BSR Conference 2019

The New Climate for Business

November 12-14, 2019 San Jose, California

Kate Coles

Director, Partnership Development, BSR
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Kate Coles

Kate develops BSR’s grant-funded initiatives, focusing on women’s empowerment, human rights, and supply chain issues. She works specifically with foundations and bilateral donors in the EMEA region. 

Before joining BSR, Kate led the development team at the International Federation for Human Rights, where she successfully built partnerships with a broad array of public and private donors and led significant growth in the organization’s resources. Previously, she held development roles within an INGO with programs aiming to improve access to quality education for all in countries across the globe, with a focus on corporate partnerships.

Kate holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and a B.A. with Honors (first class) in International Relations from Victoria University of Wellington, specializing in the politics of development. She also holds a certificate in teaching English as a second language from Cambridge University.  She speaks fluent English and French.

Speaking Sessions

I felt this conference was life changing. I am truly inspired and am plotting both career and personal changes to live up to the great lessons I learned. Both the sessions and the networking were vital.


Platinum Sponsor
Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth
Gold Sponsor
International Copper Association
Don't Ban Equality—Tara Health

Silver Sponsor
Global Child Forum logo

Supporting Sponsors

Carbon Offset
Bonneville Environmental Foundation