Catherine (Cate) is a self-identified pan African feminist who is an international development expert who specializes in program management, advocacy, research, and strategic partnerships. Her academic background is in biomedical research and public policy. Cate has worked on topics such as SRHR, adolescent health, HIV/AIDS prevention, care, treatment, Gender Equality, Women and Girls Empowerment, GBV, Adolescent and Youth Engagement for over a decade. Her work, borne out of student activism, transitioned into community organizing and currently involves working across the intricate linkages between grassroots organizing, national, regional, and global levels. Cate, who is currently an independent consultant, has worked with various organizations in the gender equality and global health spheres.
Cate is affiliated with ICRW as a consultant. As part of her feminist activism endeavours and movement building work, Cate is part of the Strategic Initiative for the Horn of Africa, a feminist network in East and Horn of Africa as a program adviser, served as the chair for the regional activities working group for COFEM, is a member of the East Africa Girls Brain Trust and a board of directors at the Ipas Africa Alliance. Cate has served on several boards and in advisory capacities for organizations and donors working on global health, specifically SRHR, HIV/AIDS, UHC and Gender Equality.
Cate is a 2019 Goalkeepers, an initiative of the Gates Foundation bringing together global leaders to accelerate progress toward achieving the SDGs, Mandela Fellow 2016, Royal Commonwealth associate fellow, 120 under 40 winner and was named one of the five young African women changemakers to know in 2015 by This is Africa. She has been published in the Agenda Feminist Journal (2018 Edition), the Gender and Development Journal (2018 edition), and other global platforms.