MORE]

    Ambika joined Acumen’s London Business Development team in early 2013, prior to which she spent most of the past decade training and working in the Biomedical Research field. Having been awarded a PhD in Obstetrics & Gynecology from the University of Western Australia in 2011, Ambika relocated to London and worked as a Post-doctoral Research Associate in Maternal Health at St. Thomas’ Hospital with King’s College London. While still very enthusiastic about the healthcare sector, Ambika pursued her growing interest in international development, operations and business development, and worked for management consultants Alcimed in 2012. She has had varied exposure to social enterprises and working with communities in that space globally. While doing her PhD, she co-founded an NGO iNUT-Who? (if Not U Then Who?) to spread awareness, empower and fundraise for charities, social enterprises and individual causes, all of which paved her way to the impact investment world of Acumen. Ambika is also on the Executive Committee of London+Acumen, one of Acumen’s 22 volunteer-led chapters worldwide, and the first +Acumen chapter in Europe, leading their annual flagship DIGNITY Photography event to educate and spread awareness of the importance of dignity, not dependence, in changing the way the world tackles poverty. Ambika completed her BSc and MSc (Hon) degrees from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. 


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    Meghan Curran

    Senior Talent Associate, 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.



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    Virgilio Barco

    Latin America Director, Bogota, Colombia

    “Virgilio joined Acumen as Director of Latin America in September 2013. He is responsible for all Latin America related investments, operations and business development activities. Before...” [READ MORE]

    Virgilio joined Acumen as Director of Latin America in September 2013. He is responsible for all Latin America related investments, operations and business development activities.

    Before joining Acumen, he was the Executive Director of the non-profit Social Investment Bank (Banca de Inversión Social), which has helped lead the development of the impact investing space in Colombia. Prior to that, he was the Founding Director of Invest in Bogota, a public-private partnership that promotes foreign direct investment to the Greater Bogota region. In 2009, Invest in Bogota was ranked as the top non-OECD investment promotion agency in the world by the IFC. Virgilio also headed the privatization unit at the Colombian Ministry of Finance and was an advisor on local economic development for the Bogota Planning Department. He has worked in private equity with FondElec Group, as a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton in Brazil and as a financial analyst at Citibank Spain. He holds a B.A. in Government from Harvard College, an M.S. from the MIT Sloan School of Management and an M.A. in Economics from NYU.



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    Kimathi Ikiao

    Senior Portfolio Associate, Nairobi, Kenya

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

    Kimathi Ikiao joined the Acumen East Africa office in November 2013 as a Senior Portfolio Associate. He is responsible for the Agriculture and Affordable Housing sectors.

    Kimathi joins Acumen with over 7 years of experience in the investment sphere.

    His prior role was as a Senior Investment Analyst at the Industrial and Commercial Development Corporation (ICDC), overseeing the Corporation’s equity investments.

    Kimathi began his career in the capital markets as an Intern at the Nairobi Securities Exchange, and later moved to Standard Investment Bank in Kenya as a Securities Dealer. Having developed an affinity to private equity and its role in development, Kimathi served a short stint with Centum Investment Company prior to pursuing his post-graduate studies.

    Kimathi holds an MBA from The University of Tulsa. While pursuing his MBA, he served on the University’s Student Investment Fund as the fund’s secretary in 2007. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration from the United States International University and participates in the CFA® program.


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    Santiago Melo

    Portfolio Associate, Bogota, Colombia

    “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” [READ MORE]

    As a Portfolio Associate at Acumen, Santiago is focused on growing the Latin America portfolio and providing management support to existing portfolio companies. Prior to joining Acumen, Santiago worked for Endeavor where he was in charge of searching and selecting high impact entrepreneurs, as well as providing strategic and operational assessment for the portfolio companies. He previously worked in the real estate and oil & gas industries performing business development and strategic activities and evaluating new investment opportunities. Santiago holds BSc in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia.



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    Farwah Shariff

    Pakistan Fellows Associate, Karachi, Pakistan

    “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.” [READ MORE]

    Farwah works at Acumen Pakistan as a Fellows Associate. She completed her Bachelors in Social Sciences with a major in Anthropology and Sociology from Lahore University of Management Sciences in 2013. Before joining Acumen Farwah was working on a sustainability and communications based project at Unilever Pakistan.



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    Mariángela Ramirez Diaz

    Senior Portfolio Associate, Bogotá, Colombia

    “I wholeheartedly believe in the potential of the people at the base of the pyramid as well as I believe in Acumen’s investment model to foster that potential and therefore, real social impact.” [READ MORE]

    Mariangela joined Acumen in 2014 as Senior Portfolio Associate. In this role, she is focused on the origination and growth of Acumen’s portfolio in Latin America.

    Prior to Acumen Mariangela worked at Mesoamerica, a Private Equity firm with operations in Central America and the Andean regions. She was in charge of overseeing the firm’s investment in the renewable energy sector and was involved in assessing investment opportunities in healthcare, agribusiness, pharmaceutical, retail, and others. During this period she did pro-bono consulting work for the non-profit Yo Emprendedor where she advised entrepreneurs on business model definition, implementation of business plans and financial and growth strategies design. Previously she worked as portfolio manager, broker and investment analyst at two brokerage firms in Costa Rica.

    Mariangela holds a major in Banking and Finance from Universidad Latina de Costa Rica and an MBA with concentration in Economics, Finance and Sustainable Development from INCAE Business School.



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    Bavidra Mohan

    India Fellows Manager, 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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    Rosemary Lore

    East Africa Fellows Manager, Nairobi, Kenya

    “‘The future depends on a new breed of leader, ready to solve the world’s most challenging problems.’ I am privileged to be part of Acumen’s Leadership work in shaping the next generation of East Africa’s leaders.” [READ MORE]

    Rosie joins Acumen from Unilever where she worked in Research & Development in the Foods Business for a period of 9 years across several geographies including Europe, Africa and North America. Prior to working in the FMCG corporate sector, Rosie had an academic career spanning more than a decade in medical research (Public Health & Nutrition). Additionally, Rosie is a certified life coach, passionate about helping people discover and leverage their dependable strengths at work and in their personal lives. She is a consummate connector and networker, persuasive communicator and open to self-discovery and new experiences.

    The essence of what working at Acumen means for me is captured in the words of the Holy Scriptures “To him whom much is given, much is required – Luke 12:48”.


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    Joy Gikandi

    East Africa Fellows Associate, Nairobi, Kenya

    “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.” [READ MORE]

    As the East Africa Fellows Associate, Joy manages the program administration, recruitment and selection, business development and communications for East Africa Fellows Program, as well as supports +Acumen and the Global Fellows Programs locally. Previously, Joy has worked with the Kenya Institute of Management in training and administration, in Kenya and Rwanda. She holds a Bachelor of Education (Arts) degree, and is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Development Studies.



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    Ruqayya Diwan

    Portfolio Associate, Karachi, Pakistan

    “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.” [READ MORE]

    As a Portfolio Analyst, Ruqayya is responsible for developing and managing Acumen’s investment portfolio across the microfinance, education and housing sectors. Prior to this role, Ruqayya supported the recruitment and selection process for the Acumen Pakistan Fellows Program. Before joining Acumen, Ruqayya held internships at Engro Foods Limited, Barclays Bank PLC, GlaxoSmithKline and BRAC.

    Ruqayya graduated with a BSc in Economics from Duke University in May 2013.



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    Ronald Joe

    Data and Systems Manager, New York, USA

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

    Ron joined the global operations team in May 2014 as Data and Systems Manager to help ensure that our technology initiatives support Acumen’s mission and business model. He works with all global team members so that technology processes and data management can improve the way Acumen does its global work.

    He has over 20 years of technology-related experience from marketing, support, analysis, and development work with government, education, finance, and technology organizations in the New York area. Some of the teams Ron has worked with are from: The City of New York – Office of Payroll Administration, Columbia University, RailWorks Corporation, Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, and IBM. He has served as a Regional Director of a national alumni board for the University of Notre Dame.

    Ron received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. in Finance from St. John’s University. He also studied in a part-time evening program for Information and Digital Resource Management at Columbia University.


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    Ashley Speyer

    Executive Assistant, New York, USA

    “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.” [READ MORE]

    Prior to joining Acumen in June 2014, Ashley worked at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York where she conducted research on Cuba’s energy landscape and Brazil’s foreign policy strategy in Africa. Her passion for international development and social entrepreneurship began during her experiences in East Africa where she learned the importance of local ownership in development efforts. In 2007, while in high school, she partnered with a women’s cooperative and created a non-profit organization to build a school in Arusha, Tanzania. During college, Ashley spent time in Uganda studying international development and the impact of decentralization on citizen participation. She volunteered at a local human rights organization and wrote her undergraduate thesis on transnational advocacy networks and their role in enforcing international norms. Ashley received her B.A. in Sociology from Colorado College and enjoys hiking and skiing.


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    Eleanor Murphy

    Business Development Manager, New York, USA

    “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.” [READ MORE]

    Eleanor Murphy joined the Acumen team in New York as Manager of Business Development in June of 2014.  She’ll be involved in extending our community of supporters, increasing fundraising efforts and cultivating committed partners across the US.  Prior to joining Acumen, Eleanor spent 8 years in the financial services industry at established financial institutions including Eaton Vance Management in Boston, MA and more recently with Alps Distributors in Denver, CO.   She was responsible for creating and implementing strategic plans to manage multi-territory client relationships and ultimately increase awareness of differing product lines.  Most recently she received a Master’s degree in Humanitarian Studies through the NOHA network in Dublin, Ireland and also holds a bachelors degree in International Relations from Boston University.



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    Sabrina Dupré

    Global Head of Brand Strategy and Communications, 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.” [READ MORE]

    Sabrina is Acumen’s Global Head of Brand Strategy and Communications. Based in New York City,  she is responsible for overseeing all of Acumen’s marketing, communications and digital function globally—including driving our messaging and communications strategy, and transforming how our key stakeholders, across all channels, experience the Acumen brand, value proposition and positioning.

    Sabrina joined Acumen after more than 15 years of leading brand, digital and communications strategy for start-ups, corporations and non-profits. She worked closely with supermodel and activist Christy Turlington, launching Every Mother Counts, a global maternal health initiative, as well as with Jochen Zeitz to build his private foundation for sustainability. Prior to Acumen, she was Chief Communications and Engagement Officer for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). Her expertise in building purpose-driven brands, developing and launching cutting-edge digital initiatives, and driving change has resulted in an accomplished track record of growing businesses, mobilizing audiences and transforming interactions.

    Sabrina is a frequent speaker on the topics of social innovation, digital engagement and nonprofit impact. A native Texan, she has a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.A. from Columbia University, enjoys running (most of the time), has traveled to more than 28  countries, and was a 2014 SmartCEO Executive Management Award winner.


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    Jian Li Zheng

    Innovation Associate, New York, USA

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

    Jian joined +Acumen in June 2014 to build strategic partnerships and scale the reach of +Acumen courses.  In this role, she creates partnership models to engage diverse stakeholders such as corporations, academic institutions, and nonprofit organizations.

    Prior to Acumen, Jian was a Fixed Income Specialist at Bloomberg L.P and a member of the NY+Acumen chapter.  Her earlier professional roles include marketing and free-lance journalism, and also working in Peru on monitoring and evaluation surveys and interviews with small-scale farmers.

    She is a proud alum from University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she majored in International Studies and Chinese Literature.



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    Shruti Srivastava

    Portfolio Associate, Mumbai, India

    “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.” [READ MORE]

    Shruti joined Acumen in October 2014 and focuses on the Energy and Water portfolios in India.

    Prior to joining Acumen, Shruti worked at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector investing arm of the World Bank Group, for 2.5 years, evaluating and managing investments in the manufacturing, agribusiness and service sectors in South Asia. Before IFC, she worked as an equity research analyst at J.P. Morgan, on the TMT (Technology, Media & Telecom) team, covering European technology hardware stocks.

    Shruti holds a B.Tech + M.Tech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras where she specialized in communication systems.



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    Amy Ahearn

    Senior Innovation Associate, San Francisco, USA

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

    Amy is a Senior Innovation Associate building online courses to educate social change leaders and inspire new approaches to tackling poverty.  She is passionate about using emerging technologies and design to help people all over the world learn in new ways.

    Most recently, Amy was an education technology project manager for an innovation lab at the Stanford School of Medicine where she built online courses.  She also spent four years managing international education programs funded by the US Department of State that trained teachers from over 50 developing countries. Amy completed a Fulbright grant in rural Malaysia and implemented a mobile health education program in rural Peru. She holds an MA in Learning, Design and Technology from Stanford University and a BA in English from Bowdoin College.



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    Christine Ray

    Office Administrator, New York, USA

    “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.” [READ MORE]

    Christine joined Acumen in October, 2014 as an Office Administrator. Her primary responsibilities include facilities and building management as well as Information Technology support.  Prior to joining Acumen, Christine worked for the National Basketball Association where she was responsible for facilities and office services management.  Christine was an integral part of streamlining processes and incorporating efficiency solutions and is excited to bring her experience and knowledge to the Acumen team. Through community service and volunteer work, Christine is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others.  She supports philanthropic organizations that foster youth development and wellness.

    Christine holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Adelphi University and enjoys running half and full marathons.



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    Batool Hassan

    Global Fellows Manager, New York, USA

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

    Batool has been with Acumen since 2008, starting with Acumen Pakistan where she led business development, strengthened Acumen’s local presence and built a community of supporters.  She then joined Acumen in New York, and served a number of business development roles, ultimately serving as the Director of Business Development, leading the organization’s global fundraising strategy.  In September, 2014, Batool became the head of our Global Fellows program, overseeing the recruitment, training, and mentorship of our Global Fellows.

    Batool has keynoted at TiE Karachi on the role of social entrepreneurship in Pakistan and has co-written a knowledge paper on low-cost, affordable housing in Pakistan, The Challenges of Expanding Saiban, Scaling Affordable Housing. She also helped launch the first TEDxKarachi 2010 along with TED Fellows in Pakistan.

    Before Acumen, Batool worked in lending at TD Bank and in Marketing at HSBC. She has experience consulting in microfinance. Batool holds a BA from Rutgers University, and a Masters of International Affairs in Economic Development from the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.




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    Afshin Ghassmi

    Senior Portfolio Associate, Nairobi, Kenya

    “Acumen's ability to take risks, think outside of the box, and constant introspection is a refreshing and pleasant change from traditional views of development and poverty.” [READ MORE]

    Afshin Ghassmi joined the Acumen East Africa office in September 2010 and his primary focus is to build Acumen’s portfolio in Tanzania across all priority sectors. In addition, Afshin works on the agriculture and low cost housing portfolios, looking at new opportunities across the rest of East Africa. Before joining the Acumen, Afshin worked as a Junior Investment Manager for DEG (Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH) in their East Africa regional office. He holds a Master of Science in Economic Analysis from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.


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    Godfrey Mwindaare

    West Africa Director, Accra, Ghana

    “Many are called, but few are chosen.” [READ MORE]

    As West Africa Director, Godfrey Mwindaare is responsible for all West Africa related investments, operations and business development activities. Additionally, as part of the Portfolio Leadership Team, he is jointly responsible for the global portfolio of Acumen with special focus on the new West Africa investments.

    Prior to this role, Godfrey was Chief Investment Officer in the African Development Bank, based in Tunisia, with specific responsibility for the Extractive Industry in the Bank’s 53 member states in Africa. He also worked with Standard Bank in South Africa and Tanzania as Senior Manager (Strategy and Special Projects) and Head of Retail and Business Banking and Barclays Capital in London as an investment banker in the Mining & Metals Team. He has over a decade of experience in investment banking, commercial banking and development finance.  Godfrey has a First Class Honours degree in Mining Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology in Ghana and an MBA from the University of Hull Business School in the UK, specializing in financial management. He is also an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (UK).


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    Duncan Onyango

    East Africa Director, Nairobi, Kenya

    “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” [READ MORE]

    Duncan Onyango joined Acumen as Director of East Africa in September 2012. He has been a long supporter of Acumen and informally served as an advisor to the East Africa team over the years, as well as being actively involved in the Fellows Program.

    Duncan most recently served as the Group Chief Finance Officer of Rift Valley Railways, where he led the structuring of a $287M debt and equity capital investment in the rail sector. He began his career with over ten years at Abbey National, a major international bank in London, gaining cross-functional business experience in both the retail and corporate arms of Abbey, including serving as the bank’s Head of Training & Management Development for the Wealth Management Division. Building on that experience, Duncan moved into consulting at Strategic Workforce Limited in London, before returning to East Africa where he founded Quantum Africa in 2006, working with many small businesses and entrepreneurs. He has expertise in strategic & business planning, organizational alignment and business transformation. Duncan holds an honors degree in Computing and Retail Management from Oxford University.


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    Jo-Ann Tan

    Lead Architect, +Acumen, New York, USA

    “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.” [READ MORE]

    Jo-Ann is the lead architect of Acumen’s community.  She is working to create a step change in terms of awareness and engagement for Acumen through its online presence and +acumen volunteer chapters.

    Before Acumen, Jo-Ann built a marketing analytics team and developed and new marketing strategies for a $1 billion apparel distributor. Jo-Ann has also worked at strategy consulting firm Marakon Associates in New York and Singapore. She began her career at the Monetary Authority (Central Bank) of Singapore. Jo-Ann received a BA in Economics and an MS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa.



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    Jacqueline Novogratz

    Chief Executive Officer, New York, USA

    “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.” [READ MORE]

    Prior to Acumen, Jacqueline founded and directed The Philanthropy Workshop and The Next Generation Leadership programs at the Rockefeller Foundation. She also co-founded Duterimbere, a micro-finance institution in Rwanda. She began her career in international banking with Chase Manhattan Bank. Jacqueline currently sits on the advisory boards of Sonen Capital and the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative. She serves on the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees and the board of IDEO.org, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Sustainable Development.




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    Kitty Okyere

    Business Associate , Accra, Ghana

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

    Kitty joined Acumen with over 3 years of financial services experience from Barclays Ghana, where she gained cross-functional experience in operations, credit and retail banking. Most recently, she was responsible for managing Barclay’s Prestige Wealth Management unit. Prior to Barclays, Kitty held administrative roles at Chrisa Hotel and Falsyd Foundation School in Ghana. Kitty has a BA in Management and Psychology from the University of Ghana.


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    Christine Kapkusum

    Portfolio Manager, Nairobi, Kenya

    “Dare to be somebody that creates a positive difference in underprivileged people’s lives.” [READ MORE]

    Christine Kapkusum-Mbae currently manages Acumen’s Health Portfolio in East Africa. She also oversees the origination and assessment of new investment opportunities as well as provide post investment support to Acumen’s investees. Christine has over six years experience in corporate and project finance. Before joining, she headed the finance team of a project company within the IPS (K) Group. Prior to that, she provided management and technical support to companies within the IPS group where she handled assignments relating business valuations, business planning/budgeting, financial modeling, group financial reporting, due diligence, and transaction structuring. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Kenyatta University and a post graduate degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the United States International University with a major in Finance. She is also Certified Public Accountant (CPA-K).


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    Karuna Jain

    Portfolio Manager, Mumbai, India

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

    Karuna joined Acumen in July 2012 to grow and manage the Health Portfolio and also to develop the Housing Portfolio in India.  Karuna has two years of investing experience with the $175M Aditya Birla private equity fund and $600M Milestone Capital real estate fund. She has also spent four years with the Aditya Birla Group and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories in textiles, cement and pharmaceuticals businesses across finance and M&A roles. Karuna earned her post graduation in management from the India School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad. She is also a qualified Chartered Accountant.


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    Manoj Kumar Vastari

    Finance Manager, Mumbai, India

    “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.” [READ MORE]

    Manoj joined Acumen as the Global Accountant in Acumen’s India office in September 2008. Before joining the India office, he worked in a temporary position at the Acumen New York office for four months. Prior to Acumen, Manoj managed finance and taxation matters in a chartered accountant firm and also owned an accounting firm. Manoj has 17 years of accounting experience. He holds a BA in Accounting, a BA in Law and an MBA in Finance. Manoj has also completed his Chartered Accountant Exam (Intermediate) from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.


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    Molly Alexander

    Head of Talent Development, London, England

    “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.



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    Sean Moore

    Portfolio Manager, New York, USA

    “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.” [READ MORE]

    Sean is a Portfolio Manager in Acumen’s New York office where he focuses on sourcing new investment opportunities, executing investment transactions, and developing global portfolio partnerships with co-investors and other strategic partners.  Sean is currently the relationship manager for d.light design, an energy investee, and is also responsible for managing a loan guarantee facility in partnership with USAID.  Since joining Acumen in 2010, Sean has worked on five transactions totally $4.3 million of invested capital.  In 2011, Sean spent 7 months in Accra, Ghana helping to set-up Acumen’s West Africa office and building its investment portfolio there.  Before joining Acumen, Sean worked as an investment banking analyst in the Financial Institutions Group at Merrill Lynch where he focused on Asset Managers and Depository Institutions.  After completing the analyst program, Sean spent two months volunteering and traveling in Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa.  Sean graduated from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis in 2005 with a BSBA in Finance, Accounting and International Business.



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    Sachindra Rudra

    Chief Investment Officer, New York, USA

    “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” [READ MORE]

    Sachindra is an experienced investor and has substantial experience in running and scaling organizations with a focus on the consumer products, processed foods and healthcare sectors. Prior to taking on his current role of Chief Investment Officer, Sachindra was Country Director and CEO of Acumen’s operations in India where he was responsible for the full gamut of Acumen’s activities, and represented Acumen on the boards of Ziqitza Healthcare, Orb Energy, Lifespring Hospitals and PVRI.

    Prior to joining Acumen, Sachin was a Director in the India office of Navis Capital, an Asia-focused and sector agnostic private equity firm where he managed investments in the range of $15-50M through the full lifecycle of sourcing, due diligence, deal structuring, portfolio management and exit. He brings over 15 years experience, working in private equity, consulting and operations. Sachin began his career at Hindustan Unilever Ltd (the Indian subsidiary of Unilever) in Calcutta as an Area Sales Manager, where he did considerable work in rural markets and he then moved into consulting at McKinsey in Delhi, which included an assignment working for the American India Foundation. Sachin then spent a number of years at Piramal Healthcare, one of the leading pharmaceuticals companies in India, where he held various positions of increasing responsibility, including President – Strategy and Business Development and Business Head – Orthopedics. He has wide-ranging sector exposure in the investing space with a high degree of focus on healthcare, consumer products and processed foods.

    Sachin holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics from St Stephen’s College in Delhi, a Masters Degree in Economics from Cambridge University and an M.Sc from the London School of Economics. He has MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.



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    Sasha Dichter

    Chief Innovation Officer, New York, USA

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

    As Acumen’s Chief Innovation Officer, Sasha is responsible for growing the impact of Acumen’s work through our investment in leaders and the spread of ideas.  Sasha oversees Acumen’s leadership programs: Global Fellows, Regional Fellows, and +acumen; our work in metrics and understanding impact; as well as resource mobilization from our global Partner community.  In his previous role at Acumen as Director of Business Development, from 2007-2011 Sasha led global fundraising, which including executing a successful $100M capital raise.

    Sasha is also a noted speaker and blogger on generosity, philanthropy and social change, the author of the Manifesto for Nonprofit CEOs, and the creator of Generosity Day. His talks have been featured on TED.com and at the DO Lectures and he has been recognized as an Innovation Agent by Fast Company and as a top 10 Business Bloggers by Say 100 Media.

    Before Acumen, Sasha worked at GE Money to expand financial offerings to underserved communities; and at IBM, spearheading the company’s corporate citizenship strategy and launching a leadership program for school administrators. Sasha began his career as a management consultant for Booz | Allen | Hamilton in the firm’s telecommunications practice, based in New York and working primarily in Latin America and Europe.  Sasha has also worked with the microfinance group of Bank Rakyat Indonesia and with the venture-backed Navic Networks, recently acquired by Microsoft.

    Sasha holds a BA from Harvard College, a Masters in Public Administration in International Development from Harvard’s Kennedy School and an MBA from Harvard Business School.



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    Sushmita Bhandari

    Accounting Associate, New York, 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.” [READ MORE]

    Sushmita Bhandari joined Acumen in February 2010. Prior to joining Acumen, Sushmita worked as an Accountant at Universal Gem Traders. She has also worked for Luxury Fashions in Nepal as an Accounting Associate. In addition to the work she does at Acumen, Sushmita is also a personal tax preparer at Jackson Hewitt Tax Services. She holds a BBA in Marketing from Kathmandu University, Nepal and a BA in Economics from Hunter College, City University Of New York.



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    Syed Umair Hussain

    Senior Associate, Finance & Operations, Karachi, Pakistan

    “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.” [READ MORE]

    As Senior Associate for Finance & Operations in Pakistan, Syed Umair Hussain is responsible for coordinating all aspects of financial management, accounting, book-keeping, Treasury management, Investment Accounting and Office administration. He was also actively involved in HR issues of Acumen Pakistan. Before joining Acumen, S. Umair Hussain worked as an Accounts Officer at Interglobe Commerce Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd, a large oil storage facilities and pipeline construction company, where he was responsible for various accounting and finance matters, including costing and Internal Audit of oil refineries projects. He has also worked as Assistant Accountant at Callmate Telips (Pvt) Ltd, a private telecom company in Pakistan. Umair holds an MBA in Finance and Accounts from Preston Institute of Management Science and Technology and is currently pursuing his ACMA from the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan.


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    Veena Shetty

    Administrative Associate, 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.” [READ MORE]

    Veena Shetty joined Acumen as the Administrative Associate in the India Office in June 2012. Prior to Acumen, Veena worked with Intellectual Capital Advisory Services Pvt Ltd (Intellecap) for 3 years where she focused on Administrative and HR functions. At Acumen she is engaged in administrative and talent functions. Veena has received her Master’s in Commerce (Management) and Bachelor of Commerce from Mumbai University, she also holds a Diploma in NIIT.


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    Yusra Gilani

    Pakistan Counsel, Karachi, Pakistan

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

    Yusra has been Acumen Pakistan’s Counsel for over 5 years. Prior to joining, she worked with Mandviwalla & Zafar where she represented various banks and public/private sector companies on diverse deals which included setting up and licensing various Banks, Islamic banks, Microfinance banks as well as undertaking mergers and acquisitions. Yusra holds a BA Honors in Economics and Politics from SOAS (University of London), a CPE from BPP Law School, a BVC from Inns Court School of Law. Yusra is a Barrister-at-Law and a member of the Honorable Society of Lincolns Inn.


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    Shuaib Siddiqui

    Director of Portfolio, New York, USA

    “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.” [READ MORE]

    Shuaib is Director of Portfolio at Acumen where he oversees our global investing process, management of our global investment committee, new investment origination, and portfolio management.

    Prior to Acumen, Shuaib worked for two years in the Quantitative Alpha Generation Group at Citadel Investment Group, a hedge fund based in Chicago, where he focused on developing trading strategies utilizing fundamental company data. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Vice President at Merrill Lynch working on The Global Analytic and Thematic Research team. He holds a BA in Economics from New York University.



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    Dorcas Nditi Mutemwa

    Administrative Assistant, Nairobi, Kenya

    “Dorcas joined Acumen in August 2009 as the Administrative Assistant for the East Africa office.” [READ MORE]

    Dorcas joined Acumen in August 2009 as the Administrative Assistant for the East Africa office. In her role, she is responsible for meeting coordination, scheduling, and administrative organization for the entire office. Dorcas graduated from Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya and is a entrepreneur herself. Dorcas is also a trained banker and has worked for both Standard Chartered Bank and CfC Stanbic Bank in Kenya.


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    Prince Akpesey

    Portfolio Manager, Accra, Ghana

    “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.” [READ MORE]

    Prince is based in the West Africa office and is focused on the development of investments for Acumen across the region. He also supports the West Africa Director in managing investments across portfolios and business development.

    Before joining Acumen, Prince worked for a boutique investment banking firm in Accra, Ghana, where he set up and led the corporate finance team to execute transactions across various industries. Prior to that, he spent 7 years at First Atlantic Bank Limited where he worked in various roles including equity research, investment management, corporate finance, strategy and corporate development and where he was a key member of the team that transformed the equity trading desk into one of the top three equity trading businesses in Ghana. He was also involved in some of the key M&A and other advisory transactions executed by the bank.

    Prince holds a Masters in Finance and Management from the Cranfield University School of Management where he was a Chevening Scholar and a Bachelor of Science in Administration from the University of Ghana Business School. Prince is an Authorized Dealing Officer of the Ghana Stock Exchange.



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    Ketaki Suklikar

    Legal Counsel, Mumbai, India

    “I am deeply committed to Acumen’s mission and values and it’s exciting to be a part of such a vibrant team.” [READ MORE]

    Ketaki Suklikar has joined Acumen as India’s Legal Counsel. Prior to joining Acumen, Ketaki was a Senior Associate at Wadia Ghandy & Co, a leading law firm based in Mumbai where her practice area focused on private equity transactions, mergers & acquisitions and joint ventures across various sectors. Ketaki holds a master’s degree in corporate and commercial laws from the Kings College, University of London and an LLB from the University of Pune, India.



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    Erik Ornitz

    Senior Portfolio Associate, New York

    “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.” [READ MORE]

    Erik is a Senior Associate on Acumen’s New York Portfolio Team, where he focuses on sourcing and executing early-stage global investments across predominantly agriculture, energy, healthcare and financial inclusion sectors. Erik also works with Acumen’s Chief Investment Officer on global portfolio management and capital allocation strategy.

    Prior to joining the portfolio team at Acumen, Erik worked in Global Capital Markets and Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley. As a Senior Analyst in the Investment Banking Division, Erik worked with industrial clients on strategic transactions and capital raises. As an Analyst in the Global Capital Markets group, Erik focused on originating, structuring and executing acquisition financings across healthcare, technology, industrial and energy sectors. Since 2013, Erik has partnered with UnLtd Tamil Nadu as a volunteer consultant, acting as a business mentor for innovative social entrepreneurs in southern India. Erik graduated from Brown University with a BA in Business Economics & Entrepreneurship in 2010.


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    Prerna Khanna

    Business Associate, Mumbai, India

    “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.” [READ MORE]

    Prerna holds a cross-functional role, working on the Business Development, Communications and Talent teams. She supports local fund-raising, manages external communications, and assists in expanding Acumen’s community in India. She previously worked with the Strategy team at Magic Bus, an Indian sports-for development NGO, as part of AIF’s William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service. Prior to being awarded the Fellowship, Prerna worked as Foundation Relations Associate for Plan International in Washington DC. She has a  BA in International Relations with a focus on Politics, Economics, and Development from Brown University. While at Brown, Prerna co-led a student-run organization focused on refugee resettlement in Rhode Island.



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    Sophia Ahmed

    Business Associate, Karachi, Pakistan

    “Sophia works at Acumen Pakistan as a Business Associate. She completed her Bachelors in Business Administration from NUST Business School in Islamabad in 2005. After working...” [READ MORE]

    Sophia works at Acumen Pakistan as a Business Associate. She completed her Bachelors in Business Administration from NUST Business School in Islamabad in 2005. After working with a Evernew Concepts in Islamabad, she pursued her Masters in Marketing from Brunel University, UK, in 2010. Before joining Acumen, Sophia was working as a Commercial Trainee Officer with ICI, Pakistan’s largest chemicals company. These days Sophia (who is new to Karachi) can often be found discovering what Karachi has to offer.



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    Adrienne Rodriguez

    Associate Director of Finance, New York, USA

    “Acumen’s model has shown me the power of innovation – moving beyond traditional thinking and assuming risk to catalyze a more profound and lasting impact on the developing world.” [READ MORE]

    Adrienne joined Acumen in 2013 as a member of the finance team. Prior to joining Acumen, Adrienne worked at Summit Rock Advisors, an independent advisory firm that provides financial advice and portfolio management to U.S. based families and charitable institutions.  At Summit Rock Advisors, she was responsible for enhancing data integrity, systematizing operating processes and overseeing the production of performance reports to clients.  Prior to joining Summit Rock Advisors, Adrienne was a manager at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. analyzing private equity investment performance and returns.

    For the past two years, Adrienne has been an active part of the broader Acumen community by serving on the leadership team for the NY+Acumen chapter.

    Adrienne holds a Master of Accounting degree from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Florida.



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    Lindsay Camacho

    Executive Assistant to the CEO, New York, USA

    “I believe Acumen’s work fostering sustainable legacies around the world has initiated an enduring and measurable impact on our collective future.” [READ MORE]

    Lindsay joined Acumen Fund in January 2014 and manages scheduling, strategic relationship management and communications for Jacqueline Novogratz.  Prior to Acumen, Lindsay worked for the U.S. House of Representatives and volunteered with resettled refugees in Washington, D.C.  She has also lived and worked in Australia and Japan, volunteering with the Asylum Seekers Centre of New South Wales and Australian League of Immigration Volunteers, and working for the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Programme.  Lindsay holds a BA in Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs from Miami University.


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    Saleem Ahmed

    Administrative Associate, Karachi, Pakistan

    “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.” [READ MORE]

    Saleem has over 30 years of experience as Personal Secretary in different organizations. Prior to joining Acumen Pakistan he has worked as Assistant Vice President, Corporate Secretarial to CEO of BMA Capital Management Limited for 18 years. He was also hold the additional charge of Head of Administration at BMA Capital. Saleem was responsible for all types of secretarial job and supervision of Administration Department at BMA Capital.

    Saleem holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Karachi, Pakistan.



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    Khubaib Siddiqui

    Portfolio Associate, Lahore, Pakistan

    “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.” [READ MORE]

    As Pakistan Portfolio Associate, Khubaib Siddiqui is responsible for managing existing investments and supporting portfolio growth in the Energy sector. Khubaib has over two years of experience in capital markets and corporate and investment banking. He has previously worked as an Equity Trader in the Treasury and Capital Markets Group of United Bank Limited where he was responsible for managing a short-term equity trading portfolio. He has also had a brief stint as a Relationship Manager in the Corporate and Investment Banking Group of Habib Bank Limited. Khubaib holds an MA in Economics from Duke University and a BSc (Hons.) in Economics from Lahore University of Management Sciences.



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    Avinash Mishra

    Senior Portfolio Associate, Mumbai, India

    “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.” [READ MORE]

    Prior to joining Acumen, Avinash was working with TAO Education, a New Delhi based education technology start-up which he co-founded. As the head of business strategy and alliances, he spearheaded the financial planning and projections, market entry strategies and managed relationships with various stakeholders including potential investors, advisors and clients.

    Earlier, Avinash was working with Citibank Corporate and Investment Banking team as a relationship manager for top MNC clients. He worked closely with Citi and client global teams on cross border transactions (FDI and M&A deals) as well as end to end servicing and advisory across the entire gamut of banking products.

    Avinash holds a MBA from FMS, University of Delhi and a BE (Electronics and Communications) from NSIT, University of Delhi.



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    Festus Amoyaw

    Portfolio Manager, Accra, Ghana

    “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.” [READ MORE]

    Festus started his career with Amex International Incorporated a contractor for the USAID in Ghana Trade & Investment Reform Programme, Increased Private Enterprise Performance (IPEP) Component Project as a Market Research and Business Development Assistant. He subsequently worked in an indigenous Ghanaian Financial Institution, HFC Bank as Credit Analyst with focus on Small and Medium Enterprises. Based on the experience from the development and financial institutions he joined GroFin Ghana a subsidiary of the GroFin Capital a Fund Manager for GroFin Africa Fund with a total fund size of USD150million. In GroFin he started as a Business Development Manager and later became a Portfolio Manager.

    Until recently he was an Investment Officer with Investisseur & Partenaires a Paris based Fund Manager of I&P Afrique Entreprenuer Fund of Euro 55 Million in the Ghana Office.

    Festus graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Economics. He also has an Executive Masters in Business Administration from University of Ghana. Again he is studying to complete a professional course in Accounting and Auditing with the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants, United Kingdom. With respect to languages he has a working knowledge in French.



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    Jhoomer Sinha

    Senior Portfolio Associate, Mumbai, India

    “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.” [READ MORE]

    Jhoomer joined Acumen in April 2014 as a Senior Portfolio Associate. She is focussed on developing Acumen’s Health and Housing portfolios in India.

    Before joining Acumen, Jhoomer worked as a strategy consultant at Accenture Management Consulting, where she advised clients across public systems, health and development sector. Her work also involved financial value analysis to identify execution challenges and potential opportunities such as value chain improvement, cost restructuring, M&A and market expansion opportunities for global clients across various sectors.
    Prior to Accenture, she worked briefly in an Indian I-Bank in the role of an M&A analyst.

    Jhoomer has completed her B.Tech in Electronics Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Surat and has an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.



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    Amrita Bhandari

    Chief Financial Officer, New York, USA

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

    Amrita is Acumen’s global CFO, responsible for financial operations across our geographies, strategy, planning and reporting.

    Prior to Acumen, Amrita was CFO of Katzenbach Partners, a dynamic management consulting firm and was instrumental in the merger integration of Katzenbach with Booz & Co.  In addition to her management role, she consulted with clients across a range of industries with a focus on strategy and planning.  Since then, she developed her own independent consulting practice with a focus on inspiring organizations in the social sector. Amrita has worked with Acumen in the past as a strategy consultant covering a range of topics such as clarifying Acumen’s business model, developing a multi-year operating plan and evaluating Acumen’s employee compensation plans.  Amrita has also worked with Management Leadership for Tomorrow, Edelman and other professional services firms.  Amrita received a BA in International Relations from The College of Wooster.



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    Tomoko Matsukawa

    Senior Innovation Associate, New York, USA

    “+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.” [READ MORE]

    Tomoko joined Acumen in 2014 as a member of the +Acumen team. Tomoko was formerly a leader of the Tokyo +Acumen chapter, and she is now developing and expanding +Acumen courses and strengthening the network of volunteer chapters around the world.

    Prior to joining Acumen, Tomoko worked on business development with Quipper, an education technology startup. Earlier in her career, Tomoko worked with GLOBIS, providing customized leadership development programs for Japanese corporations, and at Goldman Sachs Japan in equity research and institutional sales.

    Tomoko holds a Master of Education degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University.


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    Ajit Mahadevan

    India Director, Mumbai, India

    “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.” [READ MORE]

    Ajit joins Acumen from Ernst & Young, where he has served as Advisory Partner & Leader (Life Sciences) for the past six years. At EY, he was a strategic advisor to the leadership of some of the leading Indian and global life science and healthcare players with the focus being business transformation and growth. Prior to his time at E&Y, Ajit was President of Piramal Healthcare, one of the leading pharmaceuticals companies in India, where he built the international business from inception in 2002 to $300M by the end of 2008. Ajit held multiple leadership roles across strategy, M&A and business leadership. During his tenure at Accenture’s Strategic Services practice in UK and India, he led the development of one of the firm’s largest and most successful internal projects – the Offshore Development Centre in 2001, which has now grown to about 100,000 people across multiple cities in India. Ajit has worked in an advisory capacity to Acumen in the past, most recently participating in Regional Fellows selection panels in Mumbai.

    Ajit holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Sciences from PSG College of Technology, India and a Masters of Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper School of Business).



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    Kasia Stochniol

    Innovation Advisor, New York, USA

    “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.” [READ MORE]

    Kasia joined Acumen in June 2014 as an Innovation Advisor on a year-long Harvard Business School Fellowship. Her work with the Impact Team will focus on exploring new products and services that Acumen can offer to its portfolio companies and the wider Impact Investing community.

    Prior to business school, Kasia gained wide-ranging experience that includes various strategy consulting roles for both private-sector and government clients, she worked at Innocent Drinks (a smoothie start-up in London), and also spent time in Nairobi where she helped to launch M-KOPA, an Acumen portfolio company which finances mini solar home systems. She is a Fulbright Scholar, holds a First Class degree in Economics and Management from Oxford University, and in her spare time, loves snowboarding, mountain-climbing and cycling.



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    Jo Opot

    Head of Business Development, West Coast, San Francisco, USA

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

    Jo is Acumen’s Head of Business Development – West Coast where she leads the organization’s partner engagement and fundraising strategy.

    Prior to Acumen, Jo provided technological and business modelling support to early stage sustainability ventures as the Director of Business Development at Singlebrook Technology. Jo started her career as the Director of Programs and subsequently the Executive Director of StartingBloc, a social innovators training institute, which has supported over 1,000 fellows from 70 countries, including 30 early stage start-up entrepreneurs. She then joined TerraCycle, an innovative recycling company as the Global Vice President of Business Development and oversaw their partnership development in twenty-two markets.

    Based on her commitment to social innovation and sustainable business, Jo is a recipient of the Sundance Eco-Warrior Award, is a Social Venture Network fellow and has been featured in the New York Times and Fast Company among other leading publications.

    Jo holds a BA from Middlebury College and is currently pursuing a Masters in Sustainability at the University of Cambridge.



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    Emily Wilson

    Senior Business Development Associate, New York, USA

    “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.” [READ MORE]

    Emily joined Acumen’s Business Development team in July 2014, where she provides analysis and insight to our global fundraising efforts to expand and cultivate our network of dedicated supporters. Prior to joining Acumen, she taught English in Marseille, France, and spent three years working on systems upgrade projects and customer relationship management database administration at Interaudi Bank in New York. She holds a BA from Columbia University in Francophone Studies and Sustainable Development. In her spare time, Emily is also a volunteer SAT tutor and indoor rock climber.



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    Priyanka Bhasin

    Senior Associate Strategic Partnerships, 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.” [READ MORE]

    Priyanka is a Senior Associate at Acumen working on the Strategic Partnerships team to create synergies between large corporations and Acumen’s work.

    Prior to joining Acumen, Priyanka was at Catchafire, a for-profit social venture that works to match professionals with nonprofits on meaningful skills based volunteering projects in order to build capacity for non profit organizations. While at Catchafire, Priyanka’s roles ranged from leading the Account Management team to setting up some of Catchafire’s first corporate partnership engagements, with corporations such as Merck, Viacom, and GLG. Previously, Priyanka was an Associate at Sanford C. Bernstein’s Private Wealth Management group. Priyanka has also worked as an entrepreneur, launching her own event planning company, catering to the niche market of South Asian weddings.

    Priyanka holds an MBA from NYU Stern as well as a BS in Industrial Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.



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    Aliyah Kurji

    Innovation Manager, London, England

    “Acumen attracts a remarkably diverse mix of people who are smart, bold and generous. This combination creates an ecosystem that inspires change and will truly affect the status quo.” [READ MORE]

    Aliyah joined Acumen in October 2014 as Innovation Manager focused on Acumen Alumni. As part of the wider +Acumen team Aliyah will work to leverage the power of the Acumen ecosystem in service of strengthening its impact in the world. Prior to this role Aliyah was an Acumen Global Fellow, Class of 2014 during which she worked with d. light design in Nairobi, Kenya. Aliyah spent six years in consulting with Accenture in the UK. She has also worked with SmallWorld Cambodia (a collaborative workspace for early startups and budding entrepreneurs) and is a member of SERVE ON (a disaster response team). She holds a BA from the University of Warwick and an MBA from University of Oxford.



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    Esha Mufti

    Business Development Associate, New York, USA

    “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.” [READ MORE]

    Prior to joining Acumen, Esha worked at the Stimson Center, a think tank in Washington, DC. She focused on researching and writing about global development and security issues and working to develop cross-sector responses to these challenges– partnering with governments, foundations, corporations, and NGOs. Esha holds a BA in International and Area Studies from the University of Oklahoma, graduating magna cum laude and with honors. She spent time in Turkey during and following her undergraduate studies, first studying at Bogazici University in Istanbul and later working at Baskent University in Antalya.



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    Julian Wolfson

    Associate Director of Business Development, London, UK

    “Helping change the lives of those often left behind means being brave, patient, risky and willing to fail. Acumen is not afraid to lead: to challenge the imagination and reach down to help pull individuals, entrepreneurs and sectors up.” [READ MORE]

    Prior to joining Acumen, Julian worked extensively in the field of international development, focusing on health and nutrition in developing contexts in both the public, private and not for profit sector in throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.  He has led business development, program implementation, government relations and international research projects.  He has also worked on areas of health and nutrition, micro-credit and extreme poverty alleviation as well as refugee issues

    Julian most recently led GAIN’s programs focusing on school aged and children and adolescent girls, reaching more than 3 million children and girls.  In this role, he led the development of a new strategy and new department, as well as numerous global partnerships.  Prior to joining GAIN, he was with Tetra Pak where he led programs with partners and customers as well as Government to develop products for consumers of various socio-economic groups in emerging markets.  Initially based in West Africa he led the relationship between Tetra Pak and customers as well as regional governments. As part of this role, he served as the technical advisor on school nutrition to the Government of Nigeria working closely with the federal and regional governments while overseeing the government department on school feeding and liaising with the executive branch.

    Julian has a master’s degree (MPhil) in international development from the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, UK and a BA in Political Science from Mount Allison University in Canada.