Caroline Ashley

Head of the Editorial Committee

The inclusive business space is experimenting, evolving and mainstreaming. It is essential that we all share our lessons, failures, and insights and exchange information more fluently. This need is what inspired me as founder Editor of the Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business for 7 years until December 2017. And it is why I am now delighted to chair the Editorial Committee for iBAN blue and help shape a platform that inspires and supports effective inclusive business practice.

Caroline focuses on how innovative economic models can deliver more inclusive and resilient development. She heads the Economic Justice team in Oxfam, which works across agricultural and urban contexts, investing in programmes that promote inclusive markets, new enterprise models, resilient development and women's economic empowerment. Caroline has worked on markets, business models and investment approaches that deliver social impact for many years in different roles with challenge funds, impact investors, entrepreneurs, corporates and policy makers. She was Results Director of the DFID Business Innovation Facility, Sida Innovations Against Poverty programme, and the DFID Impact Programme, focusing on how innovative business models deliver commercial and social return. She founded the Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business in 2010, as part of the Business Innovation Facility, took over hosting it in 2014, and edited the Hub for 7 years. Over three decades in development she has pioneered new approaches to understanding business impacts, sustainable livelihoods, pro-poor value chain analysis, and sustainable equitable resource use. She was previously Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute, a Resource Economist in the Namibian Government, director of her company Ashley Insight, worked in the UK Parliament and US Congress, has lived and worked in several countries in Africa and Asia, and has done consultancy work for a host of bilateral and multilateral organisations.