Before joining ODI, Kathryn was a senior independent consultant in Paris. She has also worked for the OECD for five years, most recently as Head of Unit and Head of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding Secretariat. She co-authored their 2015 States of Fragility report.
Kathryn previously worked for the Irish Government and spent eight years as a researcher and policy advisor for Oxfam and ACORD. As a consultant, Kathryn worked with various bilateral and multilateral institutions, including DfID, Danida and AfDB.
Kathryn has an MA from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, specialising on Africa, and a PhD in Politics and International Relations from Nuffield College, University of Oxford. Kathryn is Chair of the Bayelsa State Oil and Environmental Commissions’ Expert Working Group in Nigeria and is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford.