Solving Complex Problems with Diverse Teams
Kathy will share stories from her work in international development, fostering collaboration and local leadership to solve complex problems. This includes addressing threats to small-holder African farmers from the spread of devastating crop diseases, working with virologists, modelers, government authorities, and funding agencies. What can we learn from this to help us with the challenges we are facing today in our parishes and society? You may be surprised and inspired by the understanding you gain from this very different domain!
Dr. Katherine Kahn
Dr. Katherine Kahn is a parishioner at St Paul’s Antiochian Orthodox Church north of Seattle, USA and at St Aidan’s Antiochian Orthodox Church in Manchester, UK. She works internationally with diverse teams of scientists to address the needs of small-holder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. This involves connecting scientists, funders, government authorities, and farmers in partnerships to create new pathways out of poverty through sustainable agricultural development. Kathy is passionate about fostering more engagement and leadership with scientists based in low-income countries who are embedded in the communities they serve. She is exploring and applying tools of archetypal psychology to help scientists establish shared purpose, innovate, and manage the uncertainties and complexities inherent in their work. She has a PhD in molecular biology and biochemistry and has worked as a plant biologist in academic research institutions, with the U.S. government, and in private philanthropy.