Karen Wilson

About Karen Wilson

Karen has been working at the OECD since 2009 where her work has focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, and finance including angel investment, venture capital, impact investment as well as the role of private finance for sustainable development. She is also an Associate Fellow at Said Business School at Oxford University and a Visiting Lecturer at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga. In addition to other boards and advisory positions, she serves on the Harvard Business School Impact Investment Alumni Steering Committee.

Karen is the Founder of GV Partners, a research and consulting firm focused on entrepreneurship and finance. She was a Senior Fellow at Bruegel, an international economics think tank based in Brussels from 2012-2017 and a Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation from 2008-2012. Earlier, Karen worked with international venture capital firm, Index Ventures, and before that was part of the senior management team at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of the Global Initiative at Harvard Business School. Her earlier experience includes investment banking and consulting.

She received, with honors, a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Roundtable: Unlocking Social impact investing in Asia Pacific (sign up required)

07 Jun 2018

Read session notes here. Session Description The OECD has embarked on a Social Impact Investing (SII) initiative and broader work on Private Finance for Sustainable Development. Karen Wilson, Finance for Sustainable Development, DCD, OECD will be hosting a Roundtable that invites select…Read More


Financing Multi-Sector Development Partnerships in Asia

05 Jun 2018

Session Description Traditional development funding from developed nations and one-way “north-south” financing had largely consisted of grants and commercially structured infrastructure loans. With the shifting dynamics on the global political stage, more opportunities for cross-sector partnerships in funding and implementation…Read More

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    Amitav Virmani

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  • Sawa Ito

    Sawa Ito

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