Karen is the general manager and a senior project manager at OneWorld. In her position as general manager, Karen oversees daily business activities, improves overall business. She also manages budgets, develops strategic plans, and performs an HR role. Karen’s proactivity, organisational skills, people skills and attention to detail ensured efficient running of these projects.

Karen completed her MSc in Materials Science at the University of Cape Town. After initially working in that field, Karen later worked as project/general manager at Lightstone Explore, where her responsibilities included project management, financial management and database development. She has developed databases for the retail and property industry.

At OneWorld, Karen managed the African Development Bank (AFDB) climate finance access training of the trainer’s project, an on-line course training 90 students from 26 countries across the African continent in proposal development for the GCF. She also managed a course, funded by KAS, aimed at strengthening the shadow voices of 20 African countries with relation to COP26. Karen currently manages the Management of Adaptation Benefit Mechanism (ABM) Roster of Experts project, funded by the AFDB.

Karen has long experience working with OneWorld, having spent six years with the company in business development, putting large tenders together for both local and international groups, and researching various aspects of sustainable development, particularly in terms of climate change impacts.