Kati worked as a junior knowledge manager at the INLUDE secretariat. As a student Economics, she felt that economic models were not providing satisfying answers to poverty questions. Therefore, she continued her education in International Development at the Wageningen University for her Bachelor and the University of Amsterdam for her Research Master. Kati wrote her master thesis on the inclusion of farmers in the cocoa chain in Ghana and the sesame chain in Burkina Faso. She gained research experience doing field studies in Uganda, Ghana and Burkina Faso for the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) and the Dutch Consortium for Rehabilitation (DCR), where she specialized in smallholder farmers, value chain analysis and service delivery models in Africa.