Thomas Carlson

Director of Ecosystem Development

As the Director of Ecosystem Development, Thomas’ primary focus is cultivating Entrepreneurial Ecosystems which are local networks of entrepreneurs, coaches, business leaders, and investors. Within these networks of support, entrepreneurs are trained and equipped to start, grow, and scale new businesses. This entrepreneurial development then creates jobs and improves local economies around the world.

A serial entrepreneur himself, Thomas has started businesses both in the U.S. and abroad, in a variety of sectors, including graphic design, construction, and water bottling. While living in Oman and the UAE he founded Amanah Business Solutions which provided high end interior finishes to many signature projects in the Middle East, including the new Doha International Airport, the massive theater in the newly rebuilt city center of Beirut (Solidere), Sidra Hospital which was the largest hospital in Qatar, and the new Abu Dhabi Airport.

With an extensive cross-cultural background, including living 10 years in the Middle East, spending significant time in over 50 countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe, and operating at different times in four other languages in addition to English, Thomas has served as a trusted cultural communication specialist. He spent 15+ years working in the context of inter-religious communication between Christians and Muslims, has consulted for Eaton consulting group in Boston to work with multinational companies such as Dell through executive relocation training, and has consulted with the Abu Dhabi government to help Emirati’s students transition into major US universities.

Finally, Thomas has served as a professional educator in a variety of contexts. He has lectured in topics as broad as Philosophy, Theology, World Religions, business principles, and cultural intelligence in universities and other professional contexts. Most recently in Colorado he has served as a professor of Philosophy at Colorado State University-Pueblo teaching Islam and non-Western Religions, and at Pikes Peak Community College teaching various topics in Philosophy and Ethics.

When not traveling across the world fostering business growth, Thomas plays guitar, reads, writes, runs, and spends as much time outdoors as possible with his wife and two amazing red-headed kids in Colorado Springs.