Nathan ByrdSenior Consultant, EduFinance
Focusing on developing EduFinance Technical Assistance product offerings to financial institutions, and helping more capital to be sustainability lent into the education sector, Nathan draws on his strong understanding of EduFinance in low income markets to work on product design and development.
Nathan served as Head of Global Programs, and prior to that Head of Education Finance, working with Opportunity International from 2012 to 2018. As Head of EduFinance he was responsible for developing education-related financial tools for schools and families, forming strategic partnerships in the education sector, and expanding Opportunity's four-country pilot program. Nathan has provided invaluable strategic direction and leadership for the Education Finance initiative, designing cross-border systems and structures and managing multinational field operations across developing countries.
Prior to joining Opportunity International, Nathan was Deputy Director of Operations for the International Rescue Committee in Kabul, Afghanistan, where he was responsible for a budget of $21.5 million and oversight of all functions, including human resources, financial planning, procurement, logistics, safety and security, field management and new product development. Previously, Nathan served as Vice President of Strategic Development at Covenant House, an organization that helps 60,000 children around the world emerge from homelessness, abuse and trafficking through comprehensive services, including education.
Nathan holds a Master's in Global Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management, an MBA from Indiana University and a Bachelor's in Spanish and English from Saint Louis University. He currently resides in the UK.