Usman Shah is a multi-award winning social entrepreneur who juggles two careers stemmed by two passions, innovation and diversity. Usman is Costain’s Innovation Accelerator Manager and has an extensive background in innovation, start up and growth. He has over seen many conceptual ideas which transitioned from inception to commercialisation under his mentorship. Usman is now also the project manager for the NCE’S TechFest Accelerator.
Usman is also an active social entrepreneur and founded Diversity Hut, a social enterprise which is now in partnership with Costain Group Plc, where the issue of the industries poor diversity are tackled head on. Through Diversity Hut, Usman has now created over 45 full time jobs for people of disadvantaged backgrounds, mentored over 300 young people on STEM careers, and also consulted/trained large organisations on Diversity. Through Diversity Hut, Usman was selected to be a part of a social impact incubator (Allia Serious Impact) and then was also recently selected by Virgin Start Up’s Crowdboost programme to educate start-up businesses on how to scale faster. Usman has recently been selected by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to travel USA, UAE and Asia to research Diversity, and return back to the UK to inspire UK businesses.
Together with Usman’s prowess in Diversity and Innovation, Usman is leveraging the hidden talent of disadvantaged peoples, small start up’s and SME’s and bringing the best out of them.
Usman is also a Chartered Quality Professional.