Over the past 23 years, &co. founder Cate O'Kane has brought passion and commitment to making change happen, be that in Europe, Asia, Africa, or her current base in the USA.
'With my innate curiosity about people and their cultures, alongside a desire to understand more, I've successfully led multidisciplinary and multinational teams. At &co, I bring together my knowledge of both the private and the public sectors to help all sectors work as true partners in creating sustained social impact and financial success."
At &co. Cate has been working with a diverse range of clients across different sectors to develop, strengthen and expand partnerships. Recent clients include: United States Agency for International Development (USAID), The Global Book Alliance, PYXERA Global, IPAS, Impact 2030, Together for Health, and Taskforce for Global Health.
As the Director of Corporate Partnerships & Philanthropy at PSI in Washington, DC., she led the development of corporate philanthropic, CSR and shared value partnerships, integrating the worlds of both purpose and profit to deliver win-win opportunities across sectors. During Cate's tenure at PSI, corporate partnerships quadrupled in number and revenue from partnerships grew 600%. She emphasised the value of partnerships to provide not only investment into impact at a country level but also investments into knowledge sharing and individual capacity development through pro-engagement fellowships and joint thought leadership.
Prior to her time at PSI's HQ, Cate was the Technical Services Director at PSI/Botswana where she led the platform's marketing, communications and research programs across a multitude of HIV/AIDS interventions. Here she built a series of partnerships across sectors from defense to health to communications, including the production of the first Botswana made edutainment TV series "Morwalela" which focused on the lives of Batswana living with HIV, and the development of a camouflage condom, in partnership with the Botswana Defense Force.
Previously to that she spent 15 years working in Europe and Asia in advertising and communications, her final role as the Director of J Walter Thompson's North East Asia team based in Shanghai, working to expand market share for companies such as Unilever, J&J, Kelloggs and Ford in this dynamic region.
She was a member of the Devex Strategic Advisory Council working across sectors to encourage stronger partnership practices and a founding member of the INGO collective within FSG's Shared Value Initiative. She has spoken on the role, development and management of partnerships at events including USAID, FSG, DEVEX, SOCAP, UN Compact and PXYERA Global across the United States and in Europe.
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