URCAD 2021 Keynote Speaker

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Klaudine Wakasa

Green Economy Advisor to International Governments

’08 B.S. Financial Economics, UMBC
’10 M.Sc. Gender Development and Globalisation, London School of Economics

Klaudine is a Strategy Advisor who has spent her professional career working with government, multilateral/bilateral organisations, and private sectors across the African continent – first as an Advisor within KPMG’s International Development Advisory Service; later as a Strategy Consultant with Dalberg Global Development Advisors; and currently as the Regional lead for the Government of Canada’s effort to build Clean Technology ecosystems in Africa, and for the United Kingdom’s goal of mainstreaming a ‘Green Economy’ approach into its work in Africa.

Africa has an opportunity to lay solid foundations for future Green Economies. Klaudine’s interest is in understanding which approaches and interventions African countries can adopt. Her expertise has been best applied when working in roles that allow her to engage in mutually beneficial conversations between Africa and the world. Klaudine’s work has contributed to projects for organisations such as the African Development Bank, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, USAID, the MasterCard Foundation, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and The Department for International Development (DFID), just to name a few.

At UMBC, Klaudine earned her undergraduate degree in Financial Economics with a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies, and a Certificate in Accounting (2008). She was a Judicial Board Justice, Resident Assistant, Classic Upward Bound Tutor/Counselor, UMBC Ambassador, Peer Tutor, Conversation Partner, a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon Honor Society, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and an active member of the Africa Students Association. Klaudine credits UMBC for nurturing her diverse interest in interdisciplinary thinking and particularly her tutelage under Dr. Jodi Kelber-Kaye, which influenced her worldview, even to this day. In 2010, Klaudine completed her M.Sc. in Development and Globalisation at the London School of Economics, Gender Institute.