Mr. Andrew Baird
President and CEO, Education for Employment
Mr. Andrew Baird is the President & CEO of Education For Employment (EFE), the Middle East and North Africa’s leading organization linking unemployed youth to in-demand skills and tangible job opportunities.
Previously, Mr. Baird was the Program Area Director, Workforce and Economic Development Group for RTI International, where he led a team of 130 employees and a $150 million portfolio. There, he provided leadership, strategic direction and technical support in workforce development, livelihoods, entrepreneurship, youth, and other areas closely related to EFE’s work.
Mr. Baird brings to EFE more than twenty-five years of experience in advancing private sector-led strategies to create inclusive employment and livelihoods around the world – including in several countries where EFE operates. He co-founded the Global Center for Youth Employment, a membership-based organization devoted to developing collective solutions to the challenges of youth employment. Andrew is a skillful business development expert and has managed a number of long-term donor-funded projects.
He has held leadership positions in a range of organizations in the field and home offices of RTI International, Making Cents International, Chemonics International, and the Peace Corps. Mr. Baird holds a BA from The College of Wooster and an MA from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.