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Matthew T.A. Nash

Managing Director for Social Entrepreneurship
Phone: 919-660-7791 Email:

Matthew T.A. Nash designs and manages university-wide social innovation and entrepreneurship programming for the Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative. Matt is also a visiting lecturer at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in social innovation and entrepreneurship. He also directs the DukeEngage summer program in Detroit, leads Duke’s participation in the Ashoka U Changemaker Campus Consortium and the Clinton Global Initiative University programs, and leads the Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership program for Duke Continuing Studies. Previously, Matt served as executive director of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and as founding center director of the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD), a USAID-funded development lab for scaling innovations in global health.

Matt has extensive domestic and international social and public sector experience in social entrepreneurship, micro and small enterprise development, strategic planning, organization development, performance measurement and evaluation, board development and governance, business process transformation, leadership development, and training design and facilitation, including work in thirteen developing countries. Prior to coming to Duke, he was a senior consultant in strategy and change management with the public sector practice at IBM Business Consulting Services (formerly PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting). In this position and previous consulting capacities, Matt served a diverse set of clients, including large agencies such as World Vision, UNICEF and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Previously, Matt led the Leadership Institute at Yale’s Center for Public Service and volunteered with the U.S. Peace Corps in Romania. Matt is a graduate of the Yale School of Management (MBA) and Yale College (BA), where he received the graduation prize for public service. A recipient of Vice President Al Gore’s Hammer Award for reinventing government, Matt was awarded the inaugural Member Achievement Award by Net Impact. For his work in founding and leading the Global Consulting Practicum in Social Entrepreneurship course at Duke, he received an inaugural award for Innovation in Social Entrepreneurship Education from Ashoka, the global network of leading social entrepreneurs.

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