Grow Movement Rwanda Manager
Violet initiated Grow Movement's first projects in Rwanda in April 2012 and moved to Rwanda from Uganda in January 2013. Violet started Grow Movement as a fully functioning organisation when she led our operations in Uganda from beyond the pilot stage in early 2010 as our first full time team member and has been a critical part of Grow Movements success. As a Ugandan of Rwandan origin she is excited to be leading our operations in Rwanda.
Grow Movement Uganda Assistant Manager
Joshua is a commited to creating a difference for people by empowering them through entrepreneurship and has been working with Grow Movement since October 2012. He holds a degree in information technology and has prior experience working with the Micro Credit Development Trust and Concern Worldwide.
Grow Movement Malawi Assistant Manager
Sophie has over ten years experience working with women entrepreneurs in Malawi with the National Association of Business Women (NABW) and holds an advanced diploma in business management. Sophie has been spearheading our operations in Malawi since April 2012 where we work closely with the NABW to bring remote volunteer consulting to women entrepreneurs. Sophie believes in empowering Malawian women through entrepreneurship.
UK, Founder and Chief Executive
Chris became passionate about international development when he was eighteen working as a volunteer in Mozambique and while studying about Rwanda at university. He worked as an international election monitor for the European Union in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, and Rwanda. He believes Grow Movement provides a way for people to take responsibility for their world.
Chris worked as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte and Touche in London and New York, advising businesses of all sizes from retail chains to global investment banks. He currently works for a global emerging markets fund management company where he manages investments across Africa, with previous experience in Eastern Europe. Chris has a Masters in Finance from London Business School.
James Duddridge MP
James Duddridge is a Member of Parliament in the UK. He was a banker in Africa with Barclays (Swaziland, Botswana and Cote d’Ivoire) before going on to be a founder member and investor in the internet market research firm YouGov, which was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 2005. In 2005 he was elected as a Conservative Member of Parliament and was a Government Whip and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury from 2010. He is Chairman of the Regulatory Reform Select Committee, is on the Executive of the All Party Africa Group and was previously a member of the International Development Select Committee.
Melissa is an international development practitioner from Venezuela, with over 7 years of experience including policy analysis for local government and consultancy services for donors and international NGOs. In her current position, she provides business development services to one of the UK's leading consultancy firms on international development. She is qualified in Business Start Up, with a particular interest in developing the creative industry of developing countries. Through her experience she has developed a unique understanding of the development sector that combines public, private and international perspectives, which she believes can support Grow Movement's activities to be contextualized within the big picture. When invited to participate in the scheme- originally as a consultant- she found that the idea of Grow Movement provided a simple model for people with the skills, commitment and the drive to give something back to the international community we are all part of.
USA, General Counsel
Christopher Land is a principal at Goodwin Proctor LLP. Previously he was a commercial litigation attorney and senior associate at DLA Piper LLP (US) who has successfully represented major national and international corporations in securities, products liability, and complex contract disputes. Mr. Land's primary practice is in product liability litigation, marketing advice, and corporate governance issues. He has successfully argued a number of cases before the New York Appellate Division and New York's highest court, the New York Court of Appeals. He speaks regularly on appellate advocacy and developing messaging for trials and public relations.
USA, Director of Development
As a passionate social advocate, Anthony Pulgram has used his skills in strategic planning, effective writing, and public speaking to promote nonprofit institutions in the United States. He is committed to reducing world poverty, and is excited to be a part of the global philanthropic effort that is Grow Movement. Anthony is currently pursuing his Masters of Science in Fundraising Management at Columbia University in New York City.
Palvi is President of the Africa Club at London Business School, where she is reading for her MBA. Originally from Kenya, she has a deep understanding of business issues in Afria. Prior to her MBA Palvi qualified as a Chartered Accountant with BDO.
Heidi is a dynamic development professional with seventeen years of progressive experience in organizational development and nonprofit fundraising. Heidi has raised over $ 70 million in annual, major gift, and capital campaign funds for nonprofits throughout her career. As the Principal of Mosaic Non-Profit Development her strategies have enabled timely mission achievement for both rural and urban organizations across the United States as well as abroad.
Heidi’s strengths in strategic planning and operational optimization have been applied effectively in start-up and well-established organizations. Her focus on enhancing sustainability across the organization by establishing proven development programs has made her a highly sought after resource within the non-profit fundraising industry. Heidi first joined Grow Movement as a consultant and believes the program has a deep impact not only for the individuals involved as businesses and consultants, but offers a clear model for social advocacy across the world.
Perry Venugopal is a Strategy & Technology Management professional focused on the Life Sciences sector, having worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 8 years. Before that, Perry spent 6 years in the consulting industry working on various IT initiatives representing IBM Global Services and Ernst & Young.
Perry joined Grow Movement as a volunteer consultant and strongly believes in the power and effectiveness of the business model underlying Grow Movement.
At Grow Movement, Perry is keen on leveraging cloud-based technologies and other disruptive trends to fuel low-cost innovation and business growth. He is passionate about social enterprises and has worked on multiple Habitat for Humanity projects across the US.
Perry has a Masters in Engineering and is a Sloan Fellow from the London Business School.