Caroline Kende-Robb is the Secretary General of CARE International. Her 35 years of leadership and management experience have spanned a variety of sectors, including development, politics, and business.
Prior to joining CARE, Caroline was Senior Fellow at the Africa Centre for Economic Transformation, a pan-African economic policy institute. She worked as Chief Advisor to Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown for The Education Commission, and with Kofi Annan as the Executive Director at the African Progress Panel.
Caroline’s career is driven by her passion to reduce inequality and eradicate poverty by empowering communities around the globe. As a senior manager at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), she put her efforts into Africa, Europe, and Asia and the Pacific. Her championing of poverty reduction led her to become the first Social Development Advisor recruited by the Fund with a mandate of introducing a poverty perspective into the IMFs macroeconomic programs and policy dialogue. Caroline also lived for five years in the Gambia, West Africa, where she worked as an NGO Field Director and a Program Officer at the UNDP.
Caroline holds a BA (hons) in Geography from Liverpool University and an MSc in Social Policy from the London School of Economics. Her research and policy work has been widely published.
Connect with Caroline Kende-Robb on Twitter @CarolineKende