JS, Acumen Fund launch fellows programme
KARACHI: Acumen Fund hosted an event introducing the first class of Acumen Pakistan Fellows. In partnership with JS Bank, the Mahvash and Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation and the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, Acumen is working to develop the next generation of social change leaders who are building innovative businesses and strong institutions across Pakistan.
Twenty individuals have been selected out of over 500 candidates to participate in the year-long training. Fellows’ initiatives range from creating an interest-free microfinance institution, to a disaster relief project and to a teaching training program.
The launch event featured remarks by Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO of Acumen Fund and Firoz Ladak Executive Director Edmond de Rothschild Foundations.
“Pakistan today faces many challenges, and we need new leaders who are dedicated to creating a better future for this country,” said Farrukh Khan, Country Director, Acumen Fund Pakistan. “It is exciting to help develop a community of leaders with the financial skills, operational excellence and moral imagination to address pressing social issues and we’re humbled by the support and interest we’ve received from our partners and local community.” staff report