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Sadaffe Abid

Sadaffe Abid is co-founder CIRCLE, a social enterprise with the mission to develop, support and build the entrepreneurial and leadership capacity of women and youth in Pakistan. She initiated the Elevate Campaign to increase women's participation on panels and forums where several corporate and social sector leaders have joined to support women's advancement. Prior to this, she managed Kashf Foundation as COO and CEO, one of Forbes Top 50 microfinance institutions which she helped grow from a pilot in two rooms to serve 300,000 women clients in Pakistan. During her tenure Kashf received the AGFUND International Prize and Grameen Trust Microfinance Excellence Award. Sadaffe is a Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD. Since 2014, she is a lecturer on social entrepreneurship at Cedep, INSEAD. Her work at Kashf is profiled in Nicholas Kristof’s book, Half the Sky and Isobel Coleman's book, Paradise Beneath Her Feet. Sadaffe completed her Masters at the Harvard Kennedy School, Advanced Management Program at INSEAD and her B.A. at Mount Holyoke College. She is a recipient of the Mount Holyoke Alumni Achievement Award and a TEDx INSEAD Speaker.