Carlos has worked as a consultant with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) since 2009. He specializes in designing, launching and taking projects to scale as well as evaluating strategy to revamp programs that are stuck. For the past four years, he has been spearheading multi-million dollar initiatives, like the Central American Resilience Initiative (ComRes), grouping the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua to improve community resilience to shocks, benefitting more than 200,000 people in Central America’s dry corridor. In 2013, Carlos coordinated the first-ever USAID-WFP resilience capacity initiative, pioneering geospatial modeling and seasonal livelihood planning to increase the efficiency and accuracy of humanitarian assistance for disaster-prone regions.


Carlos has also worked with designing post-disaster recovery programs: In the Philippines he designed a cash-based asset creation program for 300,000 people after mega-typhoon Yolanda. In Nepal, he reviewed WFP’s infrastructure and resilience-building projects strategy, adjusting the office to the post-earthquake context, proposing a merger of private sector and community public works to rebuild livelihoods.


During 2016, he was Regional Emergencies Officer for WFP in the Asia-Pacific Region, co-managing a $9 million portfolio of innovation projects. These included: cellphone disaster assessments in extremely remote areas in the Pacific; partnering with Google’s 360 camera project to map post-earthquake trails in remote areas of Nepal, rebuilding both local livelihoods and the tourism industry. Carlos also supported the concept design of the Humanitarian Staging Area in Bangladesh, which is expected to substantially speed up humanitarian recipient and delivery of cargo; as well as other pilots and initiatives, in one of the world’s most prominent regions for cutting edge humanitarian work.


Most recently, Carlos reviewed the Latin American Regional Office’s Phase One operations for the innovative emergency preparedness and response Forecast Based Financing (FBF) mechanism. The pilot is aiming at significantly cutting down costs through the pre-positioning of humanitarian aid, based on geospatial modeling of disasters. This modality is opening up emergency preparedness to potential linkages with risk insurance and weather forecasting technologies, including drones for post-disaster assessments in the Latin American region.


Languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese, Italian.

Carlos Centeno has extensive experience in working in: Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Mozambique, Nepal, Pacific Islands, Panama, Senegal, and Thailand. Major areas of expertise include: Disaster response and resilience-building operations, Humanitarian responses, mechanisms and programmes, Planning, strategy, programming and project development, and Strategic reviews