Loren Nadres
The World Bank
United States
Advisor, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Ms. Loren Nadres has over twelve years of international and entrepreneurship development experience, of which 10 years are at leading global institutions such as the World Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC) and United Nations. She has also worked at a startup company, MDLinx, which was later acquired by Sony Communications. She is an Advisor and Senior Consultant at the World Bank’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit. Currently, she is focused on bolstering the growth of women owned businesses through the World Bank’s multi-year $15 million dollar entrepreneurship program in Sub-Saharan Africa. She is also a Fellow at the Disruptor Foundation, whose mission is to raise awareness of and encourage the advancement of disruptive innovation theory and its application in societally-critical domains. Previously, she was a leadership member providing strategic guidance on a $20 million World Bank project in Latin America and the Caribbean. Within the same program, she led a $3 million project providing business acceleration for women entrepreneurs across 14 countries in the region. To inform the strategy and implementation of the program, she led the World Bank’s market analysis of the business environment and sectoral constraints for women entrepreneurs in the region. In her previous roles, she led partnership development and supported the implementation of a $3 million IFC Entrepreneurship Management Solutions project, globally and particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, she was a business development professional and marketing director at a start-up company, MDLinx, which was later acquired by Sony Communication Network Group Company. Furthermore, she has had stints in Thailand and Trinidad & Tobago working on United Nations projects focused on gender and youth empowerment. Loren completed a Harvard University Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Education for Emerging Leaders. She holds a Master of Arts from Georgetown University and Bachelor of Arts from George Mason University. She participated in Georgetown’s exchange Graduate Business Program in International Management at Oxford University. In addition, she was a Fellow in the Asia Pacific Leadership Program at the East West Center held in Hawai’i, Thailand and Laos. She has traveled to nearly 80 countries for project work and global learning. She also tries to lead an active lifestyle and has survived triathlons, marathon, 100-mile century bike ride and climbed Mt. Everest Base Camp.