2018 AACSB Influential Leader

Carlos Carrazana

Carlos Carrazana

American University, Kogod School of Business

United States

Nonprofit or Community-based Organization


Executive Vice President and CEO, Save the Children

Carlos Carrazana uses his business savvy to harness the power of partnerships, create essential programs, and save the lives of children around the world both for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and Save the Children.

After a 13-year career in banking, Carlos Carrazana returned to school to pursue his master’s in public health, which he received from the University of Miami. “In my mid-30s, I realized I wanted to do something totally different,” he told the Latin Post in a 2015 interview. Carrazana was interested in global development, and he used his MPH as a pivot from banking to a cause-based career. He moved into a position as director of the Summa Foundation in 1999 and has continued in his mission-driven work since then.

As executive vice president and chief operating officer of Save the Children since 2012, Carrazana has supported president and CEO, Carolyn Miles, in securing countless partnerships that are key to building and growing essential programs. These partnerships include corporations such as IKEA and Johnson & Johnson, and foundations such as Gabriela Hearst and Luke and Lori Morrow.

Carrazana advanced the organization’s leadership by growing its board of trustees. In February 2017, Save the Children welcomed former second lady Jill Biden as its new chair. Other notable board members include actress Jennifer Garner; Mary Dillon, CEO of Ulta Beauty; and Freda Lewis-Hall, chief medical officer of Pfizer, Inc.

Also notable is Carrazana’s relationship with the press. He has gained substantial recognition for Save the Children in major media outlets, including USA Today and the Latin Post. His published articles and interviews help further the organization’s reputation by shaping its image in a positive light.

Carrazana’s imprint is undeniable. In 2016, Save the Children worked in 120 countries, reaching 157 million children, including more than 56 million directly. These results, while an indirect outcome of his work internally, show how his contributions translate to society at large.

From 2008 to 2012, Carrazana served as CEO of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF). During his tenure, the organization launched a new business model to respond to the growing need for a national, multistakeholder approach to the HIV/AIDs epidemic. Since 2011, EGPAF has formed partnerships with affiliated national HIV organizations in Côte d’Ivoire, Mozambique, and Tanzania. Through this model, Carrazana expanded the foundation’s reach, and strengthened its mission: ending pediatric HIV/AIDS through research, advocacy, and prevention and treatment programs.

Carrazana is not only pursuing his passion, he is making a real impact in the world.