Fiona Macaulay

Award-winning social entrepreneur and educator.


Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2023. 


Shortlisted for the 2023 Thinkers50 Ideas Into Practice Award.


Selected by Marshall Goldsmith for his global leaders program.


Working at the intersection of innovation, leadership and global development, Macaulay established herself as a thought leader on the topic of global youth employment as founder and CEO of social enterprise Making Cents International, and was instrumental in creating a movement for evidence-based scalable and sustainable interventions to increase youth employment, entrepreneurship and financial inclusion. More recently, Macaulay founded WILD, the Women Innovators and Leaders Development Network, to support women social innovators to scale their impact, and thrive personally. 


Adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where she also runs a leadership clinic for MBA students, Macaulay serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence to mentor and coach emerging social innovators, and leaders across campus. She is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown’s School for Foreign Service. Previously, Macaulay founded Making Cents International, which she led as CEO for nearly 20 years. She is also the founder and current CEO of WILD; is a member of the board of governors for Junior Achievement Worldwide; and past board chair for the CAMFED USA Foundation.  


‘How to Mitigate the Potentially Damaging Psychological Consequences of Being an Entrepreneur’ (Inc., 02 April 2020); ‘Why Leaders Should Focus on Fixing Their Companies Before Asking Women to Make Changes’ (Inc., 02 March 2020); ‘How Women With Businesses That Have Social Impact Can Raise More Venture Capital’ (Inc., 16 October 2019); ‘4 Tips for Building a Unique Personal Brand’ (Inc., 07 October 2019); ‘Unleashing Young Social Entrepreneurs’ (TEDxYSE, 04 Jan 2011).


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