Kat Harrison

Director of Research & Impact at international development charity, SolarAid

Kat is Director of Research & Impact at international development charity, SolarAid. Kat has developed and manages the research and social impact measurement activities at SolarAid from research design and implementation to learning management and impact communication. Kat is currently managing the first large-scale randomised control trial into the impacts of solar lights on poverty alleviation with research partners and building links with others to enhance SolarAid’s learning and ultimately effectiveness. She is on the senior management team of both SolarAid and SunnyMoney – SolarAid’s social enterprise, to ensure that learning informs strategy and programme design. Kat chairs the Impact Metrics working group at the industry’s association; Global Off-Grid Lighting Association and regularly presents at international conferences to share results of SolarAid’s research work. She was also recognised as Recharge 4040 Young New-energy Pioneer (a young leading professional changing the world) and a finalist for the Red magazine Women of the Year award last year for her work with SolarAid. Kat launched the UNESCO International Year of Light alongside HRH Duke of York in 2015. Kat previously set up the Monitoring and Evaluation system at Riders for Health and worked in M&E and programme management for the United Nations World Food Programme in Malawi. She has a BSc in Economics and International Development from the University in Bath and an MSc in Development Policy, Process and Practice from the University of Reading. Kat joined SolarAid in August 2012..