Senior Investment Specialist, Agribusiness and Food, Austrade
Karen is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; holds a Master of Applied Finance and Investment from the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA), a Certificate of Project Consulting from RMIT, and a Bachelor of Applied Science – Mathematics, from Queensland University of Technology.
Karen has over 20 years’ consulting experience and significant expertise in corporate advisory and banking across multiple industries, including agriculture, tourism, telecommunications, information technology and services to the mining sector. Karen has a strong knowledge of the agribusiness trade and investment environment, key investment drivers and investment analysis techniques, and a track record in advising foreign investors on acquisitions in the agribusiness sector. She has connections at all levels of the agribusiness supply chain – production, processing, wholesale/retail and marketing.
Karen’s former roles include GM, Agricultural Management Company (AMC), involving extensive business development activity, and assisting foreign investor clients to identify and analyse investment opportunities in Australian agribusiness. Prior to that Karen was Manager Research and Consulting at Rural Management Partners (RMP), managing a wide variety of agribusiness consulting assignments in Australia and overseas, and analysing investment opportunities in varied agricultural sectors for private and institutional clients. She was also Senior Farmland and Investment Analyst at UBS Global Asset Management, analysing investment o opportunities across several agricultural sectors for overseas investors.