Ms. Katsiak directs the firm’s Regional Economic Integration Unit, providing home office technical oversight for a portfolio of more than $45 million. She also serves as acting chief of party for the US–APEC Technical Assistance to Advance Regional Integration (US-ATAARI) Project, Nathan’s largest USAID program to date. In this capacity, she oversees a five-person team based in Washington, D.C., and leads activity streams that include supply chain connectivity, green growth, and women’s economic empowerment, and works closely with U.S. government counterparts as well as APEC economies to design and deliver a range of technical assistance across the region.
Ms. Katsiak has extensive experience designing, managing, and implementing complex international development projects in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe focused on regional integration, trade, and trade facilitation. Before joining Nathan Associates in 2006, she served as project director and trade specialist for USAID’s $17.5 million APEC Technical Assistance and Training Facility (TATF). In those roles, she organized and participated in a number of technical workshops—on low-emissions development strategies, authorized economic operators, disaster responsiveness, corporate governance, and financial inclusion, among others. She was home office project director for USAID’s $8 million ASEAN Single Window (ASW) project and served as deputy IQC manager for the ADVANCE IQC, the umbrella contract for TATF, ASW, and three other projects supporting ASEAN integration.
Under the ASW project, Ms. Katsiak developed a strategy and action plan for communicating objectives and key messages to a range of audiences. She is currently helping manage a $1 million trade security activity, which entails designing and running technical tasks and drafting work plans and reports. Earlier, for the TCBoost project, she conducted research for and coordinated the development of four trade facilitation tools, helped design and implement a five-day “train the trainers” course on postclearance audits in the Caribbean, and was a counterpart to the World Customs Organization on trade facilitation initiatives worldwide.