Dr. Katherine Ann Hagen is the Executive Director of the Global Social Observatory, where she is in charge of strategy, development and implementation of programmes for multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral dialogue and collaboration on global social issues. She oversees all GSO fundraising and is responsible for recruiting and coordinating volunteer planning committees to organize the substance of GSO programmes. Drawing on her extensive network among Geneva-based international organizations, NGOs diplomatic missions and the private sector, she is responsible for defining the open space and participatory process for dialogue and for bringing interested stakeholders together to identify solutions and commonly agreed policies. She also carries out issue-specific research, prepares background reports, and writes up the meeting reports and communiqués for each programme. She has been responsible for GSO programmes on multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral collaboration on non-communicable diseases, on the Workplace Strategy for Diabetes and Wellness, on prospects for collaboration on trade and labour standards, on the role of corporate social responsibility in trade, on gender and trade, and on trends in working time.
Dr. Hagen draws on over 30 years of experience organizing coalitions and working with people from diverse sectors. She has held positions as Deputy Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Vice President in Government Relations at AT&T, White House Fellow specializing in civil service reform, North Carolina state senator, social activist and professor.
Educated in government (B.A. from Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio), law (J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and international relations (Ph.D. from the School of International Service, American University, Washington, DC), Dr. Hagen has a solid background in the political and legal foundations of international organizations and has developed an expertise in facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogue, building coalitions, and mobilizing collaborative partnerships oriented to sustainable development.