About Our Chapter

Dubai+Acumen is a self-organized, volunteer-led group that seeks to inspire and empower likeminded individuals in the United Arab Emirates who are passionate about supporting Acumen’s mission to create a world beyond poverty.  The chapter was formed in 2009 and consists of 100 volunteers and over 900 chapter members. Our chapter is one of many +Acumen chapters around the world sharing the principles of patient capital, cultivating an understanding of Acumen’s values, and putting these principles into practice in our community. For more information and to join Dubai+Acumen contact us on dubai@plusacumen.org

Meet the team

Christine Azavedo

Christine Azavedo

Christine Azavedo holds a B.A. in Gender Studies and Government from Smith College and she is a U.K. certified English language teacher. She is passionate about education, gender advocacy and entrepreneurship.  Christine is currently setting up a mentoring program for teenage girls from under-resourced schools in Dubai. The aim of the program is to build self-esteem, inspire creativity and foster the next generation of successful women leaders. In her spare time, Christine enjoys painting, reading, running outdoors and the thrill of traveling to new places.

Leigh-Ann Lanier

Leigh-Ann Lanier

Leigh-Ann Lanier works for The Dow Chemical Company and was appointed a chapter leader for Dubai+Acumen in September 2013. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Science from the London School of Economics. Leigh-Ann is passionate about elevating the conversation about what it means to be a socially responsible business and transforming how poverty is tackled. Originally from the US, she is based in the United Arab Emirates where she is responsible for marketing communications for Dow in the Middle East, Africa & Turkey.

Archana Menon

Archana Menon

Archana Menon currently works in  PR & Marketing at a digital communications agency in Dubai. She previously handled public and cultural diplomacy initiatives at the Embassy of India in Washington, DC. With a background in journalism and politics, Archana believes social entrepreneurship is an ideal path to achieving sustainable change today. She was introduced to Acumen in DC and joined the Dubai chapter in March 2014.

She has a BA in Journalism from Ithaca College, US, and made the move to Dubai in 2013. Outside of work, she’s teaching creative writing to middle schoolers, restaurant hopping, and planning her next travel adventure.

 

Tena Pick

Tena Pick

Tena Pick is a social impact consultant and the co-founder of The Sustainability Platform, a boutique social impact consultancy in Dubai. Passionate about applying her skills to help start ups, she is also Head of Media at C3-Consult and Coach for a Cause.

Tena’s main interests include women empowerment, economic inclusion and community development, as well as social impact measurement. Along with holding workshops on social business and the theory of change, Tena is a core member of Social Enterprise Week, an annual social enterprise conference held in Dubai.

Tena hold a Masters degree in Social Entrepreneurship from Hult International Business School.  She has previously worked with Raiffeisen Bank, one of the biggest Central European banks, and the Boston Consulting Group.

Currently working as a Human Resource Consultant in GCC, Saira Khan is passionate about spreading Acumen’s model of addressing poverty and encouraging social entrepreneurship.

With an impressive work portfolio, Saira specializes in executive coaching, organizational management and conducting leadership development. For Saira, superior organizational effectiveness is built on an engaged and empowered workforce.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a MBA from National-Louis University. 

Past DUBAI+acumen Chapter Leaders

  • Tim Paul
  • Natasha D’Souza
  • Sameeha Khan
  • Jean-Pierre Aramouni
  • Ami Thakkar
  • Mahrukh Mian
  • Yousef Hamza
  • Noor Al Jallaf
  • Pauline Nguyen
  • Anissa Kermali Punjani
  • Sonya Khan
  • Rabia Sarwar – Founder of Dubai+Acumen