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Vice President, Programmes
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    Languages Spoken: English

As EMpower’s Vice President of Programmes, Kristen is responsible for leading the organization’s programmatic work, including grantmaking in fifteen countries, and contributing significant organizational management expertise and strategy. Kristen has spent the last eighteen years seeking to learn and to find better ways to channel resources to where they matter most – with a strong focus on underinvested in adolescent girls and young people.

Kristen has held a number of senior leadership roles and has overseen global initiatives as well as programmatic portfolios in the US, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Myanmar, Indonesia, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Sierra Leone, and Sudan.

In consulting and strategic planning roles, she has worked with the Novo Foundation, Social Development Direct, the Malala Fund, The Population Council, The British Asian Trust, and Glamour/Condé Nast. In programmatic roles, she has worked with the Nike Foundation / Girl Effect, UNICEF, UNFPA, Oxfam-GB, and the International Rescue Committee.

Kristen holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Texas and a graduate degree in Social Work (social welfare policy and immigrant and refugee populations) from Columbia University. In her family, she is a first generation college graduate and she is forever grateful to AmeriCorps National Service program for equipping her to do so.

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Senior Programme Officer, South Africa

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Vice President, Impact and Influence

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Director of Fundraising, Asia

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Director Programme, India

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Vice President, Global Development & Marketing

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Director, People & Culture

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Development and Operations Associate, South East Asia

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Development Manager, Initiatives and Events

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Regional Programme Director, E/SE Asia

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Corporate Partnerships Development Manager, UK

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Programme Officer, Adolescent Girls & Gender Initiatives, India

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Senior Specialist, Global Communications

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Senior Manager, Impact & Partnerships

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Regional Programme Director, Africa

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Programme Officer, South Africa

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Regional Programme Director, Latin America

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Programme Officer, Latin America

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Global People & Culture Associate

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Senior Programme Officer, Adolescent Girls

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Head of Global Communications

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Global Communications Associate

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Programme Officer Consultant, Argentina

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Senior Accountant, India and ESE Asia

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Development and Operations Assistant

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Director, Global Finance and Technology

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Vice President, Programmes

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Assistant Programme Officer, East and Southeast Asia

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