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Kate Almquist Knopf was a visiting policy fellow at the Center for Global Development. She serves as adjunct faculty with the Africa Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. At CGD, she worked on issues such as the intersection of security and development in the developing world, US foreign assistance reform, and development interventions in fragile and newly emerging states such as South Sudan. Read Knopf’s January 9, 2014 testimony on South Sudan before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee here and a research paper on Fragility and State-Society Relations in South Sudan for the Africa Center for Strategic Studies here.

Previously, Knopf served in various capacities at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), including as assistant administrator for Africa (2007-2009), Sudan mission director (2006-2007), deputy assistant administrator for Africa (2004-2006), and special assistant and senior policy advisor to the administrator (2001-2004). Prior to this, Knopf served as chief of staff for the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority and for the Executive Office for Administration and Finance of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She also worked for the international nongovernmental organization World Vision in Washington, D.C., and Geneva, Switzerland.

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