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Chief Innovation Officer, Acumen

As chief innovation officer at Acumen, Sasha oversees the organization’s work in leadership and the spread of ideas. This encompasses Acumen’s lean data work, the Acumen Fellows programs, +Acumen and other efforts to help change the way the world tackles poverty. In his previous role as Acumen’s director of business development, Sasha led global capital raising, including executing a successful $100 million capital raise.

Sasha is also a noted speaker and blogger on generosity, philanthropy and social change, the author of the Manifesto for Nonprofit CEOs, and the creator of Generosity Day. His talks have been featured prominently on, the DO Lectures, SOCAP and other major conferences; he has been recognized as an innovation agent by Fast Company magazine; and he has been a contributor to Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review and other leading publications. Sasha also serves on the executive committee of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs.

Before Acumen, Sasha worked at GE Money to expand financial offerings to underserved communities globally; at IBM, spearheading the company’s corporate citizenship strategy and launching a leadership program for school administrators; and at the microfinance group of Bank Rakyat Indonesia. Sasha began his career at Booz | Allen | Hamilton consulting to telecommunications companies in Latin America and Europe.

Sasha holds a BA from Harvard College, a Master’s in public administration in international development from Harvard’s Kennedy School and an MBA from Harvard Business School.