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Charlotte Salford


Founder of GROWTHCAP, Charlotte has contributed to economic and social development in emerging markets for more than 20 years, working in the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Commission, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Sarasin & Partners.

Charlotte is currently working at UN Agency IFAD in Rome as the Associate Vice President for External Relations and Governance.

Before starting GROWTHCAP in 2011, Charlotte was Director of the TurnAround Management/Business Advisory Services (TAM/BAS) Programme at EBRD, leading this entrepreneurship programme for micro, small and medium sized enterprises in the private sector.

Charlotte rejuvenated all aspects of this essentially donor-funded programme with more than 12,000 individual projects with entrepreneurs. Charlotte was also the founder of the EBRD women in business programme. Mobilising € 250 million for field programmes, expanding operations from 5 local offices to 30 and completing more than 12,000 individual projects with entrepreneurs. Participating businesses attracted some € 1.4 billion of investment.

Charlotte now has a strong focus on corporate and social responsibility and on empowering women through direct women-in-business programmes in Africa, so far covering Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and Zambia.

As well as developing entrepreneurship, fundraising, developing community projects, growing businesses to create jobs, and developing community projects through GROWTHCAP. Charlotte currently holds board positions with Swedfund, Reach for Change, Give a Future, Hugo Stenbecks Stiftelse and Neuroinvent.

Charlotte holds a BA in International Relations, EC Law and Economics from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles and an MSc in Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She is trilingual in French, English and Swedish and has some German, Italian and Russian.

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