Carolina Henriquez Schmitz

Regional Lead and Legal Manager, Americas

Executive summary: Carolina is Regional Lead and Legal Manager for Americas at the Thomson Reuters Foundation. She is responsible for identifying opportunities and partnerships within and across North America, South America and the Caribbean. Her main areas of expertise are social innovation, human trafficking and slavery, and climate change.

Languages spoken: English English French French Spanish Spanish

Carolina is Regional Lead and Legal Manager for the Americas at TrustLaw. She identifies strategic opportunities and manages key relationships with law firms, in-house legal teams, NGOs and social enterprises within the region. Carolina also leads TrustLaw’s Global Corporate Pro Bono Initiative –to help corporate legal departments develop global pro bono programs – and manages the development and publication of legal research and guides for the social sector.

Carolina has a special focus on social innovation, and works with social impact partners to develop tools, resources and novel capacity-building opportunities in the fields of social enterprise and impact investing, human trafficking and slavery, and climate change. She also leads TrustLaw’s Social Enterprise and Impact Investing Training in the United States and pioneered TrustLaw’s virtual learning workshops.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Carolina worked in private practice at two leading international law firms, where she specialized in international dispute resolution, finance, and business and human rights. She was also a Legal Expert for the ABA Center for Human Rights, and worked as a legal intern at the World Bank in Venezuela and as a legal fellow for the Zambian Law Development Commission. Carolina is a qualified lawyer in the U.S. and Venezuela. She received a Master’s Degree from Harvard Law School, where she studied international development and finance, and holds a Law Degree from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Venezuela.

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