She joined Coffey International Development in 2008, immediately after completing her master’s degree from King’s College London. Her first assignment: working with the Basra provincial reconstruction team in Iraq, as part of the U.K. government’s strategy for stabilization and reconstruction in the region.
In the following two years, she led the impact assessment of U.K. development, diplomatic and defense activities in Helmand, Afghanistan. The head of the U.K. Stabilization Unit has called the work of Kolbe and her team “groundbreaking” and “cutting edge.”
Kolbe is one of today’s most influential development leaders under 40 in London.
Devex is recognizing 40 of these young London-based trailblazers in international development. They are social entrepreneurs, government leaders, development consultants, business innovators, advocates, development researchers, nonprofit executives, philanthropists and investors.
Eliza Villarino currently manages one of today’s leading publications on humanitarian aid, global health and international development, the weekly GDB. At Devex, she has helped grow a global newsroom, with talented journalists from major development hubs such as Washington, D.C, London and Brussels. She regularly writes about innovations in global development.
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