SFS International Affairs, Economics & African Studies Class of 2002
Nikki Duncan is an international business executive with over 15 years of experience managing complex programs designed to strengthen economies, empower communities and improve lives. Nikki has worked in over 26 countries, 16 of which are on the African continent.
Nikki has just started a new role supporting Amazon’s supply chain sustainability activities within their Devices and Web Services business lines.
Most recently, Nikki served as the Chief of Party (Project lead) for USAID’s Zahabu Safi (Clean Gold) project in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Implemented by Global Communities, the objective of USAID’s Clean Gold Project is to establish commercially viable, responsibly sourced artisanal gold supply chains that originate in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Over the last decade, Nikki has been cultivating and managing partnerships between bilateral donor agencies, governments, companies and communities to advance shared economic and social development initiatives. Prior to joining Global Communities, Nikki served as the Director of International Corporate Responsibility for Walmart Stores Inc. where she was responsible for developing strategies to support charitable giving, community and employee engagement in the 27 countries where the company has retail operations.
Prior to working for Walmart, Nikki served as the Director for International Programs at the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), a trade association that represent companies within the perishable foods supply chain and logistics industry. In this capacity, she managed a multi-country project portfolio designed to improve food handling, distribution and retail infrastructure in developing countries.
Nikki holds a M.A. in International Economics and Development from Johns Hopkins University, School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS), specializing in International Development and International Economics, as well as a B.S. in Foreign Service from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service with certificate in African Studies.