Kindra Halvorson is the Vice President for East Africa. In this role, she leads the expansion and deepening of TechnoServe’s impact in East Africa, and assures quality and cost effectiveness of its programs and projects.
Kindra is an international development professional with 16 years of experience in the public and private sectors, including eight years in economic and small business development. Kindra started her business development career by launching a $2 million investment fund with a double bottom line including financial returns and social impact through the creation of high value jobs. She oversaw investments in 17 technology companies that ultimately created hundreds of high-wage jobs. Kindra later joined McKinsey & Company in Johannesburg as a consultant specializing in growth strategies in Africa and business expansion. She subsequently joined Population Services International (PSI), where she was responsible for a portfolio of programs in east and southern Africa, and later managed its development of a cutting-edge impact measurement system.
Kindra holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University and a B.A. in International Relations from University of Minnesota. She resides in Dar es Salaam with her partner and two children.
“I’ve always been passionate about social justice and became interested in sustainable development while studying in Zimbabwe as an undergraduate, where I wrote a case study on CAMPFIRE, a rural development and conservation program.”