#1 Jacqueline Novogratz
Founder & CEO of Acumen Fund
A non-profit global venture capital fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty. Acumen Fund has invested over $50 million of patient capital in 50 businesses that have impacted more than 40 million people in the past year alone. Any money returned to Acumen Fund is reinvested in enterprises serving the poor.At present, Acumen situated in New York, Mumbai, Karachi and Nairobi.
#2 Roshaneh Zafar
Founder & Managing Director, KASHF Foundation
Ms. Zafar founded the Kashf Foundation.In 1996, It is first specialized microfinance organization in Pakistan.In 2002, Kashf Foundation was awarded the Microfinance Excellence Award by the Grameen Foundation-USA for its groundbreaking innovations in the field of microfinance in Pakistan.In 2005, it won the AGFUND International Prize for Microcredit out of 98 countries.
#3 Rohini Nilekani
Founder & Chairperson, ARGHYAM
Arghyam is a public charitable foundation setup with an endowment from Rohini Nilekani, working in the water and sanitation sector in India since 2005.Chairs the Akshara Foundation, which focuses on elementary education, and Pratham Books, a publisher of children's books. Aim, “the absolute reduction of poverty, which is so shameful in this country" & “Safe, Sustainable water for all”.
#4 Ingrid Munro
Founder & Managing Trustee, Jamii Bora Trust
Ingrid Munro founded and manages Jamii Bora, a microfinance organization based in Nairobi, Kenya. Ingrid Munro worked for eight years for the Swedish government in the bureau of housing research.Later Ingrid Munro began her career as an advocate for the poor in Kenya, pressing for their right to housing as a staff member of Habitat and the head of African Housing Fund, an advocacy group for the homeless.
#5 Elizabeth Dearborn Davis
Co-founder & CEO of the Akilah Institute for Women
The Akilah Institute for Women is a college for young women in Kigali, Rwanda. Akilah empowers young women in East Africa to transform their lives by equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to become leaders and entrepreneurs.