Kate Simpson

Managing Director

Kate originally joined Wasafiri to set up and grow our Africa office (then in Rwanda) and has since moved into roles as Commercial and now Managing Director. As a consultant and Director of the Wasafiri Institute, Kate is focused on creating collective solutions to complex problems. She provides thought leadership and practice innovation on our ‘Systemcraft’ approach for generating change in complex adaptive systems. She brings an expertise in organisational and people development, and has highly developed facilitation, coaching and consultancy skills.  Across her career she has worked with clients from the public, private and not for profit sectors – including Swiss Re, Barclays, World Economic Forum, DFID, Sony, FAO, and HelpAge International amongst others.

Kate’s career has encompassed international development, environmental management, academia and corporate organisational development. Through this work she has woven together a commitment to creating cross-sector collaborations for social change; she is an expert in asking “what if...”  and helping clients to try new ways of doing and thinking. She holds a PHD in social geography from Newcastle University, is an accredited Executive Coach, ultra-runner and occasional blogger.