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Bidjan Nashat, CEO of Atlas Corps, on building a talent pool from the Global South

The CEO of Atlas Corps, Bidjan Nashat, joins us on The Do One Better Podcast to talk about building a talent pool from the Global South and breaking down the barriers to diverse talent.

If you ever wondered how to create a truly diverse talent pool and intentionally attract the next generation of leaders from countries not usually represented in senior management teams, this episode will inform you and show you how some of the world’s leading organisations are embracing this challenge.

Atlas Corps was founded in 2006. They are a non-profit, a social enterprise and a registered 501(c)(3) in the United States.

Their Fellowship program identifies strong talent and human capital potential from the Global South and they act as a matchmaker by placing Atlas Corps Fellows with leading organisations such as SAP, Save the Children and the Hilton Foundation.

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About Bidjan Nashat

Bidjan brings broad international experience to the role of CEO. He comes to Atlas Corps from Save the Children’s senior executive team, leading the quality and impact of a $1.2 billion programming budget reaching more than 40 million children in more than 100 countries worldwide.

He also served as interim CEO in 2019 and led the organization’s biggest global effort to hire, develop, and retain hundreds of talented experts from countries across the globe.

Bidjan formerly served as Director of Programs and Advocacy at Save the Children Germany, where he led the 2015 refugee response and was frequently interviewed on German television, and the BBC. He also worked as a Strategy Officer at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. and was part of the team that started Teach First Deutschland, which is a partner of the Teach For All global network.

Bidjan has taught and given lectures on project management, fundraising, and leadership at leading business schools, the U.S. Department of State, the World Bank, and the United States Institute of Peace.

He studied at Yale and Georgetown University and holds a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School in Berlin. Bidjan grew up in the American sector of West Berlin as the son of an immigrant from Iran and a German mother. He currently lives with his wife and daughter in the Washington, DC, area.


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