Nathalie Zogbi

Principal (Representative)
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Focus Area: Growing Learners / Adult Learners
Regional Focus: Latin America

Meet Nathalie, who was the co-founder of CO.LETIVO, a teacher residency program in Brazil that aims to bring equity and excellence to pre-service teacher development in the country. Nathalie has also been a partner at SOMOS Educação, responsible for managing Colégio Anglo 21, the company’s flagship K-12 school in São Paulo. She also worked at the company’s M&A and School Operations teams.

Along her tenure in education, Nathalie conducted an investigation on the drivers of extraordinary learning experiences, connecting research findings from the Science of Learning to school practices globally. As part of this journey, she visited over 40 schools in 7 countries and mapped effective conditions for learning, curricular design choices, instructional strategies and support systems beyond the classroom. Nathalie started her career in investment banking, before making her way into education in search of meaning and social impact.

What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

I am very proud of having led a school alongside a group of outstanding educators who strived to place learners at the very center of everything we did. I was challenged as a leader on a daily basis, failing multiple times along the way. That was when I learned (the hard way) about the power of vulnerability and the importance of always putting people ahead of results.

Q+A

Why do you love coming to work?

The possibility of learning something new every day, with incredible colleagues and the challenges we set ourselves.


What lessons did you learn early in your career that you keep with you today?

I learned of the importance of creating a culture where people feel safe to be themselves and to take risks, and of giving them authentic autonomy and voice. Of taking the time to actively listen and engage with people on a deep level. Of building a team around values. Of the power of connection, collaboration and co-construction.


If someone narrated your life, who would you want it to be?

Meryl Streep – it takes a pro to capture all the texture and nuance in life


Favorite quote:

“Spread love everywhere you go” – Mother Teresa

If you could be one character from a book, who would you choose and why?

Matilda, by Roald Dahl because I always dreamed of having superpowers. Plus, she is amazingly sweet, loving and admirably resilient in the face of adversity.


What did you want to be when you grew up?

Many things – a storyteller, a doctor, the first female president in Brazil.


Where is your happy place?

Wherever my family is.


What’s the closest thing to real magic in this world?

Conception, birth and growth of a son or daughter.


What do you imagine or wish for the future?

A sustainable world where all children have access to opportunities that allow them to thrive and live wholesome lives.