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Kitty Garden

PARTNERSHIPS AND DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE COORDINATOR – NZMATES

Kitty Garden is an international development specialist who joined Infratec in April 2018 to support the New Zealand – Maluku Access to Renewable Energy Support (NZMATES) programme. NZMATES is a flagship five-year programme of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs which aims to accelerate the uptake of reliable, affordable and renewable energy in Maluku Province, Indonesia.

Kitty brings to NZMATES her extensive experience in the development sector, and her strong knowledge of good practice in delivering development projects.

Fluent in four languages, she has worked internationally on projects related to climate change, energy access, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and livelihood enhancement, and has managed training programs, organised high-level international events, and carried out stakeholder engagement programs.

Most recently she worked at the Council for International Development (CID), the umbrella organisation for New Zealand-based NGOs working in international development and humanitarian response. Here Kitty implemented a new sector-wide Code of Conduct promoting good practice standards in programming, accountability, transparency, safeguarding, public engagement, organisational governance and management.

Kitty is currently based in Ambon, Maluku, where she leads monitoring and evaluation, international stakeholder engagement and training activities for the NZMATES program.

Training and Qualifications

  • Master in Development Studies, specialisation in Sustainable Development, from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva (2013)
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Auckland (2006)