Katie Auth
Nonresident Scholar, Africa Program


Katie Auth is a nonresident scholar with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Africa Program, where her research focuses on U.S. government policy on Africa and evolving relationships with African partners, particularly related to climate change, energy, and investment. She is also the policy director at the Energy for Growth Hub, a global think tank advancing data-driven solutions to end energy poverty. 

At the Hub, Katie leads engagement with policymakers and major development institutions to expand and strengthen energy investment in low-income and emerging markets—particularly in Africa. Her research and analysis focus on climate-smart energy transitions and the most effective ways to support energy for economic development. 

She previously worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she served as a senior development finance advisor helping drive the agency’s efforts to better utilize development finance tools and integrate investment-oriented approaches across its global programming. Before that, she held numerous leadership roles (including acting deputy coordinator) at the U.S. government’s Power Africa program, an interagency initiative led by USAID to scale public and private investment in African energy systems. 

Prior to her government service, Katie was the senior analyst for climate and energy at Worldwatch Institute, where she analyzed power sector reform and clean energy investment in the Caribbean and West Africa. She holds an MSc in natural resources management from the University of Akureyri and a BA from Bowdoin College. 

BA, History, Bowdoin College, MSc, Natural Resources Management, University of Akureyri  
English, French

All work from Katie Auth

8 Results
Carnegie Africa Forum
2024 Carnegie Africa Forum
June 27, 2024

Join us for the inaugural Carnegie Africa Forum, a special one-day event that will bring together global thought leaders for discussions on the continent’s role in international cooperation.

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  • Zainab Usman
  • Mariano-Florentino (Tino) Cuéllar
  • Redi Tlhabi
  • Yinka Adegoke
  • Ambassador Elsie Kanza
  • Ambassador Sékou Berthe
  • Ambassador Alima Mahama
  • Ambassador Youssef Amrani
  • Ambassador Hilda Suka-Mafudze
  • Howard French
  • Raul Alfaro Pelico
  • Katie Auth
  • Professor Yemi Osinbajo
  • Nanjala Nyabola
  • Vincent Makori
  • Bright Simons
  • Hannah Ryder
  • Yacouba Sissoko
  • Jennifer Strong
  • Jane Munga
  • Nicholas Bramble
  • Alex Tsado
  • Julian Pecquet
  • Ambassador Jendayi Frazer
  • Ambassador Tibor Nagy
  • Ambassador Johnnie Carson
  • Ambassador Herman Cohen
  • Jonathan Oppenheimer
Getting Real: How the United States Can Deliver on Its Commitment to African Infrastructure

Ambitious U.S. rhetoric and commitment to African infrastructure requires follow-through. By taking a few concrete steps, the United States can make real progress on this worthy goal.

· April 23, 2024
How the U.S. Can Better Support Africa’s Energy Transition

The climate and energy policies of the United States and African countries should build on three shared interests—and address three strategic tensions.

· January 31, 2023
In The Media
in the media
Ukraine's Silver Tank?

Sophia Besch sits down with Stewart to unpack the recent announcement of Germany supplying Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine and the future of European defense strategy.

· January 26, 2023
In the Media
Who Decides Africa’s Net Zero Pathways? Five Ways to Fix How We Model African Energy Transitions and Why It Matters for Climate and Development

To achieve an equitable global net zero future, lower-income and under-electrified countries must play a much bigger role in deciding how we get there. Africa will be home to roughly a quarter of the world’s total population by 2050 and is a vital source of resources critical to the energy transition.

· October 17, 2022
Energy For Growth Hub
In the Media
3 Big Ways The U.S. Inflation Reductions Act May Impact The Energy Transition In Emerging And Frontier Markets

The U.S. Inflation Reduction Act, now headed to President Biden’s desk for signature, is predominantly a domestic bill – with huge ramifications for U.S. energy, decarbonization, industrial policy, and health care. But its ripple effects will be global, with some big potential impacts on emerging and frontier economies.

· August 15, 2022
Energy for Growth Hub
The Three Issues That Will Make or Break the Prosper Africa Initiative

The success of the new U.S. investment strategy may ultimately depend on how a bill in Congress addresses these key components.

· May 18, 2022
Reframing Climate Justice: Low-Income Countries and the Energy Transition
November 10, 2021

Join us for a special event as part of the OECD COP26 Virtual Pavilion on climate justice for low-income countries, co-hosted by the OECD Development Centre and the Carnegie Africa Program.

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