Kate Ahern

Managing Director and Head of ESG

Cartica Management LLC

Kate is Managing Director and Head of ESG and Sustainability for Cartica Management, a majority women-owned active owner of SMID-cap equities in emerging markets.  At Cartica, Kate leads an active engagement approach to promote ESG and operational improvements that create shareholder and stakeholder value. Prior to joining Cartica, Kate was the Director of ESG and Communications at Bain Capital where she oversaw ESG management, citizenship, communications and philanthropy.  While at Bain Capital, Kate was responsible for implementing ESG across all asset classes within the investment portfolio (including public and private equity, fixed income, real estate and impact investing) during both the due diligence phase and ownership period.  Kate also helped launch the Bain Capital Double Impact Fund, which focused on investing in for-profit companies with a social mission, including both monitoring and measuring impact.

Prior to her time at Bain Capital, she served as VP of Social Innovation at the Case Foundation where she concentrated on impact investing and corporate responsibility. She has also managed international development, supply chain, employee engagement, and corporate responsibility programs for Fortune 100 companies, USAID, IFC, and other partners in emerging markets worldwide.

Kate has a BA in International Affairs from John Cabot University in Rome, Italy and an MA in International Development and Conflict Resolution from American University in Washington, DC.

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