Karen Newman
Sustainable Development Goals Fund

Karen Newman serves as senior consultant for the Sustainable Development Goals Fund at the United Nations Development Programme. She comes from the U.S. State Department where she was a Fellow for almost two years working within the Foreign Press Center and with the public affairs and ECOSOC section. Prior to this, Karen spent more than 10 years within the UN system, including various roles at UNDP, the ILO and the Foundation for the Global Compact. During her career in the public, private and international sectors, she has developed expertise with building strategic partnerships, resource mobilization, corporate responsibility and economic development. Her work also includes outreach to the diplomatic community and consulting for companies like Microsoft and Philips Healthcare, as well as promoting large UN initiatives related to the Millennium Development Goals. She managed the World Business Development Awards 2010 in conjunction with the International Business Leaders Forum, the International Chamber of Commerce and UNDP, and promoted the launch of the 2009 Business Call to Action in New York and South Africa. Karen’s experience with government includes economic development posts for the New York and Chicago city governments. In Chicago, she worked at The Michael Jordan Foundation and United Way in community affairs and grant making. Karen has also served on the Board of NEXCO and Women in International Trade. Karen holds an MBA and a master’s in social service administration, both from the University of Chicago.

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