Director & Producer
As a creative professional, Karen has over 15 years experience in the area of global PR and strategic communications. From 2003-2008 she worked with BRW’s Fast 100 Company, and award-winning integrated marketing agency, Cat Media while undertaking an internship with the Australia-based not-for-profit organisation, Vision of Humanity. Between 2004-2010 she was a personal aide to the then Dalai Lama’s Representative in Australia, New Zealand, South-East Asia and Oceania (The Tibetan Government in Exile) and between 2010-2014, was a consultant and advisor to the Canberra -based Tibet Information Office, Australia. At an international level, she was involved with the official Australian visits of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama between 2008-2013. Karen holds a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Sydney. Her academic research interests focus on mass communication, political communication, international peace and security, human security, cultural leadership and leadership and global trends in non-violent direct action. Since 2006, she has undertaken ongoing studies in documentary directing and producing at the Australian Film, Television & Radio School (AFTRS) and published various articles in The Journal for Business, Peace and Sustainable Development (BPSD), PeaceWrtites, Global21 Network of International Affairs Magazines, The Center for Justice & Accountability (CJA) and for various international human rights and advocacy organisations. In 2017, Karen was presented with the annual Ambassador for Peace Award by US-based not-for-profit organisation Pianos for Peace, for services in the field of human rights and the promotion of peace building via the arts. Since 2016, she has been elected Chair of the governing Council at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney.