Katherine’s most recent position was Director and Head of Africa for the World Economic Forum based in Geneva, Switzerland. She was responsible for all African-related affairs within the Forum and managing strategic relationships with Africa’s key government, business and civil society leaders. She had overall responsibility for the Africa Agenda at Davos and for the annual World Economic Forum Summit on Africa. During her tenure she helped to facilitate a number of multistakeholder initiatives between global and African leaders in the areas of food security/agri-investment, water and sustainability and education.
Katherine commenced her career in 1999 in Investment Banking for one of Canada’s foremost financial institutions, BMO Financial Group where she specialized in mergers and acquisitions in the financial services sector. In 2001 she joined CIBC Capital Partners to conduct venture capital and private equity investments across North America. In 2005 Katherine returned to South Africa as a Principal for HSG, a private investment company of the Fleming Family, partnered by Standard Chartered Bank and Bank of Scotland. Katherine was responsible for the pan-African private equity mandate for HSG which focused on the mining, resources, telecommunications and services industries.
In addition to the Web Foundation, Katherine sits on the board of two others foundations focused on African development. These include the Phoenix Africa Development Corp, dedicated to the reconstruction and development of post conflict countries with a primary focus on agriculture, and the Kibera Celtics Foundation which supports teenage girls in Nairobi, Kenya who have been affected by violence.
Katherine is currently a 2012 Mason Fellow and Mid-Career Masters in Public Administration candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She holds a BA in Economics from the University of Victoria, Canada and participated in a three year Executive Leadership program at INSEAD. In addition to her professional life, Katherine is an avid athlete, photographer and “off the beaten path” traveler.