Caroline Schmutte, Head of Germany Office, Wellcome

Caroline Schmutte joined Wellcome Trust in 2018 to lead the new Germany Office, our first international presence outside the United Kingdom. In this position, she oversees Wellcome's activities and relationships with the German government, science community, and other partners, and represents the Trust in the German public. Ms. Schmutte is building the new office with a Berlin-based team, which she is managing. Prior to this position, Ms. Schmutte led the Germany Office of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. From 2013 to 2018 she built the foundation's relationships, activities, and grant portfolio with the Government, international development organizations, NGOs, and other partners. She served as an advisor to Bill and Melinda Gates, as well as other foundation leadership, and as spokesperson for the foundation in Germany. Ms. Schmutte previously worked as a Private Sector Development Specialist at World Bank Group and Engagement Manager at McKinsey. During this time, she led consulting engagements in healthcare provision, policy, and pharmaceutical innovation, as well as in agriculture, sustainability, and public sector strategy. Following, she managed IFC and World Bank projects in the Latin America and Africa regions. Ms. Schmutte holds a Master's degree in Public Administration and International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Dartmouth College. She is originally from Frankfurt, Germany, and has lived and worked across America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.