Karen is the Founder of GV Partners and an expert on entrepreneurship, innovation and finance, working with private sector firms, international organizations, foundations and universities. Among other mandates, Karen has been working with the OECD since 2009 focused on impact investment, sustainable finance, impact measurement, entrepreneurial finance and the role of private finance for sustainable development. Most recently, she has been leading the OECD’s engagement in an international collaboration on impact measurement and management in collaboration with the Impact Management Project (IMP) Structured Network. She is also an Associate Fellow at Said Business School at Oxford University, a Visiting Lecturer at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and teaches at other universities.
In addition to other boards and advisory positions, she serves as Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Impact Linked Finance Fund and a board member of the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA). She also serves on the G7 Impact Taskforce Working Group on Impact Integrity, Transparency and Reporting, the Global Impact Investment Steering Group (GSG) Board of Trustees Strategy Committee and the Climate Advisory Group of the Multi-Asset Climate Solutions Fund of Aberdeen Standard Investments and Big Issue Invest.
She received, with honors, a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.