Katrina Engelsted was born and raised in the lovely state of Massachusetts. With constant sabaticles to other parts of the world, she spent many summers in Denmark and attended an expedition school in Colorado (HMI). She learned how to read maps and get her way around unfamiliar places and terrain quickly. From the hills of Arusha (Tanzania) to the streets of Leogane (Haiti), Katrina has navigated six continents in her pursuit of learning more about this globalized world and how she can contribute to it. After doing conservation work around Australia and backpacking through Europe with her sister, Katrina studied at Colgate University with a concentration in geography and Asian Studies. She worked in the Colgate Outdoor Education program. She spent a year in India learning some of the history and contemporary issues of this grand country, as well as about the fledging organic farming and sustainability movements occurring in Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu (more specifically, Auroville). After graduating from school, she spent the year volunteering with All Hands in Leogane, Haiti and Cagayan de Oro, Philippines for disaster response (Please donate to All Hands or contribute your sweat through volunteering– it is an amazing organization).
Katrina is currently living in Jakarta, Indonesia working for the Humanitarian Openstreet Map Team (HOT). Feel free to read about her work here.