As a communications professional, Karen has over 15 years experience working across corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors, primarily in the areas of multicultural health communication, refugee health, mental health and community development at the intersection with human rights and global PR..
From 2003-2008 she worked with one of BRW’s Fast 100 Company and award-winning integrated health marketing communications agency in the area of health promotion, while undertaking a project-based internship with the Australia-based NFP, Vision of Humanity (founder of the Global Peace Index) and it’s sister Charitable Foundation.
In 2004 she was invited to an internship with Tibet Information Office Australia (Tibetan government in exile) later serving as a personal aide and consultant to the then Dalai Lama’s Representative in Australia, NZ, South-East Asia between 2004-2010, and again from 2010-2014.
At an international level, Karen was professionally involved with the official Australia wide visits of the Dalai Lama between 2008-2013 and collaborated on local and international projects in the areas of human rights, peace building and community development in conjunction with Tibet Information Office, Central Tibetan Administration, various INGO’s and international stakeholders.
In 2012, Karen completed a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Sydney while serving on the governing council of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (Faculty of Social & Political Sciences) up until 2018. During this time she delivered special projects pertaining to refugee health and community development with Multicultural Health NSSCAHS and key stakeholders, including the Tibetan Community of NSW Inc. and Tibet Information Office.
Karen has published various articles in print and online in The Journal for Business, Peace & Sustainable Development (BPSD), the Globalist (Global21 Network of International Affairs Magazines), Center for Justice & Accountability and consulted and collaborated on communications strategies and global campaigns for various international human rights and advocacy organisations.
Karen is currently working in the trauma field as head of communications at NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS) while furthering studies at the Australian College of Applied Psychology.
In 2019, she was a awarded a Human Rights Defender medal by the International Human Rights Observer (IHRO), an Islamabad-based NGO in Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and nominated as IHRO’s Asia Pacific Representative in 2020.