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Jacqueline Novogratz

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Founder and CEO of Acumen, a global non-profit, social impact and moral leadership champion who transforms lives worldwide.

When Jacqueline Novogratz was 25, she quit her job on Wall Street and moved to Africa to focus on financing solutions for underserved communities. She worked as a consultant for the World Bank and UNICEF and co-founded Rwanda’s first microfinance institution, Duterimbere. The experience taught her that when you invest in local businesses, support local entrepreneurs, and help them scale, you create transformational opportunities for people living in poverty.

From Rwanda Jacqueline moved to the Rockefeller Foundation, where she founded The Philanthropy Workshop and co-founded the renowned Next Generation Leadership program. In 2001 she launched Acumen to introduce the concept of Patient Capital as an effective philanthropy-backed investment approach to tackle the most challenging issues of our time. Her vision and moral leadership through Acumen started a movement, and her success made impact investing a mainstream phenomenon. 

Jacqueline is the author of two award-winning books: the best-selling The Blue Sweater (2010) and Manifesto for a Moral Revolution: Practices to Build a Better World (2020). She is a member of The B Team and serves on the boards of KawiSafi and Species Unite. She also serves on several advisory boards, including the Development Finance Corporation Development Advisory Council, Oxford Saïd Business School Global Leadership Council, Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Institute, Pakistan Business Council’s Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business, Acumen America and Acumen Pakistan, and formerly on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board.

She has been named one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy, one of Insider’s Climate Action 30 leaders, one of the 25 Smartest People of the Decade by the Daily Beast, and one of the world’s 100 Greatest Living Business Minds by Forbes, which also honored her with the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Entrepreneurship. She has received eight honorary doctorates and holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BA in Economics/International Relations from the University of Virginia.

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Stories to shift systems

Jacqueline’s award-winning books on moral leadership, dignity, and solving problems of poverty.

A moral compass for creating change in an interdependent world – one that requires us to renew our institutions, starting with how we define success.

Manifesto for a Moral Revolution

A moral compass for creating change in an interdependent world – one that requires us to renew our institutions, starting with how we define success.

The cover of "The Blue Sweater: Bridging the gap between rich and poor in an interconnected world" by Jacqueline Novogratz in english

The Blue Sweater

A memoir detailing Jacqueline’s journey through her career and the lessons she learned along the way – how to uplift people using dignity and the steps she’s taken to end global poverty.

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What it takes to make change

Learn how you can commit (or recommit) to creating big, positive change in your lifetime – and give back more to the world than you take from it. “It is in the darkest times that we have the chance to find our deepest beauty,” Jacqueline says.

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