Catherine Defontaine is a consultant at the World Bank, with a focus on operations and analytics, working on fragility, conflict and violence issues, post-conflict reconstruction and community-driven development approaches in challenging environments. She has also worked on designing, monitoring and evaluating projects in fragile and conflict-affected contexts. Catherine has extensive experience living and working in Africa.
Catherine holds a Master’s Degree in International Security and African Studies from Sciences Po Paris, an MA in European Studies and International Relations from Panthéon Sorbonne University and a BA in History from Sorbonne University. Catherine enjoys playing the piano. She is also passionate about wildlife, especially orang-utan and elephants, nature and the protection of the environment.