Caroline Watson

Personal & Community Development

Caroline is the founder and director of Hua Dan and the Scheherazade Initiatives, two global organisations that use participation in theatre as a tool for personal and social transformation in migrant, refugee and displaced populations.  The organisation has a particular focus on working with women and children and also has a for-profit consultancy side that delivers theatre-based workshops to corporations on global leadership issues.

In founding Hua Dan and Scheherazade, Caroline has pioneered the importance of participation in the arts and creative education; empowered female migrants and refugees to lead and manage the organisation through a vocational training model; and refined a sustainable hybrid non-profit/for-profit business model for arts-based learning methodologies.


Caroline is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, an alumni of INSEAD’s Social Entrepreneurship Executive Education programme, Harvard Kennedy School’s ‘Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century’ and was also elected a Waldzell ‘Architect of the Future’.

Caroline was formerly Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Arts in Society and, in partnership with colleagues from the Council, has also founded the Global Arts Impact Agenda that enables business and government to unleash the power of the arts for human development.  GAIA is especially focused on the achievement of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals through the arts.

Caroline is an experienced consultant in using theatre for culture change and transformation in social change and corporate settings and is an authoritative and inspiring writer, speaker and facilitator on migration, arts for social change, women’s empowerment, global leadership, entrepreneurship and social innovation, and spirituality.


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