Speakers and other contributors
Chief Partnerships Officer
Social entrepreneur Yasmina Zaidman is the Chief Partnerships Officer at Acumen, which works to change the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders and ideas. She leads its work with corporations that share Acumen’s commitment to building inclusive and sustainable businesses. Yasmina developed a US$10m partnership with Unilever to enhance livelihoods for smallholder farmers, and she oversees Acumen’s relationships with more than a dozen leading global corporations. She hosts the annual Collaboration Summit in Kenya, and she has published several reports and articles on how social enterprises and corporations partner to drive business growth and social impact.
Yasmina initiated the Water Portfolio at Acumen, where she invested in water and sanitation enterprises in emerging markets, and has worked in the arenas of corporate sustainability and social entrepreneurship for 20 years. She received a BA from Vassar College and her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business with a certificate in Public Management.