Nancy J. Needham

Executive Director

Dr. Needham has business, academic, and philanthropic experience. Currently, she is President of Global Initiatives, a nonprofit corporation that houses the GTTP, and President of ICGS, Inc, a consulting firm she founded in 1978. Dr. Needham received a B.A. degree from Wellesley College, where she was awarded the college’s highest honors (Durant Scholar and Wellesley Scholar). A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she received an MBA with distinction (1972), and a Doctor of Business Administration (1977) from Harvard University.

She was a faculty member at the Harvard Business School while finishing her Doctorate degree. While serving as president of ICGS, she was a Lecturer (part time) at Boston University where she taught required MBA courses covering strategy and business-government relations. She also served as Associate Director of the New York State Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications at Polytechnic University, where for ten years (1987-1996 part-time) she was the Academic Director of the MS in Telecommunications and Computing Management (for working professionals). She has conducted short courses on strategy and innovation in the U.S., Korea, Taiwan, Central America, and Brazil, and was course head for Business Policy in an MS degree program for AT&T. Her teaching now is directed at secondary school teachers and non-profit managers.

At ICGS she has consulted to multinational businesses, regulated industries, non-profit, and public sector clients. Private sector clients have included companies in the travel & tourism, telecommunications, computer, financial services, energy, electric utility, plastics manufacturing, paper, heavy equipment, and retail industries.

Global Initiatives manages global education programs, develops curricula in finance and tourism, and helps non-profits develop business administration skills.

Dr. Needham received a B.A. degree from Wellesley College, where she was awarded the college’s highest honors (Durant Scholar and Wellesley Scholar).  A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she received an MBA with distinction (1972), and a Doctor of Business Administration (1977) from Harvard University.