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Nathaniel Heller

Vice President and Managing DirectorGeneva Global

Paoli, PA

Member Since November 2021


Nathaniel Heller is a mission-driven leader and executive with more than two decades of experience in the non-profit, international development, and philanthropy spaces. As Geneva Global’s Vice President & Managing Director, Nathaniel oversees all of the firm’s client-facing work and deliverables as well as its external communications. Those services range from supporting philanthropists as they identify priority areas for investment; developing operational strategies to execute high-impact philanthropic programs; running programs in high-need geographies; and distilling successes, failures, and insights to inform future philanthropic giving. Prior to joining the firm, Nathaniel served as an Executive Vice President at Results for Development (R4D), where he oversaw many of the organization’s technical teams aimed at strengthening health, education, and nutrition systems in low-income countries. He originally joined R4D as a managing director, leading the organization’s work on citizen engagement and governance reform in countries. In both roles, Nathaniel spent significant time on strategy and work plan formulation, partnership development, thought leadership, and resource mobilization across the international development philanthropic spectrum. Earlier in his career, Nathaniel co-founded and led Global Integrity, an international non-governmental anti-corruption organization working in more than 100 countries to strengthen government transparency and accountability safeguards. From 2017 to 2019, he co-chaired the Open Government Partnership (a multi-stakeholder partnership spanning governments and civil society) and was the catalyst behind the establishment of the OpenGov Hub, the world’s first thematic co-working space focused on open government issues. He began his career working at a non-profit investigative journalism organization (the Center for Public Integrity) and at the US Department of State. Nathaniel holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and completed his graduate work at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Published content

19 tips to communicate more effectively with your remote workers 

expert panel

Here's how to elevate company culture in a digital office environment. If you are new to leading a remote or hybrid company, you may find yourself struggling to bridge the gap between management and staff members who work from home to create trust and transparency. By the same token, if you're new to working for a remote employer, you may be feeling isolated if you're unable to connect with your new co-workers and management the way you initially envisioned when you were onboarded for your "dream job opportunity."  To help leaders and their remote teams communicate more effectively and improve their working relationships in no time, 19 Fast Company Executive Board members each share one new idea for building a better company culture in 2024.

How and when to know to close a business


Understanding which of these challenges you’re facing may help to navigate the situation so that the outcome is something other than turning off the lights.

Reimagining the nonprofit board in a post-COVID world


Three of the big-ticket questions non-profit boards are wrestling with—and how both peer mission-driven organizations businesses can benefit from the debates.

Coffee, traffic, and gelato: Three ways I rediscovered what’s important for bringing teams together in person


Human beings need shared in-person experiences in order to come together as a team.

Three lessons non-profits can teach companies


The similarities between great non-profits and great companies are myriad. Corporate leaders would do well to learn from those charitable exemplars.

13 ways companies can reduce waste and protect the environment

expert panel

It's easy to help your company do its part to create a more sustainable planet. It doesn't have to break the bank. Global environmental change, and the sustainability of our Earth, continue to be a rising topic of conversation in our personal and professional lives. If business owners, in particular, are looking for affordable ways to save the planet, they can start by assessing their company's carbon footprint beyond their walls and implementing small steps to improve their efficiency to make a better impact in their own community, first, and eventually worldwide. Below, 13 Fast Company Executive Board members share one easy, economical suggestion for business leaders who want to invest more of their time and resources into a "green-first" philosophy so they can cut waste as a company at-large.

Company details

Geneva Global

Company bio

Geneva Global is a mission-driven company that helps foundations, organizations, and individuals achieve positive social change through effective philanthropy. We leverage 20-plus years of experience putting philanthropic capital to work in nearly 100 countries to help our clients and partners. Our approach blends highly customized problem solving with proven methods to support evidence-driven decision-making.


Social impact & nonprofit

Company size

51 - 200