I have worked for the last 10 years at Acumen, where we are changing the way the world tackles poverty. As Acumen’s Chief Innovation Officer, I oversee our work in impact measurement, leadership, and +Acumen, the world’s school for social change.
I’ve been blogging and speaking about philanthropy, generosity and social change since 2008. It all started with my Manifesto for Nonprofit CEOs, and my realization that if the nonprofit sector is ever going to realize its potential, we have to stop apologizing about the value of the work that we do.
In 2011, with a small group of friends, I created Generosity Day, a reboot of Valentine’s Day. The idea sprung from my generosity experiment and what I learned from it – see my TED talk for all the details.
If you’d like to contact me for a speaking event you can email me here.
Some of my recent speaking events and writing:
Panel: What Happens When Brilliant Entrepreneurs Turn Their Minds to Social Challenges
With Jonathan Greenblatt (Anti-Defamation League), Tina Seelig (Stanford GSB), and Xavier de Sousa Briggs (Ford Foundation)
Keynote speech: The Potential and Promise of Impact Investing
Chivas, The Venture
Keynote Speech: Creating Large-Scale Social Impact
Social Impact Exchange
Plenary Presentation, Scaling in Action: +Acumen, the World’s School for Social Change
Co.Lab Fellows, UJA Federation of New York
Keynote Speech: Leadership for Social Change
Global Impact Investing Network Investors’ Council
Panel: Uncovering Customer Insights at Scale
With Sam Duncan, Leapfrog Investments
Plenary Presentation: Lean Innovation for an Exponentially Changing World
Talk: Why Does Fundraising Always Start With an Apology?
Plenary Panel: The Facts and Fictions of Impact Investing
With Matt Bannick (Omidyar), Maya Chorengel (Elevar Equity), and David Bank (ImpactIQ)
Talk: Generosity Experiment
Innovation Agents – Sasha Dichter, Chief Innovation Officer, Acumen Fund (link)
The Power of Lean Data (link)
Feature article co-authored with Alnoor Ebrahim (HBS) and Tom Adams (Acumen)
Give Impact Investing Time and Space to Develop (link)
Sasha Dichter Official Biography
As Acumen’s Chief Innovation Officer, Sasha oversees Acumen’s work in Leadership and the spread of ideas. This encompasses Acumen’s Lean Data work, the Acumen Fellows Programs, +Acumen and other efforts to help Acumen change the way the world tackles poverty. In his previous role as Acumen’s Director of Business Development, Sasha led global capital raising, including executing a successful $100M capital raise.
Sasha is also a noted speaker and blogger on generosity, philanthropy and social change, the author of the Manifesto for Nonprofit CEOs, and the creator of Generosity Day. His talks have been featured prominently on TED.com, the DO Lectures, SOCAP and other major conferences; he has been recognized as an Innovation Agent by Fast Company magazine; and he has been a contributor to Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review and other leading publications. Sasha also serves on the Executive Committee of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs.
Before Acumen, Sasha worked at GE Money to expand financial offerings to underserved communities globally; at IBM, spearheading the company’s corporate citizenship strategy and launching a leadership program for school administrators; and at the microfinance group of Bank Rakyat Indonesia. Sasha began his career at Booz | Allen | Hamilton consulting to telecommunications companies in Latin America and Europe.
Sasha holds a BA from Harvard College, a Master in Public Administration in International Development from Harvard’s Kennedy School and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Board and Advisory Roles
- 2015 – present: Executive Committee, Aspen Network for Development Entreprenuers
- 2014 – present: Case i3 Advisory Council
- 2014 G8 Social Investment Taskforce, International Development Working Group
- 2014 Amplify! Advisory Board member
- 2010 Jury, Buckminster Fuller Challenge