Kate Heuisler is a development practitioner with 13 years of experience designing and managing development programs in 16 countries. As a cultural anthropologist, Kate is passionate about user-centered design and working with partners to design and run programs based on political, economic, and cultural needs in the countries and regions where she works. She is currently the Chief of Party for the USAID Development Innovations project in Cambodia, a project designed to support civil society organizations to work with technology partners to design and use information and communication technology (ICT) tools to further development goals.

“Innovation is increasingly important as resource pools constrict and change across the globe. As practitioners, we need to begin with the user of the tools and technologies we help introduce—however simple or complex—and work with them to make things work in that context.” — Kate Heuisler

Prior to this, she was in Uganda from 2010 to 2014 as an independent consultant specializing in program design and development, situational research, and organizational capacity building. Previously, she worked for DAI in Bethesda, Maryland, providing strategic and management advice to post-crisis, civil society support, and community engagement projects across the globe. She served as the Deputy Chief of Party and then Chief of Party for the DAI Small Grants Program in Timor-Leste from 2004 to 2008, supporting and growing civil society, private and government service delivery, and capacity after the country’s independence.

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