Born and brought up in Hong Kong, of British parents, Caroline has lived and worked in Asia for over 25 years. As a child, she grew up around her family’s business, Anthony Buckley and Constantine, a Royal warrant holder portrait photography studio whose clients included Hong Kong and Asian business, political and cultural elite. This exposure, combined with her professional experience of running a social enterprise in China, has given her the knowledge and perspective of contemporary China at all levels.
Now based in Europe, Caroline is expanding her model to include working with refugees and other displaced populations through the Scheherazade Initiatives.
Caroline has a BA in Theatre Studies from Lancaster University and is an alumni of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government programme, ‘Global Leadership and Public Policy in the 21st Century’.
In 2016, Caroline was an Annenberg Scholar at Principia College where she was invited to teach a course on Theatre for Social Change. The result of the project was a semester-long project with young people in the local community called This is Our Story that dealt with the pressures that young people face, covering issues such as single parent families, drug addiction, friendships and sexuality.
Caroline has lived and worked in China, Hong Kong, Mongolia, Spain, the UK, the US, India, Argentina and France. She speaks English, Mandarin, French and Spanish and now resides in Paris.
Caroline has recently formed two complementary organisations:
Scheherazade Consulting, which provides theatre-based training services on global leadership issues, with a particular focus on China, India and the emerging world, to companies and institutions around the world; and
Scheherazade Initiatives, which replicates the Hua Dan model in other emerging markets and with migrant, refugee and displaced populations around the world.
In partnership with colleagues from the Global Agenda Council on the Arts in Society, Caroline 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 a frequent speaker, consultant, and guest practitioner. Her areas of professional interest are global leadership, facilitating personal and social change, innovation, theatre and the arts, corporate social responsibility, women’s issues, spirituality, the emerging world and China.
Caroline, a Young Global Leader (YGL)
The Forum of Young Global Leaders is: "a community made up of the world’s most outstanding next-generation leaders. Bold, brave, action-oriented and entrepreneurial, these individuals commit both their time and talent to make the world a better place. Upon nomination, YGLs already have a proven record of extraordinary personal achievement. They also have two distinct features: they have achieved their success young – under the age of 40 – and have shown a commitment to making a positive impact on society.
The community is made up of leaders from all walks of life, from every region of the world and every stakeholder group in society. Set up as an independent, not-for-profit foundation under the Swiss government, the Forum of Young Global Leaders is an integral part of the World Economic Forum and part of the larger New Champions community.
Throughout their tenure, YGLs are fully involved in the Forum’s meetings, initiatives and research and interact with the Forum’s wider multistakeholder community. YGLs have a powerful role in determining the community’s activities. They are governed by a foundation board of 13 respected leaders and are managed by a dynamic team of young professionals based in Geneva and China."