Kathleen Callaghy is Senior Program Associate for the Alliance’s Humanitarian team. Since 2015, Kathleen has been helping to implement the Alliance’s goal of reaching the world’s most vulnerable populations with clean and/or efficient cooking solutions through technical assistance, communications, fundraising, and project management. As chair of the Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE) Humanitarian Working Group, Kathleen is a primary advocate for the formal inclusion of energy access as a priority in humanitarian assistance. She has led global SAFE workshops to train field implementers on humanitarian energy programming, developed policy guidance on cookstoves and fuel for the Sphere Handbook, and currently serves as a technical lead in the ongoing development of a global plan of action on energy access for displaced people.
Prior to working with the UN Foundation, Kathleen served as Program and Operations Coordinator for CLASP, where she supported the development of appliance energy efficiency standards in India, China, the US, and EU. She has a background in international peacebuilding, with a Masters in Comparative Ethnic Conflict from Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, and a BA in Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College.