Catherine Platt

Position: Director of Development and Communications

Catherine Platt has a background in non-profit management, organizational development, and communications, and extensive experience working in the Tibetan and Chinese cultural spheres. Originally from the U.K., Catherine has a BA in East Asian Studies from Durham University and an MA in Anthropology of Development and Cultural Transformation from Sussex University. After working with campaign organizations in London she joined Trace Foundation in New York, managing projects that supported the continuity, vitality, and development of Tibetan communities and civil society. During 12 years based in Chengdu, China, she managed grants for Tibetan NGOs, served on the board of Sichuan Quake Relief, and worked as an editor and translator, which led to a role managing the Chengdu venue of the Bookworm International Literary Festival. Back in the USA, Catherine co-founded and co-directed the Montclair Literary Festival for four years, before moving to Hong Kong as Director of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, gaining a depth of experience in communications, development, and event management. She sees the role with BDRC as a valuable opportunity to bring the various strands of her career together and apply her experience with Tibet, non-profit management, and cultural events to BDRC's mission of preserving Buddhist literature for the world.