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Katherine FOSTER Chief Intelligence Officer, SDFA - Sustainable Digital Finance Alliance, Washington D.C., WA


 Katherine Foster is CIO of the Sustainable Digital Finance Alliance a public-private partnership between the UN Environment Program and Ant Financial Services Group, and partner to the UN SG’s Task Force for Digital Financing of the Sustainable Development Goals. Katherine has been spearheading initiatives at the nexus of innovation, policy and sustainable development for over 25 years. A former Canadian diplomat specialized in human security and climate, she began building out initiatives in Europe including as Innovation Lead in Switzerland and then Business Development Lead for the EU’s Climate-KIC, accelerating 1000 startups and 300 innovation partnerships globally. She has also served as a lecturer at several universities, an advisor and judge with the UNDP Accelerate2030, the Ashoka Changemaker Program, NESTA UK, the MIT IIC, and the EU EIT Food, as an expert to World Bank's Blockchain Carbon Markets Pilot, and as CSO to BLOC an MIT Solve Fellow. Katherine focuses on harnessing emerging technologies for sustainable finance.