Karen joined CDA in 2018 as the CDA Myanmar Country Office’s Program Manager for its Rakhine Conflict Sensitivity Facility. She is a licensed lawyer in the Philippines and specializes in research and analysis in the fields of law and human rights, and conflict transformation. She has worked on Myanmar since 2015.
Before joining CDA, Karen was the Senior Legal Advisor with the International Commission of Jurists-Myanmar, implementing the Denmark Embassy’s Rule of Law and Human Rights programme. At the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, she produced publications using Listening Methodology to amplify the voices of communities in the ceasefire areas of Myanmar, with the aim of informing and influencing the formal peace process.
Over the past ten years, she has worked on human rights and peacebuilding in the Philippines, Israel, Thailand, Cambodia, and Myanmar, working in both the public and private sectors, including for various local and international non-government organisations.
Karen holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Universitaet Erfurt and a Bachelor of Laws (Juris Doctor equivalent) from the University of the Philippines.