EYIF is proud to introduce Karen E. Wilson as a member of our Advisory Board. She established herself as a successful venture capitalist in Index Ventures and also as key member of the World Economic Forum senior management team. Currently she’s active in the Structural Policy Division of the Science, Technology and Industry Directorate at the OECD. If you are interested in Angel Investment Karen treats this topic in her numerous publications. Full biography below (from ESBRI)
Karen Wilson works in the Structural Policy Division of the Science, Technology and Industry Directorate at the OECD. She has also served as a Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation since 2008. She is currently a Board Member and Advisor of the European Foundation for Entrepreneurship Research (EFER) and serves as a member of the European Leadership Council for Harvard Business School. In 2004, she founded GV Partners, a firm working with both start-ups and initiatives to facilitate the development of a broader entrepreneurial ecosystem. Research and consulting focus areas include finance, policy and entrepreneurship education. She has authored many papers on these topics and just published a book with the OECD on seed and early stage financing, focusing on angel investing. Prior to founding GV Partners, Karen worked with a leading pan-European venture capital firm, Index Ventures. Previously, she was part of the senior management team at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland and, before that, served as the Executive Director of the Global Initiative at Harvard Business School.
Her past experience also includes management consulting, primarily in financial services, as well as investment banking. She received, with honors, a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.