Mary Abdo is a Senior Manager in and a Founding Member of L.E.K. Consulting’s Global Education practice. She leads the practice’s work with public and social impact sector clients including governments, public and non-profit universities, impact investors, and foundations. She also leads Global Education Practice thought leadership initiatives. Mary has worked on K-12 education reform, sustainability improvement in Higher Education, the establishment of an education-focused foundation, and more. She brings particular expertise in education innovation. She recently led a major study with IFC-World Bank on digital skilling, led L.E.K.’s support to Macquarie Group Foundation on its 50th Anniversary Awards, and for the 7th year recently led support to the WISE Awards in education innovation. Mary has worked in the social impact sector across 20+ countries.
She previously worked at EY-Parthenon where she held the position of Vice President at the Education Centre of Excellence. Before joining The Parthenon Group in 2012, Mary was a manager and venture lead at the Young Foundation, a think-and-do-tank in London. She holds a Masters of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, which she attended as a Pforzheimer Fellow, and a Masters from the College of Europe, which she attended as a Fulbright Fellow. She has a Bachelors degree summa cum laudefrom the University of Southern California.