Carol Caruso is an innovative leader and social impact entrepreneur with 20 years global business development, inclusive finance, startup and digital technology experience. Currently the Co-Founder of Bloom Impact, a social impact, Fintech startup for small business, Carol has extensive experience and passion in driving social impact and inclusive finance through the use of innovative technology such as mobile apps, payments, AI, online platforms, remittances and distribution networks.
Carol has deep experience on social impact, entrepreneurship and digital inclusive finance also from collaborating on many projects with leading banks, Telcos, Fintechs, payment companies (Visa, Mastercard), Central Banks, and Social Impact investors. Carol has held prior positions as SVP Digital Channels & Tech at Accion International – a global impact NGO and investor, Managing Director of Triple Jump Advisory Services – a Dutch impact investor, Financial Inclusion Expert at Kiva and EMEA Director at Broadvision. Carol brings a unique combination of experience from having worked in Europe, US, Africa, Asia, and LATAM within both private and public sectors.
Carol is also a Social Innovator at the Harvard Kennedy School, Social Innovation and Change Initiative and Visiting Hauser Leader at the Center for Public Leadership, an advisor for MIT Sandbox and board member for several social impact startups in Africa and the US. In these roles she works closely helping social entrepreneurs scale their business driving access to healthcare, inclusive education, clean energy for all, social justice & employment, inclusive finance and several other sectors ripe for applying innovative tech.
Carol attended UC Berkeley’s Master’s program in Business Management and has a B.S. in Economics & Finance from UC Santa Barbara.