Nikki Sayres

Chief Operating Officer at Room to Read

Nikki Sayres

Nikki Sayres

Chief Operating Officer at Room to Read

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Nicole Sayres is the Chief Operating Officer of Room to Read, an organization that believes World Change Starts with Educated Children.® Room to Read envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education that enables them to reach their full potential and contribute to their communities and the world.

Nicole oversees Room to Read’s program operations, people operations, and information technology, playing a key role in ensuring the efficacy and evolution of the organization’s global programs and projects. Nicole’s leadership is a crucial part of Room to Read’s efforts to develop a sustainable and scalable vision for operational excellence as it prepares for its next phase of organizational growth.

With more than twenty years of experience in the public and private sector, Nicole joins Room to Read after 12 years at The Asia Foundation, where she most recently served as the Senior Director, Asia Operations Coordination, overseeing operations in 18 country offices. In that role, Nicole led the strategy, vision, and execution on new initiatives around recruitment, in-country security, compliance, and policy, as well as the design for their 2020 global strategic Implementation Plan. Prior to that, she served as the Deputy Country Representative in Cambodia for The Asia Foundation, taught students in Japan through the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, and has contributed to multiple publications on South and Southeast Asia including a meta-survey on the use of technologies in education published by UNESCO Bangkok.

Nicole has extensive experience working with bilateral and multilateral donors, including serving as International Project Manager at the U.S. Department of Labor, where she oversaw a portfolio of projects in Vietnam, Cambodia, and El Salvador. She also worked with the Asia Education Team at the United States Agency for International Development and co-designed an education project for Cambodia focused on teacher training, curriculum reform, and life skills. For the International Labor Organization, she conducted research that helped improve labor standards of house helpers in the Philippines. She has overseen a range of programs focused on topics including girls’ education, local governance, anti-human trafficking, economic development, and women’s empowerment, funded by donors such as the European Union, the World Bank, Australia, Denmark, the United Kingdom, the United States.

Nicole is an Activator with SheEO Inc, a women-funding-women initiative that supports female entrepreneurs launching socially-impactful ventures. She is a council member at NationSwell and was a judge at the 2016 World Savvy Bay Area Festival. Nicole received a Global Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) with honors from IE Business School, a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. She speaks English, conversational Japanese, and basic Spanish and Khmer.

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Senior Director, Books for Asia at The Asia Foundation

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Chief Operating Officer
2019 - Current

Room to Read provides educational resources. The fir focuses on literacy and gender equality in education. It works with local communities, partner organizations and governments and develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills. The company was founded by Dinesh Shrestha, Erin Ganju and John Wood in 1999 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

Senior Director, Asia Operations Coordination
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The Asia Foundation provides social services. It is committed to the development of a peaceful and open Asia-Pacific region. It supports Asian initiatives to improve governance, law, and civil society; women empowerment; economic reform and development; sustainable development and the environment; and international relations. The company was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

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The Asia Foundation provides social services. It is committed to the development of a peaceful and open Asia-Pacific region. It supports Asian initiatives to improve governance, law, and civil society; women empowerment; economic reform and development; sustainable development and the environment; and international relations. The company was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

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2008

St. Baldrick’s Foundation is created to maximize this volunteer–driven effort. The priorities: spending as little as possible to raise each dollar, and making sure every donation goes to the best research to find cures for kids fighting cancer. In its first year as an independent foundation, St. Baldrick’s continues to grow exponentially, raising more than $5.3 million. Proceeds go to the cooperative research of the Children's Oncology Group. The first St. Baldrick’s Fellow is also funded to train one of the next generation of childhood cancer researchers. St. Baldrick’s Summer Fellow awards give medical school or college students a summer to do some great research and potentially launch a new career. Also new: Our very own group of research rock stars — the Scientific Advisory Committee — is established at the second Research Priorities Summit. The first ever Pediatric Cancer Dream Team is formed. Funded jointly by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and Stand Up to Cancer, this four-year, $14.5 million grant sets out to cure some of the most hard-to-treat pediatric cancers. Our global search for cures continues as we fund the first St. Baldrick’s International Scholars, bringing pediatric cancer research expertise to low- and middle-income countries.

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