CHARLOTTE
SALFORD

FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR OF GROWTHCAP

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Founder of GROWTHCAP, Charlotte has contributed to responsible economic and social development in emerging markets for more than 25 years, working in the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Commission, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), United Nations and Sarasin & Partners.


Most recently Charlotte worked at the UN agency International Fund for Agricultural Development, 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 entrepreneurs through direct women-in-business programmes and environmental programmes in Africa, so far covering Botswana, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria and Zambia.

As well as developing entrepreneurship, fundraising, growing businesses to create jobs, and developing community, partnerships and ESG projects through GROWTHCAP. Charlotte currently holds board positions with Give a Future and Neuroinvent and has held board positions with Swedfund, Kinnevik Reach for Change, and, Hugo Stenbeck’s Stiftelse.

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 speaks English, French, Italian and Swedish and has some German and Russian.