As an experienced strategist, Carol Tan focused on fostering evidence-driven decision-making that could better serve vulnerable people. In this capacity, she designed programs related to building resilience, managed relationships and supported partners and grantees in efforts to change the world for the better.
Prior to joining the foundation, Ms. Tan spearheaded several game-changing initiatives that address complex social issues. With the Boston Consulting Group, she helped Southeast Asian governments and companies to navigate critical investment decisions and to perform in the face of uncertainty, particularly on issues of infrastructure, transport, finance and social and economic development. Later, Ms. Tan established and led the Harvard Belfer Center’s initiative with humanitarian practitioners and think tanks to mobilize more effective management of an increasingly protracted Syrian refugee situation; her team succeeded in shifting the paradigm toward resilience and rehabilitation. She also established special projects and consulted on organizational transformation in the face of global shifts for the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Office of the President.
Ms. Tan has lived and worked in Asia, America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She holds a MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley.