Catherine Kirk is Executive Director, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) at Pathfinder. She has over 20 years of experience in international health and women’s rights programming, with a specialization in comprehensive sexual and reproductive health. She has overseen work in more than 40 countries in Africa and Asia, providing leadership in areas such as organizational design, innovative service delivery, health systems strengthening and social behavior change communications.
Catherine joins Pathfinder from Marie Stopes International, where she held a number of senior leadership roles during her 12 years. She established and lead their Global Programmes Division that oversaw over 80% of MSI international grant funded programming, reaching women and girls in over 30 countries. Among her key achievements, Catherine is recognized for designing and leading DFID’s flagship Safe Comprehensive Abortion Care Consortium, Prevention of Maternal Death Programme, covering 20 countries in Africa and Asia over seven years. Catherine started with her work with MSI as Technical and Operation Director, Marie Stopes Sierra Leone, where she lead the team through an expansion which amounted to comprehensive SRHR being available nationally. Additionally, Catherine has lived and worked in India, Kenya and Tanzania.
She also worked for the National Social Marketing Association, UK and Population Services International. She has a Masters in Public Health, and a Honors Degree in Philosophy and Theology.