Kate Dooley is the regional director for West Africa in the Governance team at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. She leads the Institute’s teams in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and The Gambia. Before taking up the regional director post, Kate was the Institute’s country head for Sierra Leone from 2014 and for The Gambia from mid-2017.
As regional director, Kate supports the country heads and their teams to develop and implement tailored strategies to support governments to deploy more effective governance practices, to accelerate implementation of their development priorities. Kate ensures that learning is shared across teams and governments in the region, that international best practice is identified and applied, and that opportunities are pursued to expand the Institute’s work through new partnerships. With a number of elections in the region, Kate is also giving special attention to our work supporting smooth transitions of power and handovers between presidents, as well as expanding the Institute's work in the social sectors, where the need and demand for our type of support is growing.
As a member of the Governance management team, Kate also contributes to organisational management and strategy, continuous improvement in our work across Africa, forging global partnerships to support our work and fundraising.
In Sierra Leone, Kate led the repurposing of the team in 2014 to support the government’s Ebola emergency response, working closely with then President Ernest Bai Koroma’s office to reform the response systems. Kate expanded the team significantly to accelerate delivery of the post-Ebola recovery plan, including through support to the President’s Delivery Team.
In The Gambia, Kate led the Institute’s first outreach to President Adama Barrow and his team shortly after his inauguration in early 2017 and formally established a new project there in July 2017. The team supports the Office of the President to install policy coordination and performance-management systems to drive delivery of the government’s priorities, particularly in energy.
Kate has a background in public policy, economics and international relations. Before working at the Institute, Kate worked at Save the Children UK, leading the organisation’s global government relations and advocacy on the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and engagement with the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and G20. She also helped lead an economic-governance programme in the Solomon Islands, embedded in the Ministry of Finance and Treasury there for two and a half years, as part of the former Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands. Kate started her career at the Australian Treasury and working on a range of policy matters, including aid and development, fiscal policy, education policy and Australia’s G20 engagement. She has degrees in commerce with economics, international relations and international law.