Posted by: Academy of Achievement | 05/29/2013

casey300Catherine Casey Nanda, Class of 2006
Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Fellow,
Director of Global Expansion and Country Operations, Acumen

I currently direct global expansion at Acumen — a nonprofit that raises charitable donations to invest in companies, leaders, and ideas that are changing the way the world tackles poverty. To date, we have invested $83 million in 73 companies. I’m responsible for setting strategy, building teams, fundraising and investing in new regions. I’m also responsible for leading operational excellence across Acumen’s 5 regional offices in Kenya, Ghana, India, Pakistan and Colombia.

Most recently I launched Acumen’s West Africa office, based in Accra, where I built regional operations from scratch, established an investment pipeline, and made our first three investments. Today, I’m focused on replicating that success in new regions, with an immediate focus on Latin America and Southeast Asia.  I also serve as a Board Member of GADCO, an African food production company.

I first met with Acumen on a Reynolds Fellowship visit to social enterprises in New York. I’m so grateful for that connection, and for all the ways the Fellowship experience continues to shape my life — including by introducing me to some of my closest mentors, colleagues and friends. The Academy inspired me to be more audacious and deepen my commitment to public service, all while having a lot of fun. I’ll never forget Robin Williams rapping alongside Sheryl Crow, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu jumping up to dance (truly a once-in-a-lifetime moment!) I look forward to growing with — and contributing to — this community in years to come.

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