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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)

 

Biography

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Kate started her career with Goldman Sachs as part of the Asia Prime Services Consulting team, where she worked with start-up hedge funds and established global fund managers with Asia nexus, advising across fund structures, operational infrastructure, Asian regulatory regimes and market access. She then went on to pursue an impact investing fellowship with Mana Impact Partners in Singapore, conducting research on carbon markets in Australia and Southeast Asia with a focus on blue carbon, regenerative agriculture and nature-based solutions. Prior to her postgraduate studies, Kate also spent a year volunteering with Dream Impact, a social enterprise incubator in Hong Kong, where she helped to co-design their impact investment strategy and launched their capital advisory program for pre-series A impact ventures.

Kate is a Youde Scholar and holds a B.B.A. in Global Business Studies from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, with a minor in Government and Public Administration.

Research

My research interest is to understand the role of public policy in pushing forward national and global climate agendas. While policy responses such as regulations and subsidies can be single-handedly implemented by the public sector, I believe their impact can be further amplified through strategic collaborations with private and third sectors in designing and implementing Climate Finance solutions. By gaining an appreciation of challenges faced by governments both in theory and practice, in addition to my background in private capital investments, I hope to gather perspectives on how tri-sector financing mechanisms can best be designed and applied to decarbonise our economies and limit temperature rises.

Given a lack of universal taxonomy on environmental metrics, I am also keen to research and critically analyse the social and/or environmental impacts of such mechanisms, as well as how different industry actors and sectors can be held accountable in delivering their intended climate objectives.

Supervisor: Prof Diane Coyle

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