Robin McLay

Senior Fellow


Robin currently serves as the Regional Director of Fulbright West and Senior Advisor to the President and CEO of Fulbright, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious scholarship and research granting organizations with more than 160 offices in in 52 countries.

Prior to Robin’s current roles, he was leading the Province of British Columbia’s work on social Innovation as its Executive Director of Social Innovation.  Prior to that role, he served as the Head of Research and Strategy at The MasterCard Foundation. Before joining the MasterCard Foundation, Robin was the Executive Director of McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development. He also worked for more than a decade at Canada’s International Development Agency (Global Affairs Canada) as its Director of Research and Director of Democratic Institutions and Conflict. Before his work at CIDA, he served as the Executive Director of Harvard University’s Native American Program and is a research associate with the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development.

Robin pursued his Masters in public administration at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government as a Fulbright Scholar and as a Government of Canada Science Policy Scholar. He also holds a Master of Science from the London School of Economics where he graduated with Distinction. Robin earned his undergraduate degree in IR from McGill University where he graduated at the top his class with High Distinction and as a McGill University Scholar.