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Kat Borlongan

Five by Five
Founding Partner - Partenaire Fondateur
Kat started her career as an advocate for information rights and open data: she was Reporters sans frontières’ youngest bureau director, a policy analyst for the United Nations and member of the French government’s open data expert committee.
She first fell into the startup rabbit hole upon arriving in Paris in 2012, when she joined the award-winning civic startup Voxe.org. Since then, her passion for the French tech ecosystem has brought her other hats: French Tech Ticket Ambassador, Google Expert, Director of the Open Data Institute Paris. She also serves as a mentor at accelerators such as Numa, Google Launchpad and Startup Bootcamp. As Founding Partner at Five by Five, Kat’s focus is on startup engagement strategy and program design.
Her passion projects remain at the intersection of tech and social good. She once led the Filipino government’s 500-strong tech team against the super-typhoon Haiyan and more recently founded the Paris Summer Innovation Fellowship.
Kat holds degrees from Science Po Bordeaux and McGill University in Political Science.