Executive Director and Cofounder
Violet grew up in Uganda after her parents fled Rwanda before the genocide. She wanted to serve her community which had suffered so much. So she co-founded Grow Movement in 2009 with Chris. Thanks to her efforts with the rest of the team, Grow Movement has improved the lives of over 50,000 people across Africa and pioneered a new method of international poverty relief; coaching entrepreneurs over mobile phone. Violet holds a degree in business from Nkumba University.
Founder & Chairperson
Chris developed a passion for a more just world after seeing the impact of poverty and war on children in Mozambique. So he founded Grow Movement with Violet when he saw the potential of mobile technology to support entrepreneurs to reduce poverty and contribute to peace. He served as a British diplomat and also as a British soldier in Iraq to defeat ISIS. Chris holds Masters degrees from London Business School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
John Correa leads Information Technology for Grow Movement. He is skilled in technology strategy, business development and technical leadership to motivate change and foster innovation. John is a senior strategist at Microsoft and a graduate of MIT, where he helped devise the “Social & Business Network Analysis for Fundraising”. He is passionate about the use of technology to provide solutions for social problems. He has worked as a volunteer in Asia Pacific and for the UN.