Meet the Team

Connect to Grow is implemented by international development consultancy IMC Worldwide in partnership with Ashley Insight and Innovation Alchemy. The Connect to Grow team has a wealth of experience working with social enterprise and social innovators, brokering partnerships and running private sector development programmes. The team has a local presence in India, Africa and the United Kingdom.

David Irwin - supporting social innovators through Connect to Grow

David Irwin

Team Leader

David has a background in supporting new and growing businesses. In 1980, he co-founded Project North East (PNE), one of the UK’s leading enterprise and economic development agencies, and was its chief executive for 20 years. Read more

Baiju Vaidya - supporting social innovators through Connect to Grow

Baiju Vaidya

Deputy Team Leader

Baiju Vaidya is a Senior Consultant at IMC Worldwide and Deputy Team Leader for Connect to Grow (Connect). Baiju is an expert in enterprise support and innovation promotion, with a wide range of skills acquired through working with MSMEs, corporates, NGOs, and government. Read more

Daniel Idowu- Connect to Grow

Daniel Idowu

Partnership Manager, Comms associate

Daniel is a Partnership Manager for Connect and leads the programme’s communication with enterprises. Read more

Nada Ibrahim, Partnership Manager at Connect to Grow

Nada Ibrahim

Programme Support, Partnership Manager

Nada supports the programme by coordinating with intermediaries and outreaching to enterprises. Read more

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Graham Smith

Programme Manager

As Programme Manager, Graham is involved in coordination and administration, managing contracts, finances, budget and grant spend.  Read more

Carolin Ashley - Connect to Grow

Caroline Ashley

Knowledge Management And Results Lead

As Results Director on Connect to Grow Caroline is responsible for the overall tracking and reporting of progress, and for the lesson-learning and exchange component Read more

Carolin Schramm, supporting social innovators through Connect to Grow

Carolin Schramm

Monitoring & Evaluation Manager, Partnership Manager

Carolin manages the programme’s results and reporting activities and is also a Partnership Manager on the programme. Read more

Lara Sinha manages and coordinates the knowledge creation and dissemination activities of Connect to Grow.

Lara Sinha

Knowledge and Learning Manager

Lara manages and coordinates the knowledge creation and dissemination activities of Connect to Grow. Read more

Anne Salter manages and coordinates the social media strategy for Connect to Grow.

Anne Salter

Programme Support, Online Associate

Anne manages and coordinates the social media strategy for Connect to Grow. Read more

Parvathi Menon - India Delivery Lead for the Connect to Grow programme.

Parvathi Menon

India Delivery Lead

Parvathi is Managing Director, Innovation Alchemy Consulting, and the India Delivery Lead for the Connect to Grow programme. Read more

Gautam Shivaswamy - supporting social innovators through Connect to Grow

Gautam Shivaswamy

Deputy Lead India Delivery

Gautam Shivaswamy is a Senior Project Manager at Innovation Alchemy and is the Deputy India Delivery for the Connect to Grow programme. Read more

The Connect to Grow team also has a network of strategic partners that are supporting the programme as well as a large network of sector specific experts in South Asia and Africa that will be mobilised to provide suitable technical assistance to enterprises setting up partnership ventures through the programme.

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