Catherine Kannam

Senior Vice President

Catherine Kannam is the senior vice president (SVP) for Chemonics’ Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Afghanistan region as well as the SVP for Chemonics’ Gender, Equality, and Social Inclusion technical practice. In addition, she brings years of experience in local economic development, municipal governance, private sector engagement, and gender issues. Ms. Kannam joined Chemonics in 2010 and has extensive experience in Asia and the Middle East, serving as the director of the Regional Agricultural Development Program – South (RADP-S) as well as the director and deputy chief of party for the Regional Afghan Municipalities Program for Urban Populations (RAMP UP)– South in Afghanistan. While at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, she focused on Afghanistan election programming. Ms. Kannam began her international development career in New Delhi, India. She holds a master’s degree in South Asia studies and international economics from Johns Hopkins University, SAIS and a bachelor’s degree from the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University.