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Our Senior Associates

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Kristen Woolf

Senior Associate

Kristen is an SDDirect Senior Associate, and social development consultant with over 15 years of experience working across the public and private sector in programme, policy, and research focused on girls and women empowerment and well-being.  Kristen most recently worked as a programme/investments advisor to the Malala Fund, where she developed a programmatic​ investment strategy and operational road map. ​As part of this role, she also screened and awarded girls' secondary education grants for local organisations in Northern Nigeria, Pakistan, Kenya and Lebanon. Previously, Kristen worked at the Girl Effect / Nike Foundation from 2011 to 2014 as the Director of Girl-Centred Practice and Strategy, where she led on efforts to assure high quality results for adolescent girls' education, health, safety and economic empowerment outcomes across global and country level initiatives. A key part of her role at the Girl Hub was working closely with DFID advisors in economic and private sector development, reproductive health and HIV; education; violence against girls and women; and research and evidence departments to define theories of change, cross-functional strategies, and integrated plans in order to strengthen DFID's impact on gender equality and women's empowerment.

​Kristen​ has deep and broad experience in strategy development; designing, managing and evaluating programmes that seek to find better, more integrated ways to empower girls and women. Her technical expertise includes girls' education (formal and non-formal); economic empowerment; mitigating the impacts of and preventing child marriage; prevention and response to gender violence; social norms/ behaviour change; public policy and advocacy strategies, applied research; stakeholder engagement; grantmaking and fund management.

She has a robust track record of initiating and managing large scale innovative projects and forming public and private sector partnerships in the US, the UK, Nepal, Sierra Leone, Sudan (Darfur), Indonesia, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya. Kristen has worked with and alongside USAID, DFID, The World Bank, UNICEF, UNFPA, OCHA, The Brookings Institute, Oxfam GB, and private foundations. She holds a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University