Meet our team.

Who are dedicated to serve the international affairs & development sector with academic insight.

Our advisory board.

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Ali Aljasem

Researcher, Utrecht University

Expert on Syria. Formerly in field of mediation at the Dialogue Advisory Group, and at MSF in Syria and Holland. Currently researching PhD on paramilitary groups in Aleppo.

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Arunn Jegan

Advocacy Coordinator, MSF AU & NZ

Formerly worked as Head of Mission and Emergency Coordinator in Yemen, Syria, Venezuela and Bangladesh and at NGOs in Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey.

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Curtis Raynold

Former Secretary, UN Advisory Board on Disarmament

Selected as Secretary of the Board for Disarmament. 31 years across UN offices (UNODA, UNODC, DPKO) with assignments including Namibia, South Africa, CAR, Liberia and Kosovo. 

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Gina Dumfries

Advisor on Strategic Growth, StrateG

20 years professional experience across business, strategy and change management. Owner of StrateG,  professional lawyer, and the chair of multiple boards.

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Liesbeth Rigter

Leadership Coach,

Former CEO of MoneYou and Lacent. 20 years experience in banking. Currently transforming companies into communities that value trust, diversity and inclusion with

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Dr Mark Siebert

Former Director, Elsevier

A professional boundary spanner, following decade as the director of research and collaborations for Elsevier. Founder of a marketplace for languages startup. PhD in business informatics for AI

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Martin Haselhoff

Manager Products, KPN

Experienced business manager and innovator in digital media and services. Prior to KPN, he worked as a director at Philips and as independent innovation consultant.

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Dr Peter Matanle

Senior Lecturer, University of Sheffield

Dr Peter Matanle is Senior Lecturer at the School of East Asian Studies (SEAS) and Associate Fellow of the Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID) at the University of Sheffield, UK.

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Angelines Yaport-Garcia

Frontend Developer

Angelines holds a BA in Creative Writing with a Minor in Psychology from Rowan University in the USA. Her passion for design led her to pursue more innovative and challenging ways to create, inspiring a career pivot to become a certified software engineer.

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Arianne Zajac

Academic Operations

Arianne is currently studying European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Her degree specialisations include modern European history, politics, and East European Studies.

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Ben Levett

Academic Operations

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Jasmyn Spanswick

Project Administration

Jasmyn completed her LLB in Law at the University for Bristol, which included modules on gender research and human rights. She then obtained her LLM in Medical Law and Ethics at the University of Law. 

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Margaux Baril

Academic Outreach

Margaux is currently studying her BA in International Development at King’s College London. Her interests include agricultural and rural development, energy transition, and sociology.

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Phaedra Haringsma


Phaedra obtained her BSc in Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics at the University of Amsterdam. She is currently pursuing an MSc in International Relations at the London School of Economics. Her research interests include postcolonial theory, migration and human rights.

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Salsabila Animatun Nisa

Social Media

Bila completed her BSc in Business and Management at University of Exeter. She is currently studying her MSc in Marketing Strategy and Innovation at Bayes Business School. She focuses on developing a social media presence at Acume.

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Shane Nolan

Tech Lead

Shane holds a BSc in Digital Forensics and an MSc in Enterprise Software Systems both from the Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland. He is an AWS certified Solutions Architect and Machine Learning specialist with over ten years of experience working in software development and academia.

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Stefano Cisternino

Academic Content

Stefano has a BSc in International Studies from University of Trento and an MSc in Peace and Conflict Research from the University of Uppsala. His research interests include the migration phenomena, psychophysical effects of violent conflicts and the impact of new technologies on the global social construct.

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Will Green

Graphic Designer

Will has a BA in Graphic Design from the University for the Creative Arts in the UK. He has worked on topics of equal rights and the impact of gentrification. At Acume he focuses on the development of brand identity and web design, developing an excellent user experience.

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Yasmine Finbow

Founder & Director

Yasmine has a BA in History from the University of Sheffield and an MA in Conflict Studies and Human Rights from Utrecht University. She conducted research on the asymmetric power relation between UN military and civil relations in Haiti. She previously worked in the commercial events sector and at a humanitarian NGO.

Our values.

At the core of everything we do sits our values. We really want to facilitate real-world change and help professionals make their biggest possible impact.


Do our values align? Are you passionate about making systemic impact and happy to take the long road if thats what's needed? Then get in touch. We need talent to make it all happen.