Kate Edwards is a 26-year veteran and an outspoken, award-winning advocate of the game industry and the former Executive Director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA). Kate is also a geographer and corporate strategist who pioneered and specialises in content culturalization. Following 13 years at Microsoft, she has consulted on many game and non-game projects for BioWare, Google, Amazon, Facebook, and many other companies. In 2018, she was honoured with Reboot Develop’s annual Hero Award and also presented with IndieCade’s annual Game Changer Award. In 2020, she will be honoured with GDC’s Ambassador Award. She is also profiled in the December 2018 publication Women in Gaming: 100 Professionals of Play and in 2017 joined Take This, a US based mental health advocacy group in the games industry.