Cristine Geers

Program Officer

Contact Cristine: cristine(at)gkinitiative(dot)or

Cristine Geers is an innovation consultant and design thinker with a passion for using collaboration to drive systemic change in the way we design services, work with local communities, and engage with entrepreneurs and innovators around the world.

Formerly an Innovation Advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Cristine brings a strong background of capacity strengthening and facilitation with a development focus. She specializes in collaborative design and implementation, innovative design training, and adaptive management. Prior to her role at USAID, she led the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Tech-I Challenge at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), empowering entrepreneurs and scientists from around the world to collaborate, mentor, and refine their innovative product concepts and prototypes with a strongly curated network supporting along the way.

Cristine holds a Master’s in Eurasian Economics from the George Washington University and two BA’s in French Language and Literature and International Economics from the University of South Florida. She is proud to support global initiatives focusing on the environment, marine debris and conservation and has extensive international work experience across Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, including non-permissive environments.