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Join a committed cohort of leaders intent on building an inclusive, just and sustainable world.

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Around the Globe

Bangladesh

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A diverse group of leaders share a deep commitment to creating long-lasting social impact.

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Colombia

Emerging leaders use bottom-up approaches to create change—restoring the social fabric for a new post-conflict Colombia.

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East Africa

Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Burundi, and South Sudan

Emerging entrepreneurs and change agents represent the best and brightest in a diverse range of cultural, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

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India

Dynamic leaders from nearly every walk of life who have impacted their sector and are deeply committed to creating meaningful change in India.

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Malaysia

Extraordinary leaders harnessing the strength of Malaysian diversity to tackle the country’s most pressing social issues and create a more equitable future.

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Spain

A community of leaders working to create systemic and sustainable change in Spain.

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UK

Bold leaders building radical new solutions to bridge divides and create a society that works for all.

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West Africa

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Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia and The Gambia

Entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and organization-builders from both public and private sectors model a new type of leadership grounded in hope and dignity.

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Today, I am strong enough to do this work no matter what. That feeling came through the Acumen Fellowship.”

Ashweeta Shetty,

Acumen India Fellow

The Fellowship Experience

Year One

Continue your commitment to social change.Our intensive year-long program furthers your journey toward mastering the skills, attributes, and values of moral leadership: empathy, immersion, understanding, and action.

Acumen Fellows will:

  • Engage in a mix of in-person and online seminars designed to improve capacity to innovate and drive change.
  • Learn relevant, real-world, core curriculum focused on developing the skills needed to make lasting social impact.
  • Remain in full-time employment while attending immersive cohort-based seminars to grow as a moral leader. Join a diverse community of social innovators who are locally rooted, globally connected, and challenging the status quo of poverty and injustice in their communities.

Beyond Year One

Beyond Year One Fellows are united through shared values, a common commitment to a world beyond poverty and injustice—and a pledge to accompany, celebrate, and hold each other accountable. Your lifelong global community of fellowship starts here.

What Makes a Fellow

Our fellows are extraordinary leaders who dare to embrace the difficult journey of social change. Here’s what we want from you—and what you can expect from your cohort.

Diverse perspective

From social entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, to builders reimagining boundaries, our cohorts are curated across all sectors and backgrounds.

Dedicated to poverty and injustice

Fellows are innovators willing to undergo an intensive leadership journey—practicing the skills of moral imagination to tackle poverty and injustice.

Locally rooted

These leaders are unrelenting, have a history of impact, and are committed to making concrete progress in their respective regions.

Featured Fellows

Gayatri Jolly

India

India 2017 Fellow

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Radha Karnad

East Africa

East Africa 2016 Fellow

Sarah Matindi

East Africa

East Africa 2014 Fellow

Meet the Fellows 

Featured Fellows

Meet the Fellows 

Gayatri Jolly

India

India 2017 Fellow

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Radha Karnad

East Africa

East Africa 2016 Fellow

Sarah Matindi

East Africa

East Africa 2014 Fellow

Haroon Yasin

Pakistan

Pakistan 2017 Fellow

Kibret Tuffa

East Africa

East Africa 2015 Fellow

Julian Facundo Rinaudo

Colombia

Colombia 2019 Fellow

Fellows as Influencers

Acumen Fellow Shad Begum ('17) calls for women around the world to find their political voice

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