Kate Harrison (Vice Chair)

Kate Harrison is head of programme funding at Avert. Kate has over 20 years’ experience in health, HIV and international development, including work in Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, India and Cambodia. Kate has several years’ experience in funding international health and HIV, with particular expertise in community-based approaches to support maternal and child health, including HIV and sexual and reproductive health. Prior to Avert, Kate led the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation’s HIV work, including managing partnerships with the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM). Before joining CIFF in June 2015, Kate was a Senior Manager in the International Grants Team at Comic Relief for seven years, with oversight for Health and HIV. She led the development of Comic Relief’s first health strategy, and a revision to the HIV strategy to include a greater focus on the leadership of people living with HIV. Kate was Senior Technical Advisor for Children at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance for seven years. She led the development of guidance on community-based approaches to support children affected by HIV and AIDS, including the interactive online resource www.ovcsupport.net, a set of guidance notes for community workers called ‘Building Blocks’ which was adapted and translated into six languages, and a book published by Macmillan publishers: ‘Building Hope’. She is a co-founder of the Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS www.ccaba.org, a member of the Private Foundations Constituency of the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria, and was on the Steering Committee for the Global Plan for Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission. Kate was voted to the Board of Directors in December 2016.