Leadership & Board

Nicole Sayres

Nicole (Nikki) 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.

Nikki plays a key role in the efficacy and evolution of Room to Read's global programs and projects overseeing program operations, people operations and information technology. 

Nikki brings 20 years of experience in the international development having joined Room to Read after 12 years at The Asia Foundation, where she served most recently as the Senior Director, Asia Operations Coordination, overseeing operations in 18 country offices. Previously, Nikki 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 academic publications on South and Southeast Asia including a meta-survey on the use of technologies in education published by UNESCO Bangkok. 

Nikki has extensive experience working with bi-lateral and multi-lateral 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. 

Nikki holds 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. 

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