Kat Co-founded Five by Five, an upstart innovation consultancy, helping organizations of all stripes understand how to work both with and like startups. The young company’s portfolio includes blue chip players like Lufthansa, Google, Cap Gemini and The World Bank. As Founding Partner, Kat’s focus is on startup-corporate partnerships and organizational design for open innovation. She first fell into the startup rabbit hole upon arriving Paris in 2012, when she joined the award-winning civic startup Voxe.org. Since then, her passion for the French tech ecosystem has brought her other hats: French Tech Ticket Ambassador, Google Expert, Director of the Open Data Institute Paris. .

Her passion projects remain at the intersection of tech and social good: She led the Filipino government’s 500-strong tech team against the super-typhoon Haiyan and more recently founded the Paris Civic Innovation Fellowship with the City of Paris. In a previous life, she was Reporters sans frontières’ youngest bureau director, a communication strategist at the United Nations and member of the French government’s open data expert committee.

Kat holds degrees from Science Po Bordeaux and McGill University.