Acumen Welcomes Sagar Bahadur as Executive Director India and South Asia to Propel Growth and Innovation across these regions

Acumen, part of the Sannam S4 Group, is delighted to announce the addition of Mr. Sagar Bahadur to its dynamic team as Executive Director India and South Asia. 

In this key role, based in New Delhi, Sagar will be instrumental in driving Acumen’s services across India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka, exploring fresh ideas, cultivating new business strategies, and refining processes.

Sagar brings with him 15 years of experience characterised by transformative projects and pioneering strategic milestones across India’s international education ecosystem. His proven track record in the education sector includes outstanding achievements in establishing transnational education (TNE) and international articulation agreements and driving strong student recruitment outcomes, making him the ideal choice to lead Acumen’s regional efforts. As Executive Director South Asia, he will spearhead innovation, and ensure Acumen delights existing clients, attracts new partners, and secures top talent in the sector.

Notably, Sagar played a pivotal role in the successful launch of Gradstar Global Education in 2022, resulting in partnerships with over 50 international institutions. Previously he led and contributed to the establishment of multiple global campuses for the Amity Education Group, deploying his expertise in building TNE and articulation models across diverse regions. Sagar’s accomplishments extend to his innovative revamp of The University of Queensland’s India strategy and operations, setting a benchmark for similar projects in 2020.

His achievements have earned him prestigious awards, including in 2020 the “Indian BW Business World 40 under 40” and the “Philip Kotler” awards. 

Sagar’s commitment to excellence was further highlighted by his Leadership Commendation at the University of Queensland Annual Awards in 2021. 

We are thrilled to welcome Sagar Bahadur to the Acumen team,” said Adrian Mutton, Acumen’s Founder and Executive Chairman. “The expertise and strategic vision he brings in TNE, articulation programs and student recruitment are core components of our value proposition”. We are excited that our university partners will benefit from Sagar’s local institutional networks and hands-on experience establishing  successful international academic and research partnerships in India, and across South Asia.

Sagar’s responsibilities focus on the delivery of Acumen University Partners Connect (AUPC), the firm’s winning value proposition driving positive outcomes for its partners  – combining brilliant basics with unique magic touches. 

With Sagar’s sector knowledge and networks, Acumen will rapidly enter into a range of new partnerships across India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, designed to underpin the most competitive go-to-market approaches for university academic partnerships and research, student recruitment and an ability to establish local institutional footholds in these regions. 

Commenting on the appointment, Sagar said, “I am excited to join Acumen and be a part of its mission to facilitate international education and collaboration. The potential in India and South Asia is immense, and I look forward to working with the talented team at Acumen to create impactful international partnerships with universities, governments, and other ambitious organisations in the education sector.”

Sagar and his new team will engage in government and stakeholder relations, liaising with the Government of India, foreign embassies, consulates, and other South Asian government stakeholders. These efforts will pave the way for enhanced collaborations and opportunities in the region.

As Executive Director India and South Asia, Sagar Bahadur will play a key role in solidifying Acumen’s position as a leader in the global education market. His expertise and innovative and collaborative approach will contribute significantly to Acumen’s mission of enabling organisations to succeed and thrive globally. 

Acumen, part of Sannam S4 Group, is committed to helping globally-ambitious university and education partners enter, explore and expand in India, South Asia, South East Asia, and beyond. We offer a dedicated range of services to drive recruitment, student enrolment, develop strategic partnerships, and research collaboration. As a result, we act as an extension of your brand, by connecting you with the world’s best students, utilising strategic international education opportunities, understanding your ideal market through research and insights, and help mitigate any risks along the way. We operate in over 20 countries, with more than 300 sector practitioners with deep local knowledge and global expertise. We help our partners navigate and succeed in an increasingly competitive international education landscape.

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