Kate has 18 years of experience in government and multilaterals as a development economist, evaluator, strategist and manager. Working with DFID for 13 years, and with the African Development Bank for 5, Kate has focused her career on the development challenges of Africa and the MENA region.
As a senior economist in DFID, Kate worked on both operational and policy aspects of the UK aid programme. She headed an evaluation team, including leading a joint evaluation of budget support for OECD DAC members. She went on to refine the UK conditionality policy and to establish and head DFID’s Strategy Unit.
Seconded to the African Development Bank’s governance team, Kate helped improve the Bank’s ways of doing budget support at operational, policy and evaluation levels including the design of a new crisis response instrument in response to the Arab Spring. As Lead Economist in the Bank’s Strategy Group, Kate helped implement the Bank’s inclusive and green growth vision, including a special focus on levering local content and employment from infrastructure development. She also helped strengthen the Bank’s ways of working in contexts of fragility.
Consulting since 2015, Kate has worked with DFID to design economic development programmes, and, through Agulhas, with the AfDB in strategy development and support to flagship reports. She currently leads the ICAI review of DFID’s approach to transition countries.
Kate has a BA in economics from Cambridge (Environmental and Development economics specialisms) and an MSc in environmental science from London (Wye). She speaks French.