Kate's unique perspectives and diverse skillset stems from her academic background in computer science having been applied to a career tackling early-stage corporate growth challenges in development markets.
Most recently Kate was the Global Director of Strategic Partnerships within Microsoft's Worldwide Industry organization, which created transformational change through technology. In that capacity she bridged the digital divide in partnership with a multitude of international organizations, including primarily the United Nations.
Kate has worked in the Middle East and Africa, focusing on the nucleus of private and public sector, non-profits, United Nations and Civil Society to break down political, social, and language barriers to create lasting change in emerging markets. Her passion lies in working across boundaries to build solutions and new business models driven by technology that create long-term impact. From human rights to affordable access to connectivity, technology and people are the critical change factors.
Kate is currently mentoring and sponsoring a Malawi refugee in building the "Girls Smart Code" Programme to train women across multiple domains of technology. She is also on the board of Uncomfortable Revolution. She has led work aligning private sector business models to the Sustainable Development Goals.