Kati Chilikova


Kati Chilikova is an experienced project manager, team leader, and creative problem solver. She is passionate about tackling complex social impact challenges through local collaboration and inclusive community engagement.

Kati has experience managing and implementing a geographically and sectorally diverse portfolio of USAID-funded projects, and working internationally with variety of stakeholders, including bi-lateral donors, local NGOs, grant-making foundations, academia, local governments, and civil society. She has experience applying systems approaches and tools for program design and evaluation, leading key-informant interviews and focus groups discussions, as well as conducting primary and secondary data research and policy analysis. Prior to joining GKI, Kati worked as a Project Manager at The Palladium Group, managing USAID/Nigeria’s $225m flagship “Integrated Health Project” (IHP)- providing strategic direction, contractual and financial oversight, managing day-to-day implementation and project field operations, and serving as the project’s primary HQ liaison for over 200 in-country project staff.

Kati holds a MSc. in Global Health from Georgetown University, with a concentration in Health Policy, as well as a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish from Miami University. While born in Bulgaria, she has lived & studied extensively in Chile and Spain and is fluent in both Bulgarian and Spanish.  In her free time, she enjoys cooking and hosting gatherings for friends and family, spinning, and hiking with her husband and pupper, Nancy Drew.