Program Officer, Women’s Empowerment Program
Tel: (202) 292-5000
Fax: (202) 588-9409
Expertise: Women in Asia; women’s entrepreneurship; women’s economic empowerment; gender and the environment; violence against women; international policy
Kate Bollinger joined the Asia Foundation in 2011 as a Program Officer with the Women's Empowerment Program. Her primary areas of focus are in women's economic empowerment and the environment. Among other projects, Ms. Bollinger has worked extensively with the Foundation's multi-country research project investigating constraints to women in business.
Ms. Bollinger has a background focused on Asia, policy, and women's rights. In 2011, she received a master's degree in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies where, through a Boren Fellowship, she conducted research in the field of environmental security with the Asian Studies Center for Peace and Conflict Transformation based in Nepal. She presented her work at the June 2011 conference, Mountains in the Religions of South and Southeast Asia: Place, Culture, and Power, in Thimphu, Bhutan. Ms. Bollinger also worked as an Advocacy Project Peace Fellow with the Women's Reproductive Rights Program in Kathmandu, Nepal, where she implemented a capacity-building project for women in the rural Terai region and supported the organization's work to build awareness and capacity to address the issue of uterine prolapse.
With a background in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Ms. Bollinger has also consulted and researched in the field of anthropology. She holds a master's degree from the University of Oxford in Social and Cultural Anthropology. Her fieldwork and dissertation looked at local belief systems and sacred landscape in Sikkim, India. In addition, she worked as a consultant and intern at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City where she did research with the Asian Ethnographic Collection focused on their Buddhist materials and presented research findings at the 19th Annual Conference on South Asian Archaeology. Through a Boren Fellowship and a Society for South Asian Studies Language Training Grant, Kate has studied Nepali and Tibetan.