Nick Oatley

COO

Nick Oatley joined the Global Knowledge Initiative in early 2020 as a Senior Advisor, and stepped up to the COO role in July 2020. He provides support to the CEO in developing organizational strategy, preparing for growth, improving business operations management and financial planning. Nick supports GKI’s business development efforts, expanding GKI market presence in peacebuilding and conflict resolution, governance, anti-corruption, environmental governance and democracy building. He advises on programs related to monitoring, evaluation, research and learning, systems and organizational change, training and leadership facilitation, strategy design and collaborative network development.

Nick has a successful track record in senior management, leading strategic development, organizational change initiatives, and multi-stakeholder learning. As a senior director at PACT he led the Strategy Realization Office and introduced systems practice into the organization developing approaches for country offices to use systems’ practice in developing their strategies with local and international stakeholders. At PartnersGlobal he was the Chief Operating Officer, responsible for managing the DC office and providing oversight and support to all functional and technical teams. At Search for Common Ground, he led the institutional learning practice providing technical support on monitoring and evaluation for impact and knowledge management across 30 countries. Whilst at Search for Common Ground he developed and launched the Learning Portal for Design Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding, a website dedicated to the sharing of best practices in DM&E and peacebuilding. He was one of the co-founders of the Alliance for Peacebuilding-led Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium designed to improve the practice of DM&E across the field of peacebuilding. He has worked in the field in 13 countries across Africa, MENA, and Asia. He has also worked for three UK Government Departments and was an academic at the University of the West of England teaching urban planning and local sustainable economic development. Nick is a certified Change Management Practitioner, a trained Project and Program Manager, coach, and facilitator. 

Nick is passionate about finding ways to support local people be heard, capable and vibrant and unlock the potential of development using systems practice to redirect the dynamics that currently hold them back. In his free time, Nick enjoys playing soccer, downhill skiing, snorkeling, hiking, watching movies and spending time with his wife and two kids.