Kat Harrison
60 Decibels

Kat Harrison is Director of Impact at 60 Decibels leading the Africa operations and energy work. 60 Decibels is a new social enterprise spun out of non-profit impact investor Acumen, to take forward the Lean Data impact measurement work. Their mission is to help impact investors, foundations, social enterprises and non-profits better understand their impact by listening to the people who matter most: their customers, employees, suppliers and beneficiaries. They aim to do so in a way that brings a new level of speed and responsiveness to impact measurement. Kat developed the sector’s first impact benchmark through the Lean Data work in energy; 60 Decibels’ flagship sector. She was previously Associate Director of Impact at Acumen and Director of Research & Impact at SolarAid where she developed and managed the award-winning research and impact work there. Kat Chaired the Impact Working Group of the global off-grid energy sector association (GOGLA) from 2013-17, leading the development of the standardised Impact Metrics for energy access. Kat was recognised as a Young Leader in Renewable Energy by Recharge, was finalist for the Red magazine Women of the Year award for her work, and launched the 2015 UNESCO International Year of Light alongside HRH Duke of York.

Kat has acted as a Research Advisor to the United Nations Capital Development Fund, previously created and led the monitoring and evaluation system at social enterprise 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 & International Development from the University in Bath and an MSc in Development Policy, Process & Practice from the University of Reading.

Read more about the Energy Impact Series.

Follow her on Twitter @Sunrise_Ka

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