Carol Tyroler has 25-years of experience working in the field of women’s economic empowerment, livelihoods and cross-cutting areas such as microfinance, land tenure, the environment, and gender equity.

She has conducted women’s livelihood assessments and evaluations, strategies and project designs, as well as implemented programs in over 39 countries in Southeast and Central Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and the Pacific Islands.  She holds 2 MA from Duke University in International Economic Development Policy and Business and the Environment.

Carol has owned her own consulting business (Tyroler and Associates) for the past 15 years and in that capacity has worked for a variety of entities including the UNDP, UN Women, USAID, World Bank, DC-based consulting firms, various government ministries, INGOs, and local NGOs – all of which have focused on livelihoods and women’s economic empowerment.

Last summer while doing a Women’s Economic Empowerment Strategy for CARE Rwanda, she had the pleasure of traveling to Uganda to see the Mountain Gorillas. It was during this time that she visited Batwa Orphanage located near where the Mountain Gorillas live and felt a strong desire to do something positive for the many orphanages in Uganda. Carol lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her 11 year old daughter Ella.