CBM’s Global Adviser on Community Based Inclusive Development (CBR)
• Born and raised in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, Karen holds degrees in political science, early intervention, special education with a focus on inclusive settings.
• She has developed sustainable and innovative CBR programs in South East Asia and Latin America and has contributed to the capacity of CBR implementers around the world.
• In addition to her work with CBM, she coordinated Mobility International USA’s (MIUSA) International Development and Disability department for a three-year period.
• She has served as a subject matter expert on the development of USAID’s staff training program on inclusive development, is a past representative of CBM on the Board of the Global Partnership for Disability and Development and is Secretary of the CBR Global Network. She has provided technical advice on Disability Inclusive Development to INGO’s, bi-lateral multi-lateral organizations.
• Karen is the author of numerous articles on the topics of CBR, disability inclusive development and is co-editor of the CBR Guidelines (WHO, ILO, UNESCO, IDDC 2010) as well as of “Building an Inclusive Development Community” (MIUSA, 2004). She also co-directed the video documentary on women with disabilities and economic empowerment, “Loud, Proud and Prosperous” (MIUSA).
• Karen is a member of the United States International Council on Disability and of TASH