Catharine Russell is a Project Director with Altai’s East Africa team. She is a research and MEL specialist with experience in consulting on a diverse range of development programmes in stabilisation, economic development, and trade across Africa. Catharine is currently Altai’s Strategic M&E Advisor to the UK’s Conflict, Security and Stability Fund (CSSF) in Somalia. Prior to joining Altai, Catharine worked as the M&E lead for a stabilisation programme in Somalia and was the Africa head of M&E for a multinational ethical food label applying fair and environmentally compliant standards for agricultural supply chains across the world. Catharine has worked extensively across Africa for a period of 10 years and is a resident in Nairobi, Kenya. She holds a MSc in Industry, Trade and Development from the University of Manchester and a BA in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Oxford.