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Our Founder - Catalyst Foundation

Ms. Caroline Nguyen Ticarro is a prominent figure in the non-profit sector. She balances being a mother, motivational speaker, and director of an international NGO. In 2012, her work and passion were featured in a 3-part series on CNN.

Caroline was four years old when her family fled Vietnam on April 29, 1975, along with hundreds of thousands of other Vietnamese. Twenty-three years later to the day, she returned to Vietnam to adopt her twin daughters. It was during that first return trip that she decided to do something to help. The desire to help resulted in the founding of Catalyst Foundation in 1999, focused on helping build communities to fight human trafficking.  Caroline’s story and how Catalyst Foundation started can be seen here.

Caroline’s passion and work is tireless. She travels often to Vietnam to direct the mission and vision of Catalyst Foundation.


Ms. Caroline Nguyen Ticarro is available to speak to your school, organization, conference or seminar.  She is an accomplished speaker on a variety of topics, download Caroline’s speaker profile here.

For speaking inquiries please contact – +1.507.213.8448.