National Geographic Leadership

Dave Schacht

Vice President, Global Initiatives

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Photograph by Mark Thiessen/National Geographic

Dave Schacht is the Vice President, Global Initiatives at the National Geographic Society, where he is responsible for international strategy. Schacht and his headquarters-based team in Washington, D.C., oversee the National Geographic Society’s teams in China, Hong Kong, Mexico, Rwanda, South Korea and the United Kingdom, as well as new region development.

Before joining National Geographic in 2014, Schacht led economic development programs in over 50 countries. He founded ImpactMarkets, providing research and strategic advisory services to philanthropic, institutional investors and international organizations in private sector development and executive education. He served as the Vice President, Market Linkages at CARANA, a leading economic development consulting firm managing bilateral and multilateral-funded programs in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

Schacht previously worked in global research for Fortune 500, private equity, venture capital and hedge fund clients as Vice President, Research and Client Services at Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) and Research Director, Procurement and Supply Chain at Corporate Executive Board.

Schacht holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies and Emerging Markets Economics with Distinction from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he was the first young alumnus to be invited to serve on the prestigious Bologna Center Advisory Council. He received his A.B. in Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Chicago, and is fluent in French and Spanish.