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Saima Irtiza

Associate Director, Leadership, Acumen

Saima started working at Acumen’s Karachi office in April 2009 as Portfolio Manager, where she focused on developing Acumen’s Health and Education Portfolio in Pakistan.She then transitioned to the Leadership function and led the set-up of the Acumen Pakistan Fellows Program. Saima has been responsible for recruitment,training and coaching of Fellows, with an aim towards building the next generation of social change leaders. Saima recently transitioned to Acumen’s Nairobi office, and is now overseeing both the Pakistan and East Africa Fellows Programs, as she focuses on strengthening Acumen’s existing leadership offerings, and finding scaleopportunities in both the regions. Part of Saima’s role involves training and facilitation of the Fellows’ cohorts, where she has particularly focused on deepening her expertise on Adaptive Leadership and now forms an integral part of the team that delivers the training across regions. Saima holds an MBA from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)