Kimberly Riddle, Senior Program Manager and Regional Capture Manager, Africa
Kimberly Riddle currently serves as senior program manager and regional capture manager for Africa. A democracy and governance and gender specialist, Riddle has over ten years of experience designing and managing programs in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) spanning variety of technical areas, including gender and social inclusion, civic education, human rights, transparency and accountability, and countering violent extremism. At IFES, her portfolio includes projects supporting civil society and electoral management bodies to improve electoral security, electoral integrity, and the enfranchisement of marginalized groups, such as women and youth.
Before joining IFES, she was a senior manager at Counterpart International for new business development. As the regional lead for Africa, she was the lead technical writer for governance and civil society projects across the region, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Niger, Rwanda, and Senegal. In addition, serving as the gender focal point, Riddle conducted gender assessments to inform program activities and developed a gender integration framework for business development.
Prior to Counterpart, she was a program manager at the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative supporting initiatives in Asia and MENA, including justice sector reform, anti-human trafficking, and legal support to refugees and survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). She also served as a research associate focusing on SGBV in South Africa at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research and a program manager for anti-human trafficking and female empowerment programs at an organization serving Southeast Asian refugees.
Riddle holds a master's degree in religion and politics from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in religious studies, philosophy, and gender studies from the University of Virginia.