Corinne Gray

Innovation Fellow, MIT Sloan

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Corinne Gray is a Fulbright Scholar and MIT Sloan Fellow in Innovation & Global Leadership who wants to disrupt the way we fund and finance humanitarian and development initiatives. She is currently pursuing a research-based MBA at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, where she hopes to design a new funding model for the humanitarian and development sectors.

Corinne spent 3 years working at the forefront of the U.N. Refugee Agency’s (UNHCR) innovation program, where she led strategies to engage the Agency’s staff, partners, and refugees in open innovation. She later served as a Financial Technology Specialist, investigating innovations such as Blockchain to include displaced people in the financial economy.

Corinne first became passionate about local innovation and entrepreneurship while working in Southern Africa, traveling around townships, giving micro-entrepreneurial training and mentorship to asylum-seekers in South Africa and Zimbabwe. She brings a wealth of knowledge as a former marketing executive in the private sector where she worked closely with product innovation teams to help translate audience needs into dynamic user experiences.

Corinne holds a Professional Certificate in Impact Investing & Social Enterprise Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She also holds a Master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, where she concentrated her studies on social innovation. Her capstone project led to the co-creation of a tool that could calculate the ROI of US government investment in social innovation.

Corinne draws on a wealth of diverse professional experiences – from working in HIV/AIDS education with rural communities in Ghana to managing community education programs for ‘at-risk’ young people in her native home of Trinidad and Tobago – to build communities that are sustainable and self-sufficient.

After 12 years of humanitarian and community development work, Corinne feels that, now more than ever, achieving our world's Sustainable Development Goals will require new approaches to finance and funding. And so she is currently pursuing a career in social impact investing. She hopes to lead a Foundation or Impact Investing Fund in 5-10 years where she can accelerate and scale community-owned innovations with the potential for large-scale social impact.

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