Carlos Centeno

Lead, Economic Prosperity Community, MIT Solve

Carlos is the Lead for Solve's Economic Prosperity Community where the team engages leading voices from academia, the private and public sectors, as well as nonprofit organizations to explore solutions to challenges in accessing meaningful work, economic opportunities, and financial inclusion and equality. He’s passionate about the catalytic effect of technology in crisis contexts and rapidly modernizing rural economies. 

Prior to joining Solve, Carlos worked for the United Nations World Food Program, one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world, feeding almost 90 million people in 83 countries every year. He worked in disaster preparedness, humanitarian emergency operations, and community development and was based in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the WFP headquarters in Rome.

He has served in refugee camps, tribal areas, and migrant crisis settings in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Haiti, Somalia border areas, and other complex environments, specializing in strategy and operations scale up. Most recently, he served as Asia Regional Resilience Officer, based in Bangkok. His automated (NLP) humanitarian response prototype, ALIA, was a 2019 finalist at WFP’s Innovation Accelerator Google Launchpad event.

Carlos is Research Affiliate at MIT’s Civic Data Design Lab. He was a startup coach at MIT’s IDE Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC), an MIT Bootcamps summer 2018 finalist, and a 2009-2011 Congressional Hunger Center, Congressman Leland Fellow. 

Carlos is a graduate of the University of Kansas, with post-graduate diplomas in Artificial Intelligence for business from MIT Sloan, blockchain strategy from Oxford's Said Business School, and Product Management from Stanford’s School of Engineering. 


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