Nathaniel Heller

Executive Vice President, Integrated Strategies


Nathaniel Heller is the executive vice president of integrated strategies at Results for Development (R4D), where he oversees the organization’s cross-cutting practice areas, including R4D’s work in governance and social accountability, adaptive and collaborative learning, adapting and scaling up innovation, and initiatives aimed at increasing access to vital products and services. Nathaniel oversees and contributes to strategy development, partner and donor management, public-facing thought leadership, and programmatic and research design efforts. Nathaniel was previously a managing director at R4D, overseeing the organization's governance and social accountability program.

Prior to joining R4D in 2015, Nathaniel co-founded and led Global Integrity, a non-profit organization that promotes government transparency and accountability worldwide. During his time as executive director of Global Integrity, Nathaniel led the organization from its founding in 2005 through a period of intensive growth that saw Global Integrity established as a global leader on anti-corruption and governance issues. In addition to the development of best-of-breed methodologies for measuring public sector integrity systems and thought leadership in the nascent open government space, Nathaniel conceptualized and established the OpenGov Hub, the world’s first open government-themed co-working community with locations in Washington, DC and Kathmandu, Nepal. He also created an emerging markets research company servicing consulting firms and hedge funds (now Foglamp Research) that was successfully spun off from Global Integrity in 2013, and a software-as-a-service (the Indaba research platform) that was sold in 2015.

Prior to co-founding Global Integrity, Nathaniel served at the US Department of State focusing on European political-military affairs; as a fellow at the Center for Public Integrity reporting on public sector accountability and ethics issues; and as a foreign policy fellow to the late-Senator Edward Kennedy.

Nathaniel holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Spanish Literature from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He currently serves as a civil society steering committee member of the Open Government Partnership and on the boards of Development Gateway and The Engine Room.