Karen Wilson

Karen Wilson

Founder in GV Partners

Karen works as a Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation. She has been based in Europe for the past 12 years and is also founder of GV Partners, a firm created in 2004 to work with start-ups as well as initiatives to facilitate the development of a broader entrepreneurial ecosystem, including in the areas of finance, policy and entrepreneurship education. She has authored many papers on these topics and is a sought out speaker and moderator.


Since starting GV Partners, Karen has worked with private sector firms, international organizations, foundations and universities. In addition to the Kauffman Foundation, she is also currently working with the World Economic Forum on a global Entrepreneurship Education initiative as well as with the OECD on high growth financing and entrepreneurship policy.


Prior to founding GV Partners, Karen worked with a leading pan-European venture capital firm. Previously, she was part of the senior management team at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland and, before that, served as the Executive Director of the Global Initiative at Harvard Business School. Her past experience also includes management consulting, primarily in financial services, as well as investment banking.


She is currently is a Board Member and Advisor of the European Foundation for Entrepreneurship Research (EFER), a member of the European Advisory Board of Astia and serves on the European Leadership Council for Harvard Business School.


She received, with honors, a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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