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Katy Southall

Portfolio Manager of International Programs

(PNG, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu)

Australian Red Cross

Katy is an international development specialist with a 25-year career, both as an independent consultant and in-country and regional leadership roles.

She is systems thinker, dot-joiner, strategist and adviser in the emerging application of technology within the ‘for purpose’ sector. She brokers and convenes cross-sector partnerships, networks, ideas and resources; to build products and business models that tackle social and environmental challenges.

About Katy

Through her extensive career in international development, Katy has lived and worked across the Pacific, including four years in Vanuatu, as well as Southeast Asia, Central and North Africa, U.K and Europe. Beyond this, Katy in an Impact Adviser across multiple organisations, including the Digital Education Empowerment Platform (DEEP) for child protection, the award-winning startup DISCO, Helfie a skin detection app, as well as Impact Founder and Head of Impact at global startup, Have Need Inc.


Katy holds a Bachelor of Social Science and Economics in Development Economics and International Development from Swansea University. She has also received a Postgraduate Certificate in Managing Voluntary and Non Voluntary Enterprises from the Open University in the United Kingdom, which was sponsored by the late Baron Joel Joffe CBE, then Chair of Oxfam Great Britain's Board, founder of Allied Dunbar and previously Nelson Mandela's Lawyer.

She is a dual British and Australian citizen and a proficient speaker of Bislama.

Key Capabilities

Strategy Development

International Development

Impact Adviser

For Purpose Sector

In her spare time...

Katy likes nothing better than bringing together interesting people around good food and wine, loves dragging her children around art galleries and is an amateur entomologist and ex-scuba diving instructor with a passion for the natural world.

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