Kate Bedwell

Kate Bedwell

Environmental Crime and Mobile Money
Subject Matter Expert

Kate is an ICA qualified financial crime compliance specialist who over the past 15 months has specialist in addressing the illegal wildlife trade using “follow the money” principles and anti-money laundering regulation.  She worked for United Wildlife at The Royal Foundation of the Prince & Princess of Waled leading a financial taskforce of circa 50 financial services organisations addressing wildlife crime.


Prior to joining the Royal Foundation, Kate was the Head of Governance , Risk and Compliance for M-Pesa at Vodafone Group.  She was accountable for the Global Group Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) policy and had oversight of the M-Pesa compliance operations across Africa. 

During her time in M-Pesa, she was (and continues to be) a strong advocate for financial inclusion and spent a significant proportion of her time seeking to address this issue with NGO’s, policy makers and regulators.  One of her key passions, is the need to protect the communities and environment that we live in:  this led to her proactively working on addressing and highlighting illegal wildlife trade concerns whilst at M-Pesa and becoming an active member of United for Wildlife. 

Kate is an experienced board member having been appointed as a non-executive Director of England Squash for 6 years until summer 2021.