Senior Vice President, Corporate Partnerships & Philanthropy
Kate Roberts is the Co-Founder of the Women’s Investment Network (WIN), co-chaired by HRH The Crown Princess of Norway Mette-Marit and Melinda Gates. WIN focuses on catalytic health solutions to transform the lives of girls and women and lift them out of poverty. With like-minded global leaders, health experts, philanthropists, and businesses, Roberts is building partnerships to provide critical health solutions and improve the lives of the 600 million girls and women in the developing world.
Kate Roberts is also Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships & Philanthropy at Population Services International (PSI). With an annual budget of almost $600 million, PSI is a leading global health organization with programs in 69 countries targeting malaria, child survival, HIV, TB and reproductive health. Working in partnership within the public and private sectors and harnessing the power of the markets, PSI provides life-saving products, clinical services and behavior change communications that empower the world’s most vulnerable populations to lead healthier lives.
Roberts is the founder of YouthAIDS and Five & Alive, two health campaigns implemented by PSI, respectively designed is a global education and prevention initiative of PSI.
Roberts has enlisted the support of top celebrities, donors and partners such as Ashley Judd, Bono, Salma Hayek, Nancy Pelosi, Debra Messing, Mandy Moore, Anna Kournikova, and Christina Aguilera. She has forged numerous corporate social responsibility partnerships including Alere, Cartier, Conde Nast Traveler, Eli Lilly, H&M, Johnson & Johnson, Kiehl’s, Levi’s, Merck, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, P&G, Unilever and Zurich Insurance. Roberts has produced four award-winning documentaries aired on VH1, the Discovery Channel and National Geographic aimed at raising awareness about the global HIV/AIDS crisis.
Roberts spearheaded a joint venture with ALDO Shoes to produce an innovative, celebrity-driven empowerment campaign: Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil. Through the sale of empowerment tags and lapel pins featured in ads with celebrity artists, this social marketing campaign raised millions of dollars and reached 1.5 billion people in 25 countries.
In 2007 Roberts was awarded the honor of “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum (WEF), an award that recognizes 250 young leaders for their professional accomplishments, their commitment to society and their potential to contribute to the shaping of the future world. She is the founding curator of WEF’s Global Shapers group in D.C.
Roberts is a frequent speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Google and the Aspen Ideas Festival. Roberts teaches global social entrepreneurship at George Washington University and speaks often at the Wharton School of Business, Columbia University and Harvard Business School.
In 2007 she was featured as a CNN Hero and received the Jack Valenti AIDS outstanding achievement award, and in 2009 was named one of the Vogue 100 Women. Roberts also recently co-founded and serves as an active board member of the Global India Fund and serves on the Global Health Advisory Board of the World Economic Forum.
Prior to her role at PSI, Roberts worked at The Bates, Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising Agency. As Managing Director, Roberts established the promotion agency “141” in Russia, Ukraine and Romania and oversaw operations for other Eastern European markets out of London. At Independent Media in Moscow, Roberts launched Russian Cosmopolitan Magazine and developed public relations strategies for The Moscow Times.
Originally from the United Kingdom, Roberts graduated from Southport University of Art and Technology in England with a City and Guilds in Hotel and Catering Management, launching her career with the prestigious hotel group Relais et Chateau. She speaks five languages, including Russian, Dutch and Romanian. Roberts is also an accomplished contemporary artist and interior designer.