Kate Edwards is the Executive Director of Global Game Jam, a consultancy for content culturalization, a Board Member of Take This, and is the former Executive Director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) from 2012 to 2017. In addition to being an outspoken advocate and a 25+ year veteran of the game industry, she is also a geographer, writer, and corporate strategist. Following 13 years at Microsoft, she has consulted on many game and non-game projects for BioWare, Google, Amazon and many, many other companies. Fortune magazine named her as one of the “10 most powerful women” in the game industry and she was also named by GamesIndustry.biz as one of their six People of the Year. In April 2018, she was honored with Reboot Develop’s annual Hero Award.