Carlos Centeno

TrustWorks Associate

Carlos has over a decade of experience working on community resilience operations and analysis in natural disaster hotspots, as well as social impact innovation for economic development.

Carlos is a Program Manager at MIT where he focuses on unearthing tech solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. Prior to this role, he worked for the United Nations WFP in disaster preparedness, humanitarian emergency operations, and community development based in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and headquarters in Rome.

He has supported operations in refugee camps, tribal areas, and migrant crisis settings, in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Haiti 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 humanitarian response prototype, ALIA, was a 2019 finalist at WFP’s Innovation Accelerator Google Launchpad.

Carlos is a graduate of the University of Kansas with post-graduate studies in Artificial Intelligence for business, and tech entrepreneurship from MIT Sloan.

Regional Specialization

Latin America, Asia

Thematic Specialization

Social impact innovation, livelihood resilience operations, and transitional contexts planning.


Spanish, English, intermediate Portuguese