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Karen Rose

Internet Society
Karen Rose
Karen has been active across Internet technology, policy, and development for nearly 20 years, including prior roles in Internet start-ups, government, and management consulting. She began her career in public policy working on Internet and e-commerce issues at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. She later joined the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce where her work focused on the coordination of Internet naming and addressing functions, including the domain name system, ENUM, and IPv6. She received the Department’s Gold Medal award and several additional honours for her work to privatize and introduce global competition in domain name system services.

In 2002, she left government to join an Internet start-up in Sydney, Australia where her responsibilities included corporate strategy and product development. Just prior to joining ISOC, Karen was an independent ICT consultant based in Cairo, Egypt and Sydney, Australia.

Prior to taking up her current role within ISOC, she was responsible for leading the organization’s efforts to expand Internet infrastructure, access, and related capacities around the world. Among her accomplishments, she spearheaded the Internet Society’s highly successful work to improve Internet interconnection and traffic exchange in emerging and developing economies, which has fostered Internet exchange point development and increased peering in numerous countries around the world.

She holds an MBA from the University of Auckland, a MA in Telecommunications Science, Management and Policy from Northwestern University, and a BA in media from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.