Maryanna Abdo is the Managing Director of the Centre for Evidence and Implementation. Mary has lived in Asia since 2012, supporting organisations to develop strategies and capture innovations that maximise impact. She has worked across more than 25 countries. Her clients have included governments, foundations, impact investors, non-profits, multilateral donors, and educational institutions.
Previously, Mary was with global strategy house L.E.K. Consulting, where she was a Senior Manager and founding member of the firm’s global education practice. She was previously Vice President at EY-Parthenon. In both institutions she led the education team’s work with public and social impact clients in emerging markets. She also led education thought leadership initiatives, authoring major education-focused reports for USAID, DFID, World Bank Group, Qatar Foundation, and Jacobs Foundation, among others.
Before joining Parthenon in Mumbai in 2012, Mary was a manager at the Young Foundation, a social innovation think-and-do-tank in London. She holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she was a Pforzheimer Fellow in Non-Profit Management, and a Master from the College of Europe, which she attended as a Fulbright Fellow. She has a Bachelor degree summa cum laude from the University of Southern California, which she attended as a Trustee Scholar.
In her role with CEI, Mary supports clients to maximise the impact of the programs they fund. She also leads strategic projects within CEI that enable the organisation’s growth and impact.