We are pleased to announce Naeem Zamindar as Acumen’s new Pakistan Country Director. Naeem’s 25-year career combines experience in venture capital with multiple high-level operational and leadership roles. Naeem worked at Intel Capital in Silicon Valley, helping build companies in the digital, new media and wireless broadband space. In Pakistan, he was CEO of Wateen Telecom, where he restructured the publicly listed company, turned around the business and repositioned it for growth, to take the company from losing $2 million per month to generating $1 million in positive cash flow over a matter of three years. He was also a founding member of Pakistan’s leading telecom company Mobilink and, as a part of its senior leadership team, built a nationwide fiber-optic network through the acquisition of four companies that now form Mobilink’s broadband division.
Naeem is actively involved in a number of organizations focused on developing entrepreneurship, leadership and spirituality. He is President of The Indus Entrepreneurs’ Lahore chapter and sits on the Advisory Board of The Center for Entrepreneurial Development, the Advisory Board of business incubator Nest I/O, and the National Advisory Board of the leadership development organization AIESEC. He is also Chairman of the Art of Living Foundation in Pakistan and Council Member of thePunjab Vocational Training Council.
Naeem was certified as a CPA in the United States and has an MBA from INSEAD. He brings an enormous amount of energy and commitment to our work.
“I am passionate about enabling a progressive and prosperous Pakistan, and Acumen has the will and ability to enable that vision,” Naeem said. “Accelerating the rate of innovation enabled by Acumen’s commitment and expertise in developing companies, leaders and ideas to focus on lifting the lives of the poor will enable our vision of a more inclusive world. I am very excited about working with this world-class team inspired by this common vision.”