Kate Ewart-Biggs OBE is Interim Chief Executive of the British Council.
Prior to her current role, Kate led the British Council’s Global Network and provided strategic leadership to our overseas network of offices around the world. She was responsible for representing our work and offices overseas on the senior leadership team and ensuring that the organisation had a connected network. Kate was also responsible for managing strategic relationships with the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and other Whitehall partners with a geopolitical focus.
Kate was the Regional Head covering the Middle East and North Africa, Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia regions. She was at the heart of developing the British Council’s response to the Arab Spring and worked on how the British Council could best respond to the needs of young people in that region in terms of access to education, skills and the opportunity to participate in the new democratic processes emerging in their countries.
Kate also ran the British Council operations in Uganda and Tanzania and has worked in Egypt and in Central and Eastern Europe. Before joining the British Council, Kate worked for organisations working on behalf of Street Children in South Africa, Brazil, Indonesia and Eastern Europe. Kate is passionate about giving young people, whatever their circumstances, the opportunity to engage actively in their communities.