Karien studied business and emerging market economics at the University of Stellenbosch and the University of Cape Town. As a Director of the Shuttleworth Foundation, she works to increase equity in the philanthropic exchange. As an experienced practitioner, she partners with individuals who employ openness as a tool to advance systems change towards social justice.
Karien’s ability to problem solve with an interdisciplinary approach is invaluable to changemakers and new system builders who are laying the groundwork for meaningful, lasting social transformation. She advises a diverse range of initiatives with an emphasis on data governance and impact, including interventions in health (http://openhumansfoundation.org/), security (https://fogocruzado.org.br/) and the environment (https://www.openenvironmentaldata.org/).