Kate Robertson

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NationalityBritish, South African
Alma materUniversity of Cape Town
OccupationAdvertising executive
Known forOne Young World; Havas

Kate Robertson is a former advertising executive,[1] the co-author of 'How to Make a Difference', [2] and co-founder of One Young World', [3] which is a leading forum for global youth leadership. [4]

Early Life and Career

Kate studied law at the University of Cape Town, whereafter she moved to London in 1986 to work in the advertising industry.[5] In 2006 she was appointed UK group chairman of Havas Worldwide, and thereafter Co-Global President in 2013. [5] In 2015 Kate left Havas in order to focus exclusively on One Young World, the organisation she had founded with former Havas CEO David Jones. [6]

One Young World

In 2009 Kate co-founded One Young World with David Jones, the then CEO of Havas Worldwide.[7] One Young World is a UK-based not-for-profit organisation that seeks to identify, support and connect young leaders from every country in the world, to solve society's most pressing challenges. [8] The organisation hosts an annual summit, which has been attended by industry leaders and celebrities, acting in the capacity of 'Counsellors' to the summit attendees -- notable One Young World Counsellors have included: former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan; actress Emma Watson; the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex|Meghan Markle; Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau; former US president Bill Clinton; nobel laurete Muhammad Yunus; the Desmond Tutu; Bob Geldof; former Irish President Mary Robinson; former German Chancellor Angela Merkel; Sir Richard Branson; Jamie Oliver; Jack Dorsey; and many others. [9][10]

Awards and Honours

  • Doctor Honoris Causa from the Business School of Lausanne 2014.[11]
  • Named 'Advertising Woman of the Year' by Women In Marketing 2012 and Advertising Icon by Advertising Week in 2014.[12]

Personal Life

Kate is married to film producer Bruce Robertson, and has a daughter named Ella.[5]


  1. "HAVAS: Kate Robertson appointed Co-Global President Havas Worldwide alongside Andrew Benett". GlobeNewswire News Room. September 30, 2013.
  2. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51351741-how-to-make-a-difference
  3. "Leadership | One Young World". www.oneyoungworld.com.
  4. "One Young World | Forum For Young Leaders". www.oneyoungworld.com.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Blackhurst, Chris (2014-09-05). "Interview: Kate Robertson, Havas Worldwide: TV-loving advertising". www.standard.co.uk. Retrieved 2022-03-16.
  6. "Kate Robertson steps down from Havas". www.campaignlive.co.uk. Retrieved 2022-03-16.
  7. "Leadership | One Young World". www.oneyoungworld.com. Retrieved 2022-03-16.
  8. "One Young World | Forum For Young Leaders". www.oneyoungworld.com. Retrieved 2022-03-16.
  9. "Our Counsellors | One Young World". www.oneyoungworld.com. Retrieved 2022-03-16.
  10. One Young World | 10 Years of Action, retrieved 2022-03-16
  11. "Kate Robertson". Business School Lausanne. Retrieved 2022-03-16.
  12. Harlan, Thelma (2020-09-25). "Inspirational Woman Interview: Kate Robertson". Inspirational Women Series. Retrieved 2022-03-16.

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