Karen has over 20 years of experience working for international non-governmental organizations on environmental issues around the world. She set up Ocean Unite in 2015, a Global Leadership Initiative incubated by Virgin Unite, the Foundation of the Virgin Group and of the Branson Family. She was formerly the Senior Director for International Oceans at The Pew Charitable Trusts where she helped initiate the Global Ocean Commission. Before that, she was the Head of Greenpeace International’s Political & Business Unit and the Head of their international oceans campaign. With training in international law and policy, she has led and participated in NGO and government delegations to various multilateral meetings and negotiations. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network. In 2004, Karen was the first person from a non-governmental organization to speak at a regular session of the United Nations General Assembly on behalf of over 60 environmental organizations on the plight of our oceans. She has a M.A. in International Political Economy from The American University in Washington, D.C. and a M.Phil International Environmental Law from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.