Cate is currently Assistant Secretary, Climate Financing and Programming Branch, Climate Change and Sustainability Division at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Cate has over 20 years experience working in development, economics and foreign policy, spanning Asia and the Pacific and multilateral engagement. Most recently, this included co-chairing the G20 Infrastructure Working Group in 2021. Cate recently led the Indo-Pacific and National Security Branch at Treasury, where she managed the National Security team, established a China Policy unit and delivered bilateral loans to Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. Cate holds a PhD in economics from the Australian National University, with a research focus on Papua New Guinea.