Nicholas Sullivan

From 2011-2015, Sullivan was co-founder and Senior Advisor of The Fletcher School Leadership Program for Financial Inclusion, an innovative residency program designed for central bankers from emerging and frontier markets. During that period, he wrote Money, Real Quick: Kenya’s Mobile-Money Innovation (Guardian Books, 2012), focusing on Safaricom’s M-PESA mobile-money service. Since 2008, he has consulted with The Hastings Group, a public policy group in Washington, D.C., to research the impact of phone subsidies for prepaid phones on poor Americans, and to promote the FCC’s Lifeline program. More recently, he has worked with the Financial Services Volunteer Corps as an advisor to the Central Bank of Albania to license Vodafone Albania to offer M-PESA.

He was previously publisher of Innovations: Technology/Governance/Globalization (MIT Press), a quarterly journal that promotes “entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges,” and a founding partner of the Global Frontier Fund, a private equity fund-of-funds for frontier markets.

He is author of You Can Hear Me Now: How Microloans and Cell Phones Are Connecting the World’s Poor to the Global Economy (Jossey-Bass, 2007), which focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation in developing countries. He is co-author (with Fletcher Professor Jeswald Salacuse) of “Do BITs Really Work: Bilateral Investment Treaties and Their Grand Bargain” (Harvard International Law Journal, 2007, and Oxford University Press, 2009).

Sullivan has been a Bellagio Fellow (winter 2011), a Visiting Scholar at MIT’s Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship (2007/8), and a Visiting Fellow at the Feinstein Center (2008), as well as a recipient of grants from the John Templeton Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation. He is a graduate of Harvard University and The Fletcher School.

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