Nathalie Laidler-Kylander
Program Chair, Senior Executive Fellows (SEF)

Nathalie Laidler-Kylander returns to Harvard Kennedy School to serve as the Program Chair, Senior Executive Fellows (SEF). Nathalie was previously a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School (2010-2016), teaching in the Management Leadership and Decision Sciences (MLD) area and chairing several executive education programs. She was also a Senior Research Fellow at the Hauser Institute. A leading expert in the international nonprofit sector, she previously served as the CEO and President of Trickle Up, a development organization focused on economic and social empowerment of women living in extreme poverty, and worked as a Managing Director at the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, acting as an operating partner to early-stage nonprofits and global social enterprises. Additional prior teaching experience includes the Fletcher School, Tufts University (2009 - 2011) and Boston University School of Management (2007-2009). Nathalie has supported many of her students as they created and launched social enterprises both at Tufts University and at Harvard.

Nathalie’s experience spans both the public and private sectors, having previously held positions with the United Nations Development Program in Senegal, Doctors Without Borders in Armenia, as well as management roles at Medtronic Inc. Nathalie has served on the board of dozens of social enterprises, including EforAll, Foster America, and Solutions Journalism Network.

Her work has been widely published, including in the Harvard Business Review, and Stanford Social Innovation Review, and she is the co-author of The Brand IDEA: Managing Nonprofit Brands with Integrity, Democracy, and Affinity. She holds a BS in Biochemistry from Imperial College at London University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she received the Horace W. Goldsmith Fellowship, and a PhD from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, where she received the Conference Fund Award. 

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