Katarina Weir was born in Nairobi, Kenya to British and Austrian parents. She attended the International School in Geneva, Switzerland, followed by boarding school at The King’s School Canterbury, England. Katarina has an MA in Business Studies from Edinburgh University, Scotland, specializing in Human Resources Management. She also holds a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from George Washington University. Katarina worked in the Human Resource Department at Strategic Investment Group, in Arlington, VA before joining YOA in early 2006, first as Operations Manager and since 2008, as Executive Director. She is a member of the Ambassador Board of KIPP DC.

Katarina is a keen sportswoman and regularly participates in triathlon and running events. Above all, however, she has an enduring interest in different cultures, customs and languages, and is committed to working internationally with youth and education to make the world a better place for coming generations.