Katherine Ann Hagen provides clients with expert analysis and commentary on socio-economic policy issues and decision-making processes. She brings an in-depth understanding of how systems of governance operate in an inter-governmental world. In particular, she helps clients to engage in effective and inclusive multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder dialogue and collaboration.
With doctorates in both law (UNC-Chapel Hill) and international relations (American University), Katherine has a solid legal and political understanding of the governance of multilateral organizations and the capacity of different kinds of actors to participate in them.
Katherine brings a wealth of both public and private sector experience to her work with clients. As Deputy Director-General at the ILO she managed the ILO’s policy dialogue with the World Bank and International Monetary Fund and implemented a strategic focus on promoting social dialogue with workers and employers’ organizations and governments. And as Vice President of Government Relations at AT&T, she organized multi-stakeholder coalitions to enact legislation on civil rights and labour-management relations, as well as specific provisions for retiree health funding and international labor agreements.
Working with her extensive networks, she currently facilitates multi-stakeholder conferences, symposiums and roundtables to mobilize awareness and action. As Executive Director for the Global Social Observatory, for example, she conducted a comprehensive consultative process to develop tools for preventing and managing conflict of interest among stakeholders in the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement. As the Executive Director for the Council for Multi-sectoral and Multi-stakeholder Diplomacy Katherine also supplemented her networking skills with a weekly newsletter with in-depth reporting on both global governance and global social and economic issues. She continues to serve as the Chief Executive Officer and Principal Consultant for Hagen Resources International, supporting individual clients and regularly contributing in-depth commentaries.
Earlier in her career, Katherine was a White House Fellow, North Carolina state senator, civic leader and professor of international and Asian politics. She was instrumental in establishing a commission on the status of women and enacting legislation to remove sex discrimination from NC statutes. Throughout her career. Katherine has been dedicated to promoting gender awareness and equality, as well as civil rights and civil liberties more broadly.