Tahira is the Managing Director of Accion Venture Lab, a seed-stage venture capital impact investing initiative focused on inclusive fintech. Venture Lab provides capital and support to early-stage startups that leverage technology to improve the access, quality, and affordability of financial services for underserved consumers globally. Tahira works with the fund’s portfolio companies to provide strategic and operational expertise that accelerates their growth trajectories and enables stronger performance. Additionally, she supports investment decisions, manages portfolio relationships, and drives the strategy and growth of Venture Lab.
Tahira previously led strategic projects at LeapFrog Investments, an emerging market private equity impact fund focused on financial services. Prior to that, she worked as Director of Strategy at the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development. Based in Dubai, she drove strategic initiatives for portfolio companies and led new investments in telecoms, technology and infrastructure in South and Central Asia. She also worked at Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading telecommunications operator, where she was Head of Corporate Strategy and helped launch the country’s first mobile money platform. Tahira began her career as a management consultant with Bain & Company in Boston.
Tahira holds an MBA from INSEAD and BAs in International Relations, Computer Science, and Education from Brown University.
Pam Harder brings valuable edtech and consulting lenses to helping the Kaleidoscope team think through key decisions. Pam was the first business hire at Clever, a K12 edtech startup, where she ran Strategy & Business Operations. Under her leadership, she helped the company explore new market / product fit opportunities outside of K12, re-vamped the pricing and market tiering strategy, and streamlined sales operations across the company. Pam also spent several years as a social sector consultant at FSG, where she led a number of client engagements across the education spectrum -- including a Gates Foundation innovation grant-funded engagement with Pittsburgh Public Schools, and setting up an early childhood education collective in Virginia.
Pam holds a BA in Economics from Stanford University, with Honors in Education for her Firestone Medal award-winning honors thesis on elementary schools that cater to working children in northern India. She also holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School where she was a David M. Rubenstein Fellow. Pam lives with her husband, Josh Harder (US Congressman, D-CA), and their foster dogs, splitting her time between Washington, DC and Turlock, CA.
Zach is a social entrepreneur at the intersection of education, technology, and social justice. He previously served as founder and CEO of EveryoneOn, a national organization that provides affordable high-speed internet, devices, and digital literacy training to over 600,000 low-income families who can't afford the basic technology critical to accessing education and employment opportunities. Previously, Zach served as the CEO of Middle East Education through Technology (MEET), a MIT-based technology education and social justice organization. He began his career as managing director at PeacePlayers International, where he led programs and new expansions in Northern Ireland, South Africa, Cyprus, and New Orleans. He is a graduate of Dickinson College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he was selected as a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship by Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership.