Karen has been working at the OECD since 2009 where her work has focused on innovation, entrepreneurship and finance. Karen is also a Senior Fellow at Bruegel, an international economics think tank based in Brussels, an Associate Fellow at Said Business School at Oxford University and a Visiting Lecturer at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga. She is a Board Member and Advisor of the European Foundation for Entrepreneurship Research (EFER), and serves as an expert on the European Commission Horizon 2020 Access to Risk Finance Advisory Group and on the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on the Creative Economy. She is also a member of the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) Policy Committee.
Karen was a Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation from 2008-2012 and is the Founder of GV Partners in 2004. Earlier, Karen worked with international venture capital firm, Index Ventures, and before that was part of the senior management team at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of the Global Initiative at Harvard Business School. Her earlier experience includes investment banking and consulting.
She received, with honors, a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.