Kate Collins

2016/2017 Kirchner Food Fellow

Kate Collins is a dual MBA-MPA student at MIT Sloan and Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Kate’s interest in agriculture developed while working as a development consultant in Malawi, where she developed public private partnerships between multinational commodities companies and smallholder farmers. During graduate school, Kate completed a project for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa based in Nairobi, mapping the systemic challenges hindering grain markets in East Africa and developing foundation-backed solutions. With the support of MIT’s International Development Innovation Network and MIT’s Africa Initiative, Kate and a classmate are conducting research on smallholder agricultural supply chains in Uganda.

Kate spent three years at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC, working in U.S. foreign policy research before taking on management positions. She has also worked as a summer associate at Bain & Company, based in Chicago. Kate graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University with degrees in International Relations and History. She is a Dean’s Fellowship recipient at MIT Sloan and a JFK scholar at Harvard Kennedy.