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Kate Coles

Director, External Partnerships


Kate develops BSR’s grant-funded initiatives, focusing on women’s empowerment, human rights, and supply chain issues. She works specifically with foundations and bilateral donors in the EMEA region. 

Before joining BSR, Kate led the development team at the International Federation for Human Rights, where she successfully built partnerships with a broad array of public and private donors and led significant growth in the organization’s resources. Previously, she held development roles within an INGO with programs aiming to improve access to quality education for all in countries across the globe, with a focus on corporate partnerships.

Kate holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and a B.A. with Honors (first class) in International Relations from Victoria University of Wellington, specializing in the politics of development. She also holds a certificate in teaching English as a second language from Cambridge University. She speaks fluent English and French.