Kristin Haffert

Kristin Haffert, MA 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. Kristin’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 2002-2009. She has advised international leaders on promoting women in political and civic life in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe and North America. 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 as CEO of Haffert Group, she has consulted Fortune 500 companies, governments, UN agencies, global financial institutions and leading philanthropies and non-profits on diversity, equity and inclusion. She has also spearheaded global gender-related initiatives such as the Madeleine K. Albright Grant, Win with Women and iKNOW Politics. Kristin holds a Master’s Degree in Leadership from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Douglass College, Rutgers University. She 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.