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Thu, Jul 9, 2020

Past, present, and prospective: The demographic dividend opportunity in Arab youth

Over half of the population of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is under the age of 25. While often referred to as the “youth bulge” and seen as a challenge that needs to be dealt with, young people in the region have the potential to yield a “demographic dividend” that can present […]

Issue Brief by Nicole Goldin, PhD

Education Middle East

Fri, Jun 12, 2020

How COVID-19 is worsening America’s racial economic divide

While the White House cheered the surprising jobs numbers on June 5, many Americans—especially people of color, women, lower-skilled workers, young people, or rural residents—remain out of work and left behind by this nascent recovery.

New Atlanticist by Nicole Goldin, PhD

Coronavirus Future of Work

Fri, Mar 13, 2020

If history repeats: Coronavirus’ economic danger to youth

The serious health impacts of COVID-19 seem to be felt by older people above age sixty. However, as the novel coronavirus—now officially a pandemic according to the World Health Organization—spreads through societies and markets, youth, who account for roughly a quarter of the world’s population, are disproportionately at economic risk.

New Atlanticist by Nicole Goldin, PhD

Coronavirus Future of Work

Dr. Nicole Goldin is Managing Principal of NRG Advisory, a boutique global strategy, research, policy and impact consulting practice launched in 2014 specializing in economic growth, inclusive societies, and youth affairs. She recently has worked with the World Bank Education, Jobs, and Social Urban Rural Resilience practice groups; and as Lead Economist and Policy Advisor to the Bank’s Solutions for Youth Employment Coalition (S4YE). In that role she was lead author of flagship reports Toward Solutions for Youth Employment: Baseline Report (2015) and Toward Employment Solutions for Youth on the Move (2017), and principal architect of the S4YE Impact Portfolio. Since 2013, Dr. Goldin has been adjunct professor at George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs and was a visiting scholar to the African Leadership University in 2017. In November 2018 she was elected as Commissioner to Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2A in Washington, D.C.

Prior to launching NRG Advisory, she was Founding Director of the Youth Prosperity and Security Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and creator of the inaugural 2014 Global Youth Wellbeing Index. From 2009-2012, Nicole she served in the Obama Administration as Senior Advisor at the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) where she received official commendations for her work as co-Chair Youth Task Force, in creating the Conflict Minerals Action Plan, in the launch of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), and as lead of USAID’s first-ever Youth In Development Policy among other portfolio achievements.

Dr. Goldin is a frequent public speaker and commentator: her insights have been featured by CNN, The Economist, The Huffington Post, SSIR, The Guardian, Devex, Diplomatic Courier, Thomson Reuters Trust News, U.S. News, Voice of America, WTOP and other fora. A supporter of social enterprise, she is on the Board of Educate! and is advisor to She’s the First. Nicole holds a Ph.D. in economics from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), an MSc in Development Studies from London School of Economics, and an MA in International Political Economy from American University.

Nicole’s career has included analytical program design and management in employment and economic growth, finance, trade and emerging markets, education, conflict recovery and stabilization governance and rule of law, social impact and private sector initiatives. She has been engaged by, led teams and collaborations with organizations such as the United Nations, Hilton, Ford Foundation, Western Union, Clinton Global Initiative, Building Markets (Peace Dividend Trust), Gerson Lehrman Group, International Youth Foundation, Chemonics, FHI360, and Laureate. She has been in 75 countries on all seven continents. She is a native New Yorker, avid skier, and supporter or Animal Rescue.