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Karen Fawcett

Non-Executive Director, Former Multinational CEO, and Entrepreneur

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Karen is a proven NED and leader of finance and consulting businesses and now pursuing non-executive and advisory roles. She is currently a member of the INSEAD Board and Audit and Risk Committee plus the Girton College campaign board.  

Karen was formerly CEO Retail Banking, Brand and Marketing for Standard Chartered Bank and one of the Bank’s top 13 reporting to the Group CEO.  Standard Chartered covers over 70 markets with 80,000 staff focusing primarily on Asia, Africa and the Middle East.  Karen has had an extremely broad, 16-year career across complex, global and matrixed businesses covering wholesale & retail banking, global strategy plus brand and marketing.  She was approved under the UK PRA Senior Managers Regime and a member of the key group committees including all areas of strategy, brand, risk, liquidity and reputation. She was a Non-Executive Director of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad, Merchant Solutions and Exonomy, and recognised as one of the Top 20 Women in Finance in Asia 2011.

Prior to her career in banking, Karen was consulting for 16 years: a Partner with Booz Allen Hamilton focussing on financial services in the Asia-Pacific region with a focus on strategic, operational and technological transformations.

Karen loves music – still plays the violin with friends and is an active sailor in warm climates.  She is also a co-founder of Katfish Holdings - a sustainable fish farming business working with local farmers in southern Thailand.

She earned her MA in economics from Cambridge and her MBA from INSEAD.