Jacqueline Novogratz’s Key Accomplishment Include…
Jacqueline Novogratz is the founder and CEO of the Acumen Fund, a non-profit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty. Proving that with large amounts of business acumen and small amounts of philanthropic capital, thriving enterprises to support the poor can achieve and succeed, Acumen’s innovative, market-oriented approach has helped deliver affordable and critical goods and services around the world. Novogratz is the author of the best-selling memoir, The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World, which documents her life in philanthropy.
For her work with Acumen, Novogratz was named to Forbes magazine’s inaugural “Impact 30” list of top social entrepreneurs, and she was named a TIME magazine “Responsibility Pioneer” for her work in changing the world for the better. The Daily Beast named her one of the “25 Smartest People of the Decade” and Foreign Policy recognized her as one of the world’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers.” In 2009, she was honored with the CASE Leadership in Social Entrepreneurship Award, and has been named an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow and a Synergos Institute Senior Fellow.
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A longtime philanthropist, Jacqueline Novogratz is also the founder of The Philanthropy Workshop and The Next Generation Leadership programs at the Rockefeller Institute, as well as Duterimbere, a micro-finance institute in Rwanda.
Sharing her quest to understand poverty and challenging listeners to rethink their engagement with the world, Novogratz is a powerful, inspirational voice for global change.