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About the Author
Jacqueline Novogratz is the founder of Acumen, a nonprofit global venture capital fund.
Under Jacqueline's leadership, Acumen has approved investments of more than $101 million in 92 companies in Africa, Latin America and South Asia, all focused on delivering affordable healthcare, water, housing and energy to the poor. These companies have impacted more than 189 million lives and leveraged an additional $500 million in follow-on capital. Prior to Acumen, Jacqueline founded and directed The Philanthropy Workshop and The Next Generation Leadership programs at the Rockefeller Foundation. She also co-founded Duterimbere, a micro-finance institution in Rwanda. She began her career in international banking with Chase Manhattan Bank.
Jacqueline has been featured on the cover of Forbes magazine, and in Foreign Policy's list of Top 100 Global Thinkers and The Daily Beast's 25 Smartest People of the Decade. She is a frequent speaker at forums including the Clinton Global Initiative, TED, and the Aspen Ideas Festival. Her best-selling memoir The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World chronicles her quest to understand poverty and challenges readers to grant dignity to the poor and to rethink their engagement with the world.
Jacqueline currently sits on the advisory boards of Sonen Capital, Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, and the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED). She also serves on the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees and the board of IDEO.org, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Development. She holds an MBA from Stanford and a BA in Economics/International Relations from the University of Virginia.