MBU Capital owns and invests in Acumen Education which operates in the independent education sector across the world with an initial focus on Africa and Asia.

Within our portfolio of schools, colleges and universities we are building and growing a global British brand providing premium and affordable primary, secondary and higher education across a wide English based secular curriculum.

We also work with government education ministries on country wide education reform programmes.

The Acumen Education team come from an education background, having worked in both Britain and internationally. The team have extensive experience in education management and teaching at senior levels.

Acumen Education is run by former UK headteachers, UK University professors and former managers of global education businesses.

We actively engage with our school’s and universities’ local management teams to ensure our core values and operating standards are adopted in our quest for high academic achievement and operational performance.

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We invest in technology based solutions to assist in the development of teaching staff and students. MBU Capital also supports solutions to accredit teachers in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).


Our healthcare investment strategy focuses on hospitals in emerging markets where there is a strong demand for private healthcare services.


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Our senior education Team

Sakina Zafar

Operations Director

Sakina is an experienced education consultant and has worked with schools both in the UK and internationally.
She held the position of Director of Global Membership Services at RAD and previously she was Director of Academic Development and Deputy CEO at the Council of British International Schools.
Her responsibilities have included business development, leading programmes for whole school improvement as well as school operations and management. In addition, she has overseen professional development and teacher training initiatives and the setup of private schools overseas.Sakina has also worked as a School Improvement Advisor and as a Vice Principal of a secondary school. Sakina is a Qualified Teacher and holds a LLB in Law and a LLM in International, Commercial and European Law.

Peter Upton

Executive Head of Education

An experienced international leader with extensive board level experience who has worked in Higher Education, Education system reform, HR transformation and cultural relations with national governments and senior policy makers. He has led multi-disciplinary teams on global programmes, led the UK National Agency for Socrates and the UK National Commission for UNESCO. He was the British Council global lead for education and has served as Country Director for Thailand, Nigeria, South China and Pakistan and has worked extensively on projects China, Europe and the USA. Peter is skilled in managing complex partnerships, led large system wide reform programmes in Higher and Secondary Education, driven large scale HR transformation projects, managed Board reform and has a track record of success in a competitive environment.

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