Katie is the Policy and International Engagement Coordinator for the Global Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) and will help drive the coalition’s ambition to make the case for the urgent transformation of our food and land systems. In this role, Katie collaborates with the engagement director, country leads and communication teams to support a systemic program of international engagement during the 2021 super year (COP26, Nutrition for Growth, G7, G20 and FSS), and beyond!

Prior to joining WRI, Katie straddled both business and politics, working to promote trade and investment in emerging markets with DMA Invest and as a senior advisor in the House of Lords. As an Associate at DMA, she organised investment summits for heads of state and led trade missions to Sierra Leone and Algeria. In March 2020 she influenced and planned the company’s new vision to become a non-oil company and began putting the plan into action by hosting the first sustainability focused virtual event ‘UK-Algeria Energy Transition and Countdown to COP26’. When putting on her political hat in August 2020, Katie worked closely with a Peer in the House of Lords, advising them on a range of topics including green finance, community inclusivity, female empowerment and human rights. She enjoyed being in the heart of Westminster and seeing the progression of many bills as a speech writer.

Katie has a Master’s with Distinction in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics, and a First-Class Undergraduate Degree from the University of Cambridge in Geography. Her Undergraduate dissertation dealt with issues of green attitudes and infrastructure in Sweden, whilst her Master’s thesis explored climate change narratives related to policy in Small Island States. She has volunteered in New Delhi with ActionAid India’s partnership unit, during which she supported field research on food security and women’s empowerment. Katie has also been a research consultant for Oxfam GB, analysing projects on climate change adaptation and sustainable forestry.

Katie has been a passionate advocate for sustainability for as long as she can remember and is still proud of her blue peter badge for making a Christmas tree out of recycled bottles aged 7. Outside of work Katie likes to keep busy doing too many things at once, be it attempting salsa dancing, swimming, a cappella, going to the theatre, running or duolingo.