Karen has over 27 years in the financial services sector in London, including 14 years in investment management and 17 years focused on the emerging markets. Starting out as a Chartered Accountant, prior to joining Verno Capital in February 2010, Karen held various positions at Citicorp Investment Bank, ING Baring Securities, where she established an equity research office in Moscow, and F&C Group where her roles included COO of Emerging Markets; Head of Group Product Development, and Director of Alternative Investments. In addition, as a Member of the group risk committee at F&C, Karen developed and executed the business plan to launch F&C’s funds. Most recently, Karen was the CEO and Chief Compliance Officer of Kazimir Partners (UK), the same role she had at Brunswick Asset Management and retained when Kazimir Partners purchased Brunswick Asset Management in 2004. Karen holds a BA Hons University of East Anglia and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. She is a British citizen and lives in Switzerland with her daughter.