Ruma Bose is a purpose-driven executive, entrepreneur, investor, and best-selling author.
Ruma is currently Chief Growth Officer (CGO) at Clearco, a SoftBank-backed fintech unicorn and the world’s
largest e-commerce investor (in which she was previously a longtime advisor, venture partner and early investor).
She has built from scratch and scaled Clearco’s international operations to 11 countries, building and leading a
100+ team responsible for Revenue (Sales, Marketing, Partnerships) and Growth (Strategy, Operations, Business
Intelligence), deploying $500M+ into 1000+ companies, generating 30% of the company’s overall revenues in
under 18 months. As CGO, Ruma also leads Clearco’s corporate development function, working closely with the
CEO and Executive Chair.
Previously, Ruma was Managing Partner at Humanitarian Ventures, investing in high growth technology
companies and leveraging their potential for the humanitarian sector. Ruma was previously on the management
council of Chobani, one of the world’s largest yogurt companies, where she served as President of Chobani
Ventures and the Chobani Foundation, supporting organizations and entrepreneurs making better, more nutritious
food for more people. In addition to her roles at Chobani, she was also Founding President of Tent Foundation,
which she helped establish as one of the leading foundations in the humanitarian sector, mobilizing the largest
global network of private sector businesses committed to creating jobs for refugees.
Ruma’s earlier leadership roles include President and co-CEO at Sprayology, a pioneering homeopathic company;
President at Vincent Longo, an iconic global cosmetics brand; Director at Roseworth Capital, a private equity
investor focused on consumer/brand/retail and specialized business and financial services sectors; and Cofounder
and VP Market Development at Finishline, a national chemical and products services company. Ruma was part of
the Bose Corporation startup team sent to launch and scale operations in India. Ruma started her career as an
analyst at Scotiabank in the International Banking Group.
Ruma co-authored the international bestselling book, “Mother Teresa, CEO”, which has been translated into eight
languages. The book describes the management and leadership principles of Mother Teresa, who Ruma worked
with in Calcutta, and explains how they can be applied to businesses and non-profits alike.
Ruma is an Independent Director at Iron Spark (NASDAQ: ISAA), sits on the Governing Board of Directors of
Calvert Impact Capital, one of the pioneers of impact investing, gender lens investing and climate impact, which
in the last 25 years has deployed over $3bn in 100+ countries and on KAO Corporation’s (Tokyo Stock
Exchange: 4452) ESG External Advisory Board, the largest household and personal care product manufacturer in
Japan with a $20B market cap and a footprint across Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Ruma is additionally an
advisor to Teralys Capital, one of the world’s largest fund of venture capital funds with $2bn in assets under
management and Global Ventures, a $100M UAE-based venture capital fund investing in growth stage companies
across the Middle East and Africa. Her non-profit boards include the Refugee Investment Network, the first
impact investing and blended-finance collaborative dedicated to creating durable solutions to global forced
migration and Global Dignity, an initiative of HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway.
Ruma is the 2021 recipient of the Scotiabank Ethical Leadership Award which recognizes ethical leaders in
Canada who, through their actions and decisions, have demonstrated character, courage, and adherence to ethical
principles. In 2022, Ruma was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.
In 2017, Ruma cofounded and launched the Canadian Entrepreneurship Initiative (CEI), to help improve the state
of entrepreneurship in Canada, which she launched with Sir Richard Branson. She authored their flagship
report Entrepreneurship: Canada’s Golden Opportunity.
She is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO); the Global Entrepreneurs’ Council at the United
Nations Foundation; and is active at the World Economic Forum as a member of its Expert Network.
Ruma is a frequent speaker and keynote at conferences around the world, including the Forbes 100 Most Powerful
Women’s Summit, World Humanitarian Summit, World Economic Forum, Banff Forum and meetings of the
United Nations. She has been featured in publications including The Economist, Wall Street Journal, Fast
Company, NY Times, Financial Times, LA Times, Business Insider and Bloomberg.
Ruma lives between London and New York with her husband and son.