Kristin Haffert (EML’11)

Mine The Gap


Kristin Haffert is an expert in women’s leadership and initiatives to advance gender equality. She began her career supporting businesses and public-sector clients with grassroots strategies to integrate social justice objectives. For more than two decades, she has conducted research, developed and delivered programs and practical training tools in more than 100 countries in every region of the world.

Haffert’s award-winning work on gender equality, her business acumen, and vast global network allows her clients to align their company’s ethos with strategies to grow productivity, including an inclusive workforce. Prior to working in the private sector, she served in senior management and initiated the women and gender equality team at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) which she built from 2002 to 2009.

As a thought leader and speaker on gender and inclusion, she has guided and piloted complex scenarios related to gender and equity–from global corporations to peace negotiations. As co-founder at Mine The Gap and prior, as CEO of Haffert Group, Haffert has consulted Fortune 500 companies, governments, UN agencies, global financial institutions, and leading philanthropies and non-profits on diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has spearheaded global gender-related initiatives such as the Madeleine K. Albright Grant, Win with Women and iKNOW Politics and currently serves as the U.S. Coordinator for UN Women on the WE EMPOWER Programme for G7 countries.

Haffert provided guidance on educating women about their expanded constitutional rights in post-Apartheid South Africa and has received awards from the Center for American Women in Politics (CAWP) at the Eagleton Institute for Politics and the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) for her dedication to women’s leadership.

She holds master’s degree in leadership from the Georgetown McDonough and a bachelor’s degree from Douglass College at Rutgers University.