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 Jacqueline Novogratz Biography

Jacqueline Novogratz is the founder and CEO of Acumen Fund, a nonprofit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty. Acumen Fund invests patient capital to identify, strengthen, and scale business models that effectively serve the poor and champions this approach as an effective complement to traditional aid. Acumen Fund currently manages more than $83 million in investments in 75 companies in South Asia and Africa, all focused on delivering affordable healthcare, water, housing, and energy to the poor. These companies have created and supported 58,000 jobs, leveraged an additional $368 million, and brought basic services to more than 100 million people.

In December 2011, Acumen and Novogratz were on the cover of Forbes magazine as part of its feature on social innovation. Prior to Acumen Fund, Novogratz founded and directed The Philanthropy Workshop and The Next Generation Leadership programs at the Rockefeller Foundation. She also founded Duterimbere, a micro-finance institution in Rwanda. She began her career in international banking with Chase Manhattan Bank. She currently sits on the advisory boards of Sonen Capital, Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative and the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED). She also serves on the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees and the board of IDEO.org, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Social Innovation.

Novogratz has been featured in Foreign Policy’s list of Top 100 Global Thinkers and The Daily Beast’s 25 Smartest People of the Decade. She is a frequent speaker at forums including the Clinton Global Initiative, TED, and the Aspen Ideas Festival. Her 2010 best-selling memoir The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World chronicles her quest to understand poverty and challenges readers to grant dignity to the poor and to rethink their engagement with the world.

She holds an MBA from Stanford and a BA in Economics/International Relations from the University of Virginia. She has received honorary doctorates from the University of Notre Dame, Wofford College, Gettysburg College, and Fordham University as well the Freedom from Want Award from the Roosevelt Institute in 2011.

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The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World

The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World

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  • Remarks by Jacqueline Novogratz

    Jacqueline's memoir, *The Blue Sweater* tells the inspiring story of a woman who left a career in international banking to spend her life on a quest to understand global poverty and to find powerful new ways of tackling it. She shares with audiences her experience in Africa and elsewhere that proved to be the starting point for a career focused on radically changing the way problems of the developing world are approached. Jacqueline shows how traditional charity often fails, but how a new form of philanthropic investing called "patient capital" can help make people self-sufficient and change millions of lives. She challenges audiences to grant dignity to the poor and to rethink their engagement with the world. Rather than seeing the world divided between different civilizations or classes, she puts forth that our collective future rests on embracing a new vision of a single world in which all are connected.

  • The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich & Poor in an Interconnected World

    Jacqueline Novogratz's memoir, The Blue Sweater, tells the inspiring story of a woman who left a career in international banking to tackle global poverty. By sharing her experiences in Africa and around the world, she teaches audiences how traditional charity often fails and how a new form of philanthropic investing called "patient capital" can help make people self-sufficient. Novogratz challenges audiences to grant dignity to the poor and to rethink their engagement with the world.

  • Patient Capital for an Impatient World

    Jacqueline Novogratz started her career in international banking and has since worked across Asia and Africa finding new ways to use business as a tool to create a world beyond poverty. In 2001 she founded the Acumen Fund, a nonprofit global venture capital fund that invests patient capital—loans or equity instead of grants—in social enterprises that provide critical goods and services to low-income people. Rather than treat the poor as passive recipients of charity, Novogratz sees them as active participants with the dignity to make choices for themselves. Acumen has since grown to invest $73 million in 65 enterprises that have delivered affordable healthcare, safe housing, clean water, sustainable energy, and agricultural inputs to more than 86 million low-income individuals. Novogratz shares with audiences several examples from Acumen Fund's portfolio of investments and the lessons they have learned about how markets can act as a listening device for the needs of the poor.

  • Entrepreneurial Approaches to the Challenges of Poverty

    What does it mean to be a "patient capitalist"? For Jacqueline Novogratz, it means using an entrepreneurial approach in the fight against global poverty. While traditional development aid can meet immediate needs, Novogratz believes that long-term change requires empowering local communities to solve their own problems. Charitable dollars eventually run out, but market-based approaches can continue to create jobs and economic growth over the long term. As founder and CEO of the Acumen Fund, Novogratz has invested over $62 million in 60 companies that have provided 45 million low-income individuals with critical goods and services in the developing world. Acumen Fund's portfolio companies include everything from an operator of low-cost maternity hospitals to a manufacturer of anti-malarial bed nets. Acumen bills itself as a nonprofit global venture fund—but one that seeks to provide the poor with access to the critical goods and services they need so that they can make decisions and choices for themselves and unleash their full human potential. The fund starts with donations from philanthropists. But instead of making charitable grants, it uses that capital to make disciplined, patient investments in companies that offer vital services at affordable prices to low-income customers. It also applies rigorous benchmarks to evaluate the effectiveness of its investments. It's an idea that has turned heads and sparked new debate in traditional development agencies. Acumen's success lies not only in funding life-changing services (such as clean drinking water systems in rural India) but in changing how the world addresses poverty. Jacqueline Novogratz shares with audiences how her own personal experiences inspired her to develop Acumen's innovative business model. She also shares several examples from Acumen Fund's portfolio of investments and the lessons they have learned about how markets can act as a listening device for the needs of the poor.

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Jacqueline Novogratz

Founder & CEO of Acumen Fund

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Jacqueline Novogratz Biography

Jacqueline Novogratz is the founder and CEO of Acumen Fund, a nonprofit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty. Acumen Fund invests patient capital to identify, strengthen, and scale business models that effectively serve the poor and champions this approach as an effective complement to traditional aid. Acumen Fund currently manages more than $83 million in investments in 75 companies in South Asia and Africa, all focused on delivering affordable healthcare, water, housing, and energy to the poor. These companies have created and supported 58,000 jobs, leveraged an additional $368 million, and brought basic services to more than 100 million people.

In December 2011, Acumen and Novogratz were on the cover of Forbes magazine as part of its feature on social innovation. Prior to Acumen Fund, Novogratz founded and directed The Philanthropy Workshop and The Next Generation Leadership programs at the Rockefeller Foundation. She also founded Duterimbere, a micro-finance institution in Rwanda. She began her career in international banking with Chase Manhattan Bank. She currently sits on the advisory boards of Sonen Capital, Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative and the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED). She also serves on the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees and the board of IDEO.org, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Social Innovation.

Novogratz has been featured in Foreign Policy’s list of Top 100 Global Thinkers and The Daily Beast’s 25 Smartest People of the Decade. She is a frequent speaker at forums including the Clinton Global Initiative, TED, and the Aspen Ideas Festival. Her 2010 best-selling memoir The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World chronicles her quest to understand poverty and challenges readers to grant dignity to the poor and to rethink their engagement with the world.

She holds an MBA from Stanford and a BA in Economics/International Relations from the University of Virginia. She has received honorary doctorates from the University of Notre Dame, Wofford College, Gettysburg College, and Fordham University as well the Freedom from Want Award from the Roosevelt Institute in 2011.

Jacqueline Novogratz Videos

  • Convocation 2018: Keynote Speaker Jacqueline Novogratz - YouTube
    May 22, 2018 ... Founder and CEO of Acumen Jacqueline Novogratz addresses the NYU Wagner graduating class of 2018.
  • Jacqueline Novogratz - YouTube
    Dec 22, 2016 ... CEO, Jacqueline Novogratz delivers 15th anniversary gala keynote. http:// acumen.org/
  • Jacqueline Novogratz | Talks at Google - YouTube

Jacqueline Novogratz Books

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Jacqueline Novogratz Speaking Topics

  • Remarks by Jacqueline Novogratz

    Jacqueline's memoir, *The Blue Sweater* tells the inspiring story of a woman who left a career in international banking to spend her life on a quest to understand global poverty and to find powerful new ways of tackling it. She shares with audiences her experience in Africa and elsewhere that proved to be the starting point for a career focused on radically changing the way problems of the developing world are approached. Jacqueline shows how traditional charity often fails, but how a new form of philanthropic investing called "patient capital" can help make people self-sufficient and change millions of lives. She challenges audiences to grant dignity to the poor and to rethink their engagement with the world. Rather than seeing the world divided between different civilizations or classes, she puts forth that our collective future rests on embracing a new vision of a single world in which all are connected.

  • The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich & Poor in an Interconnected World

    Jacqueline Novogratz's memoir, The Blue Sweater, tells the inspiring story of a woman who left a career in international banking to tackle global poverty. By sharing her experiences in Africa and around the world, she teaches audiences how traditional charity often fails and how a new form of philanthropic investing called "patient capital" can help make people self-sufficient. Novogratz challenges audiences to grant dignity to the poor and to rethink their engagement with the world.

  • Patient Capital for an Impatient World

    Jacqueline Novogratz started her career in international banking and has since worked across Asia and Africa finding new ways to use business as a tool to create a world beyond poverty. In 2001 she founded the Acumen Fund, a nonprofit global venture capital fund that invests patient capital—loans or equity instead of grants—in social enterprises that provide critical goods and services to low-income people. Rather than treat the poor as passive recipients of charity, Novogratz sees them as active participants with the dignity to make choices for themselves. Acumen has since grown to invest $73 million in 65 enterprises that have delivered affordable healthcare, safe housing, clean water, sustainable energy, and agricultural inputs to more than 86 million low-income individuals. Novogratz shares with audiences several examples from Acumen Fund's portfolio of investments and the lessons they have learned about how markets can act as a listening device for the needs of the poor.

  • Entrepreneurial Approaches to the Challenges of Poverty

    What does it mean to be a "patient capitalist"? For Jacqueline Novogratz, it means using an entrepreneurial approach in the fight against global poverty. While traditional development aid can meet immediate needs, Novogratz believes that long-term change requires empowering local communities to solve their own problems. Charitable dollars eventually run out, but market-based approaches can continue to create jobs and economic growth over the long term. As founder and CEO of the Acumen Fund, Novogratz has invested over $62 million in 60 companies that have provided 45 million low-income individuals with critical goods and services in the developing world. Acumen Fund's portfolio companies include everything from an operator of low-cost maternity hospitals to a manufacturer of anti-malarial bed nets. Acumen bills itself as a nonprofit global venture fund—but one that seeks to provide the poor with access to the critical goods and services they need so that they can make decisions and choices for themselves and unleash their full human potential. The fund starts with donations from philanthropists. But instead of making charitable grants, it uses that capital to make disciplined, patient investments in companies that offer vital services at affordable prices to low-income customers. It also applies rigorous benchmarks to evaluate the effectiveness of its investments. It's an idea that has turned heads and sparked new debate in traditional development agencies. Acumen's success lies not only in funding life-changing services (such as clean drinking water systems in rural India) but in changing how the world addresses poverty. Jacqueline Novogratz shares with audiences how her own personal experiences inspired her to develop Acumen's innovative business model. She also shares several examples from Acumen Fund's portfolio of investments and the lessons they have learned about how markets can act as a listening device for the needs of the poor.

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  • How much does it cost to book Jacqueline Novogratz?

    Booking fees for Jacqueline Novogratz, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jacqueline Novogratz, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Jacqueline Novogratz?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jacqueline Novogratz for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jacqueline Novogratz for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jacqueline Novogratz or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jacqueline Novogratz or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Jacqueline Novogratz is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Jacqueline Novogratz for your event is $50,000 - $100,000. Jacqueline Novogratz generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Karen Tse, Lisa Kristine, Shirin Neshat, Nancy T. Nguyen and Joyce Maynard. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jacqueline Novogratz for an upcoming event.

Jacqueline Novogratz Speaker Videos

  • Convocation 2018: Keynote Speaker Jacqueline Novogratz - YouTube
    May 22, 2018 ... Founder and CEO of Acumen Jacqueline Novogratz addresses the NYU Wagner graduating class of 2018.
    Jacqueline Novogratz - YouTube
    Dec 22, 2016 ... CEO, Jacqueline Novogratz delivers 15th anniversary gala keynote. http:// acumen.org/
  • Jacqueline Novogratz | Talks at Google - YouTube
    Tradition of Innovation: Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO ...
  • Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO, Acumen Fund - Social ...
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Jacqueline Novogratz Speaking Topics

  • Remarks by Jacqueline Novogratz

    Jacqueline's memoir, *The Blue Sweater* tells the inspiring story of a woman who left a career in international banking to spend her life on a quest to understand global poverty and to find powerful new ways of tackling it. She shares with audiences her experience in Africa and elsewhere that proved to be the starting point for a career focused on radically changing the way problems of the developing world are approached. Jacqueline shows how traditional charity often fails, but how a new form of philanthropic investing called "patient capital" can help make people self-sufficient and change millions of lives. She challenges audiences to grant dignity to the poor and to rethink their engagement with the world. Rather than seeing the world divided between different civilizations or classes, she puts forth that our collective future rests on embracing a new vision of a single world in which all are connected.

  • The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich & Poor in an Interconnected World

    Jacqueline Novogratz's memoir, The Blue Sweater, tells the inspiring story of a woman who left a career in international banking to tackle global poverty. By sharing her experiences in Africa and around the world, she teaches audiences how traditional charity often fails and how a new form of philanthropic investing called "patient capital" can help make people self-sufficient. Novogratz challenges audiences to grant dignity to the poor and to rethink their engagement with the world.

  • Patient Capital for an Impatient World

    Jacqueline Novogratz started her career in international banking and has since worked across Asia and Africa finding new ways to use business as a tool to create a world beyond poverty. In 2001 she founded the Acumen Fund, a nonprofit global venture capital fund that invests patient capital—loans or equity instead of grants—in social enterprises that provide critical goods and services to low-income people. Rather than treat the poor as passive recipients of charity, Novogratz sees them as active participants with the dignity to make choices for themselves. Acumen has since grown to invest $73 million in 65 enterprises that have delivered affordable healthcare, safe housing, clean water, sustainable energy, and agricultural inputs to more than 86 million low-income individuals. Novogratz shares with audiences several examples from Acumen Fund's portfolio of investments and the lessons they have learned about how markets can act as a listening device for the needs of the poor.

  • Entrepreneurial Approaches to the Challenges of Poverty

    What does it mean to be a "patient capitalist"? For Jacqueline Novogratz, it means using an entrepreneurial approach in the fight against global poverty. While traditional development aid can meet immediate needs, Novogratz believes that long-term change requires empowering local communities to solve their own problems. Charitable dollars eventually run out, but market-based approaches can continue to create jobs and economic growth over the long term. As founder and CEO of the Acumen Fund, Novogratz has invested over $62 million in 60 companies that have provided 45 million low-income individuals with critical goods and services in the developing world. Acumen Fund's portfolio companies include everything from an operator of low-cost maternity hospitals to a manufacturer of anti-malarial bed nets. Acumen bills itself as a nonprofit global venture fund—but one that seeks to provide the poor with access to the critical goods and services they need so that they can make decisions and choices for themselves and unleash their full human potential. The fund starts with donations from philanthropists. But instead of making charitable grants, it uses that capital to make disciplined, patient investments in companies that offer vital services at affordable prices to low-income customers. It also applies rigorous benchmarks to evaluate the effectiveness of its investments. It's an idea that has turned heads and sparked new debate in traditional development agencies. Acumen's success lies not only in funding life-changing services (such as clean drinking water systems in rural India) but in changing how the world addresses poverty. Jacqueline Novogratz shares with audiences how her own personal experiences inspired her to develop Acumen's innovative business model. She also shares several examples from Acumen Fund's portfolio of investments and the lessons they have learned about how markets can act as a listening device for the needs of the poor.

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