About Our Chapter
MUMBAI+acumen is a self-organized, volunteer-led group that seeks to inspire and empower like-minded individuals in the the city of Mumbai, India who are passionate about supporting Acumen Fund’s mission to create a world beyond poverty. Our chapter was established in June 2011 and is one of 17 +acumen chapters around the world sharing the principles of patient capital, cultivating an understanding of Acumen Fund’s values, and putting these principles into practice in our community.
Meet the team
Prashant has over 5 years of experience in strategy and operations consulting in the banking and telecommunications industry. He currently chairs the Mumbai + Acumen Chapter charting the overall strategic direction. Prashant completed his MBA from the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad. Prashant was the recipient of the ISB Torchbearers Award awarded to the top 10% of the class for demonstrating leadership, commitment and quality of participation in the ISB campus life throughout the course term. Prashant is also a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has completed his Bachelors of Commerce from Mumbai University.
Prashant is passionate about start ups and investing particularly in the industries which are enabled by technology. Prashant is currently learning Mandarin and plans to achieve practical proficiency by the end of 2014. Prashant is also a long distance runner and has won a medal at the Hyderabad edition of the marathon in 2013 for a top 100 finish.
Fund Raising Lead
Shivaranjani has over 10 years of experience in strategy, business
development and drug discovery research in the Pharma/ Biotech space.
She is currently employed with Glenmark Pharmaceuticals and was with
Biocon and University of California at San Francisco prior to this
role. She has a Masters in Molecular Biology from National University
of Singapore (NUS). She was also awarded the SIA scholarship for
undergraduate studies at NUS. At Mumbai + Acumen she leads the fund raising efforts of the chapter focusing on forming strategic alliances with investors, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and CSR divisions of leading Indian companies.
Shivaranjani is a voracious reader and aspires to make a dent in the healthcare space.
Kanika has two years of experience in the design sector. She received her degree in Interior Design from Pratt Institute in New York. Along with her interests in design and education, she loves being outdoors and venturing into unknown waters. Currently she is working with Teach For India Fellow, teaching 5th and 6th grade. As part of Mumbai+acumen’s team, she hopes to facilitate Acumen’s vision to alleviate global poverty by blending business and philanthropy.
Abhimanyu is currently the Fellowship Recruitment Manager at Teach For India. He has a bachelors degree in Telecommunications Engineering and was a Teach For India 2011 Fellow where he taught in a slum school in Mumbai for two years. Abhimanyu is now a part of the core team at MUMBAI+acumen.