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Tom Adams

Managing Director, Lean Data, Acumen


Tom is Managing Director of Lean Data. Launched in 2014, Lean Data was conceived to help Acumen and its companies better understand the impact of their work through the voice of the customer, thereby enabling the enterprises to better meet the needs of the poor. Lean Data has grown rapidly since its inception, empowering social enterprises and investors beyond Acumen to build impact measurement and customer-centricity into business as usual. The service is now widely recognized as one of the social sector’s most innovative approaches to impact measurement.

Prior to Acumen, Tom worked for the UK Department for International Development (DFID), first as Country Economist in Nigeria and subsequently leading its Wealth Creation and Climate Change team in Ethiopia. Tom has also worked as a diplomat for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and as an Economic Advisor to various UK Government departments. He began his career working at Credit Suisse pricing equity derivatives.