Meet the Hub team
Since July 2014, the Hub has been run by the Ashley Insight team, in partnership with a range of organisations that have generated or sponsored new content, particularly the Inclusive Business Action Network of GIZ and the Inclusive Business team of the Asian Development Bank. Visit our partners page to find out more.
Caroline Ashley, Hub editor
Caroline Ashley is an international expert on the contributions that business makes to development. She is the Director of Ashley Insight, Results Director of Connect to Grow, and Advisor to Yara International. Caroline’s expertise is in business models that deliver both social and commercial return, and the measurement of that impact. Caroline’s 25 years’ experience in development has included pioneering work with tourism operators on tourism-driven local development, and assessment of the impacts of business. She has worked with challenge funds, impact investors, social enterprises, MNCs and donors, in Africa and Asia, and is now based in Twickenham, UK.
Lara Sinha, Hub Manager
Lara engages in the daily practicalities of inclusive business by developing and curating resources for practitioners. Lara’s core areas of expertise are in knowledge creation and management, communications and research in the inclusive business space. Previously, she has undertaken a number of research projects as part of the Ashley Insight team. Most notably, she was the finance sector lead on a 2015 project identifying business model innovations for the World Bank Innovations team and the Research Manager and Co-Author of the 2014 Business Call to Action Flagship Report. Lara is based in Mumbai, India.
Susann leads the Strategic Communications and Digital Innovation agenda of the Inclusive Business Action Network. As part of her assignment, she is managing the transition of the Practitioner Hub into a new Global Online Platform for Inclusive Business. Susann has a wide range of experience in stakeholder engagement and advocacy for topics of global relevance, including private sector development and disaster risk finance. Working for the United Nations, the World Bank/IFC and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for seven years prior to joining the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, she was assigned to projects in South America, Africa, South Asia, and Eastern Europe. Among others, she was responsible for strengthening the impact measurement framework of the Communications Department of the IMF. She also gained journalism experience working for the broadcasting station Deutsche Welle TV. Susann holds Master’s degrees in Economics/International Relations from Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) in Washington, D.C., USA, and in Audiovisual Communications from the University of Arts in Berlin, Germany. She also studied Cultural Mediation at Sorbonne University in Paris, France. She guest-lectured on the theme of Visual Storytelling in International Development at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., USA. Inclusiveness strongly matters to Susann: For more than 15 years she has been volunteering with handicapped children and was recently awarded with the Silver Honorary Needle of the Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband Germany.
A member of the IBAN team, Carolina supports content development of the online platform, as a part of IBAN’s strategic cooperation with the Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business. At IBAN Carolina is responsible for social media communication and for the online dissemination of inclusive business knowledge. Previously she has worked for different nonprofit organisations and researched in the field of social business.