Karen possesses diverse international board experience, including Singapore’s Banyan Tree Holdings (a global hospitality SGX-listed company), the Singapore Deposit Insurance Corporation, Denmark’s Falck (active in ambulance & emergency), Northeastern University USA, Singapore EDB Investments, and The Red Pencil, a global charity that promotes arts therapy. Karen has supervised, led, and advised organisations spanning finance, healthcare, education, and private equity. She has deep expertise in executing business-building entrepreneurial initiatives across companies, from start-ups to dominant industry incumbents.
Karen started her career at the Singapore Ministry of Finance, where her portfolio covered fiscal and taxation policy, corporate and financial regulation, as well as international and multilateral finance policy in relation to the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. Her career then pivoted into healthcare, where she concurrently held Deputy CEO positions at SingHealth and Singapore General Hospital. She has headed advisory work for clients and worked at prestigious hospitals across Asia, including ones in Bangkok, Beijing, Ho Chi Minh City and Yangon.
Hospitals work hand in glove with medical schools, and Karen was instrumental in the teams setting up two in Singapore: Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and LKC Medical School at Nanyang Technological University. Following her hands-on experience in healthcare and education, Karen moved into private equity and was CEO / Executive Director at IP Investment Management Pte Ltd, an MAS-regulated alternative real estate fund manager. She is currently Senior Advisor to TVM Capital Healthcare Partners.
Karen has a BA (Hons) in Economics, from the University of Cambridge and an MPA / International Tax Program (Certificate) from Harvard University.