Acumen Fund, a non-profit that is aiming to develop and scale business models in the developing world, recently announced their fellows for 2010. Among these four of the ten selected will be working in India. Interestingly none of the awardees are from India, despite it being one of the primary regions for Acumen’s work. The four fellows to work in India are:
Sule Amadu (Ghana)
Sule will work with d.light design, an Acumen investee which replaces expensive, unsafe kerosene lanterns with LED lamps, in India. He has a background in global social sustainable enterprise and mechanical engineering with an MBA from Colorado State University.
Yehia Houry (Lebanon and Canada)
Yehia will work in India with 1298, the first reliable emergency medical response service in Mumbai. He has experience as a financial analyst, focusing on access to financing for the poor and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University.
Satoko Okamoto (Japan)
Satoko will work with AyurVaid, an affordable hospital chain providing comprehensive care for chronic diseases in India. She has a background in microfinance and advocating public/private partnerships in international peacebuilding initiatives. Satoko has a masters from Johns Hopkins University.
Meghan Simkins (U.S.)
Meghan will work with LifeSpring, a network of affordable maternal and child healthcare hospitals in India. She has a background in public health and business administration and a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University.
The full press release is available here..