Yasmina Zaidman is the Chief Partnerships Officer at Acumen, a global non-profit venture fund working to change the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders and ideas. She leads its work to engage with strategic corporate partners and institutions that share Acumen’s commitment to supporting entrepreneurial approaches to tackling poverty. In this role, Ms. Zaidman has elevated the role of corporate partnerships at Acumen to focus on not only potential for fundraising, but also opportunities to directly support social enterprises through access to corporate capabilities and new business relationships, as well as opportunities to inform corporate practices in emerging markets.
Previously, Ms. Zaidman initiated and managed the Water Portfolio at Acumen, where she invested in start-up water and sanitation enterprises in India and East Africa that have brought safe drinking water to over 4 million people and access to sanitation to tens of thousands. She led Acumen’s Communications work for six years, helping to position Acumen’s unique approach as a pioneering new model featured in Time, Forbes, Fortune, The Economist, The NYT and across broadcast media as well as in major global forums. Ms. Zaidman has worked in the arenas of international development, corporate sustainability and social entrepreneurship for eighteen years including three years at Ashoka working with its environmental fellows.
She received a BA from Vassar College and her MBA from Stanford’s GSB with a certificate in Public Management.