Caroline Jenner, CEO, JA Europe, and Global Head of Regional Growth and Development, JA Worldwide

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Caroline began her career as an entrepreneur—running her own private language school in Bratislava, Slovakia, in the early 1990s. Early on, she took an interest in business education, because many of her younger students were prospective entrants to economics programs at university. In an effort to provide them with appropriate materials, she began to work with economics curricula developed by Junior Achievement.

She set up Junior Achievement in Slovakia and later became the Regional Director for Junior Achievement operations in Central and Eastern Europe. In 1997, she moved to Italy for a job in the private sector. Her work involved retail business development, particularly in new markets such as the former Yugoslavia and Ukraine. 

After three years, in 2001, she returned to JA with the task to create JA Europe, which has become the largest entrepreneurship education provider in Europe. She took on a global role as Senior Vice President for Europe in 2004, overseeing a large number of global Junior Achievement initiatives with her counterparts in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and North America. 

Caroline serves on several expert groups for the European Commission on entrepreneurship education (DG Enterprise and DG Education), as well as the New Skills for New Jobs group (DG Employment) and the Language means Business Forum (DG Multilingualism). She serves as a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the World Economic Forum on Entrepreneurship Education and contributes to policy work at both the national and European level. She is a regular presenter, moderator, facilitator, and speaker at international conferences discussing skills, entrepreneurship education, education policy, and CSR. 

Caroline has a BA, First Class Honours, in French Language and Literature and also graduated from the Canadian Royal Conservatory of Music. She has Canadian and Belgian citizenship and, in addition to English, speaks French, Italian, and Slovak. She is based in Brussels, Belgium.