Acumen Fund has announced its next two cohorts of leaders, from East Africa and Pakistan to join its network of Acumen Fund Fellows.
The fund has been over the last few months conducting an intensive selection process which saw over 1,000 applications and only 40 extraordinary individuals selected to the second class of the East Africa Fellows Program and the first class of the Pakistan Fellows Program.
The Fellows will participate in a series of trainings and collaborative projects designed to develop their financial, operational, and moral imagination skills throughout this year.
The Fellows come from diverse backgrounds; from a social enterprise using biogas technology to create renewable energy in Tanzania, to an NGO using art and photography but bound by a passion to use innovation to cause social change and create impact in their own communities.
According to Acumen Fund, “We hope that through these programs, we can develop new leaders who will challenge the status quo, work together across lines of difference, and inspire their communities to believe a brighter future is possible.”
The East African Fellows include;
|East Africa Fellows|
|George William Bakka, Angels Initiative|
|Joachim Ewechu, Angels Initiative|
|Ken Mwenda Gikunda, eMobilis|
|Julienne Ingabire, Sustainable Health Enterprises|
|Sarah Karanja, WelTel|
|Josephine Kulea, Samburu Girls Foundation|
|William Lochi, Republic of South Sudan|
|Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, Gulu District Government|
|George Mkwaya, Zanzibar Initiative for Youth Association|
|Majala Mlagui, Thamani Gems|
|Marion Atieno Moon, Wanda Organic Limited|
|Herbert Mugume, KZ Noir|
|Faith Muigai, Jacaranda Health|
|Hital Muraj, CISCO|
|Hawah Nabbuye, Educate!|
|Evelyn Namara, Solar Sister|
|Tayeb Noorbhai, SimGas|
|Herbert Thuo, Virtual City|
|Wambui Waithaka, Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union|
|Robert Wanjohi, Jitunze|
Acumen Fund plans to launch Regional Fellows Programs in each of the regions it operates and it will be launching its third program in India later this year.