Dr. Natasha Matic, Chief Strategy Officer, King Khalid Foundation
Natasha is a strategist whose career, for the past twenty-five years, has been dedicated to building sustainable and scalable initiatives to alleviate poverty and promote social and economic development. She has lived and worked in a number of countries and pioneered innovative programmes in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Zimbabwe, Bosnia, Serbia, Germany, USA and other countries. Natasha serves as the Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) at the King Khalid Foundation (KKF) in Saudi Arabia working between Washington, DC and Riyadh on developing strategy, management structures, partnerships and investment opportunities for the foundation. During the past decade, Natasha worked on strategic transformation of KKF into a leading Saudi foundation, which played a key role in building the Saudi non-profit sector. Moreover, Natasha spearheaded the design and implementation of the King Khalid Awards programme, first of its kind in the country and aimed at improving corporate sustainability practices, nonprofit management excellence as well as social innovation. In addition to her strategy work, Natasha leads the design of various initiatives focusing on non-profit/foundation management, entrepreneurship, social investment and sustainability. She also championed alliances and strategic partnerships with the World Economic Forum (WEF), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Columbia Business School, STC, Acumen Fund, UN Global Compact (UNGC), Civil20 and a number of other organisations. Through her consulting practice, Natasha provides practical solutions to challenges in philanthropy, corporate responsibility, entrepreneurship and sustainable development. She works with both for-profit and non-profit organisations to embed ethical, social and governance accountability into their organisational DNA and find innovative solutions for social and economic development challenges. In addition to KKF, Natasha provided consulting services to the Olayan Group, Skoll Foundation, Princess Adelah bint Abdullah Scientific and Humanitarian Awards, Saudi ADHD Society, and other organisations. Natasha holds a Ph.D. in International Economic and Political Studies from Boston University and a Degree in Business Excellence from Columbia Business School. She is a Member of AccountAbility’s Sustainability Standards Board of Directors. She was selected a Fellow at the United Nations University’s International Leadership Academy in 1997. She currently resides between Washington, DC and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
This case study interview with Dr. Natasha Matic highlights King Khalid Foundation's organisational strategy, particularly in light of the COVID-19 global pandemic. She stresses the importance and value of supportive boards and the critical role agile systems play in facilitating for rapid and tactical responses to unprecedented challenges.