Karen Rose is Senior Director of Strategic Development and Business Planning at the Internet Society. Her work focuses on organizational strategy and business issues, as well as developing strategic programmes aimed at expanding Internet infrastructure, access, and related capacities in emerging economies.
Karen 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 on the privatization of Internet domain name system management.
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.
Karen has been an active participant in Internet discussions in various international governmental and non-governmental organizations including the ITU, OECD, and ICANN.
She holds a BA in media from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA), an MA in Telecommunications Science, Management and Policy from Northwestern University (USA), and an MBA from the University of Auckland (NZ).
Karen is based in Reston, United States