Acumen Fund Fellows 2009


Welcome to the Acumen Fund Fellows Blog.  We are the 2009 class and obviously, we have huge shoes to fill.  Thank you to Jon Yates, John Tucker, Catherine Casey, Chris Walker, Jawad Aslam, Tricia Morente, and Wangari Muchoki for teaching us from your experiences.  As the previous class did, we will be writing about all our adventures in the field.  Check out our bios below…

Premal Desai

Premal is a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft Corp, India, responsible for strategy, planning and delivery of software to enterprises. He has volunteered for LV Prasad Eye Institute and is a former owner of a Gymboree Play & Music franchise in California. Premal earned his MS in Computer Science from University of Texas.

Sophie Forbes

Sophie is a consultant to economic development and microfinance projects in Africa. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer and has worked in ten different countries in senior management and technical advisor roles. Sophie earned her MS from Carnegie Mellon in Public Policy and Management.

Ramakrishnan Hariharan

Ramakrishnan is a consultant in the development and banking sectors with a background in consumer banking and industrial goods. He has served as Head of Operations for Pratham, an NGO working in primary education in India. Ramakrishnan earned a Masters in Management Studies and a BS in Chemistry from Mumbai University.

Joanna Harries

Joanna is a Brand Manager at Unilever in Toronto, where she also leads community focused projects. She has previous experience in natural resources at Conoco Oil and Gas for their UK Division and in hi-tech marketing with Microsoft. Joanna earned her MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University with a focus in Sustainable Strategy.

Mubarik Imam

Mubarik is an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company and the President of the Association for the Development of Pakistan. Mubarik founded the Mobile Science and Computer Labs Project, which provides rural schools in Pakistan with science and computer facilities. She graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a BS in Electrical Engineering.

Karthik Janakiraman

Karthik is a Senior Engineering Manager at Applied Materials in Santa Clara, California, responsible for new product development. He has been awarded five patents in the area of semiconductor design. Karthik holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Heidi Krauel

Heidi is the Director of Employee OnRamp at Pacific Community Ventures in San Francisco, California. Previously, she was a founding member of AOL Time Warner Ventures and worked in Investment Banking at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell and Credit Suisse First Boston. Heidi earned a BA from Princeton and an MBA from Stanford University.

Joel Montgomery

Joel was recently a consultant with the Business Development Center in Amman, Jordan and Endeavor Global in Istanbul, Turkey. He has experience in 18 countries, in the areas of Business Development, Strategy, and Operations. Joel earned his MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management with an emphasis in International Development.

Nicole Orillac

Nicole is pursuing her MBA and Msc in Development Management from HEC, Paris and LSE, London. Previously, she was the Manufacturing Plant Manager and Continuous Improvement Team Leader for Frito Lay in Panama and a volunteer for Plan International in the UK. Nicole earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University.

Suraj Sudhakar

Suraj is currently working on a variety of consulting projects in market research and healthcare. He has served as a Team Leader for Rural Innovations Network and as a programmer analyst at Cognizant Technology Solutions. Suraj earned a B. Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from Cochin University of Science & Technology.

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