Kristen Kurczak Nightingale is an advisor to governments, IGOs, and the private sector on issues related to the resource efficiency and sustainability of global agricultural, fisheries and bio-energy supply chains. As Founder and Director of Nightingale & Co. she works with entities to understand and manage the policy, socioeconomic and environmental landscapes that shape investment and programmatic decisions.
Previously, Kristen was senior consultant at the United Nations Environment Programme’s Division of Technology, Industry and Economics where she co-developed and co-managed the global agriculture and food programme. She was the Senior Business Development, Policy, and Sustainability Advisor to BP Biofuels for the African Continent, and Consultant to both the European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme on agricultural development in Africa. Kristen was the Manager of the Kilombero Community Trust – a public private partnership between the International Finance Corporation and Illovo Sugar Group – Africa’s largest sugar producer and a subsidiary of Associated British Foods. She was a Luce Fellow with the World Wildlife Fund in Belize and a former United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Kyrgyzstan.
Kristen has lived and worked extensively in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America. She holds a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. A published author and editor on topics related to agriculture, food, bioenergy and sustainable development, Kristen is also joint owner of a coconut farm in Kilwa Masoko, Tanzania.